|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||4 January 2005|
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Vaarsuvius needs some potions, but finds an annoying amount of stupidity.
- Panel 1
Vaarsuvius: 20 gp for a Potion of Mage Armor? That is by far the lowest price I have ever encountered.
Eve: All potions in the store are 20 gp, every day, here at Eve & Larry's Alchemy.
- Panel 2
Vaarsuvius: But... a potion of Mage Armor costs 25 gp to make.
Eve: True. And no one in the land prices them as low as we do!
- Panel 3
Vaarsuvius: Wait—you sell potions for less than it costs to produce them?
Vaarsuvius: How do you possibly stay in business?
- Panel 4
Larry: One word, my elven friend:
Eve: We sell so many potions at such a low price, we make up the difference in volume.
- Panel 5
Vaarsuvius: No, you don't. You just lose more and more money on each sale.
Larry: How do you figure?
- Panel 6
Vaarsuvius: Perhaps, just perhaps, I gleaned it through a rudimentary understanding of basic economic theory?
Vaarsuvius: You must charge customers more than it costs to produce the product, or else you will not actually make any profit.
- Panel 7
Larry: Our low prices increase traffic to the store, though.
Vaarsuvius: You do not sell anything BUT potions. Increased traffic simply means you will go broke that much faster.
- Panel 8
Larry: But we're so successful! We've sold hundreds of potions this month alone!
Vaarsuvius: At a loss!
- Panel 9
Eve: Good news, Larry. Someone just bought out our entire supply of healing potions!
Vaarsuvius: No! Not great!
- Panel 10
Vaarsuvius: I apologize for my raised voice, but I am trying to aid you in keeping your business.
Vaarsuvius: You just gave away potent magical assets for a fraction of their value! You lost thousands of gold on that sale!
- Panel 11
Eve: Hmmm. Y'know, Larry, she might have a point.
Larry: Perhaps. But I know just the thing to turn business around.
- Panel 12
Larry: A sale!
Eve: Yes! We'll slash prices across the board!
Vaarsuvius: My conscience is now appeased.
Vaarsuvius: 27 Heroism potions, please.
D&D Context Edit
- Mage Armor is a 1st level spell that gives +4 to AC. As V notes, it normally costs 25 gp.
- Heroism is a spell that provides +2 buffs to morale, attack, saves, and skill checks, to a target. It normally costs 750 gp.
- Vaarsuvius gets a chance to use their potions of Heroism in #421.
- This is the only appearance of Eve and Larry.
- Larry is essentially a medium-sized brown bearded version of the Gnome Wizard in Blue Robe from #49.
- Three months after the publication of this comic, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner published the bestselling pop-economics book, Freakonomics. Coincidence?