One thing they may not have considered is the possibility of the existence of a symbiotic (?) relationship between the two. As an (imperfect) analogy, think how people spend money on football. There are different levels of football and activities branching out from football. Now eliminate the professional teams. Many people participating in lower levels or connected activities may lose interest.
Originally Posted by Leixy
In lotro, there is no point to stretching for every bonus (which is the fundamental purpose of the crafting system) unless there is a raid that requires it. The raid may not directly seem to make as much money, but perhaps it is a glue of sorts that the whole game requires.
[I][COLOR=green]'I have come,' he said. 'But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!'[/COLOR][/I] Frodo, turning to the dark side