While it is both amusing (and somewhat confusing) to combine bits of tack from Kael into better bits of tack, unless I choose to pay for leveling the mount up, the bits mostly are cluttering up my bags for the foreseeable future. And the marketing plan for us to PAY for the leveling is unabashed. Leveling the mounts is ON SALE for -- 20% off!!! After spending the greater part of this expansion leveling up a mount so it can use maximum tack, the thought of a new expansion with a new mount in the collector's edition no longer evokes happy anticipation, but rather a feeling of exhaustion and disappointment. Start over? Level a new mount? Pay DB to level the mount I paid for by shelling out the bucks for a new collectors edition? Although I am sure enough players will shell out the extra bucks to make the CFO at DB smile, I can't see this as an effective marketing plan for the game long term. If you enjoy alts (that we bought slots and houses and mercs and outfits for), you have the joy of having to level up all their mercs and mounts and find gear for them as well. Busy work upon busy work upon depressing busy work. Having spent albeit a brief time with an actual horse, I can assure you that you can put all kinds of tack on a completely untrained horse (presuming it is tame enough to stand still while you equip it). I was musing with ideas on how to get out of this black hole of leveling up a mount to level 20 every time you get a new "upgrade" and was wondering if it made more sense to be training the owner to use the tack. This means once we level up the tack slots to level 20, all our mounts would have the slots unlocked. This is the only way I can see looking forward to replacing a fully leveled mount with one that DB hopes I pay a fortune to unlock slots on again. On a similar note, I used to enjoy collecting a variety of mercs and paid to have "hire anywhere" mercs for lots of mercs on many toons (even at roughly a buck a piece this adds up!)........... That is spoiled as well....... New merc??? Why bother --- why buy??? To relevel????? Some will choose to pay DB to level up new mercs and gear them up immediately. For many of us -- its just depressing.