Originally Posted by Togath
About the black lion trading company thingy, is the "exchange gold/silver for gems used in it" a permanent feature?, Until I had looked at it last night I thought it was one of those cash shop thingies that some games have, but I could only find things obtained through gold/silver or by trading gold/silver for the gems.
edit: removed the triple post(managed to get three errors while trying to post)
The things it sells look fun, and if they plan to keep the option of trading silver and gold for them i might aim for things such as the extra character slots(about 1-2 gold at the moment), or the digital collector's edition thingy(about 8 gold atm if I remember right)
It's a permanent feature. You can buy gems with cash and then sell them for gold, or buy gems for gold. Anet gets the cash either way, so why should they care who gets the gem store items?