Not necessarily, assuming that the full impact of the influx of gold bars into the KO game economy had not been fully realized, prices were likely to continue to rise sharply as all these extra GB's continued to be felt in the KO economy. As such, prices may continue to rise for a while even with the 50% reduction of GB's, assuming there has been a vast injection of noah into the game, even after the wipe albeit at a slower rate now that the total noahs have been reduced by half.
Since a number of people have obviously succeeded in duping a huge number of gold bars, and only lost about half of them, I would assume that this group is likely to have interest in continuing to quickly use these coins to make large purchases of in game items, or else sell off their GBs in large volume for profit (as one with 1000GB's is more likely to take less for each GB to realize a large profit at once, compared to numerous people with only a few GB's by comparison). They will be further spurred now by worry that continuing to hold onto their remaining vast supplies of GB's could result in further loss of them due to K2 actions. In addition, a short term demand spike for GB's is likely as many who had theirs wiped, rush to replace them in the inflated market.
I'd expect the result to be a continued increase in noah float on the market in the near future, which should in turn lead to continued rising of item prices, with corresponding deflating of USD GB value.
I base this on the supposition that K2's reduction of all accounts with at least 21GB's down to 10GB's means that more then half of accounts in game with more then 10GB's prior to the deletion, held duped GB's. To reduce all accounts with greater then 10GB's in the entire game, would make no sense otherwise. This means that despite the deletion, close to if not more then half of all GB's likely remains in the hand of GB dupers, and as a result the majority of in game noah continues to be in the hands of those with most incentive to move much of their noah quickly for profit. Which was, afterall, their entire point for massively duping the GBs in the first place.[/b]
Your logic is as faulty as theirs. Most people have have maybe 50 gb tops. GB sellers have hundreds or thousands. So they lost half, it's a bigger impact on the small guys then it is the big guys. They just sell their GB for more now that there is less going around.
Also, you have a lot of people who buy a ton of PUS and farm things like BF (I went 2x today). Making the gold off farming, pus, upgrades, buy and resell merch, etc, takes a lot of time and energy. It shows a that someone also spends more time in game and working at it, so they are punished more and that is just plain wrong. The best customers are the ones hurt the hardest, and they should be the ones K2 tries to please the most.
In the short of it, K2 did a vast wipe because they are too lazy to go out and find the culprits who duped and used the gold program. If they took care of those abusers with time and ingenuity it would be solved with out hurting the masses. Again, the problem lies within the game. Exploitable bugs and hacks. The responsibility lies on the company, not the paying customers. In any other business if you did this to the people paying your bills, you would be done, period.