the value of a plane is what people are willing to pay for it, is a principle that works fine...
if people want to buy planes,
or if planes are scarce.
Neither of these conditions are fulfilled in the game. There is a regular flow of second hand aircraft from players who delete, and a new plane is built in 21 hours.
Boeing 73G's that are put on the market by AS, are scrapped if they are not sold at a certain price. It shows they believe in free market principles, but it also shows they don't want planes to be leased out or sold at ridiculously low prices. And one has to keep in mind that 98% of the 73G's are leased. If AS only sold planes, they would have to scrap 98% of the second hand 73G's.
I am convinced AS knows there is only a very limited market for second hand planes to be sold, but it is apparently very hard to admit that fact. And although I believe in realism, there should be a balance between realism and game play.
Do you honestly think a 2 year old 73G is only worth 30 million ? I hope your sense of realism is better than that. But we're only playing a game, so you can have it for 10 million.
Edit: apparently I can sell it as low as 6 million :-)
First off, let me thank you for that 73G. To my true amazement it was available for more than 10 hours without being snatched by someone else. Just goes to show how few people watch the aircraft market on Tempelhof I guess.
As far as my sense of realism goes, given my background I think it is fairly good.
Question is, what "realism" are we talking about? The in-game realism, or how the game compares to the real business world? As for the latter, not much. As for in-game and player decisions, well, I wouldn't say 98% are idiots as you called it, far from it, but quite some decisions are "questionable", some are truely weird. I remember when people leased 739s for way more than standard on the new market while the 73J was a bargain the same time...
So, why can't you sell your 2.5 years old 73G for - say - 36m? Just as an example:
Personally, I want to recoup the costs for an owned plane before it turns older than 5 years or so. A new 73G can be had for 47m. Consequently, I'd calculate with the scrap value of 4.7m after 5 years.
That gives me 42.3m (8.46m/year) to recoup. A 73G aged 2.5 years consequently would be at 47-(2.5*8.46) ~ 26m. (In a theory of course as prices don't fall that low due to in-game market regulations)
The point is the depreciation period. I think the game (book value) depreciates over 20 years, making your book value on used aircraft way higher than what potential buyers might be willing to pay for those aircraft.