Mabinogi gold has a very simple yet deep system for customizing your avatar. Basically, there are a few standard faces, eyes, and mouths that you would have in most MMOs. But then you can set age and, as I have commented in another blog, gain weight.But the REAL money maker in Mabinogi gold are its clothes.There are so many ways to get them, and so many ways to tweak them to your style. You can buy little mystery boxes filled with occasional rare items, but can also buy things like arrow quivers of different colors. A lot of the clothing items in the cash shop (the very few) are random, but cheap. The quivers cost something like a nickle, and you can sell remaining ones in game. I found one that matched my grey outfit.
Through standard drops/treasure: You know, you kill stuff, you loot stuff. I have found some pretty cool items from mobs, to say the least.
Buying from players: This is fun, because players will craft/find/dye their own items and sell them to you through little player shops. While they are annoying in other games, the player shops can only be opened in very small areas in most towns, so you don't face a wall of player shops when you arrive in a major city. Some of the best selling items I have been making cash off of have been ore and arrows. The arrows are cheap and bought with real money, and within an evening I made 700 thousand selling ore and arrows. Of course, I blew most of that in an evening too.