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All I know about PNW taxes is that Washington has no income tax and Oregon has no sales tax. I think Oregon has a higher property tax to make up for it? I'm not sure how Washington compensates. (The practical upshot is that, if you want to buy something really expensive, like a new computer, you should buy it/get it shipped to Oregon and then lug it back to Washington.)
Oh, I'll be moving to Redmond in July! And I'm from Portland (which is better than Seattle). I don't know many Seattle-specific things (other than that downtown Seattle is a mess to drive in, and the public transit isn't as good as Portland's), but I know some general PNW things: Sefria's "blunt" comment is confusing, because I think people on the East Coast are way more rude. Sefria might be comparing PNW culture to Southern culture or something, though. Only wimps use umbrellas. If you can see 10 feet in front of you, you don't need one. No one knows how to drive in snow. If it's snowing, you should probably just stay home. The air-conditioning thing is totally true. I've had my deodorant melt during the summer (two-story house, heat rises, upstairs was like 90F constantly). There are berries everywhere! Blackberry bushes just grow on the side of the road or around grassy fields. I highly recommend taking advantage of this in the summer and making lots of blackberry treats. People will just randomly talk to you on public transit. Don't be scared, they're just friendly. The ocean is cooooold. You can totally still swim in it, though.
Yeah, I think I have to agree with everyone saying that rarity isn't enough to determine value - there are too many rarity-independent ways to get or use items. I really prefer to just trade items for shards because it's really difficult to figure out a combination of items that makes a fair trade, short of trading a clothing item of one color for an identical style of another color (and even that's a pain, because I obviously don't want multiple of the same color). I will say that, if you want a way to identify Really Rare items, think of how many are available per user. I have over a hundred Moss Muffins, and if you add up all the ones collected by users, the count would probably average out to 3-5 per user. Starstruck Eyes, on the other hand, are max one per account (and many accounts missed the chance to get them). So, even though they're both 'retired' items, the item with the lowest supply is probably going to be the most valuable.