In life, there are three distinct classes in any given society. The upper class (The rich), the middle class, and the lower class (The poor). This is no different than Neopia, which also has three classes. The three classes are not removed from one another, rather, they live in a symbiosis which allows the others to continue functioning. In the case of Neopia, the classes revolve around one major thing- Faerie Quests. This is not to say there aren’t other factors involved, however, this is the major one of importance.
During a Faerie Quest, the typical ‘noob’, or player of the lower class, will run to a Neopian mall- and spend 2000 or more of their hard earned NeoPoints to purchase an item to fulfill their quest. The item they purchase is often worth less than 100 NP on the shop wizard, but unfortunately during a Quest they are unable to use that tool.