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I've seen the list of items in the packs.

What I want to know is that, if I want to build up my inventory of characters, weapons, and upgrades, which of the packs is more cost effective?

I want to get a good mix of useful items, instead of one or two good things or a bunch of useless items.

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Would you be opposed to making this question a bit more general (IE What packs are most cost effective and for what purpose?) since I will be trying to update my spreadsheets for new packs when I can? I think it would be more helpful (and might be easier for people to find for difference with premium packs and such). –  Ktash Apr 9 '12 at 5:02
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz Why the rollback on the title? –  Ktash Apr 9 '12 at 13:46
    
@ktash SEO. This question is currently the first google hit for "specter or veteran pack". –  LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 9 '12 at 14:34
    
Except... Spelled correctly by people not using phones that autocorrect their comments. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 9 '12 at 16:27
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz Ah, got it. Alright, well then let's leave it as is –  Ktash Apr 9 '12 at 20:53

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Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet Screenshot

Notes

  • According to this answer, values do not increase if you already have all of the items in that category, which should mean that these will remain accurate throughout.
  • The values in the table are estimates and are not actual values. These values are used to predict what is likely better, but without the actual values, this is the best that can be done.
  • Ultra-rare items are set to 0 for Veteran Packs based on the answer provided by rare candy here. I've seen disputes of this, however, so there is a chance that this is not the case. If anyone can show a screenshot of getting an ultra-rare from a veteran pack, that would be helpful.
  • Formula used to calculate values is Cost / Total Percentage which gives the estimated cost per item level for each pack.

Buying with Credits

For obtaining uncommon items, buy a Veteran Pack. With my estimates, Premium Veteran packs offer little to no value in terms of uncommon, but some value in terms of rare items. Spectre packs have a much lower value in terms of uncommon items (based on my estimates) but have a significantly higher value for rare items. Premium Spectre packs, by my estimates offer slightly better value for rare items, and significantly better value for ultra-rare items.

Buying with (MS/Bioware) Points

Again, given my estimates a Veteran Pack and a Premium Veteran Pack offer little to no difference in terms of value. Also, as above, rare value is significantly higher in Spectre packs, but Uncommon value is also significantly lower. Premium Spectre packs are, by my estimates, a better value for both rare (slightly better) and ultra-rare (significantly better) items.

Summary

Buy Veteran packs to obtain Uncommon items, and Premium Spectre packs to obtain rares and ultra-rares. If a Premium Spectre pack is not available, I would recommend a standard Spectre pack for rare and ultra-rare items.

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Isn't it 2 veteran packs per SPECTRE pack, not 3? –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 15 '12 at 2:02
    
@LessPop_MoreFizz Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'll adjust my numbers) but I believe it is 20k for a Veteran pack and 60k for a Specter Pack. –  Ktash Mar 15 '12 at 7:50
    
Aaaah, I was looking at the Bioware Points (cash) cost, where it's 80/160. That's... an interesting discrepancy. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 15 '12 at 11:17
    
True. A Specter Pack is double the cost of a Veteran pack with Bioware points...someone should tell them that. Or maybe it's intentional? –  CrystalBlue Mar 15 '12 at 12:13
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I think that is intentional to make sells easier. –  user21825 Mar 19 '12 at 18:35

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