Avarice Blade is the only gold-generating item without the Gold Incomepassive, meaning it can be purchased alongside other gold per 10 items. However, only one Avarice Blade can generate gold at a time.
Avarice Blade generates enough money to pay for itself in 44 minutes and 26.4 seconds, assuming that zero unit kills are made.
Avarice Blade can be used as an unconventional gold income item. If held for 26 minutes and 40 seconds, this item generates 480g. If Avarice Blade is then sold, it will sell for 320g, meaning that the item will effectively pay for itself. Holding this item for more than 26 minutes and 40 seconds and then selling it will generate income.
Avarice Blade's tooltip states the total gold earned with the item.
In the incredibly unlikely event of no missed last hits, Avarice Blade becomes gold efficient in 6 minutes and 55 seconds.
The gold gained from the Greed passive stacks with other on-kill bonus gold abilities and auras such as Hawkshot
The item's description, "Greed is good", could be related to the Warcraft III cheat code for extra gold and lumber "greedisgood". Both instances are based on the quote by the fictional character Gordon Gekko in the American movie Wall Street.
The item's image appears to be that of Long Sword, with the addition of a golden glow.