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8-20-2008 @ 6:00PM
Playing the auction house is easy enough as it is. It's far less profitable now than it was pre-BC, though. This proposed feature is really not needed at all. Back in the days before daily quests and level-cap quest-to-gold implementation, I used to play the AH for profits. It's the way I made the gold needed for epic mount training without doing any traditional farming as well as using no add-ons like auctioneer. This is no longer the case, however. There are much better and more reliable ways to make your gold. I've paid for epic flyer training on two characters, with a third on the way now. Never had any problems making money and never had to grind or farm endlessly for weeks. Add-ons are a crutch people use instead of taking the small amount of time and attention needed to learn about what's going on.Playing the AH is simple. The only thing it takes is a little effort and intelligence on your part. Best way to start is scanning the auction house on a fairly regular basis. This will give you an idea of the market on your server, what sells well and what doesn't, what is often in demand and what commodities are over-saturated.My particular specialization was in equipment. Every day I'd do the same thing, didn't take more than ten minutes tops. Set the scan threshold to blues and check shields, then plate, then mail and so on through weapons. With the advent of BC, this area is far less profitable with the addition of heroics, rep and badge gear, all of which are easily accessible.Making money on the auction house is quite simple. When looking at items you have to think about their value. Who would want the item? Are there a lot of people playing certain classes/specs that would be after the item and what level bracket does it fit into. The classes desiring mail changes around 40 so you need to adjust. How hard is the item to get? An easy to obtain crafting blue is worth far less than world drops. Are there a lot of the particular item or equivalent items for sale currently or recently, and how high is demand for them?While the market for gear is not at all what it once was, raw materials for crafting are as healthy as ever. Especially when people are looking to power through levels quickly. These people will pay more than normal for mats right away. Sometimes people make mistakes when listing items and when you've been checking the market you already know what people will pay for items. I've bought blue plate shoulders for 85s before and turned around and sold them for 100g. This was absolutely luck on my part, but it helps that I would check the AH on a regular basis.If you want to reap the rewards, put in the effort. It doesn't take much to understand the server market, there are very few factors influencing the price of goods. Within a week or two people can get a good idea of how things sell and where they can make a profit. Knowledge is half the battle and the other half is charging people who are too ignorant or unconcerned to pay lower prices.Wow that went on forever. TL:DR version - Learning how your server's market works isn't hard, it just takes a little effort on your part. Logging in to check the AH takes 5-10 minutes and if you aren't able to log in and still want to check the AH, what good will it do to go to a website? You still can't log in and take advantage of anything and market changes happen rapidly. There's also the technical aspect of how frequently new listings and sales happen to make listing them on a website pretty unfeasible.If you really need money that bad, do dailies, quest-for-gold or use gathering skills to sell raw materials. Not a lot of time invested and great returns for low-to-no risk.
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