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3-20-2010 @ 6:08PM
"The demand for enchanting mats is not fixed. In fact, there is no market in WoW that has static demand. As things get cheaper, more people find them affordable and that increases demand."This is not entirely accurate. It really only applies to luxury items and non-essential items. Really, it's not that accurate at all for enchanting mats. People don't suddenly start buying more enchanting mats because there is a glut of them on the market. Their need for enchanting mats is severely limited by the frequency of gear upgrades. This applies to all the item enchantments (leg patches, gems, etc.) That is why the bottom fell out of the dust market when the dungeon finder went live. Suddenly there was a huge supply of dust and the demand stayed the same.The market for item enhancements will always be limited by raid lockouts, not supply or cost.
3-20-2010 @ 7:25PM
As the supply goes up, people are more willing to enchant their stuff at lower levels because they can afford to do so. Progression raiders are limited by drops, but the new 80s running heroics and getting their emblem gear now also have mats and gear to be enchanted. The cost of dust has stabilized on my server and it is still cheaper to buy greens that make dust than to buy the dust itself (although this is usually greens from runs without enchanters and not crafted items).In the end, I have noticed a lot more trade chat asking if an enchanter is on that the older times when it was enchanters barking to find sales. So while the price of dust continues to drop as supply increases, the profits from doing the enchanting for tips more often make up for most if not all of this.YMMV.
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