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7-07-2010 @ 8:42PM
Basil, I enjoy reading your column even though I have a love/hate relationship with it. However, I have to agree with one of the previous commenters, that you do sometimes come across as looking down the nose at farmers. By your standard of success (gold/hour), people who farmed for raw materials were seen as inefficient. I would be dishonest if I didn't chuckle (in a good way, and not vindictively!) at this column because:1. It vindicates the people who were willing to put in the time to farm. Farming may have a lower gold/hour rate if only looked at the short term, but if you're playing for the long term, it's a different story.2. It pretty much confirms that there were a lot of high volume sellers who were directly benefiting from people running bots. I won't be a hypocrite, though. I know some of the herbs I bought came from botters, but the vast majority of my herbs were farmed by myself. But here's the thing - I knew from the get-go that farming would be an essential component of my AH business, and I never let myself get lazy when it came to farming. When Blizzard did its recent wave of bot bans, I wasn't one of those high volume sellers who suddenly disappeared. My advice for would-be moguls is this: Always allocate a small amount of time to farm regularly, regardless of whether or not you need the mats. It's NOT an inefficient waste of time. Are you waiting for your raid or random dungeon to start? Go hit the basin while you wait. All those mats that you have built up in your bank will pay off in the future.
7-08-2010 @ 10:42AM
Go and read my response to them. If farming is the best use of your time, then do it. I plan on farming during cataclysm's first few weeks. Every market needs a balance between crafters and farmers, and if all the farmers were to switch to crafting, the most gold per hour would be made by farming.
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