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8-20-2010 @ 11:40AM
Why don't Blizzard just change the deposit fee to a percentage of the buyout price instead of vendor price? With an upper limit for very expensive auctions, which aren't a problem anyway. Or just put an extra fee on cancelling an auction instead of it expiring.It would stop all this AH camping/undercutting rubbish for good if people were losing a significant percentage of their profit every time they cancelled an auction. You might still do it once or twice, fair enough, but you wouldn't be sitting there all day every day cancelling and re-posting them them every 15 minutes.
8-20-2010 @ 11:52AM
@QQinsiderI for one love auction house prices being cheap. Just got a new alt to level 80, and I'm happy to see level 200 crafted epics selling at 100-500g range. What you are suggesting will not encourage a more active AH. I for one prefers to be on a server where you can buy anything from the AH, with a choice of multiple sellers. (Incidentally, glyphs are at 5-10g on my server, like what Tuctom says).You don't have to play to auction house to be 'middle class' in wow. The game has made it really easy to stay afloat, with all the daily quests, gold from raids, and minimal raid consumables.
8-20-2010 @ 3:06PM
If deposit fees were tied to buy-out price, then it wouldn't cost anything to list something unless it was purchased, which leads to at least 2 big problems:1. People list items, they get sold, then they don't have the money to pay for the deposit at time of purchase...it becomes messy. 2. It would mean there was no penalty for people to go nuts and list all sorts of things at completely absurd prices. If they didn't sell, there would be no disincentive to continually reposting.
8-21-2010 @ 3:53PM
@LittleHamsterThat's why I said an upper limit on the fee, maybe I didn't make that clear enough. 5-10g, something like that. It already costs nearly 5g to post a level 200 epic for 48 hours, and that hasn't hurt the market, as you say yourself.I know you don't have to play the AH, I'm pretty "middle-class" myself without getting into the markets that require you to AH camp if you ever want to sell anything, but the fact that those markets are there because of a quirk in the way deposit fees work, and the way they encourage monopolisation and botting, bugs me.Look at the difference in fees between posting an epic gem for 150g and a enchant scroll for the same price. The gem costs you 1g 35s for 24 hours, the scroll costs 1s. Why should this be? It doesn't make sense. The larger deposit fee doesn't make the gem market any less active, but when it costs 67s every time you cancel a 12 hour auction it might at least make you think twice before blindly pressing the "Cancel all undercut auctions" button every 15 minutes. Ideally it would be high enough that you'd prefer not to do that at all.The cancel auction function should be used for cancelling autions where you've made a mistake, posted at the wrong price or whatever, not as a tool for dominating markets.@XenikosNo, I meant link them to the buyout price you set when you place the auction, instead of to the vendor price as they are now. You still pay the fee when you place the auction. Even better - when an auction expires you get half the fee back, if you cancel it you get nothing back.
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