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9-23-2010 @ 9:24AM
As it happens, I was writing an auction addon for myself just this past weekend and was wondering about this. As I tried out the various events, I found I could scan for auctions at a future time; and I can post auctions at a future time. As long as I can do both, this type of automation is possible.So how does Blizzard prevent it? Either prevent you from scanning auctions at a future time (which would hurt every player who uses an AH addon for buying things), or prevent you from posting auctions at a future time (which hurts anyone who mass-posts items).As was mentioned already in these comments, they're going to choose option 2. By the time Cataclysm comes out you will need to press a button for each stack of items you want to auction.This is actually good news for the gold sellers. If mass-posting becomes more labor-intensive, then the advantage goes to those with cheap labor costs. Also, there will be fewer sellers so prices will rise, which increases the demand for gold purchases.It's still got to be done, though. Perhaps Blizzard will find a third way.
9-24-2010 @ 2:18PM
One solution for blizzard is to force a certain minimum price difference threshold between posts. For example, you can either match a current price or undercut by at least 1g. Remove copper and silver when dealing with amounts over a certain price. This whole undercutting by a single copper thing is so so so ridiculous. The sad part is that it works.
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