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9-26-2010 @ 5:55PM
The truth of the matter is that the WoW AH is close to a real life economy in some ways, but not others. In WoW, every single product is exactly the same as every other -- you can't make a Mithril Bar with extra features. As such, price and stack size are your only variables for selling a certain good.Some commenters pointed out that stack sizes played into their buying decisions -- this is definitely proved to be true, as players often don't want to buy in bulk for some items (say, Cardinal Rubies), but often don't want to click a thousand times for others (say, Infinite Dust). Listing the right stack size is as close a value add as you can get within the scope of one item.As far as undercutting on a per-item basis, this is often a sign of a market reaching equilibrium. If a person can still make profit on an item while undercutting the lowest price, there's little incentive for him to not undercut. Other commenters complained about huge mark-up on leveling mats such as Iron and Mithril Bars -- these are marked high because of a much higher demand than supply, and the cost of acquiring them (yes, every player's farming time is worth something) justifies the price.A final note -- I'd wager a guess that 90% of the gold in WoW belongs to 10% of players meaning that only a limited number of people have actually understood the WoW economy well enough to make a lot of money on it. Most sellers don't have the time or expertise to compete in AH PvP, and in the end, today's Breakfast Topic is going to be way more meaningful for the buyers of goods, not the sellers.
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