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10-08-2010 @ 8:30PM
I like the idea of trying to make the auction house more friendly. Keep in mind that as much as we all hate the people in trade chat going "NEED GOLD FOR EPIC FLY PLZ", there are in fact more people who quietly do what they can to make the money themselves. The combination of farmers and auction speculators (collectively 'grinders' - I don't know if there's an actual term) makes it significantly harder for these players to make a few gold.It's true that breaking a few addon functions won't help the nongrinders on the AH very much, because as someone else stated, the truly desperate will resort to illegal bots, etc to do their dirty work. There's a chance that this policy might, however, lead some players to turn to trade chat. If, for example, there isn't a Runed Cardinal Ruby on the Auction House for less than 500 gold (?!) players could either1) Obtain an uncut gem and try to find a jewelcrafter to make the cut in exchange for a tip. Obviously some grinders are jewelcrafters, but a player can only have 2 professions, so not all grinders are JCs.2) Simply advertise something like 'wtb Runed Cardinal Ruby 200g' and see who bites. It's probably going to be someone who doesn't play the Auction House, since the grinders will be trying to maintain that 500g market price.Then again, circumstances are different server-to-server and time-of-day. Larger servers probably have a consistently quasi-infinite supply of gems and glyphs, meaning prices will never get to 500g even in a world without addons.
10-08-2010 @ 8:43PM
While I like the intent of your post, I think the reasoning is slightly flawed. Blizzard has already experimented with a tradechat-driven profession: Enchanting. Prior to WotLK, you had to find enchanters in tradechat and get them to enchant your stuff. Now we have vellums so you can buy enchantments on scrolls. It seems like they gave up on that process, and for good reason- tradechat is fairly limited by the amount of availability of players at any given time. To be honest, it's further limited by poor policing from GMs (not that there is *any* policing). I usually keep tradechat running in a different tab, gathering links for my Gnomish Yellow Pages addon so when I ened something, I have a list of who has advertised. Actually looking at tradechat (or worse, trying to trade) is usually an invitation to anal linkspam, thunderfury spam, general trolling, and the like.
10-08-2010 @ 9:17PM
TIL: People who don't use the auction house/auction house addons read Gold Capped articles about the auction house.And, despite how many times Pfooti posts a valid response based on his experiences and predictions, it's wrong.Sorry Pftooi. Maybe the naysayers will see the light after the patch goes live. :-\
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