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10-08-2010 @ 9:21PM
It seems like I've run afoul of the self-righteous here (at least that's why I assume I'm getting downvoted, since I'm not actually being offensive, just truthful), so I can feel less worried about angering the public with this follow-up. Since y'all don't seem to like what I have to say, I'll speak my mind.If you are one of the people who thinks this change will make it easier for you to make gold, you're wrong. If you're one of the people who feel like you got edged out of the market by undercutting "cheaters" like myself, you deserve what you got. You were unable to make it in an environment where anybody could enter the market and use automating tools that cover the grindy parts of dealing with the AH, got discouraged and left. Why on earth do you think that you'll suddenly, magically, be able to do better in the post-4.0 world? I assure you that the people who currently make money in the AH market will continue to do so, post-patch. As a matter of fact, the addon linked in the actual post makes it so that instead of just saying "post everything" and going AFK, I hit the "post everything" button and then twiddle my mouse scrollwheel, which I have bound to the "accept" button. Wow, that's a big change, I tell you. You're totally right, I'm getting out of this market so you lazy, self-entitled slobs can take it over.Pssh.Blizzard has not, and likely will not, create an AH environment that is "casual friendly". For casuals to make money, you have such lovely options as (a) farming materials with a gathering skill and (b) running dailies. If you want to do anything other than sell off that one cool BoE blue you found the one time while questing, you need to have the temperament, intelligence, perseverance, and attitude necessary to make money in the AH. Those requirements have not changed, as a matter of fact they have only gotten steeper.The only noticeable effect from this will be a general trend upwards in certain markets, which is likely to be hidden by the downward pressure of unlimited epic gem cuts, reusable glyphs, and general pre-cataclysm item malaise. I still contend that the people who stay in will have a larger percentage of botters, scammers, and goldsellers among them than before, but there will still obviously be people like me who do not cheat, do not camp the AH to undercut you poor people 30 seconds after you post, but still makes plenty of gold. But you still won't make any more gold than before. Not because I possess addons that you don't, but because I possess the drive that you lack. If you had that drive, you would have downloaded, learned, and used QA3 to dominate your corner of your server's economy, and you wouldn't be here crying about how the bad man undercut you.See? That's me being offensive. Or at least tactless. There's a difference.
10-09-2010 @ 7:23AM
Couldn't agree more, the end of cheap glyphs is nigh, the future will be 'WTS complete glyph package for Mage...4000gold'
10-09-2010 @ 8:16AM
I must say that I have followed the wave of downrating you with some amusement. There should be a sociological study on why people downrate; my feeling is that half the people who pressed the vote down button on your posts, haven't even read your elaborate posts completely, but are acting out of group behavior (somebody already down voted him, so he must be wrong, so I will down vote too) or are blindly clicking Vote This Comment Down every time they see your name.I find it also fascinating that the readers of a column dedicated to how to make as much gold as possible, cry foul on somebody who is a successful example for this column. Why haven't the pitchforks been taken out to prosecute Basil himself? Clearly the people who read Basil's tips, would like to be successful on the AH themselves, so it's a bit hypocritical to start a witch hunt on a successful AH user.More on topic: I agree with you. Using auction addons is not a way to make lazy gold without doing any real work. I know for a fact that I have more gold then most of my guild mates, and I also know for a fact that I devote more time to earning that gold then most of them. I read blogs, I watch market trends, I spend a lot of time leveling professions, I make notes, devise future tactics and so on. Saying that using QA3 or Auctioneer is cheating, is simply not true until patch 4.0.1 and probably comes from jealousy. Nothing is withholding you from installing those addons too. Making gold is a mini game in itself, and part of that game is finding and using the proper tools for it.Personally I find using addons like Omen much more cheating; you should not be able to predict the actions of a mob beforehand; that totally breaks the game. Or addons like Grid or Power Auras; they change the game in a much more profound way then any AH addon is capable of. Ironically Blizzard has decided to incorporate their functionality into wow itself, but AH addons are deemed to be "bad". This move will not stop botters and gold sellers to manipulate the AH; they will find some workaround.I wonder if this move is done because the new Remote Auction House apps are not doing as well as Blizzard was hoping. The hard core AH player will want to stay ahead of the game, and instead of mass posting items, will be forced to post smaller amounts more frequently, lets' say during work hours on your own Iphone, which can be used secretly without your boss being able to track your internet behavior. And I also wonder if it's true that it is easier to program bots to manipulate the Armory AH then bots that function inside the game itself…..
10-09-2010 @ 9:33AM
"Nothing is withholding you from installing those addons too."Yes, you can do that, but it won't help you to compete unless you also have hours a day to spend at the AH. That is the issue, the AH camping behaviour that these addons encourage and make simple to do.Pfooti is getting down-rated because, for all his verbiage, his basic argument is that if you don't have that time then tough shit, you don't deserve to sell your stuff.And the argument that this will cause prices to rise is bullshit, classic FUD being spouted by people afraid of facing more competition and losing their monopolies. Thats a large part of what AH PvP is about, as evidenced many times in this column - driving your more casual competitors out of the market so that you can control the prices. Just as in any real-world market, that's not good for the consumer in the end.Blizzard obviously sees something wrong with the way things work atm, as pretty much anyone with any sense predicted they would after the QA3 "works-just-like-a-bot-but-isn't-technically-a-bot-under-the current-rules" addon. Now they're taking steps to fix it, and Pfooti doesn't like it, and we don't care.
10-09-2010 @ 5:18PM
"if you don't have that time then tough shit, you don't deserve to sell your stuff."You don't think that attitude is a problem?
10-11-2010 @ 7:22AM
@QQ I make all my money in half an hour a day. How much time does it take you to make yours?
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