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10-28-2010 @ 2:14PM
Lol. This article has made me realise I'm one of the people avoiding the market. I make things for tips. I would rather give away or delete unneeded items than go to the auction house, because I just have no patience for it. Do I have lots of gold? Nope, but I guess I'm okay with that.However, I've never thought people who make lots on the auction house are bad people, lots of my friends do it and are, well, significantly richer than me.Great article =).
10-28-2010 @ 8:25PM
"because I just have no patience for it"May I suggest an addon for the impatient: Auctionator. Just hit the "sell" tab, it will automatically set up a price that will undercut for you. The only thing that I really changed in terms of settings was to make the default auction duration 48 hours. The addon pretty much does everything else for you.Not as good or as powerful as Auctioneer, but Auctionator is, in my opinion, what the default AH UI should look like.
10-29-2010 @ 3:04PM
I dispute the characterization that bartering, trading with friends, and working for tips is not part of the same market as the AH. There is a point where the costs (mostly in "your time") become too great to make putting things on the Auction House. Advertising in trade chat "LFW" can take a minimum of your time, and zero resource (gold) costs/risks. Your profit margin is great.Posting on the AH, and being undercut nearly immediately essentially wastes your time for no return on investment. It's a rational decision. And it affects the Auction House. How is that not part of the same market?As an example, I noticed that a fair number of people were asking for blacksmiths, to make enchanting rods, so I started supplying enchanting rods on the AH for a modest mark-up from the market prices of the materials. The trade chat demand immediately nose-dived. The AH affected the Trade chat portion of the market. How could it possibly not work the other way around as well?
2-25-2011 @ 6:20PM
"There is a point where the costs (mostly in "your time") become too great to make putting things on the Auction House. Advertising in trade chat "LFW" can take a minimum of your time, and zero resource (gold) costs/risks. Your profit margin is great."I don't see how sitting in town playing in the chat channel takes less more time than simply throwing stuff up on the AH and getting back to the daily chores. My add-ons can list a thousand auctions in less time than it takes me fat-finger a single "LFW" message, any one of which will probably earn me more gold than the tip I'd have to wring out of someone who's already too cheap to buy from the AH. Barking in the chat channel just doesn't scale up - trying to sell a hundred gems to hundred customers one at a time would take half the day, but selling those same gems on the AH takes just a few minutes - and probably at a much higher markup.
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