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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?
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