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12-16-2010 @ 4:19PM
I'm a bit like this; my paladin has a stack or two of obsidium ore and some elementium in her bags for when she gets around to leveling engineering. I've not sold it yet ... because that would mean I'd have to go out and farm it *again* later. I'm lazy and find it more enjoyable to use the stuff I pick up along the way questing than to go grind a zillion nodes or something.
12-16-2010 @ 4:24PM
The idea is, that you sell it early, then use that gold to buy 10x the ore at a later stage and are then able to level engineering even faster, with less farming.
12-16-2010 @ 4:54PM
The point is you sell it now and then *don't* go farming later. Instead you just buy ore from the AH later. Much quicker then farming. And because the price will have dropped you'll have made money/bought more ore.
12-16-2010 @ 5:27PM
Just in case this isn't clear to everyone, I will lay it out to you like I did to my buddy last week who was farming like mad to powerlevel his blacksmithing.Me: You're sure farming a lot.Him: Yeah, ore is expensive and I don't want to pay through the nose to level my BS.Me: So you're pushing for realm first?Him: Nah, I'll get around to it in a few weeks, I just don't want to pay that much for ore.Me: Oh, you're just selling it then.Him: No, why would I do that? Then I'd just have to farm it again.Me: I'll tell you what. Let me hold on to it for you. I have a guild bank with an extra tab, I can use it to hold all your ore and you just let me know when you need it. If you promise to sell me the first epic you craft for cheap, I will even work my magic and make your ore multiply.Him: Hey thanks, man, I was running out of bag space anyways!So he sends me all his ore. I sell it for 400 gold a stack for about 4 days. He ended up farming 104 stacks of ore. That's 40,000 gold. Now, when he asks me for his ore back, instead of just handing him the ore that was sitting in the bank, I will just buy it off the auction house for its new lower price. It has already come down to 150 gold. Next week it will probably be 100. Instead of 104 stacks of ore, I will be able to buy 400 stacks with the money I made selling the ore in the first place.EVEN IF YOU PLAN ON USING IT YOURSELF, YOU SHOULD STILL SELL MATS NOW AND BUY THEM WHEN THEY"RE CHEAPER.Just by understanding opportunity cost and market deflation, I quadrupled my friend's farming efficiency. If you're not in a rush to use the mats, isn't increasing your efficiency better than hoarding?
12-16-2010 @ 5:32PM
Fletcher: Please re-read this article. Basil wrote this article specifically for you, so you can understand how you can profit AND level up your professions more cheaply.
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