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7-04-2011 @ 5:13PM
The market did not "break". There were no living embers at all prior to 4.2. Now they are in the earliest stages of availability, with tightly restricted supply, and most of that staying within the raiding guilds that are obtaining them. All as designed.Anyone pursuing a profit on crafting these goods now is not pursuing a predictable profession. You are either farming for the embers, praying for luck on the roll; or speculating that you will be able to obtain enough of them and make the sale before a volatile market moves against you. All fine is good for folks who want to spend their game time that way, but these were not a viable, predictable strategy pre 4.2 or now.Many weeks/months from now, Blizz will loosen supply as they always do by making them available for VP and a more regular market will emerge.And finally, this material and its crafted goods represent probably less than a tenth of a percentage of all the goods traded on the AH. And many of the rest of the 99.9% are currently quite profitable. Ridiculous, misleading headline. I suspect the author knows better and was pressured into it anyway.
7-05-2011 @ 6:56AM
I agree, i think the markets are working as expected. It's a new material, and people are trying to find out the sweet spot. That means lots of reposting, trial and error. And the sweet spot, than price which you will sell it and people will buy it, moves all the time, typically downward. I know you can make good money doing professions for raid items, like last expec, but you really need to have nerves of steel and realize that maybe you will actually lose money.
7-05-2011 @ 2:36PM
I also agree that the market is not 'broken'. Simply in its infancy. The current patch is only a week old. It's a bit early to declare that things simply aren't working.In Fox's defense, him and Basil do need to come up with a compelling topic for the column each week. I'd imagine any publication needs to stretch reality a bit when there just isn't anything newsworthy to report on. Every media outlet practices this, and is simply a part of a news-hungry customer base that has grown used to getting up to the minute information.Keep in mind that it has also become a bit more difficult to provide the amount of compelling wow-related news that WoW Insider was able to provide during the Lich King expansion for one reason: Ghostcrawlers' silence. In Wrath, he provided insight into character and raid balancing on an almost daily basis. It supplied Wow Insider with a steady stream of topics to cover, and a few comments from Ghostcrawler was enough to provide a healthy does of analysis and speculation to each columnist here for a good couple of weeks.I myself used to read WoW Insider almost every day during Wrath for the above mentioned reason. Now, I can easily go for 3-4 days at a time without feeling compelled to do so. It has nothing to do with the quality of the articles published. The guys here still provide a top notch blog. It's more of a content problem, and not the sort that anyone can do anything about.
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