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12-27-2011 @ 12:46AM
This article makes me want to only shop at the Auction House from now on.The 15% cut isn't for laziness, it's to ensure you aren't being deceived as a matter course in the process of any sale using the trade window between two characters.This lack of integrity for something that isn't even tangible in the non-virtual world may be a common practice, but it's definitely not something to be proud of.
12-27-2011 @ 1:17AM
I don't see how you're getting to this conclusion. The faction auction houses take a 5% cut, the neutral auction house takes a 15% cut. In one sense it's a way of Blizzard siphoning off some of the gold from players to have a better control on the game economy. In another sense it's mirroring real-world auction practice, except in the real world, the auction house cut pays for the auction house itself.I don't think you really want to post something on the neutral auction house and wait for someone to buy it. Best case scenario, one of the tycoons will see it and that's you cross-faction advertising, assuming they're even checking the neutral AH at all. Plus you'll lose a chunk in the listing fee.Posting on your own auction house is much more practical. You still lose the listing fee every time it doesn't sell, but you're advertising to a much broader player base. The laziness factor is when someone actually buys it at the price you list it for. I wouldn't even consider posting it on the AH as "lazy", but a more productive use of your time. Do you really want to bark it in Trade for 12 hours, or would you rather bark it for an hour during peak player time and then post it for people to find while you go do something else in game or out of game?As Fox points out, both parties will get the best deal by direct-dealing. The seller doesn't lose the listing fee or the 5% AH cut, and because of that, the buyer can negotiate down from what the seller would otherwise list it at.
12-27-2011 @ 11:11AM
I see what you mean by your comments, and you explain your points well. However, my comment wasn't really about the auction house. I'll clarify, because on re-read what I said was slightly vague.I was talking about the practice Mr. VanAllen referenced of using alts to misrepresent yourself while direct-dealing.The fact that people do this is what makes me want to use the auction house despite the fees and cuts. The fact that it's a common practice is going to make me extremely cautious of advertising in trade chat (or responding to ads in trade chat), and likely to use the auction house in the future.
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