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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.
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