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2-27-2012 @ 8:36PM
I'm making most of my money (on a low pop realm) via cheap Cata enchants. Since players are overall a bit more casual, there isn't as much pressure to have the absolute best enchants and best gems. That being said, people still want to enchant their gear. I'm making huge profit margins on things like Enchant Gloves - Mastery, Enchant Chest - Mighty Stats, and Enchant Gloves - Haste. The mats are 30-60g and I'm selling them between 100-350g. Not a lot of competition on the AH, but as Fox points out, there aren't a lot of buyers, so I'm still only making 1500g/day or less. High end enchants might be marked up 50% over mat cost, but I'm only selling 1 or 2 a week. The other thing I've noticed on low pop realms is that the prices of raw materials will fluctuate wildly during the week. On Wednesday there might be just a couple stacks of ore for 100g/stack and then on the weekend you can buy a hundred stacks for less than 45g/stack. Similarly, I see Hypnotic Dust fluctuate between 2g and 9g each.
2-27-2012 @ 11:43PM
You'll notice that weekends commonly have the greatest number of people farming.
2-28-2012 @ 1:18AM
Whenever I see 50+ stacks of ore on the AH posted at a low price in the morning, I just assume someone left their gathering bot program running overnight. However, on a low pop server there are a lot fewer people buying the gold that these botters sell, so you'd expect there to be less gathering bots running. I will accept that it's possible that it was done manually but it seems unlikely. When I do my own gathering I average maybe 12 stacks an hour, and I get bored long before a couple hours pass.As a crafter, a large part of my profits rely on access to large volumes of gathered materials at low cost. This means the more botters on my server working the better it is for me and my customers. High pop servers mean more people buying gold, which means more rich customers, which leads to more botters selling them gold, which means more raw material supplies for crafters. It's a win-win system.
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