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Gold Capped: Buy low, sell long

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Gold Capped, in which Basil "Euripides" Berntsen aims to show you how to make money on the auction house. Email Basil with your questions, comments, or hate mail!

I've often downplayed the "buy low, sell high" aspect of the money-making game, instead focusing on using trade skills to create value and profits. There is, however, a lot to be said for brokerage. It can be much riskier but has a very good profit per hour when you win your bets. Unlike a game of cards, though, the odds are not stacked against you.

There's one key fact that can stack the odds of brokerage in your favor: People charge less for items in a trade window than others would pay on the auction house. The best strategy to take advantage of this is to buy low and sell long. Why long instead of high? They actually amount to the same thing, but the key here is that instead of immediately trying to find some buyer who will put more money into a trade window than you, you list the product on the auction house.

The auction house is the great differentiator between people looking to make a quick sale and those willing to wait for a high margin. If you see someone selling something in trade chat, chances are that no matter how much they're asking for, they're expecting a low-ball offer and are willing to sell somewhere in the middle. So what is it about the AH that makes stuff sell for more?

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Filed under: Economy, Gold Capped

It came from the Blog: Join us for the Night of the Forsaken

Robinemia is weary of humans and their constant taunting of the Forsaken with their insistence on living. So she is staging a protest Saturday night.
  • When: Saturday, July 30 at 11 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. PDT, 9 p.m. server time)
  • Where: Deathknell (Forsaken starter town) on Zangarmarsh (US-PVE-H)
  • Who: Forsaken only, any level (I suppose death knights can come, too.)
  • What: March to Stormwind
  • How: Ask Robinemia or any It came from the Blog member for an invite, if you do not already belong to one of our guilds. If you are on a trial account, just tag along.
  • Motto: Protest the living!
This is not a PVP event, though our unlives may be in danger since we will be entering enemy territory. This is just a peaceful protest march to which all of the undead are invited to participate. If you do not have an active U.S. account; you can sign up for the trial and add to the body count. (You just won't be able to join a raid or talk in our in-game event chat.)

As usual, I will be streaming the event. Basic instructions will be given on our event chat channel, and more detailed instructions will be given on the stream.

Please join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PVE-H) in It came from the Blog. Any member can invite, so /whisper Robinemia or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.

Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

15 Minutes of Fame: Come one, come all to the astounding Traveling Museum of Debris

From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We're giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.

Back in October, we profiled triple-threat collector Drrum's coordinated armor, pet, and mount collections, meticulously assembled and screenshot in complementary in-game settings. Last week, we chatted with collector Moonjade of Twisting Nether (US-A), who focuses on items somehow linked to game lore. This week, we complete our trifecta of collectors with an interview with a player who's assembled an actual in-game museum -- yup, curator-led tours and all -- of unusual gray items and assorted oddities. Now, we get crazy emails all the time here at WoW Insider about all sorts of weird things that've been found in game ... but man, I've never even heard of some of this stuff!

Pestle, who's also GM of Infinite Asylum on The Scryers (US-A), manages the massive, multi-bank collection via Riplington E. Winchester III, the museum's intrepid gnomish curator character. The list of random items that she sent me is so long that there's literally no reader-friendly way to display it here (let alone the fact that it would take days to slap Wowhead links on all of it); we'll stream it for you in paragraph form just after the jump. For a visual idea of the scope of this massive collection, click through the gallery below before joining us to chat with its curator after the break.

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Filed under: RP, Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

WoW Rookie: How to learn about raiding through heroics

New around here? WoW Rookie has your back! Get all our collected tips, tricks and tactics for new players in the WoW Rookie Guide. WoW Rookie is about more than just being new to the game; it's about checking out new classes, new playstyles, and new zones.

We all know that you should do heroic 5-mans before you start raiding. It's more than just a maxim or saying; you need the gear, experience, and practice. But a reader recently mailed me and asked:

I've only been trying to do endgame for the last few months, since I didn't have time while working a full time job. Now, I am trying to learn how to raid by doing heroic dungeons. It's going pretty rough and I'm getting some pretty good gear but I have a question.

Ignoring the gear itself, what am I getting out of these dungeons? Do raid bosses actually work anything like heroic bosses?

It's a fair question, and I can see how someone new to the endgame might feel frustrated at not being in the "real" game. The bad news is that raid bosses often do work a little differently; some tactics and maneuvers that exist in raiding have no correlation to 5-man dungeons. For example, you never swap tanks in 5-man instances because you only have one tank at a time.

But all is not lost. It might actually surprise you how many raid boss tactics mirror 5-man encounters. Let's take a look at some of the T11 bosses and which 5-mans might help prepare you for them. (We're looking at T11 bosses because, admittedly, you shouldn't go straight from 5-man heroics to the Firelands.)

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

Scattered Shots: Hunter pet changes -- QQ or HTFU?

Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.

Today's header video is a sneak peek at the hunter class in patch 7.3, after the implementation of dual wielding and after minimum range is finally removed from the game. It also looks like we get a melee disarm, which I agree would be nice. Pillar humping is clearly still a vital arena strategy, however. This look at the awesomeness to come should help soften the pain of the unpleasant subject of today's column.

The hunter pet stance changes blow.

There's just no sugarcoating it; the changes to pet stances simply make our lives worse than they were before. If you want to hand me a petition to repeal the changes, I will happily sign it. However, it seems likely the changes are something that we're just going to have to put up with, like ads to buy gold online, fake sparkle pony phishing emails, and the continued existence of elves. So, too, must we apparently suck it up and deal with increasingly unruly pets that need a stronger guiding hand.

Join me after the cut as we discuss the changes in more depth and ask the question of what is to be done about it. Do we hunters try to wail up a paladin-like storm of QQ in hopes of effecting a change, or is it something deliberate and we just have to HTFU?

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Filed under: Hunter, (Hunter) Scattered Shots

Addon Spotlight: Slackers, beware! RSC is on to you

Each week, WoW Insider's Mathew McCurley brings you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which focuses on the backbone of the WoW gameplay experience: the user interface. Everything from bags to bars, buttons to DPS meters and beyond -- your addons folder will never be the same.

Are you ready to pull? The ready check says you've got the green light, people look ready, and your current raid boss stands in front of you, cruising for a bruising every moment you wait before initiating the fight. Stop. Is everyone flasked? Did everyone eat the feast? Who pre-potted on a progression encounter? Has someone dropped a repair bot that was not noticed? Are you sure that you're ready to pull?

There is little more annoying than raiders giving half their effort to the team effort, 10- or 25-man raiding. It's game time, people! Stop slacking! We've got bosses to kick in the loot bags and gear to grab. Maybe with a little help from RaidSlackCheck, you can whip your cadre of nerds into shape and get these fights down at a quicker pace.

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Filed under: Add-Ons, AddOn Spotlight

World of WarCrafts: Lightly Fried Lurker

World of WarCrafts spotlights art and creativity by WoW players, including fan art, cooking, comics, cosplay, music, fan fiction and more. Sample the whole spectrum on our Arts and Crafts in WoW page.

Cataclysm brought about a whole host of world changes to Azeroth's landscape, new talent trees to explore, and a ton of new quests and achievements. It also brought a whole ton of new recipes for aspiring Azerothian chefs and a bunch of new cooking achievements, to boot -- achievements that involve a whole heck of a lot of recipes for fish, which is only appropriate since a ton of new fishing achievements were added, too!

Some people love fish, some people hate it, and some chefs shy away from it, as it can be tricky to cook. But today's recipe is one of the easiest dinner recipes out there. Not only is it simple, it's delicious. This is actually a special recipe to me; it was my mother's, and I have no idea where she got it from originally. But whenever my mother fried up fish, it disappeared in a flash; we kids could never get enough of it. Thankfully, the recipe was passed on to us, and now I am passing it on to all of you -- deliciousness ought to be shared, after all. Let's wander into the kitchen and make ourselves a fish dinner, shall we?

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Filed under: World of WarCrafts

The OverAchiever: The gold coins of the Dalaran fountain

Every Thursday, The Overachiever shows you how to work toward those sweet achievement points. This week, we finally get the last damn coin.

In response to some questions from last week, yep -- we'll be heading for some Firelands achievements after this (and the conclusion of our Mountain O' Mounts guide), but I did want to finish our series on the Dalaran fountain first.

The gold coins are arguably the most interesting of the bunch, or at least they concern most of the more significant lore figures in the World of Warcraft universe. As before, getting all of the coins will grant you A Penny For Your Thoughts, Silver in the City, and There's Gold in That There Fountain, with the completion of all three granting The Coin Master and one more notch toward Accomplished Angler.

EDIT: This guide is now finished! You can find the full series here:

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Filed under: Lore, Achievements, The Overachiever

WoW Moviewatch: Theory of a Death Knight Wants to be a Tuskarr

This is an odd video from Myndflame. Essentially, Theory of a Death Knight spells out at a news conference why he thinks tuskarr should be a playable race. As is customary for the poor death knight, he gets eaten by a dinosaur.

I'm not sure I completely agree with the logic proposed by Theory of a Death Knight, since I'm not sure hauling around a spare tire should be a virtue. But I definitely agree that the tuskarr should be playable, because having tusks on the Alliance side would be spectacular.
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Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

The Queue: I have a WoW question for you, readers

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky, senior hops editor, will be your host today.

I'm turning the tables on you today. Let me ask you a question:

Know any good (or semi-good) Australian-time raiding guilds?

I've come to a point that it's almost impossible for me to raid at night anymore (I think I signed the contract unknowingly when I proposed to the long-time girlfriend earlier this year), so a guild that raids down under would be perfect for me. I'll buy you a few beers at our meetup if you leave me a suggestion that ends up working. And that's LA-priced beers, too.

Jeremy asked:

Has anyone really speculated what will come in patch 4.3? Do you think blizzard will continue to release new heroics every other patch?

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Filed under: The Queue