Nov 17th 2006 9:02AM I have to agree with Gegga -- Auctioneer for the win. The Auctioneer add-on gives you the ability to track current prices on your server for every type of item that hits the AH. The payoff is being able to check if a generic white item is actually worth a lot more in the AH than the vendor price (perhaps it is part of an epic quest chain), or that a certain green or blue item is worth 50g to somebody out there for some reason. Having said that, I've anecdotally found Strat Live to be the most profitable two hours in the game; the BoE drops sell for a lot and a Righteous Orb is usually worth an easy 25g to 35g on my server.
Nov 9th 2006 10:51AM I'm a 40 year old technology executive with a 60 in a raiding guild currently working on Blackwing Lair. The person who got me into WoW was a 50 year old. If you'd told me a year ago that I'd spend 20+ hours a week playing WoW on top of my 50-60 hour standard work week, I would have thought you were crazy.
Sep 20th 2006 7:11PM Even at the level of BRD, Scholo, and Strat I find the "standard" loot rules have variations (roll need for greens) and sometimes break down. I think part of the reason is that the longer you've been a 60, the less likely it is that a drop will be better than what you've already got -- I'm sure we've all done Scholo runs where every single BoP got sharded. The problem comes when you start mixing in a group with 50-somethings or new 60s. With the standard loot rules, the 50-something or new 60 can make a better case for "need" on the blues and BOPs.
I ran BRD the other day, happily passed on half a dozen blues that I couldn't use, then got into the ninja-namecalling thing that toolmonkey mentions when I won a greed roll for a blue and announced my intention to shard it. I discovered that there was the "just because you can use it" greed mentioned in #6 of David's original post, and "I'm gonna shard this immediately" greed, and that they were not viewed in the same way by the group ;->
Since I hadn't picked up the item yet, I yielded to the group and a few of them re-rolled need. After a couple hours in BRD and a bunch of downed bosses, I left with no greens and no blues. Did we follow standard loot rules? Yes. Would I group with any of these guys again? No, life is too short.