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Money money money by the pound {WoW}

Oct 30th 2007 10:34AM Obviously, I don't know what you did when you played the AH, but here are some tips:

1) Try to play in things that are neither total commodities (like herbs), where the pricing tends to be very efficient, or in things that are too exotic and hard to price, like epic gear. I personally play the rare quality armor market. You can quite often buy things for less than 50% of the price you can sell for, yet still expect it to sell in a reasonable amount of time. 50% gives you good downside protection in case you misjudge the market.
2) Play in things that don't cost a lot to list so you can wait for your price without losing a fortune. It may take a week for it to sell. That's OK if it sells for 50g and costs 20s to list for 24 hours. That's not OK if it costs 3g to list and sells for 15g. So stick to low level items, and if you do play in higher level stuff, stay away from weapons, chests, legs, and rings unless they sell for a whole lot. Most of the rare armor I trade is level 15-50.
3) Use Allakhazam to price. While its prices may not be exactly right for your server, they are consistently high or low by a certain percent and you'll quickly learn what that is. Also, keep in mind that your buyers will look at it. If AK says it's worth 40g and you price at 39g, it likely will sell. If you price it at 41g, it's MUCH less likely to sell.
4)Most important of all, be patient. Especially while you are learning. There will not be deals every day.

Shifting Perspectives: Some handy addons for your druid {WoW}

Jul 18th 2007 11:35AM For item comparison, I use Pawn. It is good for any class. The only downside is you have to be savy enough to know what value to place on every stat.

WoW Rookie: All you needed to know about stats, part 4 {WoW}

Jul 5th 2007 1:17PM It should be noted that at level 70, 18.9 agility also grants 1% dodge. That compares to 18.9 dodge for 1% dodge, but agility also gives armor and melee crit. So given a choice (in choosing gems for example) a druid should always take +agility over +dodge.

Ask WoW Insider: When is it fair to upgrade an epic? {WoW}

Jun 15th 2007 4:08PM Let me add to what I said above.

I wouldn't be asking whether I was being "penalized" for doing the hard work to get my epics before the raid. What I'd really ask myself is whether the I am OK raiding with a group whose members may not be as dedicated as I. Should I be running with a group of people that matches my dedication? Or do I like these people enough that I don't care?

Ask WoW Insider: When is it fair to upgrade an epic? {WoW}

Jun 15th 2007 4:04PM It is "OK" to roll on this if it is an upgrade.

However, if you run weekly with these guys, you may have to ask yourself if it is more important to upgrade your equipment, or more important to advance the raid so you can get more total drops and/or move on to higher level raids. It may be in your long term interest pass for that reason.

Build Shop: Druid 0/47/14 {WoW}

May 24th 2007 3:42PM Primal Tenacity is a worthless talent for PvE. At 15% it does not proc enough to be relied on as a tank, and having it proc while in another form can get you killed really quick.

Ask WoW Insider: Are BoE drops still worth selling on the AH? {WoW}

Apr 6th 2007 4:37PM Here are my guildlines:

1) Only auction off the stuff that is really valuable. For example "of the Beast" and "of the Bandit" leather are valuable. "Of Spirit" and "of the Gorilla" are not.
2) Look at what the fees are. Weapons, shields, and chestpieces are very expensive to auction and sell to the vendors for a lot. Therefore, they are often not worth the risk. Bracers are just the opposite and therefore often are.
3) Blue weapons are often hard to auction off. Blue armor is not unless it has stupid stats (see rule #1 above).

Breakfast Topic: Netherstorm vs. Shadowmoon Valley {WoW}

Apr 6th 2007 12:33PM They key consideration for me was the quest rewards. As a feral druid, most of the key rewards were in Shadowmoon, so that's where I leveled.

As an aside, understanding where the valuable quest rewards are is probably a good topic for an article.

Forum post of the day: Statements that make you leave a group {WoW}

Mar 30th 2007 5:08PM I'm a bear-specced druid. Pre BC, after inviting a priest to join us for a scholo run, she asks "Whose tanking?" I say, "I am." She says, I am not doing this with a druid tank. They can't hold agro." and quits the group.

Really!

I've carried a chip on my shoulder ever since!