I honestly believe those people are speds that are doing it just to annoy and waste the time of buyers as the items that they'll inevitably put 100 singles onto the AH of are items that you're only going to want a single of maybe 5% of the time at most.
Auctioneer has a shift click option that makes it fairly painless to buy mass amounts of singles if need be. Yeah, it takes time, but far far less time than doing it the original way.
As for pulling all these singles out of your mailbox, you really ought to get an addon. I use Mailbox complete. Be warned that Mailbox complete is slightly broken. You'll get an error message when you first start WoW and if you try and send mail. The good news is, you'll only get these errors message once per session. Anyway, Mailbox Complete takes all the mail out of your mailbox with a single click. No more clicking over and over again. There are other things like Mailbox Complete, so look around for one. It'll save you lots of time.
@Goggy: When I said diversify, I didn't mean you HAD to go to an alt. You can diversify with Blacksmithing and still find decent profits. Its just a matter of doing a little homework. If X isn't going for a decent profit margin, move on to Y or Z.
We need lessons in economics?... thats a laugh!
I, like anyone else want to make money but quite honestly am sickened when I log in and see outrageous prices on easy to craft items because somebody bought up every one of them and repriced all for a rediculous amount. Call it capitalism but quite often its more like extortion!
I can't play 24 hours a day or wait for a better price to appear, I work for a living.
All you whiners drive the prices up so high that nobody who doesn't actually buy gold with real money or spend 20 hours a day playing, could possibly ever afford to buy.
I undercut all the time because of all of you greedy folks out there. You know who you are. Your in a captive economic environment and take totally outrageous advantage of it, THEN cry like babies when you get undercut.
Quit whining and deal with it. If you lower your prices to a reasonable amount you'll sell more and drive the extortionists crazy!
Just like me!
1.) That's exactly what capitalism IS. Free markets are run almost entirely on supply and demand. If someone is underpricing something (meaning it will sell at a higher price), then people SHOULD by it and relist it. Easy money, and very free market-like.
2.) No one plays 24 hours a day. And most people are impatient so they're not willing to wait either. Try the trade channel, try asking your guild, try your friend's list. There's going to be SOMEone online that can make what you're looking for.
3.) I've never bought gold. And I play about an average of two hours a day. I have more money than I know what to do with. I play the markets, I use auctioneer, and I make sure the stuff I'm producing will sell for enough to get me more money. If you seriously cannot make money in this game, you're doing something very very wrong.
4.) Undercut away. I'll generally undercut right back, if I'm making a profit. And if I'm not, neither are you. I can wait till your stock clears. When it does, mine goes right back up at whatever the market will bear. Undercutters don't bother me, I'm way to diversified and way too patient.
5.) I'll lower my prices if/when the market says I should. Hmm, those 10 Flasks of the Frost Wyrm have been returned 3 times now? Time to lower the price. Hmm, those 10 Flasks of the Frost Wyrm sold out in 15 minutes? Time to price it a bit higher.
You should bend to the economy, not the other way around. The economy has how many hundreds of thousands of gold being spent daily? No one person can deal with a force of that magnitude. Duck and weave, flow flow flow. Its all about your ability to adapt to change.
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