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    Stack Size Matters

    This is one of the most fundamental and universal "tips" for selling items on the AH in my opinion. Since a lot of people are dumping their stockpiles (including me) I thought I'd write something up as a general reminder to those experienced goblins who already know this as well as a heads-up for those who may not.

    The size of the stack matters as much or even more than the price you are posting at. Here is an example:

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    My single stacks are considerably more expensive than the cheapest auction (20 stacks), yet mine are selling very rapidly (I had originally posted 30 roughly 15 min earlier). Let's see why this might be.

    With default sorting of the AH, single stacks will almost always show up first when somebody searches for the item. If there are many many pages of an item (like volatiles or dust or maybe herbs), most people who want just a few of the item (less than 20 or so) wont even bother going through all the pages to see if there is a 3 stack or 7 stack that is cheaper.

    Also, depending on the item, people may just want one or two, not 20 of an item. So, they'd be willing to pay 10g for 2 even if they can get 20 for 80g. This is very item-dependent. If you are selling for example, millers make up a good portion of your buyers and they want to buy full stacks and would usually avoid single stacks even if they were a little bit cheaper especially if they are using an addon (like TSM ) to do their buying for them.

    I use auctionator for posting non-repetitive items and it makes it easy to undercut an auction that is the same stack size as what you are posting, rather than just the cheapest one.


    Hope this was at least somewhat informative / helpful as my first non-TSM thread .
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    Good reminder!

    I am getting nice sales with this way 20g more then the current prices by selling in singles.
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    Same here. I often will post various stack sizes depending on the item. For example, the requires 12x . i will post in stack sizes of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. Believe it or not the 12x stacks sell the most!
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    By the same token, selling stacks can net more money than selling singles in some cases, because many people get frustrated scrolling through pages and pages of single items. As a recent example, I posted stacks of 20 volatile earth for more than the singles were going for and they sold faster than my singles.

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    I personally put up my volatile lives in multiples of 8: 8, 40, 80, most of the time. Best way for people to make their flasks, and useful for those who craft PvP gear also. According to TSM's accounting module, I've been making a 13g profit per volatile life resold in this way
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    One of my biggest annoyances from the consumer side of the AH is when I need something like 10 or 20 of an item, the cheapest mats are in stacks of one. Closely following that annoyance is just the opposite, when I only need 2 or 3, and the cheapest mats are in stacks of 20.

    This influenced my strategy with selling volumes of mats like volatiles, ore, or herbs, so now I sell them in stacks of 5. 5 is a good, round number, especially for milling/prospecting, it isn't prohibitively expensive for folks who only need 2 or 3 items, so they'll be more inclined to bite the bullet and just pay for a few extra, and those who need it in bulk aren't sitting there, hitting the buy button 100 times. I think it's a good balance.

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    This is why Auctionator is such a great addon, for both buying and selling. One thing I wish TSM would allow is for an item to be added to multiple groups (each configured for different stack sizes), or for a group to allow for posting in multiple stack sizes. Maybe it does and I just don't know about it...?

    Typically I use TSM to post things like Volatiles, Snowfall Ink, or Deepstone Oil in my default stack size, then I go back with Auctionator and create additional listings in varying stack sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitrian View Post
    This is why Auctionator is such a great addon, for both buying and selling. One thing I wish TSM would allow is for an item to be added to multiple groups (each configured for different stack sizes), or for a group to allow for posting in multiple stack sizes. Maybe it does and I just don't know about it...?

    Typically I use TSM to post things like Volatiles, Snowfall Ink, or Deepstone Oil in my default stack size, then I go back with Auctionator and create additional listings in varying stack sizes.
    Very much agreed, however you could get around this by using multiple sellers also. Just make sure that you're set to ignore stacks below and stacks above on each toon won't interfeer with the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracklingice View Post
    Very much agreed, however you could get around this by using multiple sellers also. Just make sure that you're set to ignore stacks below and stacks above on each toon won't interfeer with the other.
    Btw, this thread is over a year old...lots has changed in TSM since this thread was posted.
    Last edited by Sapu94; October 11th, 2012 at 02:59 AM.


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    This! I've made this mistake so many times now. lost atleast 50k in total over the years on it
    Quote Originally Posted by Sapu94 View Post
    Btw, this thread is over a year old...lots has changed in TSM since this thread was posted.
    It's still a good tip
    Last edited by kafftastic; October 11th, 2012 at 04:54 AM.

 

 

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