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    Little AH tips.

    Let's start this off with a list of everyone's little tips and tricks. I'll get going with a couple obvious's:


    1) Save your flasks to sell on Tuesday night, or at least right before usual raid time/nights on your server.

    2) Infrequently bought items (old world patterns, mats, etc.) are best put up on weekends when more players are browsing the AH.

    3) Buying out the AH, putting it up at much increased price on an alt, and then spamming trade with "much cheaper than AH" can work well.

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    Good tricks there Bagu. Careful with #3 though! You might think you are buying out the AH, but I could be sitting on a boat-load more stock just waiting for you to buy!

    Here's some of my very general tricks:

    1) know and love your add-ons (I regularly use 6-7 add-ons just for working the AH!)

    2) diversify, diversify, diversify (put your fingers into as many pies as possible, so you can always strike when something's hot!)

    3) buy on the weekends, sell during the week (more AH'ers on the weekends tend to drive prices down, and more raiders (main spenders) will be actually buying stuff before/after their weekday raids!)
    Last edited by Pennyworth; September 9th, 2010 at 11:30 AM. Reason: failspell

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    The biggest thing I have noticed is not to actually buy mats out of the AH. I have some people that I locked in at a specific price that supply me with mats for crafting on toons that I don't have the ability to farm on my own. It ends up being a lot cheaper then the AH. The other thing I do is spam trade with a list of things I am buying and how much I am offering. I usually can get what I am asking for and with a pretty large discount compared to the AH.

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    That's not to say you shouldn't buy off the AH! If it's below your threshold, buy buy buy!

    If you're doing it right, you should be able to negotiate cheaper bulk deals with regular sellers (or people from trade) for the simple fact that you're saving them deposit fees and the 5% AH cut.

    On the flip side though, I've seen large amount of cheap saronite ore being placed on the AH where the seller wouldn't reply to me at all. He just kept posting, and I just kept buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaera View Post
    3 - When catching a bargain, check for other items from the same seller. You will often find more bargains.
    Which add-on do you use for this?

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    Auctioneer, under the Search tab

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    Yes, if you find a bargain, do a quick search with the /aadv getall command, then go to Search/General tab and fill the "Seller name" field. This will list all of his auctions.
    My tips:
    - Learn your servers "main selling time". Usually its on weekdays between 6pm and 12pm. At weekends the main time starts around 4pm.
    - If you are on a high pop server, there are at least 8+ frequenty raiding guild. I found that members of these guild dont like to craft (flasks, enchants, etc.) so watch your auctions closely before their raid starts. Be the cheapest all the time and you will win.
    - Allways watch WG time, if your faction has WG, there is a chance to sell more chest/gloves and leg enchants

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    The one that has worked WONDERS! for me is cross faction trading post that you would like to transfer funds from alliance to horde or the other way around and someone might want to do it as well and get the gold over cheaply or for free and start buying and sending back made a killing on gems and ore. I have 10k in mats getting ready to move over again tomorrow so check it out . I sometimes use primordial saronite and send over a bunch to sell but they are dropping like bird poo. Works especially well if you are on a low pop faction and the other a high pop faction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perndog View Post
    The one that has worked WONDERS! for me is cross faction trading post that you would like to transfer funds from alliance to horde or the other way around and someone might want to do it as well and get the gold over cheaply or for free and start buying and sending back made a killing on gems and ore. I have 10k in mats getting ready to move over again tomorrow so check it out . I sometimes use primordial saronite and send over a bunch to sell but they are dropping like bird poo. Works especially well if you are on a low pop faction and the other a high pop faction.
    This works VERY well. You really only need to make sure that the item will sell quickly on the other side, and for a similar amount or more than what you paid. Primordial Saronite is great for this, because the price is usually similar and they are EASY to dump in trade chat. You can make money at this, but I find it is more work than it is worth. The idea is to avoid the AH fee on the neutral AH. Take a profit when you see one, but don't waste time chasing it down.

    I also find that having an AH player on both sides can be a great way to get bulk mats cheaper than the competition. Sort of like importing. This works better on servers with slightly mismatched populations between Horde and Alliance. For example, I get my netherweave cloth for about 2g cheaper per stack from the Alliance then transfer it over the neutral AH to make bags. When the market is tough, I can go a lot lower if I need to. Although I still buy the low hanging fruit on Horde side in order for the supply to not go through the roof! This still brings my average cost down to around 3g50s per bag. When things are going well, bags sell for 14g.

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    Tips Every New Auctioneer Should Know

    The Auction House is all about convenience. Hopefully with these quick tips can you convenience other players, and make some more gold for yourself if you're new to the AH.

    1. Stack Size
    There are two things that are in this catagory. First of all, as I said before, you want to be convenient. Obviously if I'm a paladin, and I changed from prot spec to holy spec, I'm not going to want to buy 3 Beacon of Light glyphs. Instead I would a buy a stack of one, so I don't have to delete or try to resell these glyphs. Likewise, if I need 20 potions of speed for the next raid with my guild, it can be a bit time consuming to manually click buyout for 20 potions in stacks of one. If you were to post in a stack of 5 or 10, it will save me (the buyer), time, and I would happily buy those over the stacks of one. Make sure to experiment around with this. Maybe you can post 10 stacks of one, 4 stacks of five, and 2 stacks of ten to get the most buyers. Who knows?
    The second part to this is changing stacks you buy from other players. My favorite example is infinite dust because I'm constantly making a profit from this on my server. There's a player on the AH that will post about 5 pages of single stacks of infinite dust for 1.25g each. What I like to do is buy out most of these, and then relist them for 2g each in stacks of twenty. Just from doing this I make 60% profit because people will pay extra to save time. Now because it takes waaaaay to long to buy all this infinite dust from him, I can either use the snatch feature from Auctioneer, or I also like to use Auction Snatch. Personally I only use Auction Snatch for items like infinite dust because auctioneer makes me laggy, and it's just easier to do this. So back on topic though, you can buyout auctions, and change the stack size for profit. Lastly, think about what the use of the item is. Honestly, I'm not going to buy a stack of 19 saronite ore to prospect, because I wouldn't be able to do the last 4.

    2. You don't always have to undercut.
    From past experience, I know that some items move faster than others. To not undercut and still make a sale really just depends on demand, supply, and how many undercuts happen. We all know that items like the glyph market, you can be pretty sure you'll be undercutting to make a profit there. However when I farm Stratholme, I usually come out with quite a bit of runecloth. So lets say I finish, have 20 stacks of runecloth, and head over to the AH to sell it off. When I check the auction house, I see that someone posted 5 stacks for 4g, and then the next highest price is 7g by other posters, which is the usual price. While I could undercut the 5 stacks at 4g each, and make under 80g from all my sales, I know that if someone's buying runecloth, they are going to buy it large ammounts, so I post my stacks for 6g80s, for about 130g total. With knowledge about certain items like this, you can make extra gold from the same items. Just as a little note, I've heard that this happens with netherweave bags.

    3. Matching buyouts
    You don't always have to have a cheaper buyout to be at the top of the auction house list. If you set a bid price on your item, and then set the buyout to the same price as your competitor, you will appear infront of them. Personally I don't do this too often, but on some items when I don't want to lower the price with an undercut, I will match their buyout with a lower bid.

    4. Number of stacks
    For this topic I have two parts. First, you want to remain convenient, without flooding the market. If I'm trying to level my cooking and need rhino meat, yeah I'll probably need quite a bit so it's good that you keep multiple stacks up so I can buy them from you, but if you just got done farming for a long time, and posted all 15 stacks of rhino meat you had, most likely someone will come by and undercut you.
    The second part to this is remember auction house deposits. I remember back when people were really into the saronite shuffle, I was posting usually two blue gems at a time, and one of my competitors was posting like seven at a time. The thing he probably didn't realize was every time I undercutted him with QA3, he would be losing almost 9g each time for each type of gem, which really affects profits. (If I undercut him on 10 gems, he would be losing about 90g from each round of undercuts!)Keep in mind that if you're mass posting items like gems with a deposit over 1g, you can actually lose gold.

    This was just some stuff I had on the top of my head...aka me rambling. When I have another tip for new auctioneers, I'll come back and edit this post.

 

 

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