Been a reader for awhile now and have really appreciated the advice and contributions of the community. And of course, TSM has been a massive boon and helped me take my AH game further so my adulation and respect to the those responsible for making it.
I'm fairly green in the gold-making game, just started playing the AH semi-seriously about 3-4 months ago. I've made some decent progress and enjoyed the new aspect of WoW. However, I've run into my first major dilemma and was hoping for some advice from the masters...
Recently, I moved servers (for Raiding reasons) and began to setup shop in the new economy. I noticed fairly quickly that the numbers I was used to were just not happening here. I did some investigating and found a major roadblock.
In a nutshell, there is one "person" on the server who, using two toons, basically dominates several profitable markets by being online for 12 hours/day, everyday. After noticing his name all over the AH, I started checking him out. Using TUJ, and just observing him online for the past month, I've confirmed that he is online, like clockwork, every single day from 8pm - 8am (EST) doing nothing but methodically crafting, listing auctions, buying stock, etc. If anyone else posts, he will cancel and undercut (or just list more stock). He'll log between the two toons all night and is never offline more than a minute. This goes on steadily for 12 hours.
Additionally, after he noticed that I was a newcomer to the market he began to "bottom-out" the markets we were competing in, e.g. the new crafted Dreadful PVP cloth gear. Each day I list the newly learned piece and when I enter the market, the prices are steady between all items listed. However, as soon as I list mine, he immediately bottoms out the market, listing a bunch of stock at decreasing increments. So, if the piece was selling for 1000g and I list mine at that price, he'll respond with a wall of 2x @ 100g, 2x @90g, 2x @ 80g and so on. He uses this tactic in many different markets, effectively crashing crafted gear, bags, gems, enchants, etc. Should I ignore this and wait until the market recovers or continue to undercut as long as it's profitable?
My question to you: how do I compete with this guy? Could this be a paid farmer or an AH bot? I find it hard to imagine a "normal" WoW player working the AH for 12 hrs/day, 7 days/week non-stop. I simply cannot match this person hour-for-hour and camp the AH 12 hours/day and frankly, I don't want to put that kind of time into it. However, I am also stubborn and competitive enough to resist admitting defeat so I'm looking for new tactics.
Any feedback, advice, and/or commiseration would be most welcome.
Glad to be posting here after lurking so long and hope to be a positive addition to the community!