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    Question Methods for selling rares

    I've built a pretty decent stock of rares over the last few weeks and I'm experimenting with different ways to sell them. I'm pretty new to this, so I was hoping some of you with more experience would share your selling tactics (other than patience!).

    For example, today I decided to more aggressively bark in trade to get my (which I snatched for 7g a few weeks ago!) some publicity and hopefully grab the interest of a collector. I started out with something like "WTS Formula: Enchant Gloves - Advanced Herbalism 25k - 1 of only 3 available on the Horde AH across ALL US servers!" I quickly found that people reacted pretty strongly to the price (i.e. "WTF 25k?!", "That's insane for a low-level enchant", "Just use the Gatherer enchant", etc). This didn't really bother me because I figured any press is good press and maybe the trade conversation would help. To experiment, I gradually slimmed down my macro until all I have now is "WTS Formula: Enchant Gloves - Advanced Herbalism PST" since I figure any serious buyer wouldn't need the rarity or price explained to them. Now I get a bunch of whispers offering 5g and I have to nicely turn them down. Is one method of barking going to be more successful? Do you guys find that including price/rarity/sales text helps or harms the sale?

    Another thing I'm trying is a mega thread of all my rares on the server forums, and barking a link to that thread which has all my items and pricing information. Anyone tried this? Is it worth my time since I have to update it every time I buy, sell, or adjust my prices?

    Any other selling tips welcome. I know that flipping rares can take weeks or months, but anything to speed up the process is great.

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    Honestly, if a buyer is serious they are going to check the AH, and if yours is the lowest price and within their budget they will buy it. They may also just whisper you to try and get a better deal. This only requires enough work to re-post on occasion and make a decent effort to keep your the lowest price on the AH.

    When it comes to barking rare recipes you'll probably find out what I've found, it's a lot more work for a sale that doesn't happen any quicker as a result. You also make yourself very visible to potential competition and can create enemies with barking, so proceed with caution.

    As far as your idea on the forums it's definitely can't hurt to at least have a thread. Serious collectors might even xfer to get a recipe you have if they see it on the forums.
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    I would add that even serious buyers, or potential buyers, may not watch the AH every 48h for rares such as this (unless they have a snatch list for stuff they are missing), but my guess is that it's even more probably that they'd check TUJ for it, and TUJ has info on when it's been available, for what price, and even last known sellers.

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    Rather than getting trade chat focused on one specific item (not everyone can be an herbalist!) consider crafting a bark to get people interested in completing their profession skills. Something like "Never be embarrassed to link your professions again! Many rare and uncommon patterns now available on the AH; complete your collection today!"

    This takes focus off price and could drive people to realize how many patterns they're missing.

    On a side note, I've taken to teasing those "LFW" people in trade: "If you're really looking for work DeathKnightBob go get the 232 patterns you don't have." On the flip side, I'll compliment people who've obviously worked on completing as much of their trade as possible. Doesn't cost me anything and possibly builds good karma. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix1294 View Post
    Rather than getting trade chat focused on one specific item (not everyone can be an herbalist!) consider crafting a bark to get people interested in completing their profession skills. Something like "Never be embarrassed to link your professions again! Many rare and uncommon patterns now available on the AH; complete your collection today!"

    This takes focus off price and could drive people to realize how many patterns they're missing.

    On a side note, I've taken to teasing those "LFW" people in trade: "If you're really looking for work DeathKnightBob go get the 232 patterns you don't have." On the flip side, I'll compliment people who've obviously worked on completing as much of their trade as possible. Doesn't cost me anything and possibly builds good karma. =)
    FANTASTIC IDEA!! plus rep+

 

 

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