While you’ve been busy enjoying weekend BBQs under the hot summer sun, Sapu and company have been hard at work on our favorite project; TradeSkillMaster. Over the past year TSM has evolved into a comprehensive suite of tools including website, application, and of course, the in-game addon. Yet, these tools remain under-utilized by a majority of gold makers. Gold makers, by nature, like to settle into 'grooves' and often forget to sit back and re-evaluate their methods. With the closing of The Undermine Journal, many goblins were forced to explore alternative resources, myself included. One such resource was the TradeSkillMaster website, a relatively new player in the web-based WoW AH statistics space.
The purpose of this article is to briefly spotlight the latest and greatest tools the TSM team has brought us. Most of these tools were made possible by leveraging the addon-application-website synergy, or as Sapu likes to call it, "the stack". The stack gives TSM access to data that would otherwise be unavailable, which puts them ahead of the pack in several capacities. In a sense, what we have so far is the tip of the iceberg. Expect to see a lot of unique and impressive features coming out of TSM in months ahead - like in-game Great Deals searches sourced directly from the website via the TSM application.
By the way, before moving on, check out the nifty little contest Sapu is running here.
TradeSkillMaster & Stormspire.net
Sapu and I have been working together to bring TSM tooltips to the forums. The old tooltip integration is starting to show its age, occasionally returning item not found errors. A solution was dearly needed, and Sapu delivered! The old tooltips (left) made use of WoWhead’s tooltip module, along with WoWuction pricing. The new tooltips (right) are sourced entirely via TSM and show detailed item information along with pricing and quantity data. What’s more; the tooltips direct users straight to TSM’s item pages (more on that below), which should be of better interest to the target audience of this site. To make use of TSM tooltips, simply wrap an item name or number with a tsm tag. By the way, TSM tooltips are still in beta. Once we’ve ironed out the kinks with the new TSM tooltips, we’ll probably phase out the old item tags altogether.
A far cry from its original self, the TSM website now offers profession pages, seller pages, item pages, personal sales data and notifications on top of its other functions.
Profession pages: These pages provide a quick overview of crafted goods for all professions, including quantity available, realm min buyout, realm market value, and global market value. This data can be sorted by category – as you can see in the Jewelcrafting page below. In this instance I’ve sorted the data by Global Market Value, in descending order. This gives me a good idea of what gems are commanding higher prices at a macro level.
Seller pages: Similar to item pages, seller pages give a detailed look at what a player is selling. The page offers great insight at to what a player’s strategy may be – or at least – what the strategy is for that character in particular.
The very first page you’ll see when doing a seller search is a list of the most active auctioneers for your selected realm. You might even find yourself in the list if you have poor inventory management, too!
Here I’ve pulled up the profile of Jmw, an alleged gold-farmer on my server (you be the judge). This profile view is not only handy for stalking competitors, but also for auditing your own operations. It can help you identify holes in your game. For example, you could be posting 20 x Protector Legguards at once, without even knowing it. Whoops.
Item Pages: The first thing you will notice about the new site is the search box found on the right side of the menu;
The TradeSkillMaster website now allows users to search for items and pull up the new item pages;
Introduced just recently, the new item pages track all sorts of useful item data pertaining to price and availability over time. The data is tracked on a per-realm basis, and globally as well. As we saw Smelting Mastery, pricing charts are invaluable when setting up certain systems.
Now, if you scroll down the item page a little bit, you’ll see a few neat things. The first is Your TSM Info. This section shows the group in which an item resides, and any operations you’ve assigned to it. The TSM application makes this possible by feeding your addon data back to the TSM website. But that’s not all…
Ever since The Undermine Journal closed its doors, players have been seeking alternatives for email notifications. TSM has been offering notifications for a while, but their improved service has gone mostly unnoticed by most.
You may have noticed the Notifications section on the item page above. This is the setup we’re used to, and it’s quite useful on its own. However, Sapu and company have gone above and beyond to provide what I think is the best notification system currently available. The old Application-based notification system has been ported over to a web-based platform, enabling users to set up notifications on a group basis;
As you guys know, I run a pretty extensive set of groups for sniping purposes, so all of the necessary footwork was already done. All I had to do here was toggle the email notification button and voila, notifications for 3000+ items.As with the old version of the TSM Desktop Application, we are offering free email notifications when there are deals found according to your TSM groups and TSM_Shopping operations. However, this is now easier than ever to setup, and runs on our servers so you don't need to keep the TSM Desktop Application running in order to scan for deals.
Let me re-iterate: I set up fully custom notifications for 3000+ items in about 15 seconds.
If you want to keep notifications out of your email inbox, that’s possible too. Just toggle the Web Notifications button instead and you can check what notifications have been triggered at your own leisure (just don’t be upset when your competitor got to it first). You can do both email and web notifications, if that suits you.
The beauty of web notifications is that you can go back and review current valid notifications, and sort them by group, type, price, percent, etc.
Now, if this isn’t an awesome setup, I don’t know what is. It almost feels like I’m cheating.
Consider that most of these features were launched within a few months only. The pace of development here is almost frightening! Imagine what the TSM suite will look like in another 6 months, or a year down the road. With the Application feeding data to the TSM site – one would almost think that the farfetched TSM Leaderboards idea isn’t so farfetched anymore!