This blog post all started from my mate Julia, and this Tweet:
The Auction House is about to undergo a small but significant update next week with 7.1, which will allow players to search for price per unit without the need for third party code which does the same. To be honest, the only reason I run an add-on at present (I use Auctionator) is because of the way people list items, making it incredibly frustrating trying to work out what is the cheapest way to buy raw materials. Like Julia, I won’t buy individual units in most cases on principle, unless they are ridiculously cheaper than what I know is the average price. Once upon a time this did happen, but it is such a rarity now on my server that is is simply easier leaving the calculation to a UI attachment. Blizzard have clearly grasped this, hence the change.
There’s other problems for me to sort in my own mind, on top of this, and a lot of them rotate around still not grasping that the maximum stack size for raw materials is 200. I know that’s what I get stacked in my bag but I have to resist the temptation to split the pile down myself. After that, there’s the very real desire not to use the AH at all if I can go out and gather for myself. However, when selling in this Expansion I have been able to command my own prices, especially in periods where I have been the only seller in the market. A lot of my cash on Pherian’s been made via leather, and without having to worry about anyone undercutting me, because the stuff’s sold so fast to begin with.
I know why it happens, and the people doing it with programmes that make all those extra coppers add up when someone else uses code to buy all the sales. It’s like Richard Pryor’s character in Superman 3, taking all those pennies from other people’s pay cheques and becoming a millionaire overnight. Except, as a point of principle, I now refuse to do this, and if I see you selling stuff in this manner you can guarantee you just lost my business. I have better things to do with my time after all, like write blog posts moaning about the people who do this and then fob it off as ‘enjoyment’ of the game, on their terms, which of course it is. Yet again, this is no definition of ‘fun’ that I’ve ever experienced, but that’s because my gold making’s never really involved ‘playing’ the AH to begin with. It’s just a place where I sell, and now very occasionally buy. In fact, since I stopped raiding, pretty much my only interest in the AH is vanity pets, and they can’t be stacked.
Everything else, as they say, is just gravy. I think Julia’s spot on, but that’s not going to stop the determined from ploughing on regardless, however much extra is involved.
Good luck with that.