Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Auction House 101, Part 1

*This article was originally intended to be for the new column "Poor No More" on JMTC, however, due to RL issues Markco is currently having he has delayed his writing program.

Welcome to Class

So, you are interested in the Auction House?  That is great! We all have started where you are right now at some point.  Now is as good a time as any to enjoy this great aspect of the game.   Before you dive into the deep water let’s take a look at some of the basics of the Auction House.

Where Do I Begin?

To begin on the way to being gold capped one must first take a look at what they have available to them.   What professions do you have?  Are they maxed?  If not, what has been your most difficulty in leveling them?  Many questions must first be asked in order to fully understand what you have, and what you have to do to get more. 

Let’s Get Started

You know what is available to you and you’re ready to get into the auction house.  First order of business is to install a few addons that will help make it much easier. 

1. Auctioneer- Auctioneer is the king of all Auction House addons.  Auctioneer changes the Auction House UI from the standard Blizzard version.  It also contains many different additional functions that will help you increase your income.  It is essential that you install this if you are interested in making gold through the Auction House.  Let it be noted that there are different Auction House addons available.  I choose to stick with Auctioneer, because it is what I am most comfortable with, and believe to be the best.

2. Postal- Postal is an addon that will enhance the way you are able to use the mailbox.  Some of the features include an “open all” button and a summary of all the gold obtained from your mail.  This addon is extremely convenient and time saving.

3. Bagnon (or any other “one bag” addon)- I use Bagnon on my character and it helps a ton with being able to locate my items without having to open all bags and search.  It is configurable to be able to search for desired items, highlight quest items, and can also color code items based on their quality, along with many other features.

There are guides out there concerning many of the addons you will use in the Auction House.  I suggest going online and finding a good guide for step by step instructions on how to properly configure it the way you would like.

Almost There

Now that you have your addons up and running it is time to begin.  When you click on the NPC for the Auction House your new UI will appear in place of the standard Blizzard version.  Before you search for any items begin by doing a “get all” search that is located at the top left of your UI.  It is the icon that appears as if it is two Play buttons side by side.  This will do a search of the entire Auction House.  Once your scan is complete you can do a search.  For example, let’s say you search for Saronite Ore.  You will notice that from left to right you will see: number of items, actual item, item level, time left, owner, price, and pct.  All of these are self explanatory except for the pct. 

The percentage is what auctioneer thinks, based on average market price, the item is worth.  After your one scan of the market Auctioneer will determine the percentage of each item based on its price.  A red number means that the item is overpriced according to Auctioneer’s data.  Yellow means that it is close to the average market price for that item.  When the number is green it means that the item is slightly underpriced.  If you see a blue number that means that the item is considerably underpriced, and you should consider purchasing that item. At this point, however, none of your data will be accurate.  It takes around two weeks worth of scans to get a true read on the percentage of the item.  The more scans you have the more accurate the percentage will be.

Home Work

Today, we covered what addons to use and how to scan and search using Auctioneer.  For home work, I would like you to just get a feel of all the different functions that Auctioneer provides.  Continue performing scans and searches on items that you would like to purchase.  Watch how the prices rise and fall throughout the week.  Take note of the times that the prices are high on certain items, and times they are low.

Class Dismissed

Come back next time when we will be talking about buying, bidding, selling, and understanding the best time to do all of those.  See you then.

No comments:

Post a Comment