Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rags To Riches In WoW - Horde Style: Day 3

It's the morning of Day 3 of this series and I'm going to take a peak at how I'm doing before heading to work. So, logging into my most favorite Horde alt of all time (which is one of the perks of being my only Horde alt of all time) here's what I see....



Hmmmmm. There are some successful auctions, but there are also some failed ones. Eggs are coming back, but that's no surprise - there were a TON of them up for sale. Here's what sold:

Silver Bar 0.75g
Silver Bar 0.75g
Silver Bar 0.75g
Earthroot 0.05g
Earthroot 0.05g
Earthroot 0.05g

After I clear my mailbox I'm left with...



...4.74 gold and some change. Not bad, not bad. But, something is nagging about how this is progressing. Something feels off.

Bah! I brush that feeling off - I have an auction house to scan and fortunes to make! I am Og. Hear me roar!

I scan the AH with Auctioneer Classic (AC) and start browsing the results. I won't burden you with as many screenshots going forward because I think you get what I'm doing here. If you missed it, you can see what I did in Day 2 of this series as well as my post on how to search for bargains using AC searches.

These are the bargains I find during this search:

Spider's Silk (x1) - 0.33g
Silver Bar (x1) - 0.15g
Silver Bar (x1) - 0.30g
Swiftthistle (x1) - 0.15g
Fadeleaf (x6) - 0.60g
Runecloth (x9) - 0.60g
Flask of Mojo (x15) - 1.25g
Linen Cloth (x20) - 0.05g
Linen Cloth (x20) - 0.07g
Linen Cloth (x11) - 0.04g
Linen Cloth (x10) - 0.04g
Linen Cloth (x20) - 0.08g
Linen Cloth (x20) - 0.08g

By the time I'm done with my search that feeling is back. It feels like I'm not in sync with what's going on here on Blade's Edge. Why? Well, I think I've boiled it down to a few things that's gnawing at me:


  1. There are about 8,000 auctions going on here at any given moment. On my previous Realms the auctions have been about 12,000 - that's a BIG difference.
  2. Things are very expensive here. I use Netherweave Bags as one of my barometers for comparing on market to another. Bags for the Horde on Blade's Edge are going for nearly 50% more (nearly 10g a bag). Other commodities are going for up to three times what I would expect.
  3. The enchanting market is usually overflowing on other Realms, but here most are less than half a page worth of auctions. I'm used to seeing Strange Dust spilling over to 4+ pages. Here there are about two dozen auctions that fill less than half a page.
  4. I saw some stats on AH activity between Horde and Alliance for Blade's Edge that showed Alliance outpacing the Horde by 3-to-1. Of course for the life of me I can't find that link now. If I find it I'll post it up here in an update.


What's making this "feeling" worse is that Silvermoon is so devoid of players that it's really, really compounding this negative energy I'm feeling. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come? Have I been a lucky bugger all this time and my time has come? Is the end of the line for our hero?

/click heals of ruby slippers
/say There's no place like the Alliance Auction House
/say There's no place like the Alliance Auction House
/say There's....
/ignore all the people looking at me strangely

Good thing I have to go to work now. That way I can obsess about it all day. Yeah!

Well, before I leave here's what I post in the AH...

Linen Cloth(x20) - 0.17g
Linen Cloth(x20) - 0.17g
Linen Cloth(x20) - 0.17g
Linen Cloth(x20) - 0.17g
Linen Cloth(x20) - 0.17g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Fadeleaf(x1) - 0.26g
Runecloth(x9) - 1.29g
Flask of Mojo(x2) - 0.33g
Flask of Mojo(x2) - 0.33g
Flask of Mojo(x2) - 0.33g
Flask of Mojo(x2) - 0.33g
Flask of Mojo(x2) - 0.33g
Silver Bar(x1) - 0.75g
Silver Bar(x1) - 0.75g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Small Egg(x4) - 0.34g
Flask of Mojo(x1) - 0.17g
Flask of Mojo(x1) - 0.17g
Flask of Mojo(x1) - 0.17g
Flask of Mojo(x1) - 0.17g
Flask of Mojo(x1) - 0.17g
Swiftthistle(x1) - 0.32g
Spider's Silk(x1) - 1.76g
Small Egg(x3) - 0.26g
Light Leather(x5) - 0.07g
Malachite(x1) - 0.08g
Rough Stone(x4) - 0.05g
Silver Bar(x1) - 0.75g

Total for all auctions just posted 14.37 gold. Hope I sell a few of these.

Fingers are crossed.

4 comments:

Mosshoof said...

Silvermoon doesn't seem to have much activity on Baelgun either -- I see many more people in the pre-expansion capitols.

Orgrimmar is not a bad place to have an AH alt -- lots of people there, a short distance between bank, mailbox and AH. Thunder Bluff is not bad either, though my gut feeling is that there are fewer people there.

You might notice where enchanters and rogues are advertising in the trade channel. The "top of the Org bank" seems most popular to me.

How does Silvermoon compare to The Exodar? I don't think it's fair to compare it to Ironforge or Stormwind.

Mania said...

I transferred to a new overflow server (Horde side) on the day before Burning Crusade launched. For a long time, my new server was very low population. It worked out well for leveling through Outland, but the auction house was DEAD. Completely and utterly DEAD. I was so disappointed that I started some Alliance alts on an overpopulated server just so I could have that feeling of a fast-moving AH back.

Things have picked up a lot these days, a full year later, but from now on I will always be careful to check the AH before I choose a server.

But if you have (or can work out) some tips for dealing with a slow AH, I'd love to hear them.

Carlos said...

Hi, I stumbled across your blog and i am impressed. I like the way you write, keeps me intrigued. Please keep up your rags to riches story. I like it mucho. :)

I did have a quick question, in your day one post you mention and i quote

"I perform two scans. One using Auctioneer Classic (AC) and the other using Auctioneer Advanced (AA). I'll use the search functionality in AC for my initial bargain hunting. AA scans will help during posting and browsing for bargains that AC might not pick up."

I was wondering, how you are using both versions of the auctioneer, and have you had a chance to play with the advanced auc yet? what do you think? I dun think i have quite figured out how to use it to my advantage. anyway, thanks for posting keep it up. :)
~Carlos

Og said...

Mosshoof - Silvermoon is the quietest town I've experienced. On the Alliance side, the population is heaviest in Stormwind and Ironforge.

Mania - Never been on a brandy-new server with a from-scratch AH. My strategy would still be the same. Supply will be low, but demand will be bursting. So scan, search, buy what looks good, lather, rinse, repeat.

Depending on your level, I would also head to a neutral AH and setup a mule alt back in one of the major towns. What you find in the neutral AH could fetch huge profits in Horde country because the demand is so high.

Interesting challenge.

Carlos - You can run Auctioneer Advanced and Auctioneer Classic side by side. I love a lot of the features in Advanced, but use Classic for some searching.

Take a swing through my categories on Auctioneer Advanced and you'll find some posts that goes into more depth on Advanced.

Thanks for the comments.