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The Drag Hiding in Your Bag (or Hello Mr. Albatross!)
|Instead of the cross, the Albatross|
From Wikipedia: "The word 'albatross' is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse. It is an allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)."
Today I'm going to talk about the things that we acquire in our gold making efforts that seem to stick around forever. No matter how hard we try they just seem to be there every time we log in mocking us.
A few of our readers may remember the post I made a while ago pondering whether I should sell the Forumla: Bracer - Major Strength or learn it and try to make gold selling enchants. In a fit of crazy I decided to go ahead and learn it.
At the time I learned it there had not been any Enchant Bracer - Major Strength show up on my server yet. I thought maybe I could be the first and perhaps make back some of the 10k I had forked over for the formula.
|About my neck was hung.|
The prices for the scrolls have been steadily dropping as the few of us selling them continue to undercut each other searching for the price point at which the players will take these off our hands.
While I continue to make money in other areas (and I may end up making some money off this enchant also) what is bothering me more is having these two scrolls not selling day after day. This is my current albatross. This is what haunts me each time I log in.
This happens to us all at some point or another. A certain item (often worth a large amount of gold) will start to irritate us. It will start to make us itch. It will start to make us twitch. We start to loath its presence in our bags.
We start to feel like a failure. We start freaking out. It starts to cramp our AH mojo. We start to wonder simply "Y U NO SELL?!!"
I recently had a this experience with a Darkmoon Card: Hurricane. It sat there for weeks and weeks. When it finally sold I was relieved (even though it eventually sold for thousands less than I would have hoped). I was glad to have that albatross gone from around my neck.
Perhaps I just don't have the stomach for dealing in items that cost thousands and thousands of gold. I'm much more at ease when I have a steady stream of income coming in that adds up over time. Will I become too risk-averse?
The problem though is that by never taking big risks I miss out on some big opportunities. I will also never learn for myself what works and what doesn't. The trick is to find a way remove the current albatross from around my neck (thereby making room for the next one).
What albatrosses have you been carrying around lately? What techniques/habits/voodoo have you used to shake them off? Let us know in the comments.
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