The answer to the above questions is me. I do both of those things. The question is how can we use the people's tendency to do the first to our advantage? Today I'm going to talk about a technique I call 'poisoning the well'.
What exactly is 'poisoning the well' and why would I want to do something that sounds so evil? I like paying 3.50g (or less) ea. for Obsidium Ore. How can work to keep a steady flow of cheap ore coming in?
Let's say I buy up all the ore I can below 4g ea. What would happen when the next person comes along to sell their ore via an addon? They would most likely list it for just under 4g ea. When I come along to buy again the price would still be right around 4g ea.
|...and they're done dirt-cheap!|
Think of things like this when buying mats. You don't even have to put up your own items. Even just leaving one stack of low priced ore on the AH after buying most of it will help keep prices down.
Now why do I call it 'poisoning the well'? Well I am trying to artificially make it so people selling ore make less money (so I can make more money). Sure the analogy might not be perfect but it sure does sounds dramatic!
Is my theory sound (or do I have a major flaw in my logic)? Let me know in the comments.
(As a side note if you're looking for a real example of poisoning the well I dumped almost my entire glyph stock on the AH today for 30g each. Glyphs are a great (and slow and monotonous) flow of income for those who are able to babysit the AH nearly constantly. I've been having such success with JC lately I really just want to clear out my glyph stock so I gain back a bit of my sanity. I'm sure glyphs for 30g will be quite a surprise to any scribes who don't have their TSM set up properly (since many were selling in the 100-200g range). I don't feel so bad about poisoning that well for a while.)