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Monday, February 3, 2014

WoW Auction Hunter by Brevisvox

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How many of you have ever watched one of those “reality” shows where people buy storage units in the hopes of turning a nice profit.  Well, based on that concept and using the idea from Jim Younkin to use the Great Deals section of The Undermine Journal, Grouper and TradeSkillMaster, I did my own version of WoW Auction Hunter.  I wanted to see what kind of deals I could find and if I could flip them for a profit. Read on past the jump for more.

This article assumes that the user has a good working knowledge of TradeSkillMaster.

Over a period of seven days I searched for and purchased the items shown on The Undermine Journal Great Deals page.  Now to be honest I didn’t purchase every item.  I used the shopping function of TradeSkillMaster to only purchase those items that were 10% of the market average.  So, of the 80 or so items shown on the Great Deals page I may purchase 5-10 items.  To post the items I use prices derived from a Custom Price Source which is an average of DBMarket, The Undermine Journal GE Median and Wowuction Region Market.  I feel that this average gives a good general picture rather than trusting just one source (just my opinion).  My Minimum Price is 80% of the average, my Maximum price is 200% of the average and my Normal price is 120% of the average.

Each day I created a group for that days great deals, set my shopping and auctioning operations to purchase and post that days items.  I posted each days group in 48 hour cycles and tracked each group for 7 cycles (14 days).  After 7 cycles anything that had not sold via the auction house would be sold to a vendor.  For ease of tracking sales and expenses I rounded all values up to the nearest gold.

Below are the results…

As you can see in the chart, my total purchases were 1101g with AH fees totaling 436g for a total cost of 1537g.  My AH sales were 8001g with 46g from vendor sales for a total income of 8047g.  This experiment netted my 6510g profit for very little effort.

I did find some great deals along the way.

In the 1-11-14 group I bought Recipe: Tasty Lion Steak for 15s 0c and sold it for 250g 80s 0c (167100% profit).

In the 1-15-14 group I bought Staff of the Shade for 30g 0s 0c and sold it for 438g 90s 0c (1363% profit) and Vanguard Sabatons for 5g 34s 10c and sold them for 1904g 75s 0c (35563% profit).

It was interesting to see that blind buys from the Great Deals list could prove so profitable.  

Full disclosure, I found a few items that did not sell in my allotted 14 day cycle that I decided to keep for myself or “on my store shelf” a little longer.  One item was the Blackened Defias Belt which is no longer available in the game.  Should I keep or sell???  Awww…I’ll probably sell it.

You never know what you will find.

Happy Auction Hunting


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