This post is inspired by the many so called ethical debates on selling ammo in stacks of 100 at the price of 1,000. In case you're unfamillliar with this, it's when you buy a stack of 1000 arrows for 10g and post 10 stacks of 100 for 10g a stack, getting yourself a nice profit and fooling the unaware into thinking that they bought stacks of 1000. There's a lot of people that consider this a scam and some that just think it's being clever. Me? I think it's clever. I don't consider it a scam because of how obvious it is when there's a stack of 100 or 1,000. Even if you have an auction addon you'll see maybe 100 and 10... listed there, still very obvious how many are in the stack. But lets take it a step further.
Selling Icethorn herbs as single at the price of a stack. Yes some people have sold a single flower for 20g, the price of a stack. How are they able to do this? The answer is simple, most people are lazy, ignorant, and impatient. And if people were mostly none of these, I wouldn't be gold capped without doing daily quests for a year. Here's an example of what I mean.
Go to an AH and type in Cardinal Ruby. Since I'm a paladin, I'll want a Bold version for strength. There's a million and one JC's on my server that can cut it, just as there's plenty of engineers that can make ammo. Do I buy the bold gem for 230g or do I buy the raw cardinal ruby for 160g? I'll buy the raw gem and wait 60 seconds for a JC to cut it and leave a 10g tip, saving me a large amount for a minute of my time. If I need ammo, I'll look for an engineer to make it, give them a few stacks of eternals and tell them to go get a drink or something while they auto craft them. Just saved me a bunch of money by buying the materials.
Now most people aren't like that, and they want their stuff NOW and can't be bothered to wait a minute or two so they can get back to guarding the pavement in front of the dalaran bank looking sooo cool with their purples. So they go to the AH, lose a ton of money by buying a cut gem. In a perfect world, the price of a raw gem would be the same price as a cut gem. They all require the same material price and thus have the same price roughly (not counting a small service fee).
Now I go to the AH to buy a bold gem since I'm too impatient to wait, and I look for gems starting with the letter B and buy the first one my eyes lock onto. I buy it and oh darn, I bought a Bright gem, not a bold. Should I complain about blizzard screwing me out of my money because I'm a moron and didn't bother to look at what I was buying for more than two seconds? No, I should learn that making an assumption about what you're buying is only going to get you into trouble.
The most interesting part about this whole situation is that people that look down on selling arrows as 100s are also the same people that laugh non stop at people that buy ice cold milk for achievements at 10g each instead of from the vendor for a few copper. How is this different? Guess what, it's not.
Though I will say, there is one situation where I'll agree that selling something not in standard stack sizes is a honest to god dick move. Listing soo many of something that it takes up 8 pages on the AH so everybody has to spam the next button to get to the normal priced goods. This can be considered by blizz to be harassment through obfuscation. It's in the same category as hiding the mailbox by sitting on your retarded mammoth. That I'll agree is annoying as hell, but listing something in different stack sizes is a legit business move. Hell almost any gold making site/book tells you to do that because if you need 4 [item] you'll look on the AH for a stack of 4[item] regardless of price usually.
So if you think the 100 arrow bit is a scam, remember that next time you buy a gem that's cut, or an enchanting scroll. You just threw away money because you didn't bother to look for somebody with that profession. You wasted money because you're too lazy to look at the price of the materials. Each time I sell an epic gem for 200g I laugh because the poor sap that just bought it had to scroll past several pages of raw gems almost half that price.
Simply put, each time you make a profit with a profession, that is no different than selling arrows in 100s. The one that buys it has the option to look at raw gem prices just as they have the ability to look at the stack size. Please do not pity these people, if you're lazy, impatient, and likely a bit incompetent, you won't be getting anywhere in the world (of warcraft).
This blog is about discovering all of the ways to make money in Rift. There are no cheats, hacks, or exploits used in any of my methods.
After amassing a 2 million gold fortune in wow I decided to come over to Rift and see how well I can do there. It is my belief that the game does not matter as much as the methods used and mine have already been proven to work and work well.