Thursday, March 24, 2011

Learn from your fortunes

Today is a simple entry about the fortunes you find when you open the mysterious fortune cards. They're mostly simple and silly things, but a lot can relate to the AH. When you look at them from a different perspective you'll see that a lot of them contain little nuggets of wisdom here and there.

That being said I've pulled out a few that seem to relate to the AH game along with my thoughts on how you should interpret them. Again these are just small tips and the main thing that you should take away from this is that you always have to look at things differently to truly be great at playing the AH. It's all about your perspective.

"You might have better luck with another fortune."
Keep trying new things! If one market turns out to be mediocre or just too time consuming for you, you might have better luck with another one. And just because one isn't great does not mean it is therefore bad. Weigh the pros and the cons against one another and make your decision if you should look for a fortune elsewhere.

"You really should've looted that spider."
Loot the mobs! When you're out doing dailys or leveling loot every last mob that you kill, it will add up extremely fast. Besides you never know when you'll get a rare recipe or a handful of greens from a day's worth of questing.

"Many raid wipes are in your immediate future."
You WILL make mistakes and you WILL lose gold. Nobody walks into the AH game knowing everything. Even if you've read every post on every gold blog out there you still won't know it all until you get out there and do it. However you need to accept the fact that you're going to mess up somewhere along the lines. You need to be aware and expect it so that it happens less likely. And also when it does it will only effect your total gold and not your playing.

"Find beauty in ordinary things. Vendor them for cash."
The vendors are your friends. Not just because of the goodies they sell us to sell on the AH for 100g but for letting you take advantage of people that are far too lazy or stupid to look at a tooltip. From gems to blue heroic drops, if you can't AH it then you can vendor it. Let nothing go to waste.

"He who fights an army is a martyr; he who fights five is elite."
Just replace the word army with market and you'll get the gist of it. If you can run an entire market day and night you're good, if you can do 5 you're leet sauce. If you can get to the point where you're working in several large scale markets at once you'll hit a million gold in no time.

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. The end of wisdom is to theorycraft."
Gaining wisdom begins with your search for it. You read and experience and you learn all of the ins and outs of the AH. Once you've reached that point and you begin to theory craft wisdom has come to an end and you are now gaining knowledge. Something new and different that you couldn't find anywhere else because nobody else is in your exact situation. You have to figure out a ton of things on your own before you are truly wise and knowing of all of the different facets of your market and server.

"Life is short; you should take more chances."
Simply put if you don't take a risk you'll be mining and doing dailys for the rest of your life. Even cutting a single gem to sell is a risk, you just need to learn and experience to make informed decisions. Look at how fast things sell and what the entry cost is and decide if it could be worthwhile for you.

"All that glitters is not gold. But you can sell it for gold most of the time."
Everything has a price. As an up and coming AH baron it is your job to identify which parts of this everything is worth selling on a regular basis. It can be as simple as seeing that truesilver rods have gone up and nobody else is selling them or going all out and shuffling ore. Whichever it is that should be your primary focus.

"You're going to be rich!"
If you stay consistent and don't get scared off easily you certainly will be in time. Persistance is the key here, a million gold may be far off but that doesn't mean you can't do it. It isn't a question of if, but a question of when.

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