Thursday, April 14, 2011

Success Story: Ysera horde, LW bags + aoe spots

I bet you were all thinking that the angry, vicious, anti-social Stokpile would have no part of this nonsense!

This is my entry for Kammler's gold blogger challenge, though I don't think it qualifies as it's been so long that I cannot remember their name. So instead I'll refer to them as Hunter, as I remember for sure that that was their class. My first big bit of sheer market control was the LW area in mid wrath. I had a macro that I would post in trade multiple times a day saying that I was buying plain borean leather at X gold a stack.

After a while Hunter started to sell it to me regularly and became my personal farmer keeping my very well supplied with it. He thanked me constantly for the consistent business as it allowed him to buy epic gems and max enchants for all of his gear. I thanked him as well and gave him a nice bonus bit of gold for all of the help. Then came the obvious question: wtf am I doing with 400 stacks of leather any way?

I told him that I was crafting stuff to sell and I needed that much leather to keep up with it. Then we got to talking about making gold and he told me about his issues with making cash and how much he hated farming, but did it any way to get his gear filled out. So I directed him to my blog and pointed to my entry on how to work LW and said to read it and get back to me.

After he did he came back and was going on about how amazed he was that all of those things actually sold and for a good profit. I went on to explain that there are a lot of farmers out there and they all seem to need farming bags. I told him to finish rep grinding with the walrus people and grab the recipes for the mammoth mining bag and traveler's trapping pack.

Once he got that I pointed him to a much better place to farm leather if he was so inclined. He was originally going to the basin like everyone else was and because of that it took ages to gather enough leather to be useful. So instead I sent him to the fjords to explode the boars there which spawn fast, come in huge groups, aren't neutral, and respawn fast enough that you never stop killing. I told him that most people tend to farm in the afternoon on the weekends and that was the best time to list them in large amounts. I gave the basic tips of during prime sales time not to be afraid to buy out undercuts because they'll sell fast enough that it wouldn't be much of a risk at all.

After going through my blog and seeing that I had several gold caps under my belt he made the comment that the info was great and a huge help but now I was his competition. But I'm not ALWAYS insistent on dominating a market. So I told him that I'd let him have the entire LW market for a few weeks so he could get a feel for what the while AH game was about. During this time I was getting head long into glyphs and gems and didn't have the time to put as much focus on LW as I did before.

When all was said and done, they had made over 5k gold and felt richer than ever before. We basically shared the market, only posting in our normal times and didn't make it a point to overlap and undercut each other or to avoid it. It was basic AH competition and they turned out much better for it. I'm always glad to help people that put in the effort to learn which is half of the reason for even writing this blog. But I can't lie, it's a great feeling when one of your "students" succeeds

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Well since you mentioned it.

    350,000 gold student here.

  2. NICE!!! and ^^^^ DALE ^^^^ is still reading your blog... priceless, absolutely priceless.

  3. arkraven now scrumpyraven - kilrog EUApril 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    love it!

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It just goes to show that you don't have to be all El Conquistador on the AH to make some gold and have a good time. And yes when somebody is wanting to learn, don't shove them aside and steamroll their market of choice. But don't make it easy for them the entire time either, something given has no value.

  5. Thanks for the post. I think this qualifies, no doubt. Good story, and as the comments show, your students seem to have learned well.

    Appreciate the contribution.

  6. Inspirational success story, thanks for sharing this article here. And very important thing congratulation for this warm success.

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