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Posted: Nov 5th 2007 7:15PM (Unverified) said

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I agree with this perspective. There was a time in WoW when I would have gone out on a high level character and farmed my own low level materials for a low level alt to skill up a tradeskill.

Now I generally buy what I need from the auction house because it feels like a waste of time to do that, I have much more efficient ways of using my time to generate gold, or my time can be spent doing something that furthers other more interesting goals.

What amazes me is the sheer fluctuation on some items from week to week. Every time I open the AH window I look at all cloth and plate armor items that are level 65+ (I have 2 70's) to keep track of items that might be of interest to me.

Any given week certain items can double and quadruple in list price, or the market on an item may completely buckle when duplicates are introduced.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2007 6:48PM (Unverified) said

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quote - "Low-level characters are better off as well, because there is now more of a market for what they have to sell, so they'll have more gold to put towards items and training."

With respect to my experience in WoW, I absolutely disagree with that. It's clear that you haven't actually leveled a low-level character in such an environment. In fact, it becomes impossible for low-level characters to participate meaningfully in the economy. Everything is priced out of their reach, and the demand for their items is extremely low. You need a high-level alt to participate in the economy.

Items that were 3-5 gold previous to TBC are now 12-15+ and the selection of items is about 5% of the variety that was previously available. While you can sell bulk items (metals, mostly) to make money, anything that is truly rare and valuable (blue items) is priced outrageously out of your reach. Even green items are priced such that it's better to just find a green of your own.

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