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Posted: Jan 22nd 2008 9:10AM (Unverified) said

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please make some graphs or something and perhaps a comment, than it could be interesting for your readers...

At the moment its just spamming the Feed, imho...

Posted: Jan 23rd 2008 1:54AM Umgawa said

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I'm not sure about the issue with prices in World of Warcraft. A five-percent movement on a few trade goods doesn't really signify much. Knothide Leather moves on an hourly basis considerably more than that on my server, going from five gold at one point in the day to seven in another. This is just an anomaly and is significant of nothing.

However, to address the previous poster's comment, it would have been made a great deal easier to have an up or down-arrow on each line with an indicator as to how much the price moved, either as a function of actual cost (gold) or as a percentage. Instead, I ended up having to dive through the Massively posts to find the previous day's rundown, which didn't strike me as being far off the usual mark.

I'd have more to say, but WoWecon isn't cooperating with me, with regard to data charts. However, without knowing whether there was a fluctuation with regard to supply and/or demand, we can't really determine any reasons as to why the prices would fluctuate. Perhaps it's a glut of auctioned inventory because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, perhaps it's because people are leery about posting auctions that would expire early due to Tuesday maintenance, perhaps it's just a post-weekend drop-off. Without better data that extends beyond merely once-per-day pricing, it's completely unpredictable and generally meaningless, since prices can vary wildly from server to server, from hour to hour, and from Horde to Alliance.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2008 3:33AM (Unverified) said

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I agree it is impossible to say what caused the change in prices on Monday, the question wasn't necessarily intended to get a sensible answer so much as highlight the fact that something was going on, which is seems to have managed to do.

I don't yet have a long tail of figures from which to extrapolate, but netherweave and clefthoof leather and a couple of other commodities have been drifting downwards in price since November. Primal Might on the other hand has been rock-solid at 89g50s to 90g for all that time, and suddenly loses 2% in a day and it seems to have stayed there for today. All the other prices took a dive too, and seem to have stayed lower. There is still no good answer about what happened to prices and why - but it does appear something happened to shift value down.
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