Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekly Sales Summary 11/02/2012

Greetings, gold fans!  I know I'm a little late on this week's sales summary, and for that, I apologize.  To be quite honest, I just wasn't in the mood to blog yesterday.  It may sound immature, but I was in a bit of a funk.

Why, you might ask?  Well, Wednesday was kind of a big day for me.  It wasn't so much that it was Halloween (although we did actually end up with candy left at the end of the night), but because it was when I reached gold cap.  I was obviously ecstatic and rushed to write a blog post about it.

About 12 hours later, when I went to bed that night, I'd gotten congratulations from my guildies during our raid, but nothing from the blog.  No comments, no tweets.  That's not uncommon for a typical post, but I had hit gold cap.  It was a big milestone and accomplishment for me.

"But it's Halloween", I reasoned, and let it go at that.  Then all of yesterday also went by without a peep, and to be quite honest, that got a little depressing.  Long story short, I spent a good chunk of my time online that day feeling sorry for myself, and it delayed this week's summary.

It was stupid of me, I'll admit, and I'm not going to let it continue to bother me.  I didn't start this blog for fame or praise.  I started it because I enjoy writing, I enjoy making gold, and I figured maybe I could help some people in the process.  Even if I don't get a word of feedback, I can see by Blogger's statistics that the posts are being viewed.  People are seeing it, and if they're coming back, presumably it's helped or even simply entertained some of them.  As long as that continues, I'll keep posting here.

Now, enough of my sentimental whining.  Let's get to this week's summary.


Now, there are a couple of items in this week's top page that we can discard right now.  Relic of Niuzao and Breastplate of Ancient Steel both went for far less than they're worth, and in the cast of the chest, probably less than the cost of the base mats to make it.  They were a harsh lesson about my server:  People there just aren't willing to buy crafted epics (at least not at what they're worth).  I think Faid had a point in this week's Power Word Gold podcast when she said that with LFR, more casual players often have the expectation that they no longer have to buy gear (at least, beyond what's necessary to meet the ilvl requirements).  Thus, I got what I could out of the items and moved on.

Strangely enough, though, despite the relative lack of interest in completed Darkmoon Fair trinkets, there is plenty of interest in the individual cards.  I covered this briefly in my Profession Roundup Post, but essentially, people are much more willing to spend the gold when it's a couple thousand here, a couple thousand there, particularly if they can make some of the cards themselves.  This trend persists even when in the end, they've likely spent more than if they'd simply bought the trinket outright.

As you can see, Living Steel is getting downright pathetic.  Generally, if I can make even a slight profit on it, I'll make it, simply because of the chance of a proc.  However, today officially marked the first time when none of the base mats were cheaper on my server then the resulting Living Steel.  At that point, you're relying on a proc in order to not lose money, and that's never where you want to be.

Jewelcrafting also seems to continue making me gold, but I realize that's not the same for everyone.  I may have to make a post about it soon, but there is one thing to keep in mind.  Most of the prices on my server seem near the Undermine Journal's average across all realms, so most realms should get some value out of Jewelcrafting advice I give.  However, Jewelcrafting and Enchanting are two areas where certain servers just seem to wildly swing one direction or the other.

Anyway, that's about it for things of note this week.  Are things similar for you?  Wildly different?  Is there a specific market you're having trouble with?  Please let me know in the comments.

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