World of Warcraft makes plans for adjusting auction house deposit prices

    
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you wanna sell or what

How much do you think about the auction house deposit fees in World of Warcraft? Probably not very much, considering that they’re meant to be largely incidental. They’re based on the price of a vendored item and are refunded for successful auctions, so you probably won’t notice them all that often. But the designers at Blizzard intend to make some changes to help discourage players doing things like making pages and pages of one-item stacks for auction.

The proposed change will add an additional 20% deposit based on the size of the stack, which means that, say, auctioning 200 individual Tidespray Linen will require a much larger deposit than a single stack of 200. There’s some debate about how much impact this will have on players with successful auctions, a discussion you can involve yourself in now if you want. But… maybe you should just auction in bulk to be on the safe side.

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Phone_Guy
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Phone_Guy

Not sure of the feasibility but why can’t they set it up so when a user posts multiple auctions of the same item it only displays those auctions as one listing with multiple items available?

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John Kiser

How about bringing in a fluxuating min/max price on items that can go up if things are always high after a certain length of time to avoid the gouging that ends up happening?

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Pingly

There were some component quests where I always appreciated somebody selling ONE of something so I didn’t have to buy the whole stack.

I did it a few times with my engineer for those quests that required brass rods or whatever.

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Angel

What wow really needs to do is change from an Auction House to a consignment, they should take a queue from GW2. People post buy orders as opposed to listing an auction which is bid on.

This would stop single posting and allow people to buy just the amounts they need.

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Sorenthaz

I’ve always hated anyone who spams the AH with pages upon pages of single ores and stuff like that. For me my personal stack rule was always to break it up by 20, but then again I was never really tryharding the AH.

Hope Blizzard does more stuff like this to finally deal with the issue because it’s been annoying like none other having to sift through so many single item purchases just to get to the (typically cheaper per item) actual stacks.

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Schmidt.Capela

This is why I vastly prefer when the AH is more akin to CoH’s Consignment House (or the Steam Community Market, if you want an easy to find example): just one listing per kind of item, and when you purchase you automatically purchase from whoever is selling for the lowest price. Also, the possibility to make purchase offers both for lower prices on items currently being sold and for items that aren’t currently available on the AH, which then allow potential sellers to fulfill those purchase offers and get immediate sales.

As a nice side-effect this completely prevents the kind of scam that relies on the buyer not noticing he is purchasing a smaller stack than usual.

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Sally Bowls

Oh yes! “Buy orders” and lumping items (at least for commodities) are very desirable. Ironically, even the D3 1.0 AH had that.

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Utakata

I always sell in bulk unless it’s a single one off item. This change will have little effect on me in my AH habits, aside from my Goblins protesting about it. o.O

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Ironwu

This problem has already been solved in other MMOs with 100% effectiveness:

1. Automatically stack all identical items that a player puts up for auction (price for all is for 1st set of items posted)

2. Allow buyers/bidders to purchase a select amount of said items

Job Done

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Sally Bowls

The big, unannounced change is that this broke AH addons.

The AH deposit change just broke addons and their ability to post things from woweconomy

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Sorenthaz

Lol. Serves the folks right who have been using addons to automate the process for them.

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Angel

TSM already fixed the problem….so nothing to panic about.

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Zora

And it only started happening right now, never before in the past 15 years jerks have been posting single stacks for our joy and aggrandizement huh? :P

The only news is that -now- for some reason the AH client grinds to a complete halt, the traffic or the amount of auctions really isn’t any higher compared to past launches but duh… feed those hamsters, poor things must be getting old!

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Sally Bowls

our joy and aggrandizement

Although two more common reasons are
1) misconfigured or forgot to configure an addon or addon group
2)by far the most common is people who are doing it deliberately. It is referred to as a wall in goldmaking discussions. They put up hundreds of items as stacks of 1, so the stack cost is lowest and people just scroll through to they get to the expensive (per unit) stacks at the rear. Or they have a lot of entries (but not much value) and them when a casual undercuts by a copper they buy them out.

But you are correct: it is a MMO and some gamers do it to cause pain and suffering to fellow human beings.

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Sorenthaz

2) Is the biggest annoyance and it annoys me how tryhard some folks will be when it comes to manipulating the AH.