Every so often as I'm looking at a market I get a wild idea to try something. But first I must preface this with a conversation I had with a fellow gold goblin on my home server. One day I was listing some Jewelcrafting items up and noticed that someone had started a couple of the more popular gems at the astronomical price of 750g a piece. Now I'm not a huge fan of going for the home run ball in this way but I figured I would give it a try and take a look at what happened.
Later that day as I was doing some market cleanup and collecting gold I saw one of my gems had sold. This surprised me a lot because why would someone want to pay 750g for a gem when they can get a black for 125g and offer a 25g tip. Was someone's time worth that much that they would pay 4 times what the gem was worth?
So back to the story at hand. I wanted to take my idea of Zero Point Investment to an extreme and see just how much I could squeeze out of a couple of markets. The Ghost iron bar market had been pretty light even with the opening of the thunderforge. The curve had not kicked in from players stocking up on cheap ore previous to the patch. Combine that with ore itself still not at an extremely expensive level bars just were not selling as much as they probably should. So I went ahead and purchased all of the bars on the market at that time for a reasonable amount, then flipped them all at 3 times the amount. I fully expected to just eat the Auction house cost and go my merry way.
But after my normal 12 hour listing I went back to my mailbox and watched 3 of the lots had sold at this extreme amount. This more than paid for the investment in the bars themselves, plus a decent profit. Now I probably shouldn't be surprised at one of my ideas actually being profitable. It was a whim to put the bars up for that price and gain a profit.
So when you see a weak market as your looking at your local auction house, take a chance and throw an incredible number out there and see who is fishing in your waters. This doesn't mean go for the million dollar gold bar, but listing a flip at 3-4 times the amount you paid for can net you some interesting reactions. And some extra gold in your pocket.
P.S. Hoppy Easter Weekend
Good Luck and Good Hunting
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