Blizzard/Activision reported last week that they lost approximately 14% of subscribers in the past quarter. Unless you do any type of investment in stocks and bonds this would mean very little to the masses.
But if you take a look at the loss of those subscribers it does show that players are starting to get burnt out again and look for other hobbies. Many times this means players will go and stop paying their subscription, waiting for the next expansion to arrive.
Other times players decide to completely leave the game. This opens up a good opportunity for players to grab some extra items to sell, resell or vendor.
Now this won't require a lot of work on your part. All you would have to do is keep your eyes and ears open and talk to people who are leaving the game. Talking to them to discuss what they plan on doing with their items when they leave. Some will say no, not interested. Some will be more willing to give it to a guild member. Others just want it done and over with.
Even if you are able to obtain one or two 'clearance sales' from players leaving the game your gold haul could be in the 1000's. I've cleaned out guild banks and players for 1000's of gold in the past.
Just keep in mind that it's a negotiation as well. Talk to them and explain to them the benefits of letting you liquidate the items for you. Even throw in the idea of giving their guild x amount of gold. Whatever points it takes to get them to let you take the heavy burden of emptying their items and pockets.
Also keep in mind that you should be fair with your offers. If you can get all of their items for free that's great and wonderful. But if your reputation takes a hit then you will pay more in the future. That reputation is how people see you and treat you in your deals.
Looking for players leaving Warcraft can be a great opportunity to stack more gold into your future vaults.
Good Luck and Good Hunting
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