If anyone ever tells you that a market is all theirs, they are deluded. That includes me. Anyone who genuinely owns a market does not need to tell you. Only those that are insecure or wish they did own a market will make these claims. That said, the glyphs market is mine, I tell you, all mine.
I sometimes look to see what competitors are doing, with the aim of increasing my own profits.
- Could I make more sales?
- Can I copy a strategy?
- Are there holes in a strategy?
- How do I defend a market.
The only time that I look to counter a specific compeititor is where they really hurt my profits. There have been some toons that I have specifically tracked then adjusted prices. At the moment, untill I find another toon to outsource milling to, I am doing well enough with glyphs. I have started to raise prices of some of them (where materials are in short supply), still lowering prices on others where I still have too many.
I have a high opinion of my own opinion. If you ask a question that I feel I can answer, I will answer it. Sometimes I will give the answer you want (yes I have some mats, or you can find them over there), other times I will provide an answer I think you should have (a link to wowhead or wowwiki/wowpedia). Something I need to do more is ask leading questions (I do it sometimes but not enough). Some players like it when I provide advice; others loathe it.
A great thing about vent (and other chat software) is the ability to set up different rooms. Even before I tried my failed guild hopping experiments, my vent was set up with:
- A general channel
- Two party/raid channels
- A business channel
An appropriate way to handle personality conflicts is to provide advice about expected behaviour, and where approprite provide an alternative venue. On my vent, I have set up a mature language channel so that those that wish to swear without language warnings can do so without my nagging them. I personally do not use that room.
PS for raid runners.
I am still /AFK (and have been largely AFK for over a week). Sometimes storms happen outside of WoW too. I expect to be back in by the weekend. If one of the regulars could set up a calendar invite for this weekend, I expect to be available Saturday, preferably healing on Foofixit.