With all due respect, for our server. Sorry : Nope : Not going to happen.
How do I know this?
- We have been there.
- There are 5-6 scribes with a full set of recipees, with sufficient alts having maxed tradeskills (I have all 8 tradeskills @ 525, as do many others)
- We know how the other toons responds to campers, deep undercuts, walls of glyphs, below cost glyphs.
The deep undercut, wall of glyphs have been played on our server. A very long time ago we had gold robots selling glyphs. We drove them out. I have maintained a wall: here, here, here and here. I outsourced the posting of glyphs here and here, Moonvengence (a competitor) maintained a glyph wall here and camping 1c undercut here.
We have had intense competition for the majority of my time in the glyph market, since May 2010. With the exception of Moonvengence's time, when he started his wall of glyphs below herb costs (he did his own farming), I have historically been a (and possibly even the) dominant seller in terms of setting the market prices. We have sold glyphs at less than 1g profit over the cost of herbs and parchments for extended periods.
At the moment, with me following the market; given the current pricing and competition, I am pleased to say that I have never made more gold for as little effort as in our current glyph market. This post will introduce additional competition, but Critical Goblin's comments already have stirred the pot.
The glyph sellers appear to be deliberately working around other toons without demanding 100% of sales, and I at least am making much more gold because of it. My posting is restricted to a few days per week, before I go to work, deliberately only having 12 hour posts, but posting on both auction houses. This returns on average 1500g per ah, per post cycle (3k per day that I post), roughly 80% profit.
This is not to say that we are 'kind' to each other. I can not successfully sell glyphs in the evening without crashing prices, but it is easier if I post in the morning. I also post on both Horde and Alliance AH's, as does Breevok.
To own our AH glyph, I would need to start posting a wall at 30g, with a threshhold of 18g, eventually moving my threshold down to 25g (or even lower following whiptail pricing), and hold it there for months. Within days of the margins being increased - even by a small amount, competition would return.
So my choices are :
- Share the market, and accomodate other sellers, and make 3k per day, or
- Own the market for months, for paper thin profits, and when I attempt to raise prices a little, be undercut.
While I am in an position to make my gold the easy way, I will. At the moment, this does not involve paper thin profits.
P.S. Breevok - As the leading advocate of not maintaining a deep undercut wall, any comments?