The urban dictionary has a few definitions for jerk. In WoW AH parlance, a jerk is someone who prevents you from making sales. As such, I consider few players AH jerks. There are many who would consider me one. There are no care-bears on this page.
The selling jerk is the buyer's favourite nice guy.
Most customers that buy of the AH don't care if we are cheaper by 1 copper, 1 silver or 100g. However, defecting is a way to get the sale. There are different ways to defect in the AH.
- Undercutting (even by one copper), with special 'jerk' status applied to:
- Camping the AH, immediately undercutting new auctions
- Deep undercutting, pricing below thresholds.
- Posting with long durations
When you post an auction, you are capping the price for that item until you are either bought out, or it expires. Posting a 48 hour auction is a form of defection.
Every time you undercut someone; you defect a little; We all do it. We want to be the one to sell.
I post daily (or maybe twice per day). In my 'co-operative stance', I am vulnerable to being undercut. Every undercut is a 'defection'. While campers hit my sales (and hence my profits), there is no difference between 1 player 'defecting' 24 times / day, and 24 players 'defecting' once / day; they both 'hurt'.
Deep undercutting is a way for a player to say; stuff it with the nickle and dime stuff; The price is heading down anyway - lets see where it ends up. If I post under a real market price; I will be bought. If I post over a market price; I will continue to be undercut.
Before I restarted my deep undercutting, I was selling 1-2 alliance glyphs/day at an average profit of 60g. I had a princely profit of lets call it 90g/day. I was also posting then collecting 500 glyphs/day. (call it 15 minutes).
In contrast, once I started deep undercutting, with 48 hour auctions initially at 20g each; currently down to 18g. I am now selling 10-20 Alliance glyphs/day; with a profit between 5 & 10g each, still for the princely profit of around 90g/day. Awful income but still better than dailies. I also only need to post and then collect 50 glyphs per day. (call it 2 minutes)
The majority of scribes have packed up and gone home. There are still 3 or 4 other posters. Where there was continuous competition, there is now leisurely posting. There are now glyphs sitting at 350g every time I login and post, at least until I log in and trash the market again. (I think this means that some of you haven't finished your research yet.)
The 3 or 4 other posters also consider 18g sufficient to stay in the game. I have a true threshold of lower than that, and I am genuinely curious to find out what their threshold is too.
There is nothing particularly personal about this, though I am taking notes on the names of still active scribes. I also don't think it was any one player dominating the market (unlike other times).
I am the nice guy in Northrend gems. I am also the nice guy with horde glyphs. I prefer co-operation, but I am also very well aware that the continuous nice guy ... will have a screwdriver applied. When I 'feel' the time is right: in a week, a month or maybe next expansion; I will become the nice guy again.