03 June 2012

Glyph insanity

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

I was making a comfortable amount of gold by selling horde side glyphs.  Something I have done before, and will do again.  However recently I have been shutout by a very efficient 1c camping undercutter.  This was to the point where I have sold no glyphs all week, despite posting twice a day.  This compares to 5K per week posting once every 2 days about 3 months ago.


About a month ago, I decided it was time to start restocking glyphs - herb prices were not going down any more and I was out of many of them.  My stock levels are 20 horde glyphs, 20 alliance glyphs.  Even if you have glyphs to start with - that is a blessed lot of glyphs to make.


About a fortnight ago, I put a ceiling on glyph prices of 60g.  Over the weekend I brought over the last of my horde backlog.


I am not capable of 1copper undercutting and camping; either mentally or (normally) timewise.  Over the weekend I made an exception.  To the camping bit - not the 1c. 


This wall of glyphs was brought to you by a 1c undercutter and myself.  Every time he 1c undercut; I posted deeper undercuts in return.  You note that he cancelled postings; I kept postings.


Over the last week, I made zero in glyph sales; today, I made a profit.  Not a large profit but even at 14g I am still in front.  I also stopped posting once I stopped being undercut.  This glyph was in my last batch (about 1/3 of glpyhs) and I waited for an undercut that never happened - so I stopped posting.  My competition however is still stuck with the 18g50 wall on almost all glyphs.


If you try to own a large market at large profit margins, it is inevitable that someone will ... allow you to own the market at negligible profit margins.  This has happened to plenty of players - myself included.


To those fellow competitors on Horde Caelestrasz, nothing personal.  I just am not going to be hounded out of a large profit on glyphs.  I am however perfectly prepared to be hounded out of a negligible market profit.

6 comments:

  1. how do you create the wall using TSM - I have three glyphs of everything and I wanted to post 60, 45, 30 wall - do you have to post all at 60 and then repost at 45 etc...I haven't been able to find a way to easily post creating the wall.

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    1. Post cheapest wall first so 30 45 60 pretty normal to post like 5 at 30, 3 at 45 and 2 at 60.
      A glyph wall only 3 glyphs deep is begging to be bought out and reposted especially on Book Glyphs.

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  2. What I don't get is why you and Tarras wouldn't white list each other instead of destroying the market. i.e. win win.

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  3. P.S. and though you say you keep 20 glyphs of each Alliance side I don't see you competing with Squatbanker what so ever. In fact looks like he's bitch slapped you on your own turf.

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  4. The only time I bother walling is when I am being aggressively undercut.

    So set my minimum, maximum and undercut prices; and post a set of glyphs.

    Wait a short length of time: drop the minimum and increase the undercut; post another set of glyphs.

    Keep going until you reach your real threshold or run out of glyphs.

    I have no intention of being cheapest on every glyph, nor of trying to drive out all competition. I am unable/unwilling to go below the floor of 'farm your own herbs on second account for free' scribes. I am capable of making profit on anything sold above my floor.

    And yes - I bailed on alliance glyphs : There were 3 farm your own herb scribes competing for a while.

    I work on streamlining one market at at time: Alliance gems & Horde glyphs are my current targets.

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  5. (with horde glyphs being my current 'progression' and alliance gems on 'farm')

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