How to spot price poisoning (and what to do about it)
RockSlice (Core Developer) for Auctioneer has some handy information on how to spot price poisoning (and what to do about it).
What is Price Poisoning?
Price Poisoning is probably the number 1 complaint I have heard about Auctioneer (OK, behind, the new version is so hard to use… which it isn’t I assure you, but anyway I digress).
The concept is that someone posts an (or a couple of hundred) Arcane Dust (or any other item) for 1,000g. Now when Auctioneer scans your Auction House and averages out the price on all the current auctions, the price it reports back is now wildly inflated. This can lead to a few things.
- You buy an item off the AH thinking that you have a good price.
- You try to resell the same item for the price Auctioneer tells you is the average
- You discover that instead of the average price of an Arcane Dust being 5g, it is only 70s.. and you just bought a pile at 2g thinking you would make a killing…
Here are a couple of reasons that prices get poisoned.
- Sneaky players are trying to raise the perceived value of an item so they can make 200% profit on their stock.
- Gold sellers
Gold sellers you ask?
Yep, you see to try and pass cash off as “clean gold”, the Gold sellers will ask you to place an otherwise worthless item (piece of mouldy bread) up on the AH at 1,000 gold.
The the Gold sellers buy the Piece of Mouldy Bread, and you get your money.
Theoretically this will escape notice because money hasn’t gone through the normal player-to-player mail or trade system (don’t bet your account on it!).
The unfortunately side-effect is that prices get poisoned.
Anyway, have a read of the forum post How to spot price poisoning (and what to do about it) and be careful!
Ohh on a next to final note, I grabbed a screenshot of a perfect real WoW-life example:
But on a final note, what sort of person would intentionally poison prices?
I draw your attention to:
On the topic of the Auction House… does anyone else ever get the urge to take a common item, and keep putting it up on the AH at like 1300g Buyout, or 1274g, or some other ridiculous amount, day after day, every day, just to drive those people with Auctioneer that do frequent scans INSANE?
Just pick an item, like Giant Eggs or Heart of Fire, something that is a white quality Trade Good that newer players might not know what they’re for, and just jack that price over a long time to skew the scans?
Or is that just me?
Anyway, sorry… moving on *whistles*
Enough fun for one day….
Gnomer and Out