Saturday, November 3, 2012

CRAH Can Lead To CRASH


CRAH Can Lead To CRASH


This blog is in response to the subject of Cross-Realm Auction Houses or CRAH as indicated in Cold's Blogging Carnival November 2012.  This is merely my personal opinion as there will be many different ones on this subject.  I will have two different sides to this based on my own auction house experiences.


Buyers Rejoice

With a possible merger of realms to share the auction house, it will most definitely be a buyer's market.  Imagine this scenario: You are a buyer who always has to dish out chunks of gold for items that are scarce on your realm.  Your specific realm is a low population realm and you are not really the type who enjoys farming or gathering items/mats.  You are merged with a high population realm where there is a plethora of items that you are always looking for AND they are super cheap.  It is a joyous day as you kick your heels in the air and plant yourself in the auction house for a long time, buying all you need for minimum gold that you have.  This is a win-win situation for most of the buyers in WOW.

Sellers Bummed

Being a prosperous WOW auction house seller, I can already feel the prices drop like a big rock in a small pond.  The CRAH would possibly crash the auction house as we know it.  Honestly, this would drive the prices of most items in a downward spiral along with an over abundance of items available to everyone for cheap prices.  Not only would the market suffer, but those who actually farm and work hard to obtain items/mats would have to compete with other sellers even more so. Despair, despair. Sigh. The supply would be very high which would lead to the demand being very low.  Basic economics that even a new player can understand.

Cross-Realm Woes


As I speak, many of my friends and guild members are still unhappy about players in our "turf" so to speak.  The farming and questing is harder now with these "vagabonds" taking our resources.  I often see players from different realms overcrowding popular farming areas and zones which makes it a frustrating chore to farm or do questing.  Let's add the CRAH in the mix and now these "realm-hoppers" are farming MY realm's resources to sell it back to MY realm.  Senseless to me.  Nevertheless, as with previous Blizzard propaganda, I will adapt and survive.

I see both sides of the buyer and seller and what could transpire and who would benefit if this CRAH were to actually come into effect.  I am not for this change, but I would still play WOW since it is my hobby and I do enjoy the game. 

16 comments:

  1. who is still talking about this???? it was a blurb, Blizz said no and now 2 different blogs posting about things that are not happening, nor are planned to happen.

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  2. If you would have read the beginning of my blog, I was responding to Cold's Blogging Carnival for November :) but thank you for your comment :)

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  3. If they invented the CRAH and crash the price on farming/craftables I think you'd see a shift in how trade is conducted to counter balance the increase in volume.

    In other words, you might see a shift out of the common, mainstream items for sale (like enchanting mats, cloth, leather, current craftables etc) into some of the older stuff that's been missing off the shelves for a while (like old world crafted items/mats etc) as people seek niche markets to derive profit.

    Niche markets have lower volume of sales, but in an environment where your gold goes further on reduced prices, this might become more viable than it once was.

    Bigger markets represent more opportunities as there's wider buyer potential at stake.

    The good thing about the WoW economy is that it's not really a 'protected' environment in that anyone with the time and ingenuity can compete. If they ever introduced the CRAH, the market would (as it always does) adapt and more so, those of ingenuity who can operate out of the mainstream will still be net profitable.

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    1. Good view Mogram :) Thank you for your comment.

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  4. There's few retards on my serer who don't know what to do and ruining market on daily basis...

    I tried small market reset few days ago... Purchased 7 glyphs of hold the line, 5 glyphs of rebirth, 5 glyphs of templar's verdict and 10 of avenging wrath, for 15-50g each, and posted them on my trashold 500g... After 3 hours, price was 250g, after 8 hours, 100g, and at the end of the day, price dropped to max 25g each...

    That's my no vote on CRAH...



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    1. @Anonymous

      Indeed, I have come across many who bring the market prices down dramatically as well as some who are extremely high in price, but if there is a buyer willing to pay, they will.

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  5. I'm pretty certain any gold maker worth his salt has a plethoria of tricks up his sleeve, so I'm stumped why all the fuss about CRAH ever appearing. We'll just adapt to the new challenges.
    Granted it's stated that CRAH won't happen, but if Blizz make a 180 then it certainly will present us with a variation of obstacles (read more competition) but it would also introduce us to a larger consumer and supplier base as well, hence opening up various doors to us.
    This would allow us to make our shinies one way or another...
    Some markets will definitely die out but a number of new markets will certainly appear if you look at the consumer base and their buying potential and the general population trends. I'm seeing Flipping as being one of the markets that will be hard to compete in if at all possible, but I'm also seeing a lot of niche / dead markets suddenly springing back to life.

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    1. Great comment Anonymous! I will most certainly adapt to this NEW situation if it is ever implemented. Thank you for your comment. :)

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  6. Im also in dislike with the cross realm questing/farming areas. And would like to add my opinion about the CRAH. I understand value and rarity of items, but most AH prices are already ridiculous. So if the merger would top prices, im for it.

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    1. meant to say drop prices. Not top. Sorry for typo

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  7. I am completely against CRAH. I know some low pop servers would benefit from having a shared pool of goods, but I can see the prices droping to below-profits points.

    In my realm, there are usually 3-6 goblins per profession playing the AH. It is hard to go a couple hours without being undercut. Now imagine what it would be like if you had 30-60 goblins instead.

    In the real world, the large ammount of suppliers is countered by _innovation_. Those people that can make a better product, or can innovate, can survive in the market; those that cannot, will eventually die. The problem is, we can't have that level of innovation within WoW. There is already a set number of items that players need, and there's no variation among them. We all have the same goods, and the only difference is the price.

    IF we could make our own potions with customized stats like, using different herbs to mix stats, and different amounts to make them stronger (4 Snow Lilies gives +700 Agi for 20 secs, but 6 Snow Lilies give +900 Agi for 20 sec, and 6 Snow Lilies + 2 GTL give +900 Agi +300 Haste), create custom glyphs to modify the skills in any way we want, upgrade gems to make them meta-colored and add a 3rd stat, and all kinds of stuff, then we could innovate and a CRAH wouldn't be much a problem because the market would be so diverse it would be impossible to cover every single item combination and niches wouldn't be so overpopulated.

    Until that happens, CRAH = CRASH for me.

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    1. Thanks for the great comment David :) Let's hope that CRAH doesn't happen.

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  8. [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/442/72518890.jpg/][IMG]http://imageshack.us/a/img442/1512/72518890.th.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

    Here is my reason why CRAH is bad idea...

    Only way to make it work is to set max undercut to (for example) 1% of lowest buyout price... If something cost 100g, no one can't set price under 99g... That's only way...

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  9. All you have to do is look at the GW2 trading post situation, which is a global market. Most items sell for at or less than vendor prices, which is just ridiculous. It's very difficult to turn a profit in that game.

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    1. Thank you Traveller for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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