The Auction House, as you are no doubt aware, is a source of income for millions of players. Every day, thousands of items are bought and sold — among them being the humble Netherweave Bag. This one item is responsible for most of the gold I have earned since I founded my bank guild, as bags are the one thing always in demand. It may only have 16 slots, but they are cheap and readily available; an ideal bag for starting your adventures, at least until you can make your own or buy better ones. Most of my characters are in possession of at least four of these inane objects.
How ironic, then, that the humble Netherweave Bag (which, from this point on, I will shorten to NWB) would also be responsible for causing a recent war in the Trade Chat.
It all started like this: I had just made some NWBs and put them on the Auction House. I have a small addon which sends one of six random messages to the Trade Chat, so I used it. That’s when the shit hit the fan, as I attracted the attention of Tarrendar.
Now, Tarrendar is someone whom I never thought I’d be writing about. I once helped him get an achievement on his guild, for which he paid me 5,000 gold. The funny thing is, though… I helped him on Luxxoria.
ANOTHER FUN FACT: At the time of writing this post, I had enough Bolts of Netherweave Cloth to make another two hundred and fifty-seven NWBs.
But I digress: Tarrendar is clearly worried that I am muscling in on his own – seemingly lucrative – NWB trade — although I have to say that putting a hundred of them on the AH is a bit OTT. Also, and feel free to call me vain or whatever, I like to think that I control the NWB market on this server.
Who the hell does this guy think he is, telling me what to do? I do not need his permission, nor anyone elses, to use the Auction House. As you can see, I tell him this…
… and he promptly has a tantrum. I actually put a few on at 1g each myself, just to annoy him. He bought some of them, but I was able to cancel the majority before he could get them.
Let me explain something to you, Tarrendar. I cannot make money on the Auction House if I sell things at the same price as you. I have to make what I am selling seem more attractive to potential buyers — so I do this thing called ‘undercutting,’ which is when I put my items on at a lower price than yours. In this case, I put my own NWBs on at seven gold each; whereas you had them on for ten gold each.
Do you understand now?
He has now gone from being angry to downright immature — so I put him on ignore and grabbed these screenshots.
It is rather unfortunate that I have to type this because, as I said, I thought Tarrendar was a thouroughly decent person. But this incident has shown me that even the nicest of people have a dark side.
Anyway, this concludes our lesson on Economics 101.