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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Hello there stranger! - how to combat this

Following on from the post yesterday Hello there stranger! - what is it and what is its purpose?

the solution to combat this strategy is: Quite simple – don’t fall for it.

If you see a new set of alts start posting having seemingly come from nowhere then add them to your friends list.  You will see them pretty quickly given they will be undercutting almost all your glyphs despite you having never seen them before.  Did they really do all the daily research and just start posting now? . . . . unlikely.

Secondly, where you see this is accompanied by the absence of a former competitor then assume they are the same and therefore any knowledge you had of the former competitor can be deemed relevant to this “new” competitor.

It will be worth looking up the history of the posting alts that have disappeared on the Undermine Journal to remind yourself of their posting patterns.

And it is worth noting this down for future reference.  I find that a player who tries this strategy once often tries again at a later time.

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  1. This is a great tip and I am glad to see you showing such insight on something that I am sure a lot of have thought now why didn't I think of that.

  2. Thank you Josh. It's a nice strategy that can be used in most markets.

  3. A competitor on my server does this but is extremely easy to spot... He has very distinctive fallback prices for a few items, and doesn't change them when he shuffles posting alts.

  4. ah, i was wondering if this could be the case. I thought there was a high number of people leaving my market and a high number joining. after reading your post i now believe it is the same person! Thanks for this great view!


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