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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Some Glyphs are being undercut, some are not!

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Some glyphs are being undercut, some are not. . . . . .

. . . . . . so, what is going on here?  And what does it mean?

You post your glyphs and watch for your competitors coming on line.  None do and yet at least a quarter of all the glyphs you have posted have been undercut by a player you have never seen before.

It is likely that there is one of two things happening here.

Firstly, it may be a gold optimiser.  These are players that use an addon (mostly TradeSkillMaster) to determine the most profitable glyphs to sell and so crafts and posts them.  To determine if this is the happening look at the glyphs being posted – if they are the higher value glyphs then it is likely it is a gold optimiser.  Check them out on the Undermine Journal to see if they post other profession items – it is unlikely that they will use one character for just glyphs.  These are fairly harmless competitors in the Inscription market.  They are normally using the same strategy in other markets.  Their glyphs are undercut quite quickly and they don’t return to cancel and repost for a long while given they are crafting and posting other items from other professions.  However, whilst their profits are low from Inscription they are generally happy with it so they carry on – so say 500 gold a day from Inscription will be added to their daily gold from Enchanting, Jewelcrafting and Tailoring for example.  Hence, they are unlikely to turn into aggressive competitors.  They are happy, and you are happy.  A win win situation.

Secondly, it may be a new entrant coming into the market and posting the glyphs as they are learned.  These are harmless competitors now but may become dangerous.  It will take them a while to get all the glyphs given the daily research required.  But they are at their most vulnerable now.  They are unlikely to have devoted much time and gold levelling Inscription to date hence now is your best chance to persuade them to leave the market.  You do this by making sure they are undercut the moment they come online.  Add them to your friends list and the moment they come on and then leave then you log your posting alts on and undercut them.

See my post here on using a Friends List and Section 6n in my Inscription Guide.  A stitch in time saves nine.

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