Friday, March 18, 2011

The Tools (I'm Not Pointing At Anyone)

Much like Google and Wowhead: Addons are your friends.

Now there is much debate on which addons to use - and to some extent, if you need addons at all.
Yes, sometimes addons can be very cluterrific and hungry for all your RAM and processing power and can be just too hard to figure out.
But I've read about some gold makers using pen, paper, a calculator and their noggin and they are doing a good job at the Auction House.

I don't claim to work with the best addons but the ones I've tried and liked are the ones I'm listing here.
They are not a definite must-have addons - none of them are - because WoW is ever-changing. It is a living, breathing organism, and the needs of the game and players change over time.
So the programmers of addons have to learn to either adapt to the new reality or have their programs face deletion to give way to a better addon.

I See What You Did There

The best way to find the right addons : try them.

Your addon sites: 
Curse Gaming (which I try to avoid as much as possible because they've had to face many viral attacks - I don't care if they are okay now, better safe than sorry)

Some programmers have standalone sites for their projects, like Deadly Boss Mods, so I'll be linking those if possible. So here are the mods I use for gold-making:

Auctioneer: The classic addon that's been around since vanilla WoW. Auctioneer scans all data found on the Auction House to give you average prices on items and can help you calculate the prices at which you should post your items. It is a mammoth addon - prepare to have your computer slog through the moments that it calculates and compiles data. But it gives you SO much info and can practically do all your job for you! It comes with a slew of functions that can seem quite overwhelming to the first-time user, but most of these functions can be turned off. It is an addon so complex and yet so popular that it deserves its own blog post - which I will do in the near future.

Swindler Preventer: Addon that lists in your tooltip if recipes and pets are sold by vendors as well as their vendor price - just in case you're tempted to buy a few items without knowing that someone is just reselling them. The addon is still being updated by the programmer and I will hopefully stop getting report messages, but it works well.

Bank Items: A very nifty addon that can show you what's in your own bags and bank, but also your alts, and your guild(s). But the most important thing is that it lists in the tooltip if you have quantities of the item you're looking at.

Analyst: Awesome addon that helps you keep track of everything you do related to money with a very easy to use interface. You barely have anything to with with that addon.

Money Trail: Very basic addon that keeps track of how much money you have on all your toons.

That's it! I mostly use a finely-tuned Auctioneer and the Windows Calculator, really.
There are plenty of other mods out there but it's best if you try them yourself to see if they fit your needs. There's no other way to go by it.
You can always check out gold blogs to see what addons they are using, but everyone has their own style.
You have to make up your own damn mind.

Bam! Double Matrix reference!

But the most important thing to remember when you are using Auction House addons is that these are tools reading and computing data.
The tricky part is that you have to understand how they work to figure out what the info they give you actually means.
Browsing the Auction House manually also works. Addons are there to cut down on the time to calculate average prices, undercutting prices, profit margins and automatic posting.
They are tools, but do not let yourself be overwhelmed by the tools.
You are the one that makes sense out of all of this madness that is the Auction House data and the addons that transform the data into a more pleasant form.
Because these programs may work very well and you may not believe what they tell you, even if it turns out that they are right, sometimes the data they give you is only reflecting a reality of the Auction House... which you can change drastically if you decide to buy, flip, wall or simply not post items.
Because programs may think that they have the only logical answer to your problem, but sometimes that can lead to bad situations...
I See What You Did There, Dave

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