Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Picking up the Prices

By now, you probably know about Auctioneer. For those of you who are more experienced with the AddOn, this wont be very useful to you. For those who think you know how to use Auctioneer, this could be a wakeup call. For those who see the insane and seemingly complicated new auction window, and are scared by the unknown, this could be the info your looking for. A very common reason for using Auctioneer is keeping track of item prices. These prices vary server by server, and day to day. To get an accurate picture of these prices, you will have to scan your server's auction house. Try to scan 1 to 2 times a day for a couple weeks, in order to eliminate any outliers and find a good average price. If you can, scan at different times a day. After this, you wont have to scan so often, but anyone who wants a fine view on item prices can feel free to scan daily. Always be careful of overscanning, you don't want too many concentrated scans throwing off your prices.

I hope I don't have to say this, but in order to scan, you can press the button on the left side of the top menu bar in your AH window with the "Play" icon on it. Always allow the scan to complete fully, and wait until you get a long message in your chat window showing you a summary of the scan (items added, items removed, etc.) If you wish, you can pay attention to how many auctions are posted at a given time, to know when you want to post.


  1. It is worth pointing out that you can greatly speed up your AH scanning using the 'GetAll' scan. This looks like a fast forward button >> and is a much much quicker scan of the auction house (about 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on a few factors).

    Also it is impossible to overscan the auction house anymore - Auctioneer doesn't count the same auction twice now :) So you are perfectly safe to scan every 15 minutes if you wish!

    A good break down of what scanning is all about though :)

  2. Very well thought out and informative for newer auctioneers. Like sarainy said >> is a better way to scan the AH. I like the october colors btw

  3. Im thinking I am gonna change the colors based on the month. November will have (I'll try my best) a Thanksgiving theme, December should be easy, it should be fun.

  4. thx gonna scan every day from now on