CJ’s Gold Making Problem – Time
CJ posted a comment on my blog about his (her?) problems with making gold:
I must say that my biggest problem with goldmaking thus far has been my complete inability to post and sell during prime raid times on my server. I play on a large, raiding-population heavy server, but Iâ€™m also a raider myself. So every Tuesday-Thursday, I have to be told numerous times to hurry up and log on to my main healer so our 10man group can get going. And every Tuesday-Thursday, I can only sigh as thousands in gem and enchant sales just slip through my fingers. (The few times I manage to sit from raid I see HUGE profits.)
Though Iâ€™ve gotten used to having gems precut and posted seconds before we have to start, I still havenâ€™t found a way to ditch those pesky heroic modes to repostÂ
First of all, I empathise with you here. I had to ditch raiding myself this year (5 months cold turkey and I still miss it) in order to spend time on this blog and to care for my children more often. Â My youngest son was diagnosed with “probably”Â Asperger’s Syndrome yesterday and he takes a lot of time to care for. By the time the weekend comes, I’m desperate for a lie in. This then turns into a lie in/late lunch / housework session, and before I know it, it’s 5pm and I’ve completely missed the entire Saturday or Sunday rush, and my family are still asking for more attention.
So when I’m writing my reply to your worries, CJ, I’m also writing to myself, maybe typing it up will help it sink in better for me too, heh.
This week I’ve been away from the blog quite a lot. Â One of the things I was doing was writing my next mini guide, and one of the sections there is about Time Management. Â Sounds heavy, huh, but really its just time-organizing, or controlling what stuff you spend your time doing. Â It’s about making time your servant, rather than being a slave to time yourself.
When we don’t have the amount of time that we want, unfortunately many World of Warcraft players respond by taking time away from their other interests and activities. Â Do you remember your old hobbies that you don’t do any more? I used to paint watercolours (watercolor) and play bass guitar, and do neither of these now! Â Blizzard itself warns “remember to take all things in moderation, even World of Warcraft” on their loading screen tips. Â So I will join readers in feeling suitably chastised for playing too much world of warcraft. I better try and remember this one every day
The answer isn’t to play even more World of Warcraft. Â There is not much we can do to be able to play the AH whilst doing something else, like raiding. You could try accessing the remote AH over your mobile or website during the raid, but I think we both know that will not help you focus on your raid. And you don’t want someone else topping Recount! Trying to shove and fit everything in to a small time slot like this will just stress you out.
Our answer must be to make more efficient and effective use of what little time we do have, instead of yearning for that which we can’t have.
Can you set a reminder to yourself to post the scrolls, gems, or whatever sells highest before raid time? That way, they are sat on the AH, working for you, whilst you are raiding. Â Set an alarm on your mobile cell phone if you are forgetful like me.
Use your down time to the best advantage. When sales are slow, use that time for the prospecting, gathering, or non-selling work. Â Did you do your dailies yet? Â Remembered to get your limited supply items this week? Â When was the last time you picked up your free gems from consortium in Nagrand (golden draenites are on my snatch list for selling to tailors making flying carpets), have you been to Tol Barad today? Did you mail everything across to the right alt? Â Is everything READY to sell once the hot-sales-time hits?
Keep looking on the bright side. You missed the raid time selling times, but you maybe got a load of points you can turn into BoE Boots that still sell for a lot of gold. Â And because you’re a raider, you have the knowledge about which gems (enchants/glyphs etc) sell to which classes, and which are the most sought after. Â Players don’t realise that this knowledge Â is valuable, until they start to forget it. Â I realised this when I dragged my warlock to 85 and discovered I had forgotten which stats were suitable for her spec … doh!
You still have all weekend to profit, and the other non raiding days, so join me in my attempt to take gold making in moderation, and more effectively.
Talking Points: Â Can you think of some more bonus points of raiding rather than working AH? Do you want to add any of your ideas for being more effective or efficient in your gold making, for CJ?
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