GoldMaking Ethics – Copper Rod Squad

The GoldMaking Ethics is a series of Warcraft Opinion Articles documenting responses to ethical questions posed on Twitter on 8 May 2018.

Tweets are presented out of context, and you can click them to read the rest of the conversation.  You are always welcome to chat with me on twitter where my name is @thegoldqueen and you can find Gold Dragon here also @Dragonbearjoe


We have 9 articles for you to read, culminating in a TGQ Long Read with my own opinions. Today we talk about selling vendor items.  I posed a question about selling a copper rod, bought from a vendor for a very low price, for 500g.

I was interested in hearing about stories, experiences, and the reason why people choose to help and how they do it.

All stories were gathered in a judgement-free atmosphere. I understand if you disagree with other people or get upset by it, but during the Ethics Questions, we are examining responses in a detached scientific manner.


Reminder, the #CopperRodSquad is a jokey way to talk about Warcraft Gold Makers who buy cheap vendor items and post them on the Auction House. 


Copper Rod can be bought at a vendor

Starwolf is bemused.

Making Gold from Vendor Items

Shono makes so much gold, and Dean once sold enchanting vellum for 1000g

Confusion: Why not get it from the vendor instead of the AH?

Our own Gold Dragon says there is no excuse not to google the price.

Shono agrees, why not research first?

Noobtastic agrees, at first, but then dives in to help them out with a little education

Are you selling a service of easy-provision?

RHWDad thjinks so.  He used to camp the vendor that sells the [Recipe: Free Action Potion] and likens it to farming a boss for a BoE epic.

Are the Copper Rod Squad just interested in gold and not in buyers?

Mike Branch thinks players selling vendor items on the AH don’t want to hear about justice

It’s a service, and buyers know it’s a service

Heather thinks the service of gathering vendor items and putting them on the AH helps lazy players who could have googled where to buy it cheaper.

Can you Google it?

Runesael reminds us that we are making assumptions about ability to research.

We assume players can easily research or google, because we find it easy, but there are young players, players with learning disabilities, and players who need a hand in the world. Starwolf thinks that it’s clear enough for everyone and doesn’t see an issue.

Be Smart

Ali thinks we should all be smart

Overpriced can be ok

Scriffino reminds us that there can be multiple price points for the same item and all exist together

Over to you

What’s your opinion on dealing with a vendor items available on the Auction House?


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