Thursday, March 20, 2014

How to Waste Time, Gold, and Money

Yesterday after posting about how much I missed Liquidate I made a split second decision and resubbed my second account. I only did one month (thank god) to get things set up and figured I'd see how I was liking it after a month.

I hated it after a day.

I spent yesterday afternoon livestreaming the set up (I'm streaming semi-regularly at the moment at twitch.tv/faidtastic) and after the fifteen bucks to resub, several hours moving items around and getting generally set up, and god knows how much gold in posting feels and mailing fees I realized something: It's not worth it.

My original thought was "Yes, I can get my Tiller's Farms done without having to leave the AH, just like old times!" But the more I look back the more I realize how silly that was. I love having a constant presence on the AH, don't get me wrong, but I certainly don't love it to the point of fifteen-bucks-a-month and constant TSM headaches. (I believe TSM's alt account integration is much better than it used to be but even a bit of extra work or concern is still extra work and concern.)

After spending hours trying to get all my glyphs to my old glyph selling toon I was faced with a difficult problem: I had more glyphs than I could reasonably hold. I knew that there were more glyphs in the game than all the bags could hold but I thought that would be counteracted by the fact I still have several unlearned 5.4 glyphs. I was wrong. My bags were promptly filled and I needed many more slots. "Well, I guess it's back to using a bank guild, then!"

So then I put them all into one guild bank, which immediately removed the ability to layer the AH instead of cancelling when directly competing with an undercutter. At least the ability to do that easily, anyways. But oh well, if that's what it was going to take to sell glyphs easily, whatever.

So they went into a guild bank. But as I sat there putting them all into my guild bank it sunk in that I'd paid 15 bucks for no real change. I was still going to have to split my markets, like I discussed in yesterday's post, and that meant I was still going to have to toon swap, meaning I wasn't going to be able to maintain a constant AH presence anyway.

Was that worth fifteen bucks a month? Fuck no. So twelve or so hours later I'm cancelling the second account again. Thank god I didn't pay for six months in advance!

Some good did come out of this; it wasn't a complete waste of money and time. I foundmy old guild banks, full of glyphs and herbs, several stacks of Golden Lotus and Living Steel, so I would say I broke even on all this situation. I moved my favorite guild bank to Trixten, my boosted rogue, who will now handle all glyph walling, leaving Misten free to handle all other markets. So I also got another six tab guild bank out of resubbing as well.

Anyways, that was my headache yesterday. I spent the entire day wrestling with inventory just to basically put it all back where it came from.

And I still didn't finish my Tiller's farm. :(

3 comments:

  1. That's the same issue I've run into in my new setup. I have a warrior I don't really use with nothing in terms of professions and an empty bank. I'm thinking about making another guild, I only have one and don't think that'll do for me.

    I've broken things up things, which I'll just be posting on my blog soon. I'm hoping to start making serious gold and don't sweet the wasted money, I've done that more times than one with transfers.

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  2. As a long time reader and watcher of your posts and videos, I am pleased to see that you cancelled your second account. I thought that it was great from your first "Hello o/" post back in January that you had set yourself some fantastic external goals and you were taking control rather than being "controlled" (for lack of a better word) by WoW.
    WoW is a great outlet for your downtime home life but keep focussed on why you re-subbed to WoW. I know that it is very easy to assume “old routines” at the expense of the new ones that are still being established.
    I love your writing tthat you do produce on WoW information and did miss it whilst you had your "break" so it is great to have these posts back again.

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  3. Sounds like you made the right decision. WOW shouldn't be about constant headaches in a game that should be really fun to play. You ended up picking one of the toughest professions to try and manage. For the record, I found that using three toons is a very acceptable way to manage glyph selling. Even with TSM, swapping glyphs between guild bank, bank and bag is a recipe for wasted time. Best just to role the three + alts and get a nice keep stack.

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