Short post today but I was talking to a guildmate of mine who has major competition on our server, and I recently found out that he doesn't have his competition on his friends list. Although I'm sure a lot of the more advanced gold makers who read this have already done this, it can be of great benefit to you to know when your competition logs out (especially if it's a level 1 toon he does his posting on)
What to do?
So let's say you're in the glyph market. You realize one day that all of your auctions have been undercut since the last time you were on by a toon named Glyphman. Friend him! Now you'll know his logging patterns. Don't worry when he logs on, it's not your job to undercut him the second he posts, but once he logs OUT, then it's go time. This isn't to say don't post because he's playing, but if you know he'll undercut you within 5 minutes, why bother?
Go the Extra Mile
Check him out on your server's page on The Undermine Journal. Just go to your server/faction, then type in his name. From there you can see a posting heatmap. The hours in white are the one's he doesn't ever post in, a great time for you to undercut!
I find that a lot of level 1 posting toons only log on to post their wares, then log other toons. This is a great thing for you, even if you use a posting toon yourself. Just friend them on your main and when their posting toon logs, switch over to yours. If you're already doing this, how many competitors do you have on your friends list?
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