A character who was sending me transmog hate mail, has now committed themselves to being my competitor. It's been an interesting chain of events, and a story I thought would be worth telling, this is a blog after all. I hope you enjoy it and consider contributing to the discussion.
First a little background. I play mainly on the Horde side of my server. I have a 25 guild and all my crafting characters Horde side, but I wanted to dabble in the Alliance auction house, and have made over 100k there by flipping items in two markets - Twink and Transmog.
So being that I flip transmog, I of course get the occasional hate mail. My general policy is this: If you take the time and ask me for a deal on the piece of gear, and do it in a polite way, I'll be more than happy to cut you some sort of deal. On the other hand if you're rude and/or condescending, I just won't respond to the mail. So the first mail went something like this, I really wish I kept them so I could just Screenshot them.
"Hi, the cloth gloves you have on the AH are way overpriced, only an idiot would sell them for that much. I'll give you 50g for them, you should be happy to get that."
As is my policy (above) I just ignored it, but this person really wanted the gloves. A few days later I got the following:
"I see those gloves haven't sold yet. 50g is a great offer and the most you'll ever get"
Well at the very least he is persistent. Again, I ignored it and went about my business. Wouldn't you know it, 3 days later:
"I don't know why you won't sell me those gloves, they're not worth that much. You probably don't make any gold with your ridiculously overpriced auctions."
I considered putting him on ignore, but I decided to respond. I sent him a mail with the following: "Since you want them so badly, I've decided to reevaluate my pricing model." I then proceeded to list the item at gold cap. I got a few other mails followed, but I put his toon on ignore, and kept listing my auctions as per usual.
Out of the Blue
Randomly, about 2 weeks later I get a mail from a character with (phonetically) the same name as this guy. The title was "Hurry Up" and read something as follows:
"Hurry up and finish posting so I can undercut you!"
Okay, you caught my attention now. Did he just figure out the transmog market and is trying to beat me at my own game? Naturally I looked up this toon on The Undermine Journal and had a good laugh at the results. He was selling a decent amount of gear, but maybe only 1/50 items I actually recognized as transmog gear. So what he thought I was doing is just buying up all the greens and relisting at absurd prices for my own entertainment and profit. This struck me as a bit of culture shock, but it provided some keen insight into why transmog toons are particularly infamous on servers, because they are assumed to be big jerks by those not "in the know" of the market. Heck, even people "in the know" might just dislike them as well. Hope you enjoyed this, and if you have any stories you'd like to share please do so in the comments!
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