Monday, June 1, 2009
Crash Course In Using Auctioneer's Snatch List
This post marks a slight change in the focus of AH Antics. I will likely revisit Tabbytha, my little hordie experiment, but for now, I will be focusing on my "real" AH business.
How would you like to always buy your crafting materials well below the market price? Well, "always" is a bit strong, but I'll show you how to do so any time they're underpriced and you are in the Auction House. We'll be using the SearchUI part of Auctioneer; specifically, the Snatch Searcher.
Now, there are two ways to get to the SearchUI. You can either click on the Search tab at the bottom of the AuctionHouse/Auctioneer interface or you can right-click on the little magnifying glass at the top of the interface. We want to do the latter.
That's a good question. I'm glad you asked, and we'll get to that in a moment.
But first, let's click on Searchers in the left menu area of the SearchUI. That will open up a list, and towards the bottom of that sub-list, you will find the Snatch item. Click that. What you see will look something like the screenshot. My list is already populated with a few items that I snarf every time they meet my price requirements.
Price requirements? What do you mean?
The whole point of the Snatch list is to allow you to easily find items you want to buy at a price you want to pay for them. For example, I have mine set to find Adder's Tongue with a price of 85 silver each, which translates to 17 gold per stack. That means any given glyph will cost me 3.33g to craft, including 50s for parchment, the most expensive parchment available.
17g for a stack of Adder's Tongue?!?
Look, I'll admit, it doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but it does happen enough to make it a good point to set my Snatch list. Normal for my server is about 20g per stack. I will likely change my searcher to 90s per herb or 18g per stack. That's still only 3.5g per glyph in mat cost.
So, what? I can do this by hand! Why use Snatch for this?
Ah, but can you buy 40 stacks of various different herbs in 40 seconds? I can.
That's the real beauty of the SearchUI. Once your Searcher has returned a list, you can Purchase All just like the Appraiser will let you Batch Post a ton of auctions.
So I can just leave my Banker on while I go to sleep and he'll buy everything for me?
No, not exactly. So I lied a little. It's not "just like" the Apraiser's Batch Post. Here's what happens.
You hit Search on your Searcher, Auctioneer zips through all the listings for all the items you have in that searcher and returns one unified list of all items that meet your price requirements.
Then you play a little game of Keyboard Twister by pressing Control + Alt + Shift then pressing the Purchase All button - which was the Purchase button before you pressed that magic key combination.
FInally, you will be presented with a rapid-fire series of confirmation pop-up boxes, ensuring you really want to buy 20 x Adder's Tongue for a really great price. Or 17 x Felweed for a really great price.
17 Felweed? But I need stacks of 5!
No, you don't. Look, I make a lot of gold on the side off of people that think like that. Don't be that guy. If you're completely unwilling to hang on to the extras until you buy another odd stack with an extra 3, then just relist those two. But I'd rather buy an odd stack for a really cheap price than limit myself to multiples of 5.
So, that's it. That's the Auction House Antics Crash Course In Using Auctioneer's Snatch List. Use it every single time you're at the Auction House. You'll be astounded at the great deals you find. Like Adder's Tongue for less than 50s each. That's 10g per STACK for the mathematically weak. And that's imba.
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