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Friday, April 20, 2012

Stockpiling For MoP: Is It Time To Start Stocking Up?


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Time To Stock Up For Mists of Pandaria?


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Is It Time To Start Stockpiling For Mists Of Pandaria?


Yes & No

I have already begun to start stockpiling items for Mists of Pandaria, but only a few specific items.  I have given some ideas on what to stockpile for Mists of Pandaria and so have others in the MoP Stockpiling carnival entries.  Those posts are geared to get you thinking about what you will be stockpiling, but aren't designed to be direct warnings to start stockpiling immediately.  Right now the main things I have been stockpiling are the harder to obtain and rarer items: mainly Mounts, Companion Pets, and profession chokepoint items.  Any items that are rare and hard to get should be given priority at this point in the Cata expansion.  Of course, don't pass up any dirt cheap priced items.  Those should be snatched up immediately.

Why not get started stockpiling everything right now? 

There are 2 main reasons not to start mass buying raw materials and other common items just yet.
  1. The Cataclysm expansion is far from over. 
  2. Summer is coming.
Even though the MoP Beta is progressing along and we have already hit the expansion lull that happens after the last major content patch, there is still a ways to go until the end of Cataclysm and the release of Mists of Pandaria.  Leaked reports have the next WoW expansion placed as a launch in quarter two of 2012, with many speculating a late June MoP launch.  So we still have at least a couple of months left.  The closer we get to the expansion, then more players will start to liquidate their old stock in preparation for the new expansion.  Prices will continue to drop in many markets as useage will continue to decline.  This drop in demand will also be paired with market flooding as players dump their goods, so prices should be better than they currently are.

In addition to the decline in demand and the market flooding there is another major contributor that cripples many markets.  That dreaded time of year, when many markets see a major increase in competition is the summer break.  College students should have more play time starting in late May / early June and high schools will start letting out for summer break in early to mid June.  This is the first time we have seen a new WoW expansion release during the summer break.  Even more players will be invading auction house markets and further crashing items down to cheaper levels.

So start picking up rock bottom priced goods and the harder to find items now, while waiting closer to launch for the raw materials prices to bottom out.

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2 comments:

  1. Blizzard have done something impressive they have managed to keep the interest up in Cataclysm when logically it should have fallen off like it did so horribly in Wotlk. Checking my EU based Server things are still chugging along nicely with active PUGs and Guilds selling HC runs.

    Prices are still up and don't show much sign of dropping which is a shame.

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  2. I had this exact discussion with my wife Saturday night, "Should I start stockpiling now?"

    Well, the Titans must have heard me because as i was going through my normal craft-post routine last night, I saw something, a gift, not rare, but still, unexpected: FARMERS HAD POSTED! 316 stacks of Whiptail (each purchased for less than 20g/stack) later and I have a significant portion of my stockpiling done. Ok, so not a "significant portion", but some.... Now to go back through all my professions and try to remember where I got stuck and start buying that stuff!

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