- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Paying Market Value
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Gearing Strategies for All Play Schedules
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Planning, Scheduling, and Plotting (in-game and out)
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Don’t Procrastinate
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Working Stupid Hours
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Professions
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Night Before Raid Checklist
I’m starting a new series here. I find myself increasingly time-crunched due to work but I still want to be raid-ready. So I’m finding corners to cut.
I hate paying market value. We all hate it. After all, it seems like such a waste if you have a guildie who is willing to do it for cheaper.
You just have to wait for that guildie to log in. You have to meet. You have to explain what you want. The guildie has to craft it. Mats have to be obtained, by you or the guildie.
Or the guildie doesn’t log in. You try to remember to catch that guildie later, but let’s be honest – having to remember that one thing along with all the other crap you have to remember day-to-day is a little much, and it gets forgotten. You end up going to the raid without an enchant, consumable, or gem that you need. Bad idea.
Or you could just buy it off the Auction House.
But but but… the thing on the Auction House is overpriced. How overpriced? Could you get the money back in a few dailies? How much would you save going with the guildie? How much time does it take to earn the money versus how much time does it take to get the stupid thing crafted?
And, more importantly, what the hell else are you going to spend your money on? A vanity mount? Sorry, if you really want to raid, raid preparedness trumps the latest sparkly cougar mount.
Time is money, friends. Never forget that. If you want to save those precious gold pieces, and wait around for your guildie to craft the thing you need, you might miss out on something else you want to do with your limited playtime.
Suck it up and pay the Auction House.