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Crossfaction illogic

Admission: paying for a second account so that I could crossfaction trade never made much sense to me.


I’ll stipulate that there are some one-account geniuses among you who have guild bitches at your beck and call 24/7 to help you get stuff across the neutral AH.

(But I’ll expect a reciprostipulation… that this is a time buster… getting others to agree to help out, working out the logistics, getting toons in the right place, opening trade as many times as necessary (or mailing stuff to them), listing and buying stuff quickly, none of this can be that fast or simple.)

That said, I’ll set out another data point of reference and see if someone has an opposing viewpoint that carries weight.

I was thinking this morning and did a quick foreign exchange mental dance.  Not that I have ever bought gold – or that you would sell your gold stash for money – but the going rate is about $1 per 1,000g.

So that second WoW account for crossfaction trading costs over 150,000g per year.  Kinda ungoblinish, unless you can really make that investment pay off in a huge way.

Now make the case again that at the margin, this is a worthwhile endeavor?  Let’s say someone has up to a couple hours a day to devote to gold.

Your turn.

8 Comments

  1. Second account logic.

    I am currently only running one account. I did have access to a second account when my son was playing WoW; but he has since let his account lapse (My understanding is that it is legal for parent & minor to share an account)

    While I could use a second account for cross faction trading; it could never be a primary reason. The numbers you have stated don’t justify it. Leaning on a friendly toon once a fortnight/month to ship stock; and collecting stock in return works well enough. I can always buy additional ‘favours’ with a large enough tip.

    What I would use the second account for is posting and gathering mail in parallel. I am time limited. Collecting mail is the most time consuming of all my activities. I also use multiple posting toons (if only for glyphs horde and alliance). Post on one toon while collecting mail on a second would be nice. Crafting glyphs while doing either posting or collecting would also free up time. An extra toon would allow not only more posting cycles, but also allow me to post more auctions per cycle.

    Yes, I could easily make an extra 150k/year with another account. I expect it would be much more than that. However I don’t feel the need to spend extra real life gold just to make more than enough pixel gold.

    • “While I could use a second account for cross faction trading; it could never be a primary reason.”

      What I figure, yes.

      “Leaning on a friendly toon once a fortnight/month to ship stock; and collecting stock in return works well enough. ”

      This I didn’t realize.

      “Collecting mail is the most time consuming of all my activities.”

      Did not occur to me. Cool.

      “Yes, I could easily make an extra 150k/year with another account. I expect it would be much more than that. ”

      I think it would have to yield a LOT more than 150k a year to make it worthwhile.

      “However I don’t feel the need to spend extra real life gold just to make more than enough pixel gold.”

      Bingo.

  2. I justify it like this…

    - ITS FUN!!!
    - It provides options
    - It provides bragging rights
    - It’s “My Wife’s Account” (wink)(she does play every now and then)
    - Did I say FUN!!!
    - 15$/mo is not much for “FUN”
    - $ never convert to gold, or gold to dollars… I dont buy gold, I dont care and dont condone it
    - I play for fun, and pay about $80/mo for cable, and spend a lot more time on Wow than the couch so $30/mo is a better deal IMO
    - Its a game… I would pay a lot more for a lot less of a lot more passing entertainment…

  3. No need to justify the ‘fun’ value. Of course that can be reason enough. Sounds as if you need the second account anyway, though.

    My skepticism is directed at 2nd accounters who go that route to crossfaction trade.

    After all, each account allows for all the toons one could readily handle (50).

  4. This always seemed like so much hassle to me, even with two accounts under my control. For a while there I ran a second account with my banker on it, to make it harder for people to track me, so i could auction house during raids, mail myself mats and supplies real quick etc. I never used it for cross faction trading though, I don’t see the point in having gold on a faction I don’t have any “real” characters on. Oh yea, did i mention the hassle? In the end I could no longer justify the second account so I gave it up, but if I ever did pick it up again (RAF levelling i.e., which is totally worth it to me) I still probably won’t engage in this

  5. I usually have a couple 100k on horde side since this faction is much larger than Alliance I mainly play on. Thus mats are much cheaper and epic boe come in more often. I usually do much of my bulk buying on the other side and transfer everything for a price which fixes the AH cut of the neutral AH. Of course only if it is cheaper than buying it w/o the extra cut, but depending on the horde/alliance ratio, it often makes things much cheaper.
    The hassle is not too much imho, once a week an hour bulk selling/buying from yourself is ok for me.

    regards,
    Jinx

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