So in preparing for 4.0.1, I stocked up on a few of the patterns sold in Aszhara that would not be available post-patch. I didn't get many, as there was some competition on the night I was buying them, but between PVPing in a hut the size of my office cube, and checking vendors who restocked every 30 minutes it seems, I was able to get a few of each:Pattern: Blue Dragonscale BreastplatePattern: Chimeric GlovesSchematic: Deepdive Helmet
How should I best move them?
Since 4.0.1 released, I've had mine up on the AH (one of each, of course) for starting B/O of 10k gold, and have slowly lowered them down to around 2500g right now. Deposit is just about nothing compared to the markup. However, none have sold. I expect anyone to know they are rare to have camped them (even though Wowhead had no prior information about the vendors being removed, so the majority of the population didn't know, I'd surmise). I now have competition out of nowhere, listing at 500g each! This just irks me, as he blatantly undercut me by thousands, lowering any potential price for them substantially, and listing multiples at a time. Perhaps he was watching my auctions for a month and saw I wasn't selling any, but either way, I need a new way to move them. The AH, at least now, is a no-go.
How do I best appeal to collectors in this game? Here's what I plan on doing:
1) Generating interest on my realm board at the main forums. I won't post prices, and may get a few people to buy out my competition at first, but removing supply will only increase moving price.
2) /Trade spamming. This will be even harder, as most people would check the AH on items such as this and adjust their offers accordingly. I'd rather not let these go for that low, if I can help it.
3) /who the high rollers on my server's AH and offering to sell to them. They might be interested in the rarity, but there's best chance that if they are interested in rare patterns, they'll have a stock of their own.
Am I just out of my mind for hoping for more than 1k gold for these patterns? Should I just ride it out and hope they aren't included back into the game at all in the future? Should I even buy out my competitor and hope what he lists is all he has?
If there's anyplace to ask experts in this area, it's here. Thanks in advance, guys.