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Undercutting Bots, What Do I Do?

First, realize that the bots aren't the ones undercutting you. Those are real players, and the shear number of them is due to the fact that you're playing against the entire world. That's right, it's a global economy!

You can either take this like a punch to your face, especially that undercut that sent you searching online for ways to deal with undercutting, or you can take some advice from yours truly.

Having so many players in one place is a good thing. It means faster sales, and more opportunities for profit. When that mean person undercuts you by a copper, let him! When thirty people undercut you by a copper each, let them! The marketplace will take care of those individuals and eventually get to buying yours.

The majority of players enjoy Guild Wars 2 at night, and since most are from Northern America, that time zone is what you should use as the measuring stick in this post. So if night for you is a few hours different from this part of the world, then you have to adjust accordingly with your playstyle.

What does it matter when players are on? Well, what if I told you that prices across the entire trading post go down incredible amounts during the week, and then they go up an extreme amount during prime time on the weekends? That is an opportunity to flip items, and a massive one at that. Crafting materials and ingredients, the ones getting sold by the thousands every minute, are where these opportunities lie. Like flipping copper ore. The trick is to always use buy outs and to be patient when selling.

So next time someone undercuts you, realize that it's a natural part of the economy, and you're too smart to get mad about it now.

9 comments:

  1. Kring said...:

    http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/World

    21 worlds in NA, 27 in Europe.

    > and since most are from Northern America,

    Are you sure about that?

  1. Markco said...:

    I'm pretty sure, but I'm allowed to be wrong :)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    another american that fail on geography

  1. Markco said...:

    I'm not sure how this has anything to do with failing at geometry Mr Anonymous. Guild wars 2 has topped the charts better in Europe than America, and assuming that world servers are the same size between areas then yes there are more Europeans than Americans.

    You may want to apply the information in this post though... it makes me a lot of gold day trading.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    It's funny cuz you said geometry

  1. Anonymous said...:

    There are trading bots.

  1. Chris Cartr said...:

    It's funny cuz Markco is trying to help you while at the same time diffusing you're biased argument, and all you can do is find a typo to complain about...

  1. Anonymous said...:

    There are bots out there that scan the TP for the lowest price, undercut by 1 copper and if anyone undercuts the bot, they will remove from the TP and undercut again. The reason for this is because Bots usually sell in HUGE quantities, like @ 10,000 Dusts at a time. The faster they sell, the more gold they sell.

  1. Sandro B. said...:

    Im pretty sure there are bots even for the more expensive items. I tried to buy several weapons but somebody seems to be checking offerings for almost 24/7. Its always the same numbers he place orders . When I bet the exact same amount as he does nothing happens but the second I top him by 1 copper he places a new offer with the similiar numbers. I guess a real person would change the offer in that case. Also he is trying to buy almost all the items that have a huge buy-sell difference and thats alot. He must have made a fortune. The only way to stop him is to make an offer which barely makes a profit when trying to sell it. I hope something will happen soon...

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