Sunday, December 16, 2012

Top Selling Glyphs since Mists of Pandaria

By popular request, Twitchie Enterprises presents: my top selling glyphs since Mists of Pandaria.

The usual caveats apply.
  • These results are from my sales only, they don't necessarily represent the sales ratios for the server (let alone on other servers).
  • Some glyphs may have got off to a slow start due to the discovery process. A big thanks to my wonderful sub-contracted minions who supplied me with glyphs in the early days (particularly blazing trail for my warrior!!!!)
  • The time period below covers from launch day until 30th November. I'll be sure to update this when we're further along into the expansion.
  • Monk glyphs have a leg up, since no monk had any of the glyphs already when the expansion started. Similarly, the most popular 'mandatory' glyphs for popular specs wouldn't sell as many since existing players are more likely to already know them.
  • My posting schedule and ability to keep popular glyphs in stock may also skew the results.
Looking at the list, it is immediately clear that Blizzard has hit a high point with glyph design. Most of the top selling glyphs are at the top because they are just plain awesome. Take [Glyph of Zen Flight] for example, there is no more serene way to travel through Azeroth (and Outlands like my monk above). So many of the top glyphs are cosmetic and fun, and represent a real choice for players.

There are also some popular glyphs that relate to player power in a minor way (even if that's just a quality of life change). I'd be surprised if any hunter didn't take [Glyph of Marked For Death] and [Glyph of Mind Spike] has a great synergy with the shadow priest talent: Divine Insight.

What's your favourite glyph? Since the 5.1 change, [Glyph of Shadow Ravens] looks great and is my pick of the bunch.

Glyph#GoldAvg. GSource
[Glyph of Zen Flight]353739107Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Spinning Crane Kick]33238272Trainer
[Glyph of the Treant]26128549Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Marked For Death]23155267Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Confession]22161473Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Holy Resurrection]21203297Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Mind Spike]212462117Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of the Blazing Trail]20150575Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Bladed Judgment]2096748Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Fetch]1881545Trainer
[Glyph of Water Roll]18105358Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Flying Serpent Kick]18133274Trainer
[Glyph of Nightmares]18155887Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fire From the Heavens]1786551Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Verdant Spheres]1776145Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Shadow]17167198Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Animal Bond]17112866Trainer
[Glyph of Bull Rush]15108772Trainer
[Glyph of Stars]14113681Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Spirit Roll]1457941Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Surging Mist]1437727Trainer
[Glyph of the Spectral Wolf]1467748Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Renewing Mists]1499271Trainer
[Glyph of Blitz]1429021Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fists of Fury]14100672Trainer
[Glyph of Jab]1490565Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Breath of Fire]142258161Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Burning Anger]1440229Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Burning Embers]1387767Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Mana Tea]1350539Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of the Stag]1347537Trainer
[Glyph of Illusion]1350839Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Intimidating Shout]1245938Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Life Cocoon]1224320Trainer
[Glyph of the Luminous Charger]1269958Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Mighty Victory]1227923Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Geist]1255646Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Rising Tiger Kick]1129126Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of the Falling Avenger]1140337Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Retreat]1166060Trainer
[Glyph of the Chameleon]1122220Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Divine Storm]1170264Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of the Moonbeast]1158053Trainer
[Glyph of Holy Shock]1142338Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Shadow Ravens]1055455Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Uplift]1092392Trainer
[Glyph of Word of Glory]1040040Trainer
[Glyph of Mass Exorcism]1026326Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Blackout Kick]1083283Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Unending Rage]1026527Trainer
[Glyph of Fire Blast]1053554Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Val'kyr]1064965Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Stoneskin]1056256Trainer
[Glyph of Death From Above]1039039Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Demon Training]91066118Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Mirror Image]921023Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Thunder Strike]937341Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Templar's Verdict]971880Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Recuperate]952959Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Reflective Shield]933838Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Crackling Tiger Lightning]937041Trainer
[Glyph of Dark Archangel]936340Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Lifebloom]926229Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Resilient Grip]980389Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Water Elemental]974082Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Afterlife]923426Trainer
[Glyph of Focused Shield]947353Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Double Jeopardy]915517Trainer
[Glyph of Soul Shards]970779Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Prowl]919722Trainer
[Glyph of Hurricane]824130Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Chain Lightning]825031Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Dispersion]849362Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Armors]828035Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Lightspring]854668Trainer
[Glyph of Unleashed Lightning]8933117Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Path of Frost]823830Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Mind Flay]818823Trainer
[Glyph of Stampede]831840Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Deterrence]814818Trainer
[Glyph of Army of the Dead]738154Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Demonic Circle]733047Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Healthstone]748569Trainer
[Glyph of Crackling Jade Lightning]731645Trainer
[Glyph of Resonating Power]722732Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Righteous Retreat]756481Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Winged Vengeance]766996Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of No Escape]716724Trainer
[Glyph of Cat Form]730043Trainer
[Glyph of Icy Veins]724635Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Feral Spirit]616728Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of the Heavens]61507251Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Dark Succor]613923Trainer
[Glyph of Soulwell]642170Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Leer of the Ox]6875146Trainer
[Glyph of Thunderstorm]647579Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Expel Harm]6798133Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Counterspell]611319Technique
[Glyph of Invisibility]617229Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Touch of Death]642971Trainer
[Glyph of Healing Storm]612521Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Regrowth]621936Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Deadly Momentum]627245Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Solar Beam]632855Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Cheetah]621235Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Harsh Words]69716Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Dazing Shield]642070Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Horn of Winter]615626Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Imp Swarm]612220Trainer
[Glyph of Dark Binding]656093Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Anti-Magic Shell]6732122Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Pestilence]623940Trainer
[Glyph of Remove Curse]610918Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Demon Hunting]649783Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of the Orca]627546Trainer
[Glyph of Felguard]619933Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Prayer of Mending]628347Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Healing Wave]633456Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Ice Lance]532064Trainer
[Glyph of Chimera Shot]544188Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Conjure Familiar]514629Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Innervate]541783Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Aquatic Form]59719Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Inquisition]542986Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of the Battle Healer]524349Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Riptide]537775Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Foul Menagerie]512625Trainer
[Glyph of Enduring Healing Sphere]5594119Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Borrowed Time]532264Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Aspect of the Cheetah]516633Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Avenging Wrath]521743Trainer
[Glyph of Subtlety]58717Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Grace]517335Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Holy Nova]535471Trainer
[Glyph of Explosive Trap]58918Trainer
[Glyph of Path of Blossoms]542084Trainer
[Glyph of Dark Simulacrum]516533Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Contemplation]520341Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fireworks]524950Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Immediate Truth]58016Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Sparring]518437Trainer
[Glyph of Mirrored Blades]5543109Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Honor]5512102Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Stampeding Roar]58116Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Frostfire Bolt]5709142Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Stampede]520641Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Thunder]521944Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Chaining]512024Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Protector of the Innocent]528156Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fortifying Brew]511824Trainer
[Glyph of Final Wrath]513327Trainer
[Glyph of Furious Sundering]47118Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Divine Protection]437092Trainer
[Glyph of Shadowy Friends]433684Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Ghost Wolf]48321Trainer
[Glyph of Clash]411328Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Stealth]432080Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Holy Fire]49724Trainer
[Glyph of Snake Trap]48120Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Unstable Affliction]418646Trainer
[Glyph of Death and Decay]415539Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Inner Sanctum]429373Trainer
[Glyph of Consecration]412231Trainer
[Glyph of Victory Rush]415840Trainer
[Glyph of Mend Pet]46717Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Unending Breath]47118Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Zen Meditation]435087Trainer
[Glyph of Shred]422456Trainer
[Glyph of Eye of Kilrogg]47920Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Revive Pet]413634Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Slow]4412103Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Curse of Exhaustion]48120Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Barkskin]428972Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Shadow Bolt]47419Trainer
[Glyph of Sprint]46115Trainer
[Glyph of Vendetta]432281Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Decoy]47118Trainer
[Glyph of Vampiric Embrace]4574144Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Pathfinding]431178Trainer
[Glyph of Touch of Karma]430676Trainer
[Glyph of Detection]38729Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Enraged Speed]314047Trainer
[Glyph of Aspects]35318Trainer
[Glyph of Carrion Swarm]317157Trainer
[Glyph of Conflagrate]311037Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Crippling Poison]317358Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fighting Pose]328796Trainer
[Glyph of Siphon Life]34716Trainer
[Glyph of Inner Focus]39532Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Aimed Shot]3513171Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Bloodthirst]317759Trainer
[Glyph of Vanish]311338Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Dancing Rune Weapon]37224Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Wild Growth]38629Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Savagery]35719Trainer
[Glyph of Dark Soul]38027Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Healing Touch]317458Trainer
[Glyph of Penance]3359120Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Gushing Wound]322776Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Scatter Shot]328695Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Might of Ursoc]314749Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Charm Woodland Creature]36120Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Kick]312843Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Icy Touch]36020Trainer
[Glyph of Gag Order]320067Trainer
[Glyph of Light of Dawn]328996Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Combustion]3309103Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Soul Swap]37425Trainer
[Glyph of Aspect of the Pack]311037Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fear]37023Trainer
[Glyph of Aspect of the Beast]35920Trainer
[Glyph of Endless Wrath]320067Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Pick Lock]318261Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Tranquil Grip]37425Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Marking]318863Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Dash]35619Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Mass Dispel]313445Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Garrote]34716Trainer
[Glyph of Enslave Demon]36923Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Seal of Blood]24322Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Soulstone]26030Trainer
[Glyph of Hand of Gul'dan]24522Trainer
[Glyph of Psychic Horror]2202101Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Death's Embrace]27839Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Circle of Healing]215477Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Shield Slam]219296Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Astral Recall]2228114Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot]24221Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Corpse Explosion]23819Trainer
[Glyph of Rebirth]23015Trainer
[Glyph of Death Grip]25829Trainer
[Glyph of Fade]23015Trainer
[Glyph of Deep Freeze]26633Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Focused Wrath]25728Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Ice Trap]23316Trainer
[Glyph of Recklessness]2260130Trainer
[Glyph of the Bear Cub]24824Trainer
[Glyph of Arcane Power]23919Trainer
[Glyph of Shadowflame]28442Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Denounce]213668Trainer
[Glyph of Deluge]25427Trainer
[Glyph of Guard]25326Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Leap of Faith]213969Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Beacon of Light]210753Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Misdirection]2330165Trainer
[Glyph of Long Charge]2266133Trainer
[Glyph of Mana Gem]23518Trainer
[Glyph of Master's Call]24824Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Falling Meteor]25628Trainer
[Glyph of Life Tap]23819Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Hex]24422Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Tricks of the Trade]29748Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Spirit of Redemption]23518Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Cheap Shot]2268134Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Rude Interruption]23015Trainer
[Glyph of Faerie Fire]23819Trainer
[Glyph of Mending]218291Trainer
[Glyph of Colossus Smash]23015Technique
[Glyph of Crittermorph]215779Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Evocation]23015Trainer
[Glyph of Entangling Roots]23317Trainer
[Glyph of Totemic Vigor]24321Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Renew]213668Trainer
[Glyph of Expose Armor]26934Trainer
[Glyph of Cleansing Waters]213969Trainer
[Glyph of Distracting Shot]24522Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Cloak of Shadows]218492Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Lightwell]214271Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Feint]23015Trainer
[Glyph of Crow Feast]217185Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Shadow Word: Death]214271Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Flame Shock]23317Trainer
[Glyph of Blessed Life]24824Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Flash of Light]214874Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Mounted King]24121Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Mortal Strike]26432Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Unstable Earth]23316Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Spellsteal]24322Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Spinning Fire Blossom]1133133Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Killing Spree]16666Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Blade Flurry]15050Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Lakestrider]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Tame Beast]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Freezing Trap]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Cone of Cold]1252252Trainer
[Glyph of the Monkey]11717Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Skull Bash]12121Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Pick Pocket]11818Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Blooming]11515Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Maul]16666Trainer
[Glyph of Gouge]13434Trainer
[Glyph of Sweeping Strikes]12323Trainer
[Glyph of Grounding Totem]13131Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Heavy Repercussions]11717Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Spirit Walk]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Mystic Shout]11515Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Camouflage]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Illumination]15454Trainer
[Glyph of Shield Wall]12121Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Nature's Grasp]11919Trainer
[Glyph of Vampiric Blood]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Smoke Bomb]18383Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Incite]1379379Scroll of Wisdom
[Glyph of Spiritwalker's Grace]11818Trainer
[Glyph of Capacitor Totem]16666Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fae Silence]11616Trainer
[Glyph of Totemic Encirclement]11616Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Arcane Language]12828Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Lesser Proportion]11515Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Debilitation]11919Trainer
[Glyph of Hammer of the Righteous]12727Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Water Shield]12121Trainer
[Glyph of Purge]11919Trainer
[Glyph of Divinity]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Crimson Banish]13535Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Disguise]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Inner Fire]12121Trainer
[Glyph of Solace]11616Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem]14747Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of the Predator]16767Trainer
[Glyph of Polymorph]12727Trainer
[Glyph of Distract]11717Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Death Coil]14242Trainer
[Glyph of Whirlwind]16464Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Death Gate]11919Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Scourge Imprisonment]12626Trainer
[Glyph of Shiv]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Unholy Frenzy]1189189Northrend Inscription Research
[Glyph of Divine Plea]13838Book of Glyph Mastery
[Glyph of Frost Shock]1252252Trainer
[Glyph of Ambush]11919Trainer
[Glyph of Blind]11818Trainer
[Glyph of Turn Evil]11818Trainer
[Glyph of Frost Nova]11717Trainer
[Glyph of Rebuke]12727Trainer
[Glyph of Mind Freeze]11515Trainer
[Glyph of Bloody Healing]11717Trainer
[Glyph of Safe Fall]11515Minor Inscription Research
[Glyph of Ferocious Bite]11515Trainer

Saturday, December 8, 2012

November 2012 Glyph Sales

November glyphs sales were strong, with the average price up by 10g, and cracking 50k in sales.

November Stats:
  • Total Glyph Sales: 51089g
  • Total Glyphs Sold: 852
  • Average Price: 59g96s
So it's time to start making all of that coin back. There's plenty more mounts at predictable prices (e.g., jewelcrafting and engineering mounts) to buy and ride before I'm satisfied.

Glyphs this month were great, and now that I have discovered all of the new glyphs, am enjoying how quick and easy (and mostly afk) this market can be. I managed to buy a ton of herbs at 1.5g/ea which had me set for rare inks all the way through the Darkmoon Faire (which is on at the moment) and topped up my supply of shoulder inscriptions. I'm still making my way through my stockpile of glyphs, and my stockpile of inks has now dried up completely, which is great timing now that herb prices have taken a dive. Even after the nerf to node respawn rates, I'm finding silkweek on the AH in bulk for under 2g/ea. Starlight Ink for less than 40g giving me epic shoulder inscriptions for less than 120g and selling for over 500g is great for business.

I've been making Darkmoon Cards, but with only two scribes haven't put too many decks together just yet. I have one of everything so far for this faire, so it will be interesting to see how much I can get for them in the days and weeks ahead. I have Borg kitted out with the tanking and strength trinket, and my shadow priest with the intellect one, so unless I get an urge to level to 90... all of these will be for sale.

In game I'm still yet to valor cap an alt, and with the ability to upgrade gear, unfortunately I can't see and end to grinding out that 1000 valor on my main first. The additional valor from raid bosses will help substantially. I've been having a great time trading food in game, as well as my usual markets.

As requested in my comments, I've managed to produce a list of my best selling glyphs since Mists of Pandaria hit, so look out for that soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mimiron's Head: 750k from the BMAH

[Mimiron's Head] came up on the Black Market Auction House yesterday on my server. I had several whispers from friends as soon as it was up, and I was on the case.

Until a couple of hours to go it was only up over the 400k mark, and I put an early bid in for 500k. Then I realised that the auction would end during an alts run of Mogu'shan Vaults, and gladly got outbid. If you stalk the AH diligently enough, you can get a pretty good idea of when an auction will end. I usually try and catch the moment (or near enough) when the auction goes from long (>2hrs, <12hrs) to medium (>30m, <2hrs). Then conservatively, the auction can't end earlier than 2 hours after you saw it at long, and no later than 2 hours after you saw it at medium. I use this to help pinpoint when the auction will change from medium to short, giving me a solid indication of when the auction will end (within minutes).

For auctions that go above 500k, you can't raise the bid yourself once you have made a bid. The gold cap for a single character is 1 million gold, so you are committing half the available gold on that character each time you bid. You must wait to be outbid, collect your bid from the mail and head back into the BMAH to bid again. Engineers and Argent Squires rejoice. The timing of your bids is crucial.

Since I wanted to get to the raid, I bid 750k with less than 30 minutes remaining. Jondy checked on the auction a couple of times while I was melting the faces off the Stone Guard and Feng, and as Feng was crumbling beneath our attacks she confirmed that the auction had finished with a final price of 750k gold. I left my fellow raiders to have at it with the trash before Gara'jal and checked my mail!

Above is a shot of my winning bid. I'm not sure how long that notification stays up, so if you know - please shout it out in the comments. Almost immediately after my win, [Invincible's Reins] came up on the BMAH... not only did I get another series of whispers, but some chatter over mumble. I was pleased to learn that the new mount went for 625k 610k*, but I just couldn't justify another huge spend.

I'm very excited to have the mount, and have been riding around in it with all my characters. The purchase took me just under 1 million gold, so I'm keen to save up for some of the other mounts Mists of Pandaria has to offer.

* Edit: Jondy managed to spot someone flying on Invincible's Reins, so I jumped onto my horde Warlock to have a chat. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

October 2012 Glyph Sales

Mists of Pandaria lead to a modest posting schedule, and revenue settling down to late Cataclysm levels.

October Stats:

  • Total Glyph Sales: 39134g
  • Total Glyphs Sold: 775
  • Average Price: 50g49s

The major difference between this graph and the one from May is that now I'm using TSM accounting to track my sales data, the sale date that is recorded for each transaction is actually the date it was purchased from the auction house rather than the date I collected the coin. On days where I haven't posted (or there is a LOT of competition when I do) I'm more able to get an idea of the diminishing returns of glyphs aging on the auction house.

The average price of glyphs is up over 50g each which is a reflection on the new glyphs entering the market. I'll post some details about my biggest sales coming into the patch soon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

September 2012 Glyph Sales

A mini glyphmas for patch 5.0.4 that slowly simmered down as people prepared for Mists of Pandaria.

September Stats:
  • Total Glyph Sales:  80438g
  • Total Glyphs Sold: 1810
  • Average Price:  44g44s
I was very excited to have some big, big sales as patch 5.0.4 hit making all the preparation worth while. Of course having said that, at the time of actually writing this it's November and I'm still subsisting on the ink stockpile from before 5.0.4 and still have many, many glyphs filling up 3 tabs of a guild bank.

Once Mists of Pandaria hit, blogging went out the window as I leveled and got ready for raiding. The daily grind for reputation and valor points has been pretty brutal so my WoW time goes something like this: Raiding and guild stuff > power gains for my main > gold making > other fun wow activities (projects for my main, leveling alts etc) > blogging. So October went by without a whimper from the Overlord of Twitchie Enterprises except for some yelps on twitter.

So I have my revered reputations sorted (Exalted the Klaxxi of course) and can cap valor (thanks to the bump for heroic dungeons and scenarios) without too much of a struggle. I've been making gold every which way as well, but haven't had too much time to write about it (I know they miss me over at the Consortium Forums too =P). What I will say is that I love cooking. I have a character dedicated to storing, selling and buying food and I've been Ironpaw shuffling like a mad beast. I am proudly Master of the Ways and even have my apprentice Nomi well on the way to doing my culinary bidding.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

August 2012 Glyph Sales

Patch 5.0.4 hit this month, and sales on the first day eclipsed the rest of the month. Over 50k sales on the patch day was a terrific result, and really makes all that preparation worth while.

August Stats:
  • Total Glyph Sales:  103173g
  • Total Glyphs Sold: 1725
  • Average Price:  59g81s
I'll be posting in more detail about the first few days following the patch, particularly some data on which glyphs were the big hits for me, so stay tuned for that.

Having plenty of both glyphs and ink stockpiled made posting very easy, and I was able to craft a full set of each new glyph almost immediately. Dath'Remar was very, very well prepared, with most glyphs becoming cheaper as the undercutting wars went on. I did my auctioneering duty and reset a few pieces of low hanging fruit, but most glyphs remained squarely in the 40 - 150g bracket. None of my major competitors seem to have run out of stock, and it will be interesting to see how the market continues into MoP next week.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

July 2012 Glyph Sales

I've been been busy stockpiling glyphs for MoP, hanging out at The Consortium Forums and ... well generating coin of course. Here are the stats for glyphs in July.

  • Total Glyph Sales:  58030g
  • Total Glyphs Sold: 1472
  • Average Price:  39g42s
While I'm selling even more glyphs, the biggest hit was the price per glyphs - 10g less than last month on average. There has been a marked increase in competition as the expansion grows closer, and a lot of new leveling scribes. More recently I have also been actively buying out the cheap glyphs to reset the market price, and noticing that some of my competitors thresholds are reasonably high. When all it takes to reset a glyph to my fallback is buy out one glyph, and cancel three of my own, it really makes me appreciate being prepared to sell glyphs closer to the cost price than my competitors.

Since I've got all my data in a database, it's much easier to start looking at the longer term trends for my sales in the glyph market, so I'll leave you with a graphical representation of my glyph stats since I started recording them.

The big pie chart of sales by category is coming soon... but if you have any requests for data and analysis from my 18 months of sales data... hit me up here or on twitter, and I'll include that in a future post!

* If you can spot the error in the graphs... shhhhh... you only get an prize (a retweet of your brilliance counts, right?) if you can figure out what the correction would be.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glyphing in MoP? The Consortium has you covered

As I was searching for information about how inscription is going to change for MoP, I kept coming back to the same place. The Constortium Forums. I enjoy gold blogs and podcasts, but when it comes to collaberation, speculation and the refinement of strategy, a densely populated forum is often where our gold community shines.

Here are some of my favourite posts from the Consortium, and the places to watch for the latest thinking about the glyph market in MoP.

[Inscription] Guide on "WINNING" with MoP glyph preparation

Kathroman has written an eight step guide to preparing for the glyph market come patch 5.0 and beyond. The best step of course, is step 8 which is coming back to the forum and bragging about how much coin you made with glyphs. Don't stop with Kathroman's guide there's some great discussion in the thread about ratios of older inks for stockpiling, the fact that as you stockpile closer to infinity inks, the ratio doesn't matter and speculation on the market conditions for MoP.

My tip for most of these posts it not to brag about your ink / glyph stockpile until you've read what some of these guys are planning. They are freakin' mental.

Inscriptionist - Directory of Changes for Inscription

Ravanys has put together a side by side comparison of glyphs for the transition from Cataclysm to Mist of Pandaria. The heading link takes you to the thread on the Consortium forums, here is the direct link to the Inscriptionist page.

The first use of the page is to track glyphs that will become faded in 5.0 / MoP. When patch 4.0.1 hit, there were a number of glyphs that didn't survive Deathwing's wrath, and were burned - [Charred Glyph]. Blizzard is introducing more than 50 new glyphs for the expansion, so there's really no excuse let too many glyphs fade, and currrently there's only a couple that appear destined for the scrap heap.

I've also been using the inscriptionist page to browse the new glyphs that we'll have access to. My absolute favourite minor glyph so far is [Glyph of the Blazing Trail]. I'm going to set some $@#% on fire!

Ratios for Ink Stockpiling

There has been plenty of discussion about stockpiling glyphs for cataclysm. I like Kathroman's approach to ratios:
if you have enough ink stockpiled, specific ink distribution will be negligible
If you aren't aiming for 100k+ inks, then it's worth reading some of the discussion.

Meyer on Ink distribution ratios

Somehow I momentarily managed to hijak the Goblinventory Discussion Thread while discussing stockpiling and general methods of storage using the example of stockpiling inks and glyphs for MoP. I jumped the gun on Meyer's earlier post on the ratio of inks, and he expanded with a bunch of additional variables, including weighting the stockpile towards glyphs for Monks.

Zman crunches Twitchie's Ultimate Glyph Performance List

ZMan was kind enough to take the data from my Ultimate Glyph Performance List and provide a distribution of inks based on my sales data.
Ink of the Sea - 35%
Ethereal - 23%
Lion's - 12%
Midnight - 11%
Jadefire - 10%
Celestial - 5%
Shimmering - 4%
I was pretty pleased to see 16 months of data broken down to the distribution of inks, so adding recipe information to my database is definitely on my todo list. Whichever set of figures you look at, they all agree that stockpiling with a preference for Ink of the Sea > Ethereal Ink > everything else.

[Inscription] Scaling your glyph operation to handle over 400 distinct glyphs in MoP

Last but not least, when I looked at all the new glyphs made with Mist of Pandaria materials, and saw how few glyphs would become faded I realised that my two character glyph operation wouldn't be able to handle the large number of distinct glyphs without some modification. So I wrote a quick guide on how I would scale up my operation and give a heads up that other glyphers might want to think how the changes will effect them too.

My approach to stockpiling for the 5.0 / MoP Glyph Market

First and foremost, I've been buying all the whiptail and cinderbloom I can get my hands on... and it has been some of the cheapest bulk herb buying I've done all expansion. This morning, after the MoP release date was announcement, I managed to pick up some freakishly cheap herbs as they were unceremoniously dumped on the AH.

I've picked up a guild bank, and sent a teary eyed alt packing from our 'quiet time' guild to start stashing glyphs. My usual operational stockpile is anywhere between 10 - 18 of each glyph, and I bulk craft with TSM about once per week. I'm in the process of adding a 20 stack of each glyph on top of that and storing it in the new guild bank - mostly so I can monitor the stockpile and not overcraft glyphs by accident. Once I have that out the way, I'll see how much blackfallow ink I have left over and do a conversion to older inks and most likely store all that in the mail.

The beauty of the way TSM is set up, is that I can manage both my operational inventory and my 5.0 / MoP stockpile at the same time. When I want to bulk craft to top up my operational inventory, I go into TSM Crafting options > Inventory Settings and deselect my storage guild from the 'Guilds to include:' drop down. I can then hit restock queue and beef up my regular inventory to 18 of each glyph. When I want to bulk craft for my stockpile, I add the guild back in, and it's easy to see which glyphs I've already precrafted.

I will be posting about the logistics of topping up my operational inventory from my stockpile once I figure out the best way to do it, so keep an eye out for that.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Two Character Glyph Operation

When moving items to and from guild banks started to break addons, and when those addons adjusted, it was still horribly slow, I decided I needed to change the way I ran my glyph operation. Storing my glyph stockpile in a guild bank, when I needed them every day for my posting cycle was slowing me down and causing me some frustration. As I thought about moving glyphs across to extra characters, I came across Stede's Guide: Optimizing Glyph Operations on a Single Toon over at the consortium forums, and went to work applying those principles to a full service glyph operation.

Go read it now.

By full service glyph operation, I mean I offer every available glyph to my server through the auction house (well I can say that now). I really like the idea of crafting not just for profit, but as a service to my server. In return for a reasonable mark up, and a lucrative income over time, I keep the auction house stocked with glyphs. ALL the glyphs. I'm not kidding myself that I do it alone. I get a lot of help from my competitors. However, if for some reason, [Glyph of Void Walker] actually manages to sell out or be absent from the auction house, I want to automatically post some the next time I post glyphs. On Dath'remar(A) everyone should be able to lob up to the auction house and get the glyphs they need, day or night.

Since my operation is a full service operation, I post my glyphs for 48 hours and never cancel (well only when I'm doing a reset, but I post back straight after). That way as I get undercut, I layer the market with glyphs, providing enough glyphs in cooperation with my competitors to meet demand.

Hopefully that is a reasonable rationale for avoiding trimming the fat for efficiency and instead attempting to make the most efficient operation across the minimum number of characters.

So I took my glyph performance analysis from my own sales, and set up two separate TSM auctioning groups, one for Twitchie and one for a posting alt.

Twitchie reserves 252 slots in his bank (7x [Royal Scribe's Satchel]) and performs two separate posts. I use BankStack over Dumpster purely because it was what I was already using. I first grab the bottom 4 glyph bags worth of glyphs and post. Then I run back to the bank and swap them for the top 3 bags worth and post again. Sometimes, just for fun I use my warlock summoning portal and Soulburn to make the trip faster and more exciting (this is going to rock in MoP).

One of the many beauties of TSM is that you can auto mail based on auctioning groups. My glyph posting alt reserves 108 bag slots (3 x [Royal Scribe's Satchel]) for glyphs and was able to grab the initial influx of glyphs out of the mail as fast as Twitchie could send them.

Having a character just dedicated to posting glyphs, means the character can stand right on top of the auctioneer and perform a posting cycle as fast as it takes to log in, post and log out again. With my alt having the worst performing glyphs, I lose little business if I decide I don't have the time or energy to log on to her each day.

So that describes the posting side of the operation, with thanks to some inspiration from Stede and a whole crap ton of [Royal Scribe's Satchel]s from Moordenar, my favourite rogue.

For the supply side, Twtichie does most of the heavy lifting. I purchase herbs as fast as my price threshold allows, and mail them over to Twitchie. Twitchie then 'sponsors' our television and movie viewing as subtly as possible while milling herbs and crafting inks. Sometimes, if he is too intrusive, Twitchie Enterprises resorts to bribery in addition to sponsorship and might take a back seat when we watch something romantic.

I use 3 guild bank tabs in Twitchie's exclusive guild that is home to some of our 'quiet time' alts. One tab is for darkmoon cards, volatile life, inferno ink and anything else BoE that is handy to have on hand. The other two guild bank tabs are reserved for herbs, pigments and inks as I work through processing them, mostly afk. I have 3 regular bags in my backpack that I exchange for 3 inscription bags to store batches of herbs for milling. When I have a full guild bank tab of blackfallow ink, I'll have a bulk crafting session for glyphs and add them to the stockpile across two toons for posting. For bulk crafting glyphs I use TSM crafting with the following settings:
  • Minimum Profit Method: Gold Amount
  • Min Restock Quantity: 4
  • Max Restock Quantity: 17
  • Minimum Profit (in gold): 12g
Once I have traded my inks and start to hit the 'Craft Next' macro I've keybound, I manually scan the list to add any extra glyphs to the queue, and the rest can be done while sipping coffee and browsing the interwebz.

Spreading my glyph operation across two characters has allowed me to craft and post efficiently, while avoiding the guild bank for my glyph stockpile that I post regularly.