This weeks post is part of Cold’s Gold Blogging Carnival on the Remote Auction House.
I was in a meeting recently, giving a presentation to a few Execs, some of whom were using their iPads. Halfway through the meeting I heard the familiar chime of the Remote Auction House. I paused and looked at the guy as if to say: ‘that was so not your email, dude!’
You can’t game a gamer, but I knew where he was coming from. Once you install the Remote Auction House (RAH) there’s no going back. I have my own copy loaded onto my iPad, making it very easy to check my Auction House postings or to relist a few items.
But it’s best to do this on a break, and not in one of my presentations!
I’ve been using the RAH for about a year now. I had used it to view my auctions previously, but had not subscribed to the full service – which at the time cost a few bucks a month – so could not post or collect my gold. Then one of my Twitter buddies put it into perspective for me. Dude, it costs you less than a latte a month! I’m sure that now Blizzard has removed the monthly fee, the service will really take off.
It’s Really Called the Mobile Armory
Now, while I use the RAH on my iPad it will run on a number of mobile platforms including iPhone, iTouch and Android systems. Blizzard calls it the Mobile Armory because it supports Guild Chat, Character Profiles in addition to the full spectrum of Auction House services.
Use The Mobile Authenticator
Here’s my first tip: use an authenticator to secure your Battlenet account. If you are not sure how this works, check out my post on Protecting Your World of Warcraft Account. You can now download The Battlenet Mobile Authenticator for free for all IOS devices, greatly increasing the security of your account. If the mobile authenticator is on the same device as the RAH, the RAH will fire it up and automatically grab the one-time-passcode making the whole process seamless.
One-Click Gold Collection
Being able to grab your gold on the go is both good and bad. When listing your Sold Auctions, you are presented with a big red Claim Gold button at the top of the screen. This nicely recovers your gold and removes those items from your mailbox. If however you track your gold using one of the many addons in-game, such as Auditor or TSM, then this gold amount is never tracked, skewing your statistics. If you are interested in keeping tabs on your daily gold making, then make sure you logon in-game to recover your gold.
Undercut on the Go
Using the RAH makes it a snip to undercut your competitors on the go. I recently had a competitor in the mechanical pet market who always undercut my Tranquil Mechanical Yeti postings. I would post in the evening and sure enough the following morning I’d been undercut. However, I noticed that my competitor only posted between 8.00am and 9.00am and between 9pm and midnight. Obviously a 9 to 5 worker. I simply fired up the RAH on the train and relisted my auctions knowing that I had most of the day to obtain a sales. Silly, I know but that’s gold making for you.
Bags, Mailbox and Bank Slots
It’s best to keep your mailbox empty so that you can display all sold auctions. The good news is that the RAH lets you view all of your items in bags, mailbox and bank slots – no running back and forth – but relisting from you mailbox first will ensure you maintain visibility on most of your trades.
Snap Up Bargains
The RAH has a powerful search feature which remembers past searches making it easy to gradually build a shopping list on the go to snap up bargains. Simply press the magnifying glass icon and enter a search term. The item is then displayed and can be bought out or bid on.
There is a Limit to Fun
Unfortunately, Blizzard has imposed a limit to the number of transactions that can be made using the RAH. Currently this is set at 200. You may think that you’ll never exceed this, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can reach this limit. It’s best to pace yourself throughout the day.
- Compatible with the full range of IOS and Android devices. Also browser based.
- Best used in conjunction with a Mobile Authenticator on the same device
- Claiming your gold may affect in-game statistical addons, skewing your data
- Use it to undercut your competitors on the go.
- Relist items from your mailbox first and keep your mailbox in-game empty
- Build a snatch list using the mobile search feature.
- Don’t forget the 200 transaction limit
- Finally, turn off the sound when in meeting!
More Gold In Ya Bags!