Updated Thu, Jun 02, 2011 by DarkFact
The Auction House (often abbreviated as AH) is one of the most important systems within World of Warcraft, as it allows players to trade their goods in game using a system of bidding and selling. This process is a great way for players to earn some extra gold, or acquire weapons, armor, trade goods, and other items (all for the price) that they may not otherwise have the means to obtain. In fact, some players spend as much time "playing" the Auction House as players pursue other in game activities such as raiding or PvP. Players that learn to "play" the auction house can not only find themselves rolling in gold, but also can find that the Auction House game can be as engaging as any raid boss or PvP match.
Currently players have access to Auction Houses in the following locations:
|Silvermoon||The Exodar||Shattrath City|
Once you have reached any of the above listed cities, simply approach a city guard for more detailed directions to the nearest Auction House.
Auction House U.I.
In order to use the Auction House, you must simply walk over to an Auctioneer at their location in any of the above listed cities, and right click on him (or her) to bring up the Auction House interface. There are typically 3 to 4 Auctioneers at any given location, however, Auction Houses can get crowded so they may be difficult to see. The Auction House currently has three main tabs that provide a variety of functions detailed below:
Browsing the Auction House
Once the Auction House interface appears players will be find themselves faced with the Browse tab. Here, if you know the name of the item you wish to find, you may search the Auction House by typing any name in the search box, found at the top of the screen, which will then search the entire Auction House for items matching the name provided. To refine this search, you may also use the other options provided just to the right of the search box, such as item level range, rarity, or useable items.
If you truly want to simply browse the items for sale on the Auction House, or do not know the name of the item you are seeking, players can also search by category. Found on the left side of the Browse tab players may choose from a list of predetermined categories. Click on any of these categories (i.e. Weapon, Armor, Quest, ect) based on the type of item you wish to find. Some categories will display sub-categories, these should be handled the same way as a normal category, simply click on the sub-category that best fits your needs and then press the Search button that can be found at the top right of the screen.
Once you have successfully completed a search a listing of the items you searched for will appear in the large right pane of the screen. Here players can view all the items that matched their search criteria and also find out crucial information about that item such as; item level, time left on the auction, who the seller is, and the current bid and buy out price (if there is one) of the item. Players may scroll through the listings using the slider bar directly to the right, or if there are more listings than can be shown on one page, players may also need to use the Next and Prev buttons found under the Search button at the top right of the screen.
If you find an item you are interested in purchasing, left click on the item in question and it will be highlighted in yellow. Once this happens the Bid and Buyout (if available) buttons at the bottom right of the screen will light up. Choose the Buyout button if you wish to buy the item directly with no fuss for the Buyout price listed. When an item is listed with a "Buyout" price, it allows for you to bid on it and win it instantly, paying the amount specified and sending the item directly to your mailbox. If the Buyout option is not available, or if you simply wish to take your chances with bidding, click on the Bid button to place a bid for the price listed (above the Buyout price if the Buyout price is available). All items won on the Auction House, whether bought out or not, are sent to your mailbox.
Players who choose the bidding route will most likely want to keep an eye on the auction in question in case they are out bid by another player, or to simply check and see how much time is left. To do this players will need to move on to the next tab in the Auction House interface and the next section of this guide: Bids.
By clicking on the Bids tab at the bottom of the Auction House interface players will be presented with a whole new screen, but with much fewer options than the Browse tab. Here players can view any items they have placed a bid on. As shown in the picture to the right, the item will be displayed as well as the following for each item you have bid on:
The most important piece of information found here are is the bid status. The bid status will let the player know right away if they are the current highest bidder on the item. If you are not the highest bidder you have the option of rebidding on the item, for the new bid price, by left clicking on the item then pressing the red Bid button found at the bottom left of the screen. Players can also buy out the item at this time for the listed buyout price, or they may simply decide to let the item go by doing nothing at all. The bid status will also let the player know if the auction has been cancelled by the seller.
The auction length is another key piece of information for bidders as it lets the player know how long is left on an auction and in turn how long they have left to bid. Currently the auction lengths are as follows:
Now that we understand how to search for, buy, and watch items we are bidding on it is time to conquer selling, which will take place in the final tab in the Auction House interface; Auctions.
The final tab in the Auction House interface is the Auctions tab. It is from this tab that players can create and manage their very own auctions. Players wishing to start an auction should first drag the item (or stack of items) from your inventory to the box located under “Auction Item” in the top left of the screen.
After this has been done, it is time to set a price for your item(s). Enter the price you wish the bidding to start under “Starting Price”, and if you wish to allow a Buyout Price place that amount under “Buyout Price”, however, adding a buyout price is completely optional. The Buyout Price and Starting Price can be the same or totally different, but the Buyout Price cannot be lower than the Starting Price.
Once the price has been set, move further down the left pane where you will have the option to set the duration of the option. Use the drop down menu to choose from one of the options here (12, 24, or 48 hours). After the duration has been set it will be time to post the auction by clicking the red “Create Auction” button at the bottom of the left pane. A Deposit fee will be charged when the item is posted. This fee is based on the length of the auction combined with the vendor value with the minimum fee being 1 Silver.
Also from this screen players can keep track of any of their current auctions. As seen in the picture to the right, when an auction has been created it will be displayed in the larger black box to the right of where the auction was created. Here you can view important information about the auction including:
If your item sells, this fee will be refunded but the Auction House will still take a cut of your profit to the tune of 5% of the total sale price in faction specific Auction Houses and 15% in Neutral Auction Houses. If the auction ends without any bids, the fee is lost. Any money gained from an auction will be mailed to the character who created the Auction via in-game mail.