Faidian Slip: A bunch of people are panicking and unloading Razzashi Hatchlings. It's just speculation, but considering certain Hatchlings are worth a lot already (Gundrak, etc.) buying these up for the low prices (~300g on my server) can possibly still turn a profit, depending on where they are acquired in Cataclysm. Invest at your own risk, however, as nothing is certain.
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So, Marcko had a post today basically rounding up a bunch of what he claims are "Unique" ideas and then asking bloggers to write about what they think makes their blog unique. Well, nothing apart from the fact that it's the only one that features the Faid in all of her glory makes Nerf Faids unique.
Something's occurred to me as I've been reading many gold blogs and forums and the like. People create fantabulous new ideas to make gold to share with the world! Thank God for these bloggers and posters, without them no one would be able to make any gold!
Eh, let's be serious. Just because you blog about an idea doesn't make you the prophet of profit. I like that. Consider Prophet of Profit trademarked, I think it shall be my new name. Just because you suddenly realized a great market doesn't mean you're the first.
In the same vein as "Simpson's did it!" please, everyone, recognize you are more than likely not a visionary. Someone has probably been doing your idea for a very long time, but just doesn't have a blog where they tell others.
Marcko's post on JMTC today was great, it was a really useful gathering of a lot of interesting posts. One that caught my eye in it was this one, discussing, among other things, bidding on auctions before the server goes down for long maintenance times on Tuesday. To his credit, Marcko didn't claim to invent the idea, just to be the first to blog about it, so he's certainly not in the wrong in any way.
I remember back when I had about 10g per day income in BC. I didn't care a single bit about making real profits. But even I accidentally stumbled upon the idea "Hey . . . this only has 2 hours left on it and the server's going to be down for 8, why should I buyout when I could bid?"
Things like this aren't that original; Markco somehow came across it his way, and I discovered it my own, likely through accidentally having my auctions sniped before maintenance! While everyone has a unique experience playing WoW because of their playstyle, be the super-farmer extraordinaires, hardcore raiders, someone who pays 15 dollars a month to just level fishing . . . everyone sees the game a bit different, but at the same time the game is not limitless.
I will go out on a limb and say less than 5% of anything posted on gold blogs is a truly original and unique idea stemming only from that blogger; that we do not create good advice and we do not have gold making magical powers. We take information from many sources, draw conclusions, and share them with you. Everyone does the same thing every day, they just haven't taken the "sharing" step and so they do not have the fame and fortune of a gold blogger.
One is not considered a "gold guru" or a "prophet of profit" because one's better at making gold than anyone else, it's because one spends more time sharing their information than others, and is getting rewarded from their audience, which I do believe they should! Gold blogs and those that write them are great and really helped spark my interest in doing it myself. But unique ideas? No, not really.
Disclaimer: This is in no way meant to be anything against Marcko or JMTC, he does a great job. It's because of his work at the community that is JMTC that there's such a great network of blogs and forums, making everything so available so that ideas can be shared and built upon. =]