So yesterday I logged on in the afternoon and decided to take a swing at selling one of the BoE bracers in Dalaran since I have over a hundred Valor badges and could use the extra scratch. For anyone not familiar, there are about 6 or so epic bracers that you can purchase from the Badge of Valor vendor and give to anyone. People will offer to sell you your choice of them if they don’t have better uses for their Valor badges (which I don’t). The last time I spoke to someone about it, they recommended selling them for about 2k, so I made up a macro, went and stood in the vendor’s room and started spamming while watching some movies and eating Goldfish crackers.
So after maybe twenty minutes or so, I see this in trade: “Dueg, you’ll never get that much for them.” Now look, I absolutely hate it when people do that kind of crap in trade. It undermines the seller and quite frankly, it’s none of their business if the seller wants to sell it for too high. So I write in trade “Let me worry about that.” A little curt, yes, but the point being, I acknowledged that you gave me the suggestion, but I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. So I consider the issue closed and go back to business when about 3 minutes later I get a tell from the same guy.
“Those usually sell for 1.5k, you should lower your price,” he says. So I shoot back with, “Don’t worry about it.” Again, curt, but this guys is starting to bother me. So he comes back with something along the lines of, “Whatever, do what you want and spend a couple of extra hours trying to sell it.” So I say, “I will, thank you for minding your own business.” Oh Dueg, why must you be so antagonistic?
So now this guy is getting a little heated and he comes back with some speech about how he was just trying to help, but I’m more interested in cheating people and am a failboat because I’m asking for more money than is commonly accepted these bracers are worth. Also he suggested that I should be grateful that he gave me this little speech in tells instead of in trade. At this point I’m really starting to get pissed. I didn’t ask this guy for his suggestions or his critique of my selling style or anything like that. So I send him a tell back saying that he’s not trying to “help,” he’s trying to tell me how to do it, and that I know it’s a high amount, but I’m hoping to negotiate with whoever wants to buy it and it’s better to start high and work lower. This wasn’t my original plan, but it sounded good at the time and I wanted to get this guy off my back.
So he sends a tell saying maybe I should start a little lower since they’ve been dropping in price and 2k is maybe a little too high of a starting point and apologizes if I was offended. I responded that I would see how it went and maybe drop a little lower later if I had trouble. I thanked him for his suggestion, said I wasn’t offended (even though I kind of was) and told him I understood he was just trying to help, but that I can be a stubborn person too and that was pretty much it.
But I wonder, was I kind of a dick? Did I set off the confrontation with my dickish response to his trade comment on me selling too high? Should I have just ignored him? I do truly understand that he was just trying to help, even if I didn’t want it, so should I have been nicer and more open to his ideas even if I wasn’t planning on following his advice? Let me know what you think, or this will eat at me all day!
Oh, and the bracers? About 20 minutes later I got another tell from someone different saying that I was selling them for too much. So I just logged off and went to the library instead. Maybe I’ll lower my starting price to 1.8k.