Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Gold Record

This week’s Gold Record finds unusually high prices for basic trade goods on both Horde and Alliance auction houses. Goods on both sides jumped roughly fifteen points in value, as demand soared despite high supply.

On the Alliance side, incredibly high values for both Copper Ore and Wool Cloth (worth nearly two times and four times their values last week, respectively) pushed an already high trend, bringing the average value of Alliance goods to 105 points. Despite this push towards expense, both Mithril Ore and Netherweave Cloth have come in slightly under their averages, at 75 and 81 points respectively.

On the Horde side, continuing high prices in Iron Ore keep the market elevated, although Silk Cloth, Wool Cloth and Mithril Ore also contribute strongly. Silk Cloth fluctuates wildly; it is currently pushing a three-month high at 171 points. Save your money unless you desperately need silk – last week our averages place silk at only 83 points. Working against the effects of these goods, Linen Cloth continues to come in below the average, although, at 85 points, it has recovered dramatically from last week’s score of 45 points.

Editor’s Note: Jason Coleman has recorded auction house values for both Horde and Alliance. He has monitored many of the raw trade goods (common ores and cloth) that are constantly on the auction houses, employing them as an indicator of market health. Taking averages from his data, each material has been given a value of 100 points (or percent) and is analyzed based on deviation from this value. Continuing each week, the Shadow Council Strider will post his analyses in this article, the Gold Record.