One of the more interesting things that has arisen of late is the black market in traded epics.
What is this black market you mention? I’m talking about the two hour trade window on epics you receive as loot. As part of version 3.2 there is now a two hour window after you receive an item that it is able to be traded. I assume this is only trade-able to others in your party/raid although I must admit I haven’t tested this yet.
So far in the last week i’ve had two instances of people in my group whispering me offering to buy or trade an epic I recently received off me. I was about to write about the moral high ground I took and how I only need loot when I really need it, but that would not be entirely true. This is because the third sample of my black market data set is from last nights Ulduar run (don’t get me started about Thorim and bugged mobs exiting the arena and chasing the gauntlet team up the tunnel).
During last nights run I received an item (boots) from Freya, which after further consideration I decided were really more of a side grade than an upgrade and I traded them (for free) to a mage I knew wanted them. The basic back story is that we use a loot council to distribute loot, and when the item dropped I looked at it and my existing ones and the Pawn value on both and the Pawn value for the new ones were higher so I expressed an interest. In hindsight after receiving them the new boots were only marginally better and the mage had some from Naxx 10, so that seemed a better use of them to me.
I have no intention of making a habit of doing that as it kinda undermines loot council and would most likely result in me receiving nothing, but it does raise some interesting ideas.
what’s to stop, say in pug raids, players rolling on anything they think is valuable and then on-selling them on to another raider? Or even within guilds? Not necessarily priest blatantly rolling on plate items, but perhaps players, like I accidentally did, erring on the the side of caution and rolling on marginal upgrades.
I’m fairly sure that this trade window is time played rather than real time since raid. I wonder what happens if you post the item to an alt? Does the countdown continue? How is the population of allowed trade partners get determined? Is it raid/instance ID? What happens then after an instance reset? Does the item become untradeable?
This new trading time frame for BoP items is great, especially if you’re like me and have trouble telling all the tier gear apart with their similar sounding names. But it does raise a few interesting issues.