Diablo III’s real-money auction house has only been live for two weeks now, but already people are making a killing selling fake products for real cash. While we’ve only been able to make a small sum ourselves (thanks to whoever bought our Legendary belt for $2!), we’ve wrangled together a few gamers who have made hundreds of dollars each, and asked them for their secrets.
They reluctantly agreed, and we’ve assembled their tips into a guide that should, hopefully, have everyone rolling in dough… or at least making a few bucks.
Farm Inferno for level 60+ gear
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Diablo III’s best gear comes from its hardest difficulty. Tackling Inferno-level opponents requires the game’s best gear, but the reward makes it worth the hassle: enemies, even in Act I, will drop level 60+ gear, and if you’re looking to make money on the auction house, you’d best be looking for the best.
Obviously, you’re going to find the best stuff in the highest-level areas, but just about any spot in Inferno has the potential to drop awesome loot. Work your way around the opening areas of Act I, or try tackling Act II, III, or IV with friends.
Buy stuff for gold and sell it for cash
You’ll notice that some of these tips will get you tons of gold, but not too much cash. There’s a reason for this: items bought or sold for gold can also be bought and sold for actual money on the RMT auction house. Some have said that the conversion is nearly 5 million gold to 40 dollars, though we’ve heard others say it’s much, much lower. Either way, getting a ton of gold is an easy way to get a ton of cash.
Break down and sell ingredients gained from level 60+ stuff that isn’t worth keeping
While you farm Inferno for awesome gear you’re undoubtedly going to find plenty of non-awesome gear. In fact, expect a 50:1 ratio of badness to goodness if you want to maintain your sanity. That said, even a bad drop can be turned into a good thing. Anything higher than level 60 can be broken down into crafting materials, which can be sold on the commodity market. This works like a stock market, with prices fluctuating every day (usually peaking during the week and dropping on the weekend). That said, don’t undersell yourself. Pricing your materials at slightly over the current rate will likely still get them to sell.
Know which stats sell and focus on those
Right now, high-level gear with Vitality and Resist All sell for the highest prices, since they’re essentially necessary for competing in Inferno mode. Magic and Gold Find, too, can be sold for high prices, as they’ll help players find gear that they can sell. Remember these stats, and be sure to save anything that has them. That said; also keep an eye on patch notes for buffs or nerfs, since you can react accordingly. When they nerfed Increased Attack Speed, for instance, Crit items raised in price, and some saw this coming and made a killing sniping these items early.
Don't discredit regular ol' blues
It’s easy to overlook magical items (or “blues”) when you find them, as they usually only have two or three statistics, but it’s possible for these to still be worthwhile. Sure, a Rare item can have a bunch of stats, but a “perfect” magical item can have the right stats, and that’s all that matters. They usually sell for less, but they’ll still sell on the Auction House as long as they have the stats players want.
Check NPC vendors whenever you can
Those magical items that have the potential to be crazy good? They’re not just lootable, but buyable, too. Vendors sell randomized magic items, and they’ll occasionally roll perfect stats, making it easy to buy and resell for a profit. We’ve heard of people finding gear for a few thousand gold that they were able to turn around for ten times that much, so check the vendors whenever you’re in town – seriously, why not?
Make use of Trade chat
Though it might seem archaic to spam chat for buying and selling items when there’s an Auction House to use, it’s still worth paying attention to. The AH takes 15% off of your product, and some people are willing to buy and sell items directly via chat in favor of losing a small percentage. Using this, you’re sometimes able to get good deals that you can, in turn, flip on the AH. People will also buy and sell unidentified level 63 gear here for millions of gold, giving you an easy way to build up a few million bucks if you’re not interested in taking risks.
Don’t be afraid to take a gamble
If you’re willing to play it fast and loose, simply search the Auction House for good buys and hope you get an opportunity to completely corner the market. If you notice there are only three or four 1200 damage bows and you can buy them all, do it, and then raise the price by a few million and sell them back. Bam, you now have the monopoly on the high-damage bows.
Search the Legendaries
Legendary items in Diablo III were handled much different than Unique items in Diablo II were. Instead of being set gear with specific (but slightly variable) stats, Legendary items are simply items that have the potential to be super, duper good. When people sell them on the AH, however, they’ll often just price it competitively without knowing why certain ones were selling for the price they were.
If you know which stats are the best, look at the lowest-priced legendary items and see if anyone has dumped theirs on the bottom half without doing their research – you might get lucky. You might find a perfect item mixed in with the imperfects, allowing you to resell this diamond in the rough for a huge profit.
Who wants to be a millionaire?
Using these tips, there's a good chance that you'll be able to up your game and at least make a small fortune in Diablo III. It takes time, of course, and tons of effort, but with some hard work and a bit of luck there's a chance that you'll be able to make it work.
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