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Huctioneer NPCs can be found in in Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff for Horde player-created auctions and are a part of the same Auction House. Alliance players will find Auction Houses in Ironforge, Stormwind City, and Darnassus. These Auction Houses are linked together for each faction. Horde and Alliance players cannot buy or sell items to each other unless they use the neutral Auction Houses listed below. Ask a guard for directions.
One non-faction based Auction Houses are located in Tanaris, Everlook, and Booty Bay These Auctioneer NPCs have the same functionality as the aforementioned faction based Auction Houses, with the additional capability of allowing trade between Horde and Alliance characters.
Sellers are able to place items up for auction, set a starting price, set the auction duration, and include a buyout price by speaking with an Auctioneer.
All auctions will be initially charged a deposit fee. The deposit fee is refunded upon the successful sale of the item. All successful sales are charged an auction consignment fee which is extracted directly from the final sale price. All fees are higher in Gadgetzan.
Buyers are able to search through items up for auction, place bids, and purchase items that include buyout prices by speaking with the Auctioneer. Players are not able to place bids on items being sold by a character on their own account.
All items won at an Auction House will be delivered through the in-game mail system . Auction buyers/sellers receive a detailed invoice of the transaction.
Browsing Auction Items
When you click on the Auctioneer you will see a blank list. You need to first search for what types of items you want to find. There are many possible custom search options including: Name - Name of a specific item you're looking for.
Level Range - Set the minimum and maximum level of the item. For example, if you're level 30, try looking for items up to level 30.
Useable Items - Click this box if you only want to see items that you can currently use. That way you won't see Warrior items if you're a Mage.
There are many filters and sub filters you apply to your searches. For example, if you click on Weapon and press the Search button you will receive a list of Weapons for sale. You can dig deeper and select even more specific items using the filters. If you don't select any filter it will show you a random selection of items. Weapon
Container - Bags
Consumable - Things like Potions or Armor Kits
Trade Goods - Things like Gems and Metals like Bronze
Projectile - Ammo for Guns or Bows
Quiver - Bags to store Ammo
Recipe - Trade Skill Recipes
Reagent - Things used for Trade Skill Recipes
Miscellaneous - Other things people sell. Bidding on an Item (Buying)
Select the item you wish to bid on in the Browse window. The Quality/Name of the item will be listed with Level (Lvl), Closes In (when the auction ends), High Bidder (current highest bidder), and Current Bid.
If the item has a Buyout price it will be listed as Buying + a price. This is not the current bid, but instead how much you must pay to buy the item and end the auction now. If this price seems too high, don't worry. The price won't reach that high unless you want to end the auction now or someone else decides to "Buyout" the item.
Check out how long the auction is running. If it's running an extremely long time, you may wish to avoid bidding on that item. Otherwise you'll have to wait that long to get the item.
If you are outbid on an auction you will receive a yellow text message. You will also receive your bid money back in your mailbox. You will need to bid again if you want that item.
Creating An Auction (Selling) Place Item in Auction Box
Select the Bid Tab to see the current status of the items you're bidding on. You will also receive yellow pop up messages in the middle of the screen letting you know if you were outbid or if you have won an auction.
Click on the "Auctions" Tab. In the top left of that menu under "Auction Item" there is a box to place your item. Drag an item you wish to sell from your backpack into this box.
Set Starting Price
The auction house will suggest a starting price. You can adjust this by setting it higher or lower. In some cases the suggested price will be much too low for the true value of the item, or it will be set too high. As you buy and sell more items, you can determine a good starting price. If you don't know, just pick the default suggested price. A low price will attract bidders who think they can get a deal on the item.
Set Auction Duration
It's important to realize that the longer you set the Auction Duration, the more the deposit will be. If you set an extremely long duration, the deposit price can be way more than the actual value of the item. If your item sells, you will receive your deposit back. If no one buys the item, you'll lose your deposit. Generally it's good to pick a very short auction time to reduce the risk.
Buyout Price (Optional)
If you want, you can set a buyout price. This is the price at which you will instantly sell an item to a person. If you're selling a bag and think that 85 silver is a good price for it, you can set the buyout price at 85 silver. However, be warned that if you set the buyout price too high, it might discourage people from bidding because they think your buyout price is way too high. It's up to you if you want to use this option or not. Some people really appreciate being able to instantly purchase an item.
If someone buys the item you are selling you'll receive a text message popup when the auction ends. Go to your mailbox and you'll find a mail from the auction house which contains the money. It will be lower than the sale price because of the auction house fee was taken out of the winnings.
Auction House Tips Auction Length
If your item doesn't sell by the time the auction duration is up, your auction will expire and you will lose your deposit money. The item you put up for auction will be returned to you from the auction house through the mail. You have up to 29 days to get it from your mailbox. Try putting it up for auction again at a reduced price or at another time. If you think it won't be sold, sell it to a vendor instead or try the trade chat channel.
The longer you set the auction to run, the more you'll have to pay for the deposit. You should try to set your auction for as short of a time as possible. Otherwise the deposit can be VERY expensive. You could also lose the deposit if the item doesn't sell.
What to Sell?
If you think it's doubtful that another player will buy the item, don't put it up for auction. If you do not sell the item you will lose your deposit. You can search the current items to see what types of items are being sold and how much they are going for.
Common Questions Where do I find the Auction House?
||Shift-click item info linking can be used in the auction interface.
||Minimum bid increment is set to 5% of the current sale price.
||Auction notifications are sent as system messages that can be filtered in the chat interface.
||Each time a bid is made on an item, a small amount of time is added to the remaining auction duration.
||Recipes you already know will not show up in the auction listing if "Usable Items" is checked.
NPCs with a bag sign icon run the "auction house." Ask other players where to find them if you need help. They are typically located very near the bank.
If I put my item up for bid and it doesn't sell do I lose my deposit?
Yes. You will lose your deposit if the item doesn't sell.
I bought an item, how do I get it?
The item will be delivered to you in the mail. Go check your mailbox.
How do I put an item up for Auction?
Click on the Auctioneer, then click on the "Auction" tab. Drag the item you wish to auction into the special box. Set the prices and options and start the auction.
How do I check the current results of my Auction?
Click on the Auctioneer and select the Auction Tab. You can also select "Bids" to check the current status of the items you're bidding on.