Auctionator is a simple, lightweight addon that allows you to do some pretty basic stuff very efficiently. I've said before that there are some serious problems with the auction house interface, and even though the last design pass left it in a better situation than it was before, it's still pretty bad for a few reasons:
- You can't see the price of your competition when you are listing your auctions.
- The default suggested price is absolute nonsense and doesn't contain a buyout.
- You can't see the unit price for auctions when you buy.
- You can't sort by anything useful when you buy.
- You can't save searches to avoid retyping each time.
All the obvious stuff works the way you'd expect it to: When you Alt-click or drag something from your bags into the auction window, it shows you your competition (price, volume, and stack size), a configurable and appropriate default price that undercuts your competition, and your deposit. This is something that does the same job as Auctioneer, though. The killer features are over in the buy tab.
Killer features? Tell me more ...
Here's the interface you use to buy:
People used to get banned for posting unreasonable quantities of individual Infinite Dust, just to prevent reasonable players from being able to find the real prices easily (see my above comments about how badly the default AH interface needs an update). Well, the first answer to this was to prevent people from posting more than 30 of certain items in singles, but the proper response would have been to make the default interface more like Auctionator. Spam singles until you go over your monthly bandwidth limit on your internet account -- it's still only going to show up as one line on my screen.
If you want to buy out a bunch of stacks at the same price, here's the interface to do that:
The last killer feature is how it can help you focus in on auctions that have been undercut:
The right tool for the right job
There wouldn't be a choice between so many different addons, each with their own vocal communities, if they all did the exact same thing. Yes, they all share some features; however, each one of them has something that sets them apart as well as makes them suitable for a particular job.
Auctionator is awesome for markets with a manageable amount of types of auctions and is best in class when it comes to simply managing a long list of mats you need to keep stocked up on. APM, on the other hand, fares terribly when you're not using it to sell large quantities of different types of items over a long time. Auctioneer has a better snatch list that supports threshold prices and automated "do you want to buy this" windows, as well as auto-processing some of the grindy work we have to do.
Blizzard's not stupid
When Blizzard sees a feature it likes in an addon that's become mandatory, it makes it part of the UI. While auction house addons are not mandatory the way Omen was, they're so much better, simpler, and more intuitive than the tools we have in the base interface that I suspect Blizzard will eventually steal a few of these features for the native auction house UI.
Maximize your profits with more advice from Gold Capped, plus the author's Call to Auction podcast. Do you have questions about selling, reselling and building your financial empire on the auction house? Basil is now taking questions for a special series, "Ask an auctioneer," at firstname.lastname@example.org.