My poor mailman ...
You can mail up to 12 non-soulbound items to an alt in a single mail, and you can see up to 50 mails at a time on a character. If you send more than 50 mails, you can only see the 50 most recently sent, but the rest are there. Additionally, if you leave the mail alone for 30 days, it gets automatically bounced back to the sender.
Here's the basic method:
Send massive quantities of stock to an alt that doesn't receive mail you'd ever need to see.
When the mailsplosion rebounds in your direction, open them all and resend it.
Repeat until you're ready to actually use or sell whatever it is you don't have room in your normal storage for.
This type of storage is perfect for stocking up on items you plan on selling down the road, either as a hedge against inflation
or simply because you think something will go up in price
when the next patch or expansion launches. Look at Wrath of the Lich King
level enchanting materials, ores, and leather now, and compare that to what you were used to paying for it last expansion. The number of people leveling professions doesn't change much, but the number of people farming non-current materials certainly does.
This method of mailing your future self a truckload of valuables can open you up to stockpiling more types of goods than you would otherwise be able to. If you were limited to the amount of conventional storage you could cheaply get per character, you might have be choosey about the profit per slot. A 400% return on something that is worth 20g a slot isn't as good as a 5% return on something that's worth 3,000g a slot. Unlimited long-term storage allows you to profit from far less dense valuables.
It may only cost 30c to attach a stack of dust to a mail, but you have to consider the time overhead. As I write this, I must log into my storage alt once every 60 days to open and remail for about half an hour in order to prevent my goods from getting deleted in the mail. They spend 30 days on a bouncer alt I never log into, and after they get returned, they last 30 more days in my storage alt's mail before deletion. I don't want to risk waiting too long and then being unable to log in for a few days, so my schedule is every 45 days. Since I'm not very good at keeping a schedule (which I'm sure Alex will vouch for), I have actually lost a non-trivial amount of materials in the past. I consider this risk as part of the cost of mail storage.
Another disadvantage with the mail method is that there's no visibility. None of my addons can tell me what's in my mail, and even if found one that could, it's unlikely it would know that there's more mail on that character than the 50 messages the server will show me at a time. It would take me that half hour as well as a fair amount of tallying just to estimate how much I have saved up for Mists
. This is not optimal, in terms of planning.
Addons and macros
One thing you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend remailing is to use a couple of macros. Your inbox gets refilled with mail every 60 seconds, and this macro will take all the attachments from your mail and put them into your bag:
/script CheckInbox() for m = GetInboxNumItems(), 1, -1 do TakeInboxItem( m ) end
The faster you manage to remail those 600 items, the faster you will be able to open the next batch. Right-clicking on them is the wrong way to do this. There are several ways you can avoid this; however, the simplest one that I prefer is to use a mail macro:
/run for bag=0,4 do for slot=1,GetContainerNumSlots(bag) do local item=GetContainerItemLink(bag,slot) if item and item:find("Bar") then UseContainerItem(bag,slot) end end end
This macro will right-click on everything in your bags that has "Bar" in part of its name, the first 12 of which will be attached to the mail you have open. It's good if you have a lot of the same thing ("Ore", "Bar", "Essence", etc.); however, if you are dedicating an alt to this and know that everything in your bags will be remailed, you could use this to mail everything in your bags regardless of the name:
/run for bag=0,4 do for slot=1,GetContainerNumSlots(bag) do UseContainerItem(bag,slot) end end
Once you have 12 items in your mail ready to go, you can even macro clicking the send button for easy keybinding:
If you prefer to completely automate this process, you should check out the mailing
component of TradeSkillMaster
. It's a rules-based component that can integrate with existing TSM groups. Combined with TSM's out-of-the-box ability to keep auto-filling your bags every minute from your mail, you can log into your remailer alt, open a mailbox, and wander off for half an hour.
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