One of the most common things I read about on the forums is how people only pick up Item Level 61+ loot. They ignore blues, and rares that are below Item Level 61. So I decided to do a quick experiment to prove items that aren’t Level 60 can still sell.
This dropped for me during a Warrior’s Rest run:
Hmm… not too bad right? I headed over to the gold auction house and did a search for pants with +100 Int, +150 Vit, Magic Find (left it blank) and the cheapest I found was 49,999 Buyout. I used those parameters since I wasn’t going to go and invest heavily into gems to boost the search stat. Anyways, 49,999 isn’t too bad – especially for the people that are struggling to even get 1,000,000 into their bank account. But it looks like the time left on these auctions show that they’re not selling. Well, that’s not good. Maybe everyone is right; an Item Level 55 can’t sell for much, if at all.
So I blindly put them up on the Real Money Auction House for $1.25. When I have open slots on the RMAH, I litter it with $1.25 auctions. It’s only $0.25 to my Battle.net Balance if it sells, but $0.25 is the equivalent of 100,000. That’s not bad. But who the heck would buy these pants for $1.25 when they could buy at least 400,000 worth of gold with that money? (Yes, $1.25 is really worth 500,000 gold, but the RMAH doesn’t report gold at $0.25 per 100,000 so you can’t buy 500,000 with $1.25.) Anyone in their right mind would just buy $1.25 worth of gold, and buy like five of these pants if they wanted!
Oh well, an experiment is an experiment… oh wait, that was fast.
Less than an hour later that pops up in my inbox.
And just because I didn’t believe it myself, I went to double check.
Well – there you have it. There’s a good chance you’re just leaving a good amount of gold on the floor by ignoring all items under Item Level 61.
In defense of the person that purchased these pants, with properly upgraded gems you’re looking at over +140 Int, +160 Vit, and +12% Magic Find. The cheapest pants with those values on the gold auction house is currently 599,000. Except the fact that two of those gems would cost that person 1,258,000 gold. Oh well. Myth busted, go ahead and pick up all those rares now!
OK, let me start this series off by saying a couple of things. I don’t believe that I’m some super expert at Diablo III. In fact, there’s probably a ton of stuff that I don’t know, and there’s a real good chance I probably end up salvaging an item that’s worth money to someone. I’ve only played a Demon Hunter to level 60, so obviously I know the DH market really well. I am fortunate enough to have friends that still play the game, each of which has geared a character to level 60 – so with their hope, I have been able to build this strange database in my brain that quickly tells me whether an item will or won’t sell on the auction house at a quick glance. That being said, I’m simply here to share what works for me. It might not work for you; hell, it might not even be the best way to do things. But I’ve been able to progress easily, build my character with what people apparently call ‘godly’ gear, and I can easily farm every act in Inferno.
So, let’s begin with the first piece of gear in this mini-series of helping you determine if an item is worth selling or not. You’re sitting there after identifying all your rares and most of the time you think it’s crap. You’re right. Diablo III has a lot of poo poo that drops. But that’s OK, because if the game always dropped good loot, then nothing would be worth anything at all. The sooner you realize that the auction house is an integral part of the Diablo III experience, the sooner you’ll be able to progress. Love it or hate it, it’s not going anywhere.
Read the rest of the post after the break.