End of my post about Mail Basics and Using CODs
Text only messages with no attachments arrive immediately
Mail sent to a character on the same account as the sending character will arrive immediately
Any mail, including those with attachments or money, sent between characters in the same guild will arrive immediately if the guild has the guild mail perk, awarded at guild level 17.
Without the guild mail perk, mail sent to a character on a different account from the sending character with items or money attached will take one hour to arrive.
Items purchased from the auction house arrive immediately in the buyers mail.
Money received from the auction house to the seller of an item takes one hour to arrive.
Returned mail arrives immediately
Money received from COD sales arrives immediately.
Cash on Delivery (CODs)
When you send mail with items attached, you have the option to require the mail recipient to pay an amount of gold for the items by selecting the COD check-box and entering the cost of the item or items. You enter one total amount for all the items attached to the mail.
When a mail recipient opens the COD mail and attempts to take any of the attached items they will get a dialogue box asking them if they agree to pay. If they do, the money will automatically be withdrawn from their gold total and sent to the sender/seller.
CODs are convenient for many uses. Not only can you buy something from a seller in trade without either person traveling, you also don’t pay any auction house deposits or fees. You can set up an ongoing deal with a materials farmer to send you everything they farm for a set price, and then not even be online at the same time. And in conjunction with the guild mail perk, it’s a very convenient way to do business with guild mates since the mail is delivered immediately.
In the past there were issues with CODs being used in gold scams or for other under-handed purposes. I’d rather not outline the tactics here. But there have been changes made that make it pretty hard to take advantage with someone using COD. As a seller you can be assured that you will either receive payment for your items or you will receive the items back within 3 days. And as a buyer, you need to carefully review what is attached to the mail and what price the seller input before you accept the item — that dialogue box appears for your protection, so use it and don’t just click blindly !
It was all the way back on May 12 that MMO-Champion first mentioned the black market auction house from the Mists of Pandaria beta. Many blog posts, podcast discussions and forum comments followed — the topic has been well covered. And surprise it’s could be the same for FIFA 17 (if you are a fan) with monedas fut 17
Anne Stickney at WoW Insider made great points in her article on 3 things the Black Market Auction House needs to succeed. Her three keys for success are :
- Accessibility — items available on the BMAH should be available by other means elsewhere, so if you don’t have mega-gold for that sweet mount you can invest mega-time to get it.
- Availability — the number of each item available on the BMAH should be limited correctly to keep competition for items high and keep their rarity in line with the same item obtained in other ways. In other words, if it’s nearly impossible to farm an item because the drop rate is ultra-low, it should only be available on the BMAH in ultra-low quantities.
- Accountability — items from the BMAH should not be able to be resold, therefore they should either be bind on account or bind on pickup.
I like this line of reasoning. The idea seems to be that the BMAH should take gold out of the game to fight inflation without changing the rarity or prestige of the items it sells.
What I’m not so sure about is that the BMAH should not sell items unavailable by other means. There are items in the game now that are only obtainable by reaching high levels of a particular type of game play, PvP gear for example. Why is it unfair to offer high-level gold earners exclusive rewards just like high-level PvPers get?
Arguably the traveler’s tundra mammoth is a reward available only to accomplished gold earners. When it was introduced the price tag was far out of reach for most players. Was that unfair? Offering exclusive, high cost items on the BMAH is actually better and more fair than offering them at a fixed price on a vendor. It means there will be competition to get the item, and the price will keep up with inflation.
Since we first heard about the BMAH there have been adjustments made to the items offered there, and I believe the cap on bids was raised to match the gold cap of 999,999g. I take these changes as a sign that everything is still on the table, as is always the case with functions implemented in a beta. We may never see the BMAH on live servers — there has been a big outcry by some vocal players that they hate the idea of it.
The black market auction house would kill two birds with one stone for me — it would be a better gold sink than those of the past and it would offer gold earners some recognition of their accomplishments. So if it is drastically changed, or not introduced, I hope both of these objectives are still achieved somehow.
I think it was on an episode of Call to Auction that the hosts discussed the fact that a lot of players don’t understand how the COD mail system works, and therefore they are afraid to use it. (By the way, Call to Auction is fantastic — I’m so glad they are back and I really hope they stick around and keep the ‘casts coming).
I’ve noticed this as well. I don’t generally buy or sell in trade but occasionally I do respond to people selling things there. And if I suggest a COD more often than not the person doesn’t want to do it. Even though we’ve been playing the game a long time, some things have changed over time and we forget the details. So I thought I’d provide a quick overview/review of the mail system basics, including how COD works.
In-Game Mail Basics
The exact size of your mail box “behind the scenes” is unknown outside of Blizzard best I can tell. However many pieces of mail you have, a maximum of 50 are displayed at a time. To see messages beyond the first 50, you have to remove (read and delete) some of the first 50 to make room, and re-open or refresh the mail box.
Unlike a lot of mail systems outside the game, you do not retain a copy of mail you send. (There is no “sent items”). There is also no way to recover deleted mail. The system is designed for mail to serve its purpose and be removed promptly thereafter.
Mail Expiration Times
- Normal mail expires in 30 days, after which the message is deleted
- Mail with attachments expires in 30 day, after which the items are returned to the sender
- COD messages expire in 3 days if not paid for, after which the items are returned to the sender
- Returned messages and items will expire from the original sender’s mail after 30 days and be deleted. (In other words, they will not bounce back and forth.)
Firstly, I’d like to state that I’m not dead and that there is indeed a reason why I’m not publishing a gold-related post every second day or so. I’m working on lots of things, not only WoW-related, and my time has become somewhat scarce for the moment.
Therefore, I’m sorry that I will not write about the newest speculation, especially since there are many other blogs doing exactly that, and probably better too.
What I’m saying is, if you want the newest buzz, you should check out futboltecnic (for fifa monedas for exemple)
and gold for wow , as these happen to be very good blogs that will provide you with the best information in an interesting way.
Now, I didn’t say I’ll never write a gold post again. In fact, I have lots of ideas for new posts, it’s just not the kind of “What’s new in the gold blogosphere?” posts you may be seeking.
I will focus on all-time topics, behind-the-scenes insights, out-of-the-box ideas and refining the tools I provided so far (plus developing new ones), e.g. the , which is still very limited, and the MySales Converter.
The latter is why I’m asking you now : What is your favourite sales tracking addon ? I do use MySales and know that many of you are using it as well, but there were some other addons mentioned in a past JMTC post. So here’s what’s on my list:
- MySales (obvious)