A blue posted in a thread about making costly item mistakes in Diablo 3, and spurred something I wanted to mention.
Mine’s salvaging my best shoulders accidentally whilst trying out new ones to see what benefits I would get.
Grimiku: I bought a Doomhammer that upgraded a lot of stats, and then realized I couldn’t use it because I didn’t put Life Steal in the search filters. It wasn’t too expensive, but it was enough that I had to settle for lesser Zuni boots later on.
I think most of us have done something along those lines while playing the item game? I recall one time months ago, when I was searching for quiver upgrades for my Demon Hunter (in softcore, obviously). I did a bunch of searches, looking for the best value in IAS, CC, Dex, Vit, +Max Discipline, etc, and finally found one that looked like a really good deal. Like a steal, really. I snapped it up for something like 3m, greedily sent it to my stash, created a game, rushed to equip my new toy… and found that the DPS number was a red -8000.
Since I’d been shopping for (and had certainly paid for) an upgrade on my current quiver, I was a little shocked, and tried out a few new words when I realized that during all of my searching and changing of parameters I’d somehow dropped Critical hit Chance as a property, and had thus bought a fantastic quiver at a great price… since it lacked the single most important/valuable quiver stat. (Best I recall, I immediately put it back up for sale and got something like 3/4 of my purchase price back; probably from someone else who had screwed up the same search as me.)Another mistake I have not made, though fear I will one day, is missing a digit when listing items. We talked about this on a recent podcast and Xanth admitted to doing it once; pricing something a full digit lower than he meant to, thanks to the inexplicable fact that the AH *STILL* doesn’t show commas or periods between every three digits. (This was a big deal in news and blue comments last November, and yet the seemingly-simple problem remains untreated.)
As I recall Xanth’s story, he meant to post a legendary for 18,000,000, or the eye-glazing 18000000 in B.net terms. But he missed a zero, put it up for 1,800,000 and of course someone bought it .01 seconds after the auction went live and that was that.
I have not (yet) fallen prey to that error, but every time I post an auction for more than seven figures you can bet I count the damn zeros. I’m often tempted to post auctions that look like bad binary code, just so I can count the digits accurately. List items for 80100100, rather than 80000000 and hope I didn’t blow it by a factor of 10.
Use the comments to share your painful mistakes with the group, and join in the catharsis of confession.