How to Find and Buy Cheap Gear off the Auction House

I mentioned yesterday in my 9 mistakes players make in Diablo 3 that people are missing out on auction house gear. I said that you only need 30,000-50,000 gold to upgrade your gear. This is an estimate since most of my characters are already geared up but I still feel it’s possible. Here’s how it works.

Usually people post things up with “pie-in-the-sky” prices. They see a gear with 100 Dex and 100 Vitality and throw it up for 200,000 gold and hope some one buys it. It may or may not be worth that much and I’m not sure you want to gear up a level 30-50 character with that stuff. If you sort by buyout price you’ll see all these high priced items at the top and even if you scroll through 46 pages you won’t see any ‘affordable’ items. Even the cheapest item on page 46 won’t be that great.

Crank your criteria up, say +50 dex and +50 vitality and then see what you find. You’ll still see all the high priced crap that you don’t need for your character. To fix this, add a buyout cap of 10-20,000 gold and see what comes up then. You’ll be surprised what type of decent gear is being sold for 2,000 or even 10,000 gold.

It’s not important to have the best gear in each spot, especially when  you’re leveling. What is important is to make sure you have one of each primary stat in each spot. If you’re a Demon Hunter make sure you have vitality and dexterity in each equipment slot. You can do that, and you’ll see massive improvement, with very little gold.

Important: Many of the strategies and tips I share here were originally inspired by the people at the Diablo 3 Gold Secrets Forum. If you're serious about making the big bucks in Diablo 3, or just being the best players, you need to signup ASAP.

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  1. Dammit, you beat me to it! I was going to post the exact same method later today. In fact I was just about to start composing my article when I noticed your post in my feed reader. Anyway, I linked your post here.

  2. Instead of setting a price like 20K, I make use of an oddity I noticed.

    The annoyance of sorting from cheapest to most expensive is the pages of no-buyout items that you have to page through before you see anything of value.

    If you set ANY max buyout, though, it only shows you auctions with buyouts. You start on page 1 with the cheapest buyout at the top.

    If I have 57K to spend, for example, I’ll enter a buyout of 66,666 and sort from cheapest to most expensive. If I find what I want, there won’t be an identical cheaper item that I hadn’t seen yet, and I don’t miss out on the super item that’s only a few gold more than I planned on spending. If I planned to spend 20k, I rely on self control to stop if the prices become too dear; but if there were a perfect legendary for 21,500g then I’d be able to decide if it were worth the extra 1,500g.

    Setting the buyout’s even more useful when setting a price for selling something. If I want to sell lvl 43 gloves with +63 Strength, 8% Magicfind and some other affixes I think are not important, I’ll set a high max-buyout, and look for gloves lvl 41-45 with more than +55 Str and more than 6% Magicfind. Then sort from cheapest to most expensive, and look for gloves that seem to be as good as mine; and undercut them.

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