How our guild did it, and that only totalled in 2 completed decks (and some uncompleted onces) as of yet (tigers/crane) is get help from friends/alts on the daily cds and supply the mats required to mill the starlight ink.
2 down, 9 more to go.. (1 sitout dps and 2 offspec dps)
Each card takes 1 daily CD + 10 starlight ink to make. The average cost of starlight ink on US servers is currently 450g each (source - Undermine Journal). Making a card therefore costs 4.5k of mats + daily CD per card. That makes each deck cost the scribe ~36k of mats + 8 days of CDs, a simplification which also ignores the problem that cards are a random chance to proc, you aren't guaranteed the card you actually want any time soon, so most people selling decks are also buying cards from others to supplement their own to complete decks, again raising the cost for the seller.
Since many cards (hai ox deck) sell for less than mats cost, some days are totally loss making for example, although to be fair it does balance out to a decent profit overall, but not a completely unreasonable one given the short window of time in which cards are relevant.
The person guesstimating 500g is most likely farming their own mats, or being given herbs, and is not counting that opportunity cost of using those herbs the way that they are.
Last edited by Windfury; 2012-10-08 at 01:59 PM.
The oxen trinket got hotfixed tonight, adding 1434 stamina.
Expect a rise in both demand and price.
Still not super-great but at least it beats the Brewfest trinket now. Wish it was on-use Mastery. Debating using it as a prot pally but leaning towards selling the deck I got for 10k.
I made 7 scribes for this purpose, got 6x 3 of Oxen in my first batch of 40 cards.
Traded Oxen cards away last night, as many as 6:1 to get the tiger's decks my guildies needed for the raid that evening.
Log in this morning to find that the Oxen deck is actually useful for my tank >.<
Also mmochamp + mobile AH you made my day. I managed to pick up an extra ~5 decks of oxen cards for ~35k, and to pull down my cheaper decks before they sold at previous prices over my lunchbreak! Strange that there was no warning this was coming though. Reward for those of us that kept our cards I guess.
Your quickest bet is to wait until the DMF is out of town and then list, prices always tend to go up when you can't actually turn the decks in. Some people will want it NOW and will have literally no choice than to pay what trinket holders offer.
Darn, they are all 6k+ on the AH now. Woke up too late for the hotfix.
Nice... left some cards to sell yesterday, ppl bought them for 200g and now they worth 5k... freaking NICE!!!!!
I love those mistakes from blizz man...