The only two TSM operations you will ever need

You can get by really well with just two basic auctioning operations that will literally cover 90% of your AH activities. One for flipping, and one for crafted items.

Keep it simple

You do not really need any fancy settings to post things profitably. As long as you are posting your items for sale for more than you paid for them you are good. in 95% of cases you will be posting at the current AH price and just undercutting someone else. So as long as you dont post at unprofitable levels you will do well!

The basic crafted item operation

This operation is as simple as it comes. We take advantage of the price source crafting that is equal to the sum of the materials required to craft an item. It will use the market value of materials by default, and you have to know the recipe for it to be valid.

I like to just use the crafting cost as I don’t care too much about the market value as long as I am making gold relative to what I spent. I set my minimum price to 20% more than the crafting cost, and then the normal price to 2x crafting cost and the maximum price to 5 times crafting cost.

I have been using this basic setup since Legion and it still works really well.

Things to change

The only important thing to change for different items is the quantity. For gear I post a max of one, but for consumables it makes sense to post more than that. How much more depends on the item. In some markets it can also make sense to reduce the minimum price to 115% crafting, this is mostly relevant for consumables and other fast moving items with low deposit costs.

The basic flipping operation

For flipping you want to make sure you sell your item for more than you bought it. You can do this using the price source avgbuy, which is your average purchase price. You don’t want to just use avgbuy though, as that would lead to you selling items for much less than you can get for them if you bought it incredibly cheap.

To get around this we use a max formula to set the minimum price at the highest of 115-130% avgbuy and some percentage of the market value. I like setting it fairly low to ensure I post stuff if it can be profitably posted.

The normal and maximum prices can be set to just 2 and 5 times the minimum price which is a distribution i find works reasonably well. In most markets the min price is the only thing that matters

Changing quantity

You can use these same pricing settings equally well for flipping BoEs and transmog as for materials. You do want to ensure you set the quantity differently though. A material flipping operation may have as much as 5000 as the post cap, but for gear you would only post one.

Shopping for deals

It’s not as easy to make a fool proof shopping operation for flipping as the market distribution matters and TSM can’t see it. If you want one I would suggest buying below 70% dbmarket. Then you can use the operation here to post and you will usually do quite well.

Adapt them slightly for other markets

With these basic settings you can quickly setup new operations with the right quantity and auction duration. 90% of my auctions are posted with some variation of these two basic operations and they work really well. You can go more fancy, but you don’t really have to unless you want to.

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12 thoughts on “The only two TSM operations you will ever need

  1. This isn’t helpful for those starting out because I’ve tried writing the commands and maybe I’m missing something for basic functions but I keep getting “invalid settings”. Why didn’t you just copy and paste IN the article the exact operations and why is everyone SO cagey about that? Jeez. Not all of us are coders.

    1. ^ I agree with you my friend.. i already know i have to set those up.. the reason why im looking in the first place is how to write those commands..

    2. I could dp that, but you can find copies of these two operations in all of my recent imports in my pastebin at I wanted in part to force my readers to do it themselves so you can start getting more comfortable with TSM.

      Which operation are you having issues with and what is the exact error message?

    3. invalid commands for me usually involve the character posting the item for the first time now having said crafting for that particular item. this would cause you to not have access to the accurate pricing of that item from crafting. which would make it invalid. try having your crafter sell it first. example. I have my fisher/cooker sell the first stack of each recipe before i start mailing them off to my bank alt. and it works fine.

  2. I cant see any pictures in this article. After looking at the page source it seems like the image links are broken 🙁

  3. Appreciate this! its written very simple and clear – nothing fancy or intense just the basics!

  4. Hey, I tried to set up using the auctioning operation you listed. I followed the advice above and grabbed the info from the pastbin above.

    I set the min price as 120%crafting and I am getting an error saying it is invalid.

    1. If crafting is invalid it means either TSM does not know the recipe or it is missing a value for one or more materials. TSM scans for recipes whenever you open a profession window.

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