Where do auctioneers get their goods from?

Auction house

In the auction house, players can trade objects directly with one another. When visiting the auction house you can offer items for sale or buy items offered.

Where do auctions take place?

Each of the three capitals of the Alliance (Ironforge, Stormwind, Darnassus and with the expansion "Burning Crusade" also The Exodar) and the Horde (Undercity, Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, and with the Burning Crusade expansion, Silvermoon) owns an auction house. The auction houses of a faction have the same offer everywhere and neither faction can access the offer of the other faction, as it is not possible to use the auction house of the enemy faction.

In addition, in some neutral cities (e.g. Booty Bay, Ratschet, Ewige Warte) neutral auction housesthat can be used by both factions. The offers in the neutral auction houses form a third pool. They can only be accessed in neutral auction houses and are not visible in either the Horde or Alliance auction houses. The offer in the neutral auction houses is much smaller than in the auction houses of the parliamentary groups. This is not system-related, but is due to the way the players play, who use neutral auction houses much less often.

There are no auction houses in the new capitals of Shattrath and Dalaran, which came into play through the "Burning Crusade" or "Wrath of the Lich King" expansions. Presumably, this should motivate experienced players to return to the game world of the base game at least now and then. Allegedly there is an action house for both factions in Dalaran near the bank and forge. However, this should only be visible to players who are skilled in engineering.

To call up the auction menu, you have to speak to one of the auctioneers, who can be found in or in front of the auction house, depending on the city. Apart from the neutral auction houses, there are always several auctioneers. There is no difference between them - there are just several to prevent a single auctioneer from being lost in the turmoil of the surrounding characters when the crowds are high.

How do I buy an item?

When you visit the auction house, the available items are displayed in a list. They are sorted according to certain categories and there is also one Search function. All offered items that match the search query appear in the list. The list can also be sorted according to various criteria such as "Name", "Item level" or "Price" sort by.

For every object there is current bid price indicated, i.e. the price that you have to pay to place the highest bid. The amount is to be paid immediately. The player who made the last highest bid will receive the auctioned item as soon as the auction period has expired. If a character is outbid by another, he gets his entire bid back. Many auction items also have a second price, the so-called "Buy it now". It is higher than the "bid price". Instead, the auction is immediately canceled when a character pays for the "buy it now" and he receives the item immediately. Here, too, the amount must be paid immediately. As with outbidding, the character who made the highest bid before the "buy it now" option receives all of the money he has invested.

All items purchased will be the buyer by post delivered. This happens immediately at the end of the auction. All funds are also delivered by post. This applies to the sales proceeds for the seller (which, however, needs an hour to be paid out) and also to the bid repayments for bidders who did not get their bid.

How do I sell an item?

With the menu item "Create auction" you can move an item from your backpack (key "B") into the free field in the upper left corner of the auction menu. Then you have to get one Price for the starting bid choose (this is the minimum price that the first bidder must bid in order to receive the item at the end of the term). In addition, you can have a Price for the "buy it now" establish. This must be higher than the basic bid. For "buy it now", a bidder can acquire the item immediately without the auction being held until the end of the term. If you do not want to offer the "buy it now" option for your sale, you have to leave the price fields empty. Soulbound or damaged items cannot be offered in the auction house.

In addition, the Define the duration. In order to have as little work as possible with the auctioning of objects, most players choose the maximum duration. The auction costs are stated below the term. These depend on the value (not the minimum bid) of the item and the duration. The costs are due immediately and non-refundable (not even if the auction ends without a buyer being found).

If the auction ends successfully, the seller gets his Money in the mail sent. Otherwise he will also receive the by post unsold item back.


Any mailbox can be used to collect auction money or auction goods - it does not necessarily have to be in the same city as the auction house. But one should take into account that postal items deleted in the mailbox after 30 days become.

The normal merchants (i.e. the NPC merchants in the game) only pay one when shopping Fraction of the value of the goods and ask in return when selling the full selling price. For another, they only have a very limited offer and many items are not offered at all by a dealer. The Auction house on the other hand, is advantageous for both buyers and sellers, since the offer is free. Because the dealers make bad prices for both buyers and sellers, it is easy to find a middle price on the auction house that is better for both buyer and seller.


Buyers benefit from the fact that they can quickly and easily access the items they are looking for, which they would otherwise not be able to get at all or only with great effort. The raw materials for the newly learned recipe are missing: Go to the auction house. The recipe for making new items is missing: go to the auction house. The quest giver wants some impossible items: you might find them in the auction house. You can often get new, better armor and a more effective weapon: in the auction house.


In return, the sellers benefit from the fact that they can demand a good price in the auction house for the buyer's luxury, which is often also a good price clear multiple of the mentioned "dealer price""An item can be. Supply and demand determine the price here. If you sell items at the normal dealer price or below, you earn more money in the auction house, since the dealer price is the dealer's selling price to a player. If you want to sell something to a dealer he does not pay the dealer price, but only a purchase price that is only a fraction of the dealer price.

One can trade in the auction house as Casual job operate and deliver everything that is easily tradable to the auction house. This usually covers your running costs and the money is often enough for your own purchases in the auction house and still leaves an amount of money.

You can go to the auction house too as a game in the game and spend hours buying things cheaply at the auction house and selling them again at a higher price. With a little practice and two to three hours of trading a day, good traders can easily earn a thousand gold pieces a day.


Using the auction house incurs fees that have to be paid by the seller. On the one hand, there are the setting costs that are due when the auction is created and are also due in the event of an unsuccessful auction. These are based on the value of the item, with the value being directly dependent on the price an NPC dealer would charge for the item. As a result, there are some items (for example, high-quality ores and metals) that are of high value to NPC dealers and where the listing fee can be very expensive (sometimes several gold pieces just for listing the auction). In addition to the setting costs, a sales price is also charged, which is only due if the item is actually sold. The fees are the same in all auction houses of the factions. The fees are also the same in all neutral auction houses (however, neutral auction houses are more expensive than faction houses of the factions):

Auction feesRecruitment fee
(The listing fee applies for every 12 hours of auction duration. A 48 hour auction is four times the listing price.)
Sales fee (in percent)
Faction auction house15% (the value that an NPC vendor attaches to the item) 5% (from the actual sales price achieved at the auction)
Neutral auction house75% (the value that an NPC vendor attaches to the item) 15% (from the actual sales price achieved at the auction)

On the one hand, the fees, like the repair costs of damaged objects, withdraw a little money from the economic cycle (i.e. the characters) (and thus create the incentive to earn new money). On the other hand, it also slows down excessive "auctioning" due to the costs incurred. In fact, with very high-priced items (from around one gold or more set-up costs) you should calculate exactly whether the sale is still worthwhile. However, since most of the items are rated very low by the NPC dealers while at the same time being highly sought after by the players, in most cases you can still get a very good deal despite the fees.


The most interesting goods in the auction house are Recipes and raw materials, as these are consumed directly and are coveted by many characters. Good armor and weapons always find a buyer who is willing to pay a good price. Most quest items can be sold slowly or not at all, and equipment that does not have bonus effects is rarely bought. Weapons and armor should be at least green color be. The "learning by doing" principle often results in the strange effect that manufactured goods are less valuable than the raw materials required for them. Some typical products that are often manufactured by professions can therefore be oversupply and falling prices. However, products are always popular Armor sets and bags.