Gold Capped: Getting rich off the real-money auction house?

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Gold Capped, in which Fox Van Allen and Basil “Euripides” Berntsen aim to show you how to make money on the auction house. Capitalism is the best, and communism is for dirty, Soviet-sympathizing hippies. If you disagree, email Fox or twitter him @foxvanallen so you can be added to the CIA’s “list.”

When I first picked up playing the auction house game as a hobby, it was pretty low stakes. After all, I was playing with fake money, amassing a largely non-negotiable fortune that I didn’t know what to do with. One million gold — what was it good for? I couldn’t use it to buy a new car; I couldn’t use it to pay my rent. Heck, I couldn’t even use it to pay for my WoW subscription. It was a majestic fortune usable only in a world that didn’t exist, forever trapped behind the computer screen.

One week ago today, Blizzard dropped a bombshell: Diablo 3 would contain a real-money auction house. Need a new weapon to give you a little bit of an extra edge? Fork over $4.99. Need money for lunch next week? Log on, and sell a portion of your in-game fortune for real-life cash.

Of course, that’s just for the new Diablo 3 game. But you can’t help but start thinking … what if? What if Blizzard started to allow real-money transactions in WoW? Could it? Would it? And if it did, could we actually use this to make some serious, significant real-life money?

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