Starting with Beta Patch 16, Rings can now be purchased from the third vendor you come into contact with in New Tristram. His tab is called trinkets, so odds are he will sell rings AND amulets later after release. Just like in D2, I think it’s pretty obvious that you are going to have vendors throughout the entire game selling starter gear for each act and difficulty.
Is this a bad thing? Well, for those of you who were enjoying farming or flipping huge ticket items, this is kind of a blow to your business. But let’s look at this change beyond the limited beta. Are other items selling for nothing because vendors also sell similar items? No, because vendor gear is so much worse than what you can craft and find in the wild at later levels. So my guess is that vendors are selling the weakest rings you’re going to find in act one, and therefore it’s ok that they are no longer selling for 300,000 gold on the auction house. We weren’t going to see that in live anyway.
Possible Strategy: Selling Vendor Rings for Profit
Buy the next difficulty’s vendor gear and sell it to people who are just about to enter that difficulty. Think about it, you find vendor items in Hell that could easily beat Nightmare quality stuff. Buy from the vendor and sell to Nightmare players. That’s an easy profit, even if you’re just making a little bit, and you are still providing a service that players will be willing to pay for. Seriously, why not buy a ring from another player for a few thousand more gold than it would have cost you on the vendor? Especially if the player is saving you time having to run to the vendor over and over again until you get the right rolls?
Personally, I purchased two rings that I knew were 1,600 more gold than the vendor value. Why? Because I didn’t feel like restarting my game over and over again with no guarantee that the right rolls would show up on the vendor’s ring inventory. If you have the patience, and the bankroll to buy a bunch when you do find the right rolls, you should be able to flip them pretty easily.
For more ideas on making gold and even real money playing Diablo 3, check out my Diablo 3 Gold Guide Blog.
Thanks for reading,