Blizzard Takes a Big Cut of Diablo 3 Auction House Proceeds
If you thought you’d make an easy career of farming and selling goods on the Diablo III auction house starting later this month, you might be sad to hear that you’ll need to pay a portion of all your revenue to Blizzard for the privilege.
The developer will be taking a 15-percent slice of auction house proceeds on certain items, according to this FAQ for the upcoming game. That includes real-money transactions AND gold-only transactions.
Here’s the breakdown of the tax you’ll be paying Blizzard to use the auction house:
For “gems, materials, dyes, pages, recipes, and other non-unique items,” you’ll pay a flat rate of 15 percent to Blizzard in either auction house from the final sale price. For “weapons, armor, accessories, and other unique items,” the gold-only auction house cut will be 15 percent; the real-money auction house rate will be $1 USD per item.
In order to cash out your money from the Diablo III auction house, you’ll need to tie your account to a third-party transaction service like PayPal. Transferring your money out of the auction house will incur another 15 percent transfer fee. You’ll also have to pay PayPal’s fees.
Game Front’s resident Canadian, C.J. Miozzi, also tells me that if you transfer your money to PayPal and you’re outside the U.S., you’ll have to pay conversion fee. For Canadians, that’s a base rate of 2.5 percent, at least.
There’s a way around the PayPal fee: deposit your money into your Battle.net account. Then you can spend it on — you guessed it — Blizzard products. Once your money is in your Battle.net account, it’s stuck there, too.
Also worth noting: Your Diablo III auction house account tops out at $250, so once you’ve that mark, you can’t put up any more items for sale until you clear out the cash.
Conclusion: Don’t quit your day job when Diablo III comes out.
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