"Hello Markco! My name is [Censored], although you are probably more familiar with my handle, Westus. I was lucky enough to be chosen by Darkmotion a few months ago to be the winner of a free copy of your gold guide, and the forum time accompanying this. I spent a lot of time with your guide and using the forums, and I gleaned quite a lot of information that has really helped me to hone my skills as an auctioneer. Long ago I played WoW and was a long time reader of your JMTC blog, where I learned a lot of my buying/flipping and buy low, sell normal strategies. With your help, time, patience and a bit of luck, I hit the old WoW gold cap which was a major achievement for me.
I started playing Diablo 3 at launch and had moderate success with the AH. I continuously read your D3 blog but never felt the need or drive to purchase your guide. I felt that what I knew on my own and learned for free was good enough. I was content and complacent with my mediocrity. Skipping forward a few months, I won Darkmotion's contest and was allowed access to your guide and forums where I found a staggering wealth of information regarding certain items and stat combinations that I had never conceived. I used this information to help bolster my moderate knowledge of the Diablo 3 AH which, let's be honest, is quite a beast. At one point in time I thought the AH to be expansive and confusing, but after spending time going over all aspects of your guide, practicing the techniques and using the markets that you and others mentioned, I went from having a GED in the AH to receiving my master's. Starting with 50m and struggling to make money, I put in the effort and have achieved success. l now have a super geared character, 1.5b in the bank, almost 300 dollars in my paypal, and a slew of expensive items waiting to sell on the RMAH. I have attached some pictures, because the proof is in the photo.
Your guide and the forums have been truly invaluable to my growth and continual learning as an auctioneer, and since I can now recognize their true worth (thanks to Darkmotion's kindness) I would really like to renew my forum time. However, you know us auctioneers - always looking for a deal; I can't help but notice that right now a year's subscription to the forums isn't discounted as it sometimes is. Instead of waiting an indefinite amount of time for you to discount it again so that I can once again join the community, I decided instead to send you this email asking you directly if I could please purchase a year's forum time at it's discounted (half price) cost. I know that you just recently ended a sale of this magnitude but I was on vacation during this time and couldn't participate and renew as I wished. Allowing me to do this would mean quite a lot to me and would help me to further my edification of the D3 AH... To be honest, you definitely deserve the full price for how much you have helped me over the years... Too bad I am a goblin at heart haha. Let me know what you think, and thank you very much once again for all that you have taught me, as I have been an eager student. Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon.
I gave Westus the year for free. Thanks so much for the email of your story and your screenshots. It means a lot :)