Let me first state that until now, i always pick up everything, except white/broken gear... so all magic+ gear and all commodities including potions.
And I noticed now that my killing speed has imporved, that I am wasting a lot of time at the vendor, finguring out what to keep, what to sell and what to salvage. Time that could be spent killing more stuff.
So I am asking for some input / insight on how to decrease my time in town, by either improving workflow somehow or to stop picking up certain items.
Do you even pick up blue items? Only Weapons? Do you salvage or just vendor everything that is not to keep? Why do you think your way is the best (for you)?
Personally, I pick up like you describe. Where I try to recover time is at the vendor itself. I go to the blacksmith and repair, then start checking each item with the salvage active. If it is 61+ and bad, click it. <61, skip. If it's good, I move it together into a "good pile". Then to a vendor and sell everthing not in the good pile. Go to the stash and move over all the mats and any gear from the good pile. Usually takes less than a minute and I'm back through my portal. If I hesitate at all on the salvage, I usually keep it and decide later when I'm in the AH.
I've started to only pick up i61-63 rares because by the time you pick up blues, go back to town, salvage (or sell) them, you've just wasted more farming time. I believe the most efficient farming method is to pick up only the items that have the possibility of being 100k+. Everything else is a waste of time IMHO.
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The trouble is, I am wondering how much time it takes to decide whether to pick something up...
Yes that is a concern of myself as well. Going to check it out when i am home though. I dont want to sift through every drop to decide wether it is worth to pick it up, since the timesink then only shifts from vendor to battlefield...
I pick up all potions, gems, and non-white items. Salvage the crap, sell the decent stuff and commodities on AH. I'm not into the most efficient methods, just any way to keep the gold count constantly going upwards.
Picking up all the rare rings and amulets. All blue/rare ilvl 61+ items. After farming so many hours I know exactly what is ilvl 61 and what isnt Only picking up the flawless gems, and potions if I need to fill my stack back up to 100.
Once im full, I go back to town, stash the rares and salvage all the blues. Then head back in. Takes not even 1 minute and I save up loads of crafting mats.