Groups & Items
In this tutorial, I will explain to you the rules of items in groups, how to make groups & subgroups, and how to move items in groups.
The Rules of Items & Groups
In TradeSkillMaster, items need to be in groups so that they can have rules (operations) assigned. This way you can manage multiple items and you don’t need to set an operation on every item you want for buying, selling, crafting, or moving.
Items can only be put in one group per TradeSkillMaster profile. Except for items with variations like armor, weapons, and pets. For those items the rules counts per variation of the same type.
How to Make a Group and Subgroup
Making multiple groups helps you to define items and put them together based on your own preference. These groups can also be subcategorized, called subgroups.
Making a Group
- Open TradeSkillMaster by clicking the icon at the minimap or type in chat /tsm
- Go to Groups
- Click on the square + icon shown on the right
- This is a ‘Parent Group‘
- Now click on the circle + icon in the parent group
- This is a ‘Subgroup‘
- You can remove a group by clicking on the trashcan. Removing a Parent Group will also remove any attached Subgroup.
Every group that has a group attached to it is called a ‘Parent Group’.
Every group that is attached to another group is called a ‘Subgroup’.
Sometimes you just need to reorder your TradeSkillMaster profile and you can do that by moving groups. You can move a (sub)group by clicking, holding it, and drag it to another parent group or make it a parent group by dragging it to the ‘Base Group’. All parent groups can be made into subgroups by dragging them to an existing group.
Adding Items to a Group
There are a couple of ways to add one or more items to a group.
- Items that you are carrying on you
- Using TradeSkillMaster database search
Items from Bags
Items you are carrying on you can be added to the group by clicking on the group you want to add them in. This can happen with ungrouped items or already grouped items like as in a parent group. You can move multiple items by clicking on one of these icons. After you have done that, hit the add button at the bottom to ad the selected items.
Search Items from the TradeSkillMaster Database
Another way of adding items to your groups is by using the database search in the TradeSkillMaster addon.
Go to Groups and select ‘Base Group‘. Here you can search from items by using keywords, names, or filters. These can also be combined.
Here you have the possibility to ‘Ignore variations‘ of certain items. More explained at ‘Item Variations’.
Select the items you want to move or hit the ‘select all‘ button. After you are done selecting, select the group and hit ‘Move Items‘ after.
Items like gear and pets can have variations in stats and levels. When it comes to transmog, stats don’t matter. The best thing to do when it comes to posting a piece of transmog is doing without variable stats. These items will cover any variation when it comes to posting or shopping.
Before you can add a pet or transmog without stats to a group, you will have to enable ‘Ignore variations‘ first.
If you want to move items from a subgroup to a parent group, you select first the items and then hold shift. The button ‘Remove Items’ will change into ‘Move Items‘.
Importing and Exporting Groups & Items
The last option is importing groups with items. These groups can be obtained from different sources like the TradeSkillMaster website.
In groups, you can hit the import icon. If you have already grouped items, it will ask you to move them to the new group you are about to import. This also counts for the operations and customs sources.
If that all is done, you can hit the ‘Import‘ button and done. Do check where the group is and if it has the name you wanted.
Exporting your groups can be done by selecting the groups and hit the ‘Export‘ icon. With exporting also comes the question of if you want to add in certain subgroups, operations, and custom sources.
Renaming and building up your groups is totally up to you. You need to work with them, so make them like you want them to work for you and if you are not happy with them after some time, just change them.
It’s fine to check out other groups for ideas or inspiration, but make them yours.
You can make as many profiles if you want to and they can all be used on different servers as well. Maybe you want to make a profile for just farming or crafting or flipping or just one profile to cover the mall. All up to you how you want to make it.