From the 4.0.6 PTR patch notes:
- A socket has been added to all crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one.
How does this affect you?
If you're crafting these epics, you should try to consider which impact may this have on your market.
Well this doesn't mean that prices on crafted epic armors will actually rise, but if you're having problems in selling this purples now, you should hope that this items will at least moving a little bit faster once the socket will make them more appealing.
After the first few weeks in which this items used to sell for huge amount of gold, the profit in crafting them has lowered. While an [Assassin's Chestplate] was a rarity at the end of the last year, I can see three of them up in the AH almost contantly on the AH of my server (and I fear it's always the same three)... and Leatherworkers and Blacksmith are constantly offering their service in trade, porviding orbs at ~1000g.
This patch won't change the supply, but could raise a little the demand. Items that are not moving now can start to move in the future, for the same prices, because with the ability to adapt more the items at the need of the buyer they will become closer to being BiS (excluding heroic raid gear (ilevel 379 beats 359 ;-P))...
Actually, some of those epics could become BiS, so try to follow closely the news related to those you can make!