Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pulling gold from a hat. It's Magic!

If you are familiar with the selling of Dalaran pets you know people will buy items without knowing where they come from or how much they are worth (or they just do this to save time). However the Dalaran pets are not the only items you should grab when you go to Dalaran. I have another shop for you to visit!

Have you ever been to the tailor shop Threads of Fate? If not I think you should try and make a trip over there. The first thing you should do is buy yourself one of their beautiful shirts on the first floor (great to stylize yourself, but so far I have not had much luck reselling them). After buying yourself a nice new shirt go ahead and take a walk up the stairs and you will find a cobbler selling shoes (for justice points) and a Cloak seller as well (again justice points). you'll also find a very strange little man doing laundry and then You should see your real target. Chameli Banaphash.

Chameli sells two items that should interest you. The first is the Violet hat. You can buy this hat from her for 55g and  when worn be the center of attention! The second item is the Purple Turban Which you can buy for 99g99s99c. Both of these are level 1 hats so are great for bank alts looking to flash it up and people who just don't have any option for a head slot. I have been trying keep one of each in the auction house for 300-500g each. These are especially nice on RP servers and may have more value there. These hats used to have 2 armor on them which unfortunately was removed in 4.0.1 but these are still good sellers and well worth checking out. So buy a hat for yourself as well, and maybe a couple to put on the AH. After all... it's your job to help Azeroth be stylish!

Friday, October 29, 2010

A nice facet of gold making.

Lately I have been having a lot of luck with Simple gems. I don't believe this is a fluke. Everyone leveling will come across these gems and a lot of people will post them without really knowing their value and just 2 or 4 people undercutting can easily effect the price of the market. So if no one buys them for a couple hours their price is drastically reduced. You can often find these gems for 20-40% of their true market value.

When I say simple gems I mean gems such as Citrines, Jade, Large Opals, Star Rubies, Azerothian Diamonds, Aquamarines and various Pearls. These are great items to buy up when you can find them at a good price. These are used in several professions for skilling up with low level gear, and are used heavily in Jewelcrafting for almost all of the early designs. So when these sell at normal market value it will probably be 5-10 gems at a time as they are being bought out to help level a crafting profession.

I believe the prices for these gems will go even higher as many people find Inscription less profitable and switch off to something else (maybe Jewelcrafting.... the #2 in gold making professions?). I've been grabbing all the simple gems I can and re-posting for a significant profit. Rarely have a seen any of these come back after a 48 hour post. So next time you look in the auction house, take a look at these beautiful gold makers.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So two guys sit down at a bar....

This month the JMTC Blogging carnival is about "Mistakes You've Learned From While Playing the AH".
I have given this subject a lot of thought, I've considered telling a story about the time I confused a Black Tabby with one of the Siamese Cats and sold it for 15g instead of the 1000g it was worth. I've considered telling about the several times I've tried to Corner a market by buying all of an available stock and re-listing at a profit (this almost never works) only to realize I had neither the time nor the will to maintain a market and ended up loosing hundreds of gold. I could even bring up the recent mistake that most of the gold blogging community had made with Buying up mats for a cooldown removal that never happenend!

Instead I have decided to supply you with a different story.

There are two guys sitting in a bar at the top of the Empire State Building. The first guy has black hair, and the second is a blond. They sit there, drinking their booze, when all of a sudden the black haired guy looks over at the blond and says "Hey man!, Want to see something amazing?". The blond guy looks up from his drink and responds with a "Sure man". So the black haired gentleman walks over to the window, throws it open and steps outside. To the blond guys amazingment instead of falling to his death, he just seems to float there he then steps back in through the window and continues drinking. The blond is amazed by this and says "MY GOD MAN!!!! How did you do that?"; "Easy" says the black haired man "At this height the wind is blowing so hard against the building that the force will hold you there and you won't fall.". The blond man says "I have to try that!" and runs over to the window, throws it open and steps outside. He plummets the full length of the building only to splatter on the sidewalk below. The bartender looks up from his paper at the black haired gentleman and says "You know, you're a real @$$ when you're drunk Superman!"

Now you might be asking yourself what this has to do with gold making. In truth, there is quite a bit to draw from. I have found a lot of the people that come to our blogs are new to gold making and trying to find a way to get ahead, buy their epic flying, or just wanting to build a nice nest egg for Cataclysm.

Yet most of us (the gold blogging community) are rather well established. We have large sums of gold to waste, and although often we are giving you great tips there are times that these tips are also speculation and are not always sure fire ways to make you gold.. Our goal for us is to make you rich (just not as rich as us). Sometimes, however, you need to take a closer look at what we are saying and make sure it's right for you. If we have a post that will require all of your capital, it would be a mistake to wager it against what we say as gospel. If you do not understand the market the tip comes from it might not be right for you. It may pay out big, but there is always the chance that you will lose everything. If we offer you a tip it is not guaranteed to work on your server (although the ideas themselves are normally very sound).

What we truly want is for you to keep the gold you have, to prevent you from making the mistakes that we have, and to help you work through the ones that you will make yourselves. We all learn from these mistakes, and these mistakes define us and make us better for it. So be careful of the advice you get from people you don't know. It may not always be in your best interest.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Black Cat crossing your path is good luck!

Do you currently own a Black Tabby? If you are an Alliance player be prepared to pay a hell of a price . If you are horde however this is a great pet to farm.  I've managed to farm this pet with an alt 3 times in the last couple months. Twice I have sold this for between 600-1000g each. (600g horde side 1000g on neutral ah).The third farm however will probably be addressed in my upcoming "mistakes" post for the JMTC blogging carnival.

This is a great pet. A little history note the Black Tabby used to be know as the Maine Coon (see pic below for a real Maine Coon). This name was changed to Black Tabby due to the name being offensive (At one point in time had a Maine Coon and this is still the name of the breed). This is also one of two cats (the other being the Bombay) that Stinker the skunk will chase around lovesick like a crazy loony toon character.

It's easy enough to farm if you have a level 30 toon horde side, simply station them at the steps in Ambermill and create a macro that reads (/target Dalaran Spellscribe).

The Spellscribe will drop this pet about 27% of the time and spawns about once every 2-3 hours (some say 4-5). not a lot of people farm this and if you are able to Snag the cat it is worth 1000g on most of the servers out there. This is a great Halloween pet so heck who is to say you won't get more for it this time of year.

Good luck and keep making Gold!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My favorite Fishing hole

So. Can you make 500g+ an hour fishing? It's actually not that hard. Especially if you have either Cooking or Alechmy to fall back on.

Today I would love to share with you my favorite fishing hole. You have a little over a month for this to be a great gold maker for you. So if you have the patience to fish. I'd start fishing!

One of the biggest sellers is food cooked from Dragonfin Angelfish. you can cook up Blackened Dragonfin and Dragonfin Filet. Both of these can sell for a pretty penny if you have your cooking up high enough to make them (8g a fish on Burning Blade). These are easily attainable in Dragonblight. The fishing village with the walrus ghosts spawns pools of dragonfins about as fast as you can fish them. I've fished these up at a minimum of 5 stacks an hour. If you cook them up and sell them for 8g each (minus say 100g for Northern spices) you're looking at 700g for an hour of work. But it does not end there.  Almost every fish that comes out of the lake also has a Pygmy Suckerfish attached. These can sell pretty well themselves, or can be converted into Pygmy Oil which are components of Guru's Elixir and Flask of Pure Mojo. So if you have an Alchemist this is even more lucrative.

Even raw the Dragonfins and Suckerfish should sell well enough to keep you up and going with several hundred gold an hour(last i checked raw Dragonfin went for around 50g a stack and Suckerfish were around 20g or so).

So if you have had the patience to Level up your fishing, this spot is much more rewarding than just throwing out a pole in Wintergrasp.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween... carry on,bury all!

I love Halloween (and not just because it's my birthday).  I love the quests, and I love running around trick or treating. The headless horseman quest is one of my favorite battles. It's not much harder than the Brewfest fight and is a  pretty good Gold maker as well.

With the Holiday fights being queued into Dungeon finder, this is now a really easy fight to Farm.The Headless Horseman has a 27 percent drop rate for 3-6 Weighted Jack-o'-lanterns which can sell for really high prices on the AH (currently 10-25g each on my server). The best plan is to hold onto these until after the holliday, their price will increase significantly. I tend to hold mine until the X-mas holiday and advertise around the Nightmare before Christmas crowd. The fights are pretty much Insta-queues if you tank or heal, and with Dual spec being so cheap you should have no problem with this.

In addition you will receive several wands while Trick or Treating that offer you 5 charges of various costumes (Skeleton,ghost,bat,pirate,ninja,wisp,gnome?).You can often sell zaps of this wand for 5-15g each. so be sure to trick or treat as often as possible. More wands = more G and it's Free! This is a bit time consuming as you need to advertise in trade, but it's still worth your time.

So go out.... grab bags of candy... put on a flimsy mask and go get some gold!

Monday, October 18, 2010

SNACK-O-MATIC, There for you!

Are you a horde?  Would you like to walk up to a machine and make an easy 20+G? well step onto your closest Zep  go below deck and try the SNACK-O-MATIC IV 

It Slices*, It Dices*, It dispenses wonderful amounts of food and drink on your way accross the oceans of Azeroth! That's rights, Fresh Fruits! Wonderful cheeses! Even the hard to find Alerac Swiss! that ellusive cheese needed for the Clementine Surprise Quest. That's right for the special price of 40 silvers you can get 5 pieces of cheese that  are tasty beyond compare and will Auction for 1+g each! while you're here why not pick up some cold milk, or Some refreshing spring water? heck believe or not these taste great and sell too!  The SNACK-O-MATIC IV also has lots of other foods and drinks that you may find Both tasty and profitable!

So Remember when you've got to travel, The SNACK-O-MATIC IV is there for you!

* (the SNACK-O-MATIC IV's slicing and dicing is to be used at ones own risk. We are no liable for any dismemberment, death, or accidental disintegration.).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Everything I know about the AH I learned from Wall Street (the movie).

It’s easy to think of gold making as a collection of Tips and Tricks. As a treasure map set before you with a big red X that says go here, farm this. If that is what you are looking for there are several posts around you should enjoy. However if you want to meet your true potential, you need to understand the market. It is a living, breathing entity, Or rather several entities. I hear from people all the time that tips don’t work for them on their server and it’s true.  Take a look at my post on farming in Eastern plaguelands as an example. It’s a huge gold maker on my server and a look at the Undermine Journal will show you about 50% of the servers out there show prices like mine. The other 50% however have prices as low as 1/10th what I see.  The truth is the populations, demand and yes exploitation of the markets by greedy underhanded gold moguls like us has a great deal to do with price. So take a look at your server and see where your markets stand and heed the wise tips below!

What's worth doing is worth doing for money.”

Crafting is one of the stables of the wow economy. Diversify your skills. Get a character to to top skill levels on as many professions as you can. Don’t neglect the free skills like cooking and fishing. They may be boring but they have great profit potential. The more you know about these professions the more you will be able to pick out the mat markets that drive these and get a better understanding of why what items are selling.

I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things”

You don’t want to just take guesses in WoW. You want to find constant sources of income. You will find your own niches and you will find your stable markets

“Blue horseshoe loves BlueStar Airline”

If recent events are any indication, all information you receive is not to be taken as gospel. A large chunk of the gold community ran out and snached up loads of eternals and Frozen orbs in preparation of the Gem transmutes being taken away. This did not happen and was originally a tip pulled from datamining, and a few of us got stuck in the mine.

“We're all just one trade away from humility.”

You will make mistakes. It’s the nature of the game, the only hope is they are not HUGE mistakes. The best way to avoid this is simply to Diversity. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Spread them out and you should have great success in spite of your mistakes.

“If you need a friend. Get a dog..”
You will not be loved by everyone, In fact you will have several people that utterly hate and despise you. I’ve probably received 20 mails from various people either yelling about being undercut, complaining that I am pushing them out of a market, or accusing me of price gouging people. Also the thought that you are going to be well loved by the people that know of your wealth you are more than likely mistaken. You’ll be accused of buying your gold and for the most part a lot of people are going to resent you. Envy is an ugly emotion…… ohhh by the way speaking of pets did I mention this is a good market?

“The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed works.”

Enough is never Enough….. there is always more  so go out there and make your way in the World (of Warcraft)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

DR. StrangeGuild or how I learned to stop worrying and love misfortune.

Well... after two and a half days, I have finally managed to get 4.0.1 installed. thanks to a faulty hard drive and a dying power supply I managed to miss out on some serious gold. I suppose this was a pretty Epic fail on my machines part.

It did however get me thinking about other peoples failures. I have been bouncing around from guild to guild for awhile now. It seems any time I get invested in a group of people, something happens that causes the guild to collapse. I don't directly involve myself in any of the disputes or anything I just watch as the GM loses interest or boots people and liquidates the guild banks holdings. and runs away with it.

Well after a few of these I've started to become a bit of a carrion.  I will sniff around trade waiting to hear the sweet Proclimation of "GUILD FOR SALE!" or "Guild Stock for sale".  I will then inquire upon price, or buy up all of the available stock at a huge discount.

Last week for example, A guy was advertising a Guild for sale with 4 tabs for 1150. Well the second I showed any interest in this he was suddenly willing to let it go for 800 so I snatched it up on an alt for the added space (getting signatures for a new one is painful and my time is more valuable elsewhere) . Turns out that it was a hell of a buy, Once I took ownership I checked out the Guild Bank tab to see if anything was left. I found a stack of Abyss Crystals, Rods of almost every color. and about 10-20 stacks of various dusts and a half a tab or so of random greens.  After selling all this stuff off in the auction house I ended up profiting 1500g or so, and getting a 4 tab GB for free. Other times I have bought out entire GB stocks at well under market value, the GM's just wanting to get rid of everything and go off to join another guild themselves.

You see I profit off the misfortune of others. Somewhere down the line somebody placed these items in the guild banks to help out the guild and their fellow guildies. They have most likely been cut out of their fair share of the profits, while i reap the benefits of this betrail.  I am a Carrion bird, happily picking at the corpses of good intentions.

This might not shine the brightest of lights on me, But I have a feeling I am not the only one who does this. I make no apologies.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frozen orb, Hot market.

As soon as the Realms are up from patching I recommend going out and checking the prices of Frozen orbs, buy any orbs you see for their normal price (or lower) these will probably continue to be posted at this price for the next few days as a lot of people do not read the patch notes or do not realize that these can be traded for Eternals

The market for the Eternals should be going sky High, The cool downs have been removed from Gem transmutes so be prepared to see everyone run and grab as many mats as they can to crank these out.  This is also compounded by the fact that several people will be regeming (sadly I neither have a JC high enough to profit off of this or a Alchemist high enough to transmute).  But you can bet I am going to converting all my orbs!

You might also want to look for the mats required in the Transmutes and any cheap eternals you can find as these will be flying off the shelves too.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What happens in Dalaran, Stays in Dalaran!

So do you like to Gamble? Are you the type that likes to throw down a nice chunk of gold on a 50/50 bet? Do you look around the world of wow, Grasping your worn dice.... wondering when you are going to be able to throw the bones? Then I have an Auction house gamble for you. How would you like to bet on a Tome of Polymorph Black cat?

This tome is sold by Endora Moorehead In Dalaran for 2000-2500g depending on your rep. it's a limited quantity item with a rather long respawn, However I always seem to find it whenever i look. This is risky item to try and flip because the cost for a 48 hour deposit is 375g. If you post this item for 3000g you've only got two posts of it before you are in the red.

A lot of people do not know where to get this tome, and with Halloween coming up i wouldn't be surprised if a few people thought it was a seasonal drop and buy it outright. You are essentially gambling on people actually going out and wowheading the item. I've tried selling this Tome twice now and it's sold both times for 3000G (i bought it for 2000g and after AH cut ended up with a 850g profit).

I have seen rumors in forums that this Tome has gone for as much as 4-5000g. So it's up to you how much you want to risk. I hope this tip satisfies your ache to let it ride on the tables. You know.... you should probably seek help for that!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tanaris a Recipe for success!

I rarely go to Tanaris. However when I do I like to run a little circle around the area and pick up some of the many recipes. these sell pretty well to completionist and a couple are limited and worth some decent gold. Most people will tell you only to invest in limited supply recipes but in truth the regular recipes do sell. It might take a little longer but the deposits are cheap. How often do you buy a recipe in the auction house just to avoid having to find where to get it and going out of your way to do so?

First thing you should do when you arrive in Gadgetzan is actually go North out onto the shimmering flats (technically out of Tanaris I know) and pick up a few chickens at the racetrack (these sell really well) also see Jinky Twizzlefizxxit who has the Lovingly crafted Boomstick Recipe. this is a limited supply recipe that sells for around 30g. head back to Gadgetzan and find the following vendors/recipes

Dirge QuickCleave (or the innkeeper) 
Tender wolf steak Cost= 1.8g Sell price= 10g+

Blizrik Buckshot
EZ-Thro Dynamite II (limited) Cost= 45 Silver Sell price = 15-30g

Alchemist Pestlezugg
Philosopher's Stone Cost= 72 silver Sell price= 15-25g
Transmut Iron ---> Gold   Cost= 72 silver Sell price= 10+g
Transmut Arcanite  Cost=4.5g Sell price= 20g
Nature protection potion (limited)= Cost 18 silver Sell price=5+g
Transmute Mithril--> Truesilver (limited) Cost=72s Sell price=10g

After you grab these recipies head down the road to Steam wheedle port and pick up the following.

Haughty Modiste
Pattern Dress Shoes(limited) Cost= 45 silver Sell price= 25-30g
Haliscan Jacket Cost=45 silver Sell price= 5-10g
Haliscan Pantaloons Cost= 40 silver Sell price=5-10g

Spotted Yellowtail Cost= 1.5g Sell price=10-20g
Grilled Squid Cost= 1.5g Sell price = 10-20g
Poached Sunscale salmon Cost=1.8g Sell price = 10-20g
Nightfin soup Cost= 1.8g Sell price=15-25g

Undermine clam chowder(limited) Cost=27 silver Sell price 15-30g

While in Tanaris you might want to check the neutral AH for any items that might be underpriced or good cross faction sales (white kittens anyone??). Before you leave you could toss a couple faction pets in your bag and post them as well.

Now the recipe prices are subject to fluctuate based on if other people are buying and reselling. You'll probably see a couple of these recipes already on the auction house but there should always be some profit left in them. Selling recipes does however really shine in times when there will be lots of new alts running around (can you think of any coming up?). I don't honestly believe this tip is going to make you fabulously wealthy , but it should put a couple hundred gold in your pocket.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1000+G an hour in Eastern Plaguelands

Okay, I don't believe I've seen a post on this yet. So, I would like to talk to you about my new discovery. I've always loved the farming potential of essence of airs; they sell really well as I am sure you have noticed from my post about them. I have, however, found a new essence I am completely in love with!  Let me tell you why.

I created a DK Enchanter and have gotten into the late 300's on her. Well I recently took the profits I was making from the twink chants and invested in the Spell power enchant (5000g). This turned out to be a huge mistake, which I discovered today. I went out and found the Healing Power enchant (2000g) which after the changes is now a +29 SP enchant versus the +30 of spellpower enchant.

Long story short... based on the AH prices the spellpower enchant cost about 500g in mats as golden pearls are insane (200g or so) and will net you about 550G (50g profit) and the HP enchant should be about 150g in mats and net you around 450g. The most expensive of the mats for this enchant being the Essence of Waters (30g each on my server and the chant uses 4). So I went out and took a look at what the Essence of Water drop rates are. Here is what I found.

The Essence of Waters drop in a very similar fashion as the essence of airs they are a 20%+ drop rate from two lakes in eastern plaguelands. I took about 30 minutes or so farming and ended up with about 20 essence of waters , 5 Globe of waters (on burning blade worth about 15g each),  10 Elemental waters (4g each) and 80 or 4 stacks of Enchanted water (worth 1g each? please someone explain why). just with the AH value i see this as easily hitting the 1000g an hour farming mark. But also if you have an enchanter that 150g in mats will net you a 450g scroll... so the sky is the limit on this tip!

See the below map for the farming spots. you can farm one out and go to the other. by the time you get back I have found the spawn timers have reset. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Seeing WOW through rose colored Glasses.

First off I would like to apologize to Cold over at ColdsGoldfactory .Who's actually on my blogroll. Turns out that my post from yesterday is the same subject that he had posted 2 days before. I admit it suspiciously looks like it's been lifted down to Egg puns(whomever would do a play on words like that!!), however I assure you that's not the case.It's just one of life's cruel coincidences. As young as my blog is I definately don't want to be known to be stealing anyone's ideas.  I will try harder to monitor the other gold blogs and try and make sure I don't post on similar subjects again. I sincerely apologize for this oversight. Ok back to the blog. Today's post is called Goodbye to auto posters! and this is a subject very close to my heart.......DOH!!!

Actually today I would like to tell you about Ruby shades.  You've seen them before... they make you look hot like the true Diva you are! They are the forefront of wow fashion.... heck they used to be sold by Haris Pilton!  Also you can make a pretty penny on them (or in this case gold). The shades are no longer available in wow. they originally started as and item that sold in limited supply for 2000g. In patch 3.0.2 the price of the shades dropped down to 5 copper. They were later removed from the game entirely and now are unavailable from any vendor.

So as you might know this translates to lots of gold in wow!  The good thing about the shades is the fact that they do not become soulbound they are a simple white item that can be used and traded as you see fit. This also means that quite a few of the original shades are sitting somewhere in banks,bags or that there are people just plain needing to pawn them. In the last month i've picked up 3 of these for around 500-700g each and have sold two of those for 2500g (third is in ah right now).  These items are a great thing to add to snatch or just to be on the lookout for. Also buy a pair for yourself.... nothing looks so nice as riding down the road on your hog with your hot red shades!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Eggcellent time to build your nest egg!

As you know it's October and that means one thing. Time to start stockpiling Small eggs for Winter Veil!!

Wait....... WHAT????

Seriously though, it's not a bad time to start. Right now there is not a lot of going on. you're selling items out of your bank alts in preparation for Cataclysm. You're maybe grinding rep and trying to make what you can on the few remaining active segments of the markets. You might even be stocking up a few items you think are going to increase in price in cataclysm. Why not reserve a little space in that bank for small eggs?

Small eggs are in general rather cheap you will find them for less than 50 silver a lot of the time, you should add them to your snatch lists or even go so far as to farm a few for yourself. Like most low level cooking supplies they can sell for 1g or so each to people leveling cooking. With all the new alts coming up there will be plenty of people doing this. However this is not why you are stockpiling, you're stockpiling because come December 15th it will be Winter Veil again and for two or three days those eggs will be worth their weight in gold.

Last year the eggs were going on burning blade for 10g apiece for the first 6-10 hours or so and 5g each for the next couple days and never really fell below 2 until the holiday was over. This year due to inflation and added hassle to obtain  I would say they start even higher and remain that way for a longer period of time. Think about it. Cataclysm will be just 1 week old, no one is going to want to take the time to get their own eggs and everyone will do the cookies and milk quest (you can also make a pretty penny selling milk at this time). Pretty much everyone does the Winter Veil holiday quests and you will be looking at a time with the most traffic as people will be coming back to wow now that the expansion is live.

Sure there will be farmers grabbing these and the Egg market will level out toward the end of the holiday. But you're not going to be one of these farmers, right? You're going to be using your gathering professions (assuming you have some) to cash in on that early expansion mat gathering right? Wouldn't it be nice if you also had a bank tab full of eggs? These stacks of 20 eggs worth 200g+ a stack it's an awful nice present to yourself!

*Small note: It is possible although I think unlikely that the Winter Veil quests might change, I don't believe they will really get rid of getting WOW's Santa his milk and cookies, but even if this does happen the low level foods will still sell... just might take a bit longer.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Death of portals, Rise of pets!

Are you currently in the pet market?  If you aren't then I would look into it. Vanity pets are a nice supplemental source of income. The pets you can get in all the major cities will easily go from 2-10g in the AH and are only an investment of 50 Silvers or so.  Pets such as the Ancona chicken (available in the Mirage racetrack in thousand needles) can go for 30g on a 1g investment.  These sell rather well due the their location, few people are really willing to go all the way out to thousand needles and pick this thing up. Most of the pets that require some legwork are much more valuable then those that don't. The pets available from Dealer Rashaad. at the consortium (The Mana Wyrm, the Blue Dragonhawk, the Red Moth, Siamese Cat) easily sell for 3-10x their cost.  You can also make a fairly good profit on the Dalaran pets which can be obtained for 40-50g depending on rep and will sell in the AH for around 100g (beware however the deposit cost so post one at a time). and Rare pets like the White Kitten and the Black Tabby can go from 200-1000g each.

What does this have to do with portals you might ask?  Well grabbing the pets is something that I do more when it's convenient, I tend not to go far out of my way unless it's to buy several in bulk and sell at a huge markup. I will pick up one of each pet in Dalaran whenever I am there as it's where I and, for that matter, most people have their hearths set. The portals in Dalaran make getting pets simple... port to whatever city I want.... grab whatever pets I want to make a little income on top of my main markets.even a port to Shat is  an easy AFK fly to the consortium. Well...... that will now be a thing of the past.  The portals in Dalaran and Shat are soon to be gone.  What does this mean for the pet market?

Right now almost everyone's hearth is set to Dalaran, it's easy access to the portals being a main reason. Come Cataclysm the rose is off the bloom and Dalaran will be abandoned by most players and main cities like ORG will be back to the main hub in the game. Many of the pet farmers are lower level toons (bank alts and the like) and will suddenly find their ability to get pets terribly hindered.

I see this causing the price of pets to increase significantly...Several low level pet farmers will see the added time involved in getting the pets and look for new markets.  Is it possible the the Dalaran pets could reach 300g?  Could the pets from the consortium increase even more?  I think they will, but I would like to hear what you think. Do you plan on looking at pets as a larger source of income?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Finding a Niche.... and it smells like fish?

I have decided to participate in the JMTC blogging carnival. Markco has tasked us with sharing a Niche gold making strategy with the rest of the community and I am happy to do so.

When I first started playing wow the economy was quite different. It was a difficult task saving up to be able to get a riding mount at 40. All of my friends were grinding and toiling to save up the money, and I was looking for ways to save up myself. I was enamoured with WOW and all that you could do besides leveling. I took small pleasures in Fishing and Cooking all sorts of foods. I stumbled upon a recepie for Savory Deviate Delights and learned it without thinking about it.

Turns out that the recipe at the time was worth 50g or so and could even be sold for 100g on a neutral AH!  I was a bit upset at first but decided to figure out why it was so valuable. Turns out it was used to make this fun food that would turn you into a pirate or a Ninja and was in high demand on the AH. I found out where the deviate fish were and started fishing them up. I was able to make a gold a fish once cooked and this started me along the way to finding way of making gold, and (minus a few months off) I have never looked back.  The deviate fish became and are still one of my favorite markets around and the market fit me like a glove.

Deviate fish are still a great valuable resource, and have opened several doors for me. I still sell Deviate Delights for 2-3g apiece and manage to sell a couple stacks a day, I also will send them to my Alchemist and convert them into Elixir of Giant Growth that make much more than my Deviate delights do, I manage to sell 20 or so of these at 7g each and these only require a single fish and Earthroot which is normally available for 5-10g a stack. This strategy has been immensely profitable.

I no longer fish the Deviates, I wonder into the barrens and find young adventures who are wanting to make gold. Normally I am able to buy them for 50-75 silvers each. This is great in it's own right, but perhaps the best thing about this is how it has helped me to find wonderfully willing farmers who after they graduate out of the barrens will become farmers for other items like ores, leathers and herbs. It's a gateway into other things and goes to show that building an early relationship with someone is a sure fire to make gold in WOW and I must say for starting me in making gold I quite simply love Deviates!

"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
Fredrich Nietzsche