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12-27-2011 @ 2:09AM
so, at risk of sounding uninformed/lazy/etc, how in the bejesus does one accumulate such vast wealth in WoW? i have been playing for years, and the most gold i've ever had at any point on any toon is like 5k. how do i make more money?
12-27-2011 @ 3:15AM
In my experience, the most reliable way to make gold once you have a solid bit to invest with is through professions. Which professions depend on your server; I'm active in inscription, enchanting, and jewelcrafting, and occasionally post some tailored gear (Vicious and transmog.) Right now JC gives me the bulk of my profits due to so many people getting new gear (enchanting -should- be doing about as well, but isn't for some reason.) Inscription has the highest profit margin, but the glyphs sell at a slow trickle. On other servers, JC is a wash because the market is flooded.If you're starting from nothing, go with double gathering. I've also made surprisingly good gold soloing BC and vanilla dungeons, even before transmog. I think I was getting between 100 and 150g in cash, gray drops, and useless BoEs per run when I was doing Magisters' Terrace for Shattered Sun rep, and pretty greens can bring in a pretty copper. And if you have a tank, I know of a guy who farms H Pit of Saron for Battered Hilts. (The trick is to only kill trash, no bosses; you can reset the instance and all the trash will be there to kill again.) The drop rate is miserably low, but it can sell for 10k+ these days.
12-27-2011 @ 3:19AM
Erm, that should read 'useless BoPs.
12-27-2011 @ 3:49AM
"how do i make more money?"By not spending it. My wife has always been prodigious in the AH, but until she cracked down on my prolific spending habits we never garnered more than 12k in or bank(s). Now, we only purchase the items we need, and only make big ticket purchases when a deal that's too good to pass up comes along (350k for her Spectral Tiger) or it's something one of us actually needs (I'm still using that Blockade's Shield, well worth the cost last year), or when we hit a landmark (every new 100k is a new mount or rare pet).While it helps that we have an army of alts and every profession maxed, including each Alch spec and 3 xmutists, the vast majority of what she makes is from vendor recipes and faction pets.Basically though, we've taken to a policy of buying only what we can't acquire through other means, or after farming unsuccessfully for it ourselves.
12-27-2011 @ 6:19AM
There's really not any one simple answer to your question but to summarize as best as possible here are a few things to keep in mind:1. Information, investment of time.If you really want to make tons of gold, it requires an investment of time. Both gathering information, and gathering resources. You're going to need at least two-three characters. for different purposes. They will all need to be level 75 or above. You will need to know the market on your server using sites like the Undermine Journal and by using addons like Trade Skill Master to scan your auction house on a regular basis. You also want to keep up to date on patch changes, new items, etc. Read articles here, or listen to podcasts like Power Word: Gold and Auction House Junkies.2. Supply and demand, buy low / sell high.While scanning your server's auction house you should keep an eye out for under valued items and cheap crafting materials. If you can find a market that is untapped and there is demand for those items, this is a good place to start. In any case, you will need to develop a sense for the true worth of any items that can be traded in game. This takes time and information too.3. The Holy TrinityAlchemy, Enchanting and Jewelcrafting.These three professions are the biggest money makers (with the exception of Inscription which is a completely different monster in of its own), and they all work very well with each other. Alchemy allows you to transmute items like Shadowspirit Diamonds and Inferno Rubies, but it also allows you to transmute Volatile Life into Volatile Air, which has been, and continues to be even more lucrative than creating Truegold.Enchanting by itself can be fairly lucrative, the best thing to keep in mind however is to weight materials vs finished scrolls. If either one of these sells for more profit, that's what you should be selling. Sometimes it's completed scrolls, sometimes it's dusts and shards. Enchanting also benefits from the third partner in crime, Jewelcrafting.JC's make tons of gold. Hands down on its own you can break your patrons bank with this profession. Keep in mind that whatever green or yellow common gems you have lying around can be used to make rings or necklaces, which can be either sold or sharded by your Enchanter.4. Or if you hate yourself, just go Inscription.Want to truly waste your hours away making lots of gold in Warcraft? Don't just stop at mindless farming for items or herbs, level Inscription, and be prepared to camp the auction house for hours on end, posting and reposting your goods. Your soul will whither and die, but your desiccated corpse can just buy a new one with that metric ton of gold you've got tucked away.My final advise however, I think is the most important: Diversification my friend, diversification.You want to have your grubby green fingers (what? you are a goblin right?) in as many markets as you can possibly manage. If at any point you have less than 500 items posted, you're doing it wrong, If all 500 of those items are the same item, or even the same category, you're doing it wrong.Oh and lest we forget, never, ever sell your time for tips. Only auction house losers peddle around in trade chat offering to cut gems or craft glyphs for a tip. Those people are chumps, and I can guarantee they aren't gold capped.
12-27-2011 @ 1:25PM
What Luke said ;)However, in my case, I once re-rolled a druid on a new server where friends played. No heritage items, no sugar daddy (well, I did get 4 decent sized bags and 5g).- Herbalism: regardless of the level of herbs, they sell really, really well.- Don't buy from the Auction House until you're 85, and even then, be careful (exception below)- Quest rewards: if they don't give you an upgrade, get the piece that you can vendor for the most.- "Greens" - find a friendly (dis)enchanter and have everything DE-ed. Sell that stuff on the AH.- With an addon like Auctioneer, scan the AH for things that sell higher to a vendor than what they're listed at. Seriously. Even if it's only 50s profit or less, all of a sudden you have 10-20g before you even have to think about a riding mount.- I personally try to limit my selling activities to the weekend. A lot of high level toons power-level crafting professions on weekends and are willing to drop quite some gold on lower level mats to save farming time- Exception: If you're at 85 and have things that raiders might need - like food ingredients, food, flasks, etc., Tuesday and Wednesdays - "THE" raid nights are good as well. There are lots of people getting new gear that needs enchants, buff foods, potions and flasks, etc.- level more alts. It's amazing how much gold you make just with regular quest rewards, and I assume through dungeon rewards as well.No, I'm nowhere near being gold capped, but I'm at a level that I'm comfortable with. That druid that I mentioned - she had no issue getting riding, flying, fast flying, and ultimately the 310% flying at 80. And that was only with herbing and skinning - and skinning is a really bad choice (tip, herbing/mining for gold)Hope that helped a little!
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