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Ok, you’ve got 6 figures in your gold account, you’re decked head to toe in epics dropped off the Auction house, or bought through contracted guild raids, and you have every pet and every mount. You fully find your stable of 85s and your guild looks to you for all their running money. You don’t need a gold guide, you should be writing one. Now go away and get back to work.
This guide is for the other guy/gal who has problems scraping up enough to meet expenses or who would like to buy their epic mounts and flyers. While I do recommend a couple of gold guides (they cover different areas) those are only for people who are serious about playing the gold game. Want to make 100k gold? Get an addon . Just want to make enough to meet expenses, get your mounts, and some decent gear? This page will be enough.
Basically there are three ways to get gold in the World of Warcraft (and pretty much any other video game or MMO) and that’s to complete quests (and kill mobs,) sell stuff to the vendor, or sell stuff to other players. While there are a few other bits where you can grab some cash (such as opening chests & boxes) those three areas cover 99% of the gold accumulation that you will ever do.
While quests and vendors are pretty clear, selling stuff to other players involves gathering stuff that they might actually want to buy (and pay a lot of money for.) Some of the items that you will (or could be) gathering or creating for these sales are:
- Mats for enchanters through disenchanting of items
- Finding materials for cooking and other crafts: cloth, skins, ores, herbs for the crafters: Alchemists, Scribes, Blacksmiths, Leatherworkers, etc.
- Farming more exotic items for crafters, such as motes, crystallized this and that, Volitile whatevers, and so on.
- Vanity items, such as wedding dresses, hats, tuxedos, name brand gears, etc.
- Farming items from mobs, such as weapons, rep items, etc.
One of the things that effects the price you can ask for an item is how people actually buy that item.
Things like ores, skins, rep items, herbs, etc tend to sell in stacks and will have repeat customers. Things like crafted items don’t sell in stacks (even if they’re stackable, like Glyphs) and repeat customers, for the same item, are rare.
This becomes important when you’re posting your items on the Auction House (AH.) A scribe or Leatherworker might pick up a dozen (or more) stacks of raw marerials at one time, and come back for more later, so even if you don’t have the lowest price your items will sell (assuming you’re not crazy high with the price.)
Any given character will only buy one each of any given crafted item. So when putting these items up for sale there’s more incentive to have the lowest price on that item. This is why you will see all the glyphs sellers constantly undercutting each other. As a seller of materials you don’t have to play the undercutting game.
Even if the current price for raw materials is low, at the moment, you will still sell your stuff if you price higher. Look at the AH over the week and you’ll see the prices vary. Keep your prices a little higher and you’ll make a lot more in the long run. If stuff is priced too low then either delay your posting or buy it out to resell.
Ok, Let’s Get Started with the Tips
- Roll yourself a dedicated Auction House Banker. Everytime you stop by town to lighten your bags you can mail the worthwhile stuff to your banker and then get back to work. The banker will do all your AH selling and buying, freeing up your other characters to do whatever it is that they do.
- Buy the biggest bags you can afford, eventually working up to those 20 slot Frostweave Bags. Go for the 22 slot Glacial Bags if you can (and think they’re worth the price.) Do the same for your banker. This will minimize your trips to town to unload stuff and maximize your collecting time. Your bank also has bag slots. When you get to the point that you’re banking stuff you will buy those slots and stick frostweave bags in them.
- 2a) Have your alt create a guild (paying 10g for each signup,) then kick everyone, and use the guild bank space for your stash.
- If you’re a skinner then skin everyting you can, always. Sometimes other players will kill skinnable mobs and leave them there. Skin ‘em yourself. Sell the scraps, too.
- Keep in mind that the Skinning skill gives you a smal crit buff, Mining adds Stam, and Herbalism a small heal.
Bonus Tips for More Gold:
- Figure out what mats are needed for specific items, then farm those mats. For example, if a particular potion is in great demand (perhaps for raiding) then farm the mats for the alchemists to make those potions. Check WoWhead.com for item requirements. Here’s an addon which automates the research.
- Have a “shopping basket” of items in your bank alt’s bags. Then scan the AH for those items, byuing up what’s uderpriced (for reposting, perhaps later.) For instance you might have a “basket” containing one of each herb used for Inscription. Open the AH, shift+click each herb in turn (shift+click posts the name of the item in the search field,) and hit search. Buy up what’s appropriate.If you find that no items are available, and you have stored a stash of same, post them at a (reasonably) high price. You’ll have a monopoly (for a time) and should do well.The Auctionator addon will let you create shopping lists so that you don’t have to keep stuff in your bags.
- Specific crafted items require specific quantities of mats, so sell you stuff in those quantities. For example, Scribes mill herbs 5 at a time, so if you’re selling to Scribes sell your herbs in stacks of multiples of 5. Or if Potion ABC requires six green pointyflowers then sell your stash of green pointyflowers in stacks of six. Again, check WoWhead for stack sizes.
- Make the intermediate parts for crafters. Scribes mill herbs into pigments, then inks, then glyphs. So, if you have Inscription & Herbalism, you can farm herbs, make inks, and sell the inks. Check your own server’s AH prices, you may find that a 5 stack of herbs sells for more than you can sell the inks, or visa versa.
If you really want to accumulate massive gold then your best bet is to treat yourself to a good tool. Of course you can browse the WoW forums for hours, sifting through the crap, or search elsewhere. Eventually you’ll probably find some good stuff. If you don’t mind spending the time.
How much gold can you make? A few hundred a day will meet pretty much everyone’s needs and that amount is within the reach of just about anyone willing to put in a bit of effort. Still, it’s nice to think about the big gold pile, isn’t it? Spend 2 grand on a Harris Pilton bag? Shrug. 10k on an item or 20k on a mount? No sweat. Fund all your guild raids, your alts, your and their consumables, etc.? Petty cash.
If you want the good stuff then go here and start getting a lot more gold.