One of the ways to start on your way to making a goodly amount of WoW gold is through the buying and selling of various items. Some of these items are limited in availability, others are only available in one place, and some are both.
For example, it used the be that the book that taught you how to take your First Aid skill beyond 150 was available in only a couple of places. For the Alliance it was Deneb Walker in Stromgarde Keep, in the Arathi Highlands. With Cataclysm that book became unnecessary, since the trainer now teaches it. (All the First Aid recipes are now taught by the trainers.)
While most of the vendor items in the World of Warcraft are available in unlimited quantities, the limited items might only have one item available. An example is in the Crossroads, in the Barrens. The weapons vendor there sells the Feral Blade, but only one or two at a time. The vendor in the image, above, is in Tranquillen (Ghostlands) and stocks various limiteds (a quest is required before you can see his wares.)
For example, if you were to buy that Bruiseweed a stack of 20 would cost you 8sp (obviously you would be visiting him several times to get that stack) and you could possibly sell it for several gold on the Auction house.
All of the vendors selling limited items will replenish their stock from time to time, but that time may vary from a few minutes, to hours, to months in the case of a certain vendor in Moonglade who sells a certain dress (this is a vanity item, it has no combat value.) The dress only appears once every couple of months.
Many, if not most, of these limited items, like that First Aid book, will sell for much more on the Auction House than it costs to buy them from the vendor. Sometimes a whole lot more. Do you see some possibilities here?
And Why Would Anyone Buy it From the AH?
There are a couple of groups of players who are your target market for these items, but they all value their time and convenience:
- The one group probably doesn’t know where to find the item (and doesn’t necessarily care,) so will buy it off the Auction House. Even though they could save two or four gold by buying it from the vendor. They will likely also buy a pile of cloth and power level their skill while in the city. Why waste the time to fly out, buy the book, and hearth back? So they pay an extra gold or three, so what? You might as well get those extra gold pieces.
- Next is the group that doesn’t want to waste time camping some vendor, hoping that item will finally pop, when they have better things to do. If the limited item is on a 20 minute respawn time then they might fly over to the vendor and miss the item. Then they have to wait 20 minutes. Boring.
- The last group feels their time is worth more than a few gold, so they buy items off the Auction House instead of spending the time to go wherever to get an item.For example, before the first aid trainers learned all the skills people had to go here and there to buy the appropariate books. They save a lot of time by not having to travel to buy and/or farm the necessary items. Spend an extra couple of gold to save the travel time? Works for me.
The same is true for any other limited item. There’s the group that knows it’s available from a vendor, but doesn’t want to spend the time camping that vendor hoping that the item appears. So they buy off the AH. The other group doesn’t know about the vendors, but might not care anyway.
Now your job is this – every time you pass by any vendor in the game you’re going to check their inventory for limited items. You’ll want to check those vendors each time you pass by, just in case you missed the item the first time around. Also, you’re going to check for items that only appear at that one vendor, such as that old First Aid book. Then check the Auction House and learn what these items sell for and what the competition might be. You’ll be pleasantly surprised in many cases. For myself, I just tend to grab items as I see them and then research them. I’m rarely disappointed.
You may also find that someone else is selling the items on the Auction House, but for too low a price. Buy them up and repost them at a better (for you) price.
Make notes of the profitable items as you find them and build up your own list of these items, then you can make the rounds from time to time and gather up your stock to sell. It might be worthwhile to park a buyer in certain areas, just to make it easier to grab those items.
The first time you buy something for 5-40 silver and sell it for 10-40 gold you’ll be convinced.
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