Gold Secrets of The Goblin Traders

Goblin Trader
Trade Like The Goblins

The Goblins are a strange – and some  say, deranged – race that have managed to co-exist with both Horde  and Alliance factions in many lands, relying on
both their trade and engineering skills to barter  an uneasy neutrality. As such,the major Goblin  towns of Gadgetzan, Booty Bay and Everlook  are perhaps the only locations in Azeroth where  both Horde and Alliance factions can  come  together and freely trade with one another – provided their weapons are sheathed.

These towns feature neutral auction houses  that, while not linked to either Alliance or  Horde establishments, enable trade items to  pass between opposing factions. This has  enabled some to establish a lucrative trade in  ‘pets’, with fluffy rabbits from Dun Morgh a  favorite among the Horde who prefer them  tenderized. All auctions are cunningly handled  by the neutral Goblins.

Now, no one trusts a Goblin, but all  admire their skill in barter and  trade. It’s wise to keep a firm hold  on your purse strings when  attempting to buy from these shady of wheeler-  dealers lest you walk away from the transaction  lighter in gold and without a shirt on your back.  But much can be learned from these slippery of  creatures when it comes to our own trading.

Here are five top Goblin trading tips:

1. Don’t be shy

The first lesson from the Goblin school of  trading is ‘don’t be shy’. You’ll often hear the Goblin traders hawk their wares by shouting to  all who walk within earshot. ‘Have I got a deal  for you’, is commonly heard up and down the  streets of Gadgetzan and the boardwalks of  Booty Bay. A brief stroll through the Goblin  streets of Everlook will have your ears ringing  with the cries of the Goblin Merchants.

We can use the Trade Channel is a similar way.  If we have just crafted a ‘Shining Silver Breastplate’ and posted it for auction, it helps  to tell the world about it. ‘Get your Shining Silver Breastplate, now in the AH – good price!’  You’ll be surprised how many whispers you’ll get asking ‘How much!’ As the Goblins say ‘if  you don’t tell, you don’t sell!’

2. Get the price right

Now the second Goblin lesson on trade was  said to have been stolen from the Gnomes: ‘Don’t sell yourself short’. Make sure you don’t  under price your goods. Always check the latest  prices by searching for the item in the Auction  House and price your item  accordingly. At the same time, look out for items that have been priced too low. You’ll often find new players pricing their items at very low or silly prices. Snap-up these items by placing a bid or buying them out. It’s worth a punt.

3. Avoid competition

The third Goblin lesson on trade was taken from the Elves who prefer to trade one-on-one. It can be summed up in the phrase: ‘A word in your ear’. The Elves often avoid the competition of the Auction process by announcing an item on the Trade Channel and asking folk to ‘whisper’ them if they have an interest. This technique needs some skill if you are to close the deal. Once a price is agreed, the trade is made using the Trade panel.

4. Seek out the lone traders

You’ll also find many a Goblin trader wandering around Azeroth. These lone traders often possess one-of-a-kind items that are much sought after in the Auction House and often sell far above the merchant’s price. An example is  Zixil (Merchant Supreme) of Booty Bay who can be found wandering the Hillsbrad Foothills between Southshore and the Tarren Mill. Also, Kzixx (Rare Goods) found in Duskwood, on the road to Darkshire.

5. Seasonal sensitivity

The Goblins have a saying: ‘Snow in the dale, its time for the Winter Veil’. They also say: ‘Don’t eat Dragonbreath Chilli on your first date’, but that’s another matter! The point being that the price of many goods sold at the Auction House will have a seasonal value. For example, the price of Small Eggs are much in demand at the time of Winter Veil to make the quest item of Gingerbread Cookies So, be you Horde or Alliance, there’s something to learn from the Goblin traders.

You might also like to check the article  on Goblin Trading Tips


Marcus Ty

On the Trading of Pets

There are many more ways to make gold in the World of Warcraft that don’t include grinding and crafting. They are based on the Goblin principle of  “Hard to-Find“.

Players will pay good gold coin for hard to find or unusual items – providing you know where to look and how to sell them.

I stumbled upon this method of gold making quite by accident. It was while on a perilous journey, heading towards the land they call Tanaris, across what used to be the Shimmering Flats, and is now just a lake, that I came across a vendor of exotic wares.

“Psst, Friend, want to buy a chicken?”
How unusual, I thought, a chicken.
“What does it do,” I asked.
“Well nuffin, Friend, it’s just a chicken.”
“Will it help me in combat?”
“Heal me?”
“Warn me of advancing Horde?”
“Not exactly.”
“I’ll take two.”
“Sold to the Mage in the funny shorts!”

I admit I have no sales resistance. I named my chicken Humphrey and when let out of its cage would follow me around everywhere. Humphrey became my constant companion on the long road of my quest.

Then one day another player approached me.

“Wow a chicken! What does it do?”
“Well, nothing. It’s a chicken.”
“Is it a killer chicken?”
“Not exactly.”
“How much do you want for it?”

So I sold my spare chicken for a few gold and made a tidy profit into the bargain. It then occurred to me that perhaps other players would want to own a chicken.

Now listen closely, Friend, for I’m about to impart a valuable lesson: There’s gold to be made in the trading of pets.

There are lots of pet vendors scattered throughout the land of Azeroth, but knowing how to locate and trade these little companions is another matter.

Read this article on the profitable business of trading pets on the auction house.

Learn To Trade Like A Goblin

If you want to earn easy wow gold then you had best learn to trade like a goblin.

No really!

We all know that the goblins are the ultimate of traders and the reason is that they always follow these 5 goblin principles of auction house trading. If you can learn and master these 5 principles then you will never be short of World of Warcraft gold – at least not this side of Azeroth.

Heed these words, Friend, and learn these 5 simple rules of trading. They may be simple, but failure of any one will leave you stony broke.


Marcus Ty
More Gold In Ya Bags!

No Begging Outside The Auction House

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed an increasing number of wow players begging for gold – at least on the European servers that I play on.

It seems that there’s many a wow player running around Azeroth stony broke.  And I’m not sure why. After all, the way gold cycles through the Warcraft economy hasn’t changed since Azeroth was created. I put it down to a new influx of players in their early levels, and players new to the game often struggle to pay for a haircut, let along buy a basic mount.

Now, if you’re one of these players – please stop begging. It’s embarrassing!

No seriously, it’s not hard to make a little gold, and if you follow this blog or read any of my Warcraft Guides, you’ll know that you can make easy wow gold with virtually every visit to the Auction House.

But for players new to the game and who have little understanding of the Warcraft economy, making gold becomes as hit and miss as ‘Chug and Chuck’ at the Brewfest.

Too often new players read about this hack or that hack without ever developing a basic gold making strategy. These hacks then disappear with the coming of the next patch. Then there’s the facebook dude who supposedly knows of this mob or that mob with an amazing spawn rate. If you grind these mobs with a macro enhanced keyboard until your fingers bleed, you’ll collect enough loot to hock at auction for a few gold.

Now don’t get me wrong. We all need to grind in the early levels to obtain the basic mats we need to kick-start our gold making. In many ways it’s the only way to advance our reputation with those factions we’re interested in courting.

But, Friend, grinding is not the quickest way to make gold in the World of Warcraft, and frankly I find it boring.

Now, if you’re the type of player who likes to grind or gather their mats, then Friend, that’s fine. Gather or grind the mats you need for your profession and any surplus will always sell well on the Auction House.

But here’s a secret – the fastest was to make gold time after time, patch after patch, for any faction, race or class, is to learn to trade items on the Auction House.

I spend only 15 minutes a playing session trading on the Auction House to make my daily gold. Sure, if I’m going for broke I spend a little longer. But I trade the Goblin way and 15 minutes is all I need to keep my characters in gold.

So, how do you trade like a Goblin?

Read my article The 5 Goblin Principle of Auction House Trading to find out how!

Auctioneer Suite 5.9 Available

If like me you’re a big fan of the Auctioneer addon, you’ll be glad to hear that the team at Norganna have now released version 5.9 which is fully compatible with patch 4.x.

Dubbed the Whacky Wallaby, the Auctioneer Suite of Auction House addons brings together a number of tightly integrated functions to manage your auctions in a highly efficient manner. Auctioneer includes all the basic functions to scan the Auction House and price items efficiently for posting.

Players that need to upgrade this addon should read the pages on the Auctioneer site http://Wiki.Norganna.Org/Installing. Given the large number of changes to the suite Norganna recommends a complete reinstall of the addon.


Marcus Ty – Mage of Stormwind and Servant to the Kirin Tor