Welcome to episode Ten of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict give you hints and tips on shopping for World of Warcraft gold while trying to record the podcast in a thunderstorm.
Marcus explains how to create shopping lists in TSM2 and Nev explains how to create lists in Auctionator. Marcus explains to Nev the Lazy Girl guide to shopping.
This show was recorded on Friday August 2nd, 2013.
Welcome to the first episode of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this first episode your host, Marcus Ty, explains his gold making philosophy and helps set new players on the road to sensible gold making strategies.
Marcus discusses the importance of the wow gold economy and the essentials of the Auction House.
There’s a lull of activity in the World of Warcraft. Hostilities between Horde and Alliance have run their course and the history of Deathwing has been diminished to footnote in my Journal.
Azeroth is waiting.
This is the lull before the coming storm that will pitch Horde and Alliance onto the shores of a new adventure in the latest expansion of the Warcraft series called the Mists of Pandaria.
Now as a long time player of World of Warcraft the one certainty that I can predict about the game is that the need for gold in the new expansion will be greater than the last. It’s the way of things. I can bore the pants off you with tales of gold inflation in the wow economy, but take it from me, you’ll need to fill your bags with gold on a daily basis to get you from level 85 to the new MoP level 90 in a reasonable time. But there are plenty of things that you can do in the current lull to benefit your gold making now and in the future MoP expansion.
Hone Your Auction House Skills
The one constant throughout all the expansions of World of Warcraft is the need to trade. The buying and selling of items on the Auction House by players is what keeps gold moving through the wow economy. Take advantage of the current lull in wow to hone your Auction House skills. If your trading is a little rusty, read my article on 5 Goblin Principles of Auction House Trading.
Learn the Advanced features of your Addon
I use very few addons in my game but there are two I consider essential to help with my daily gold making routine:
Auctioneer has been my preferred Auction House addon for many years. It’s been consistently maintained by its developers and contains lots of advanced features that can make players a ton of gold – providing they have the time and knowledge to exploit them.
Take advantage of the lull and learn some of the advanced features of Auctioneer. If you struggle with some of the advanced filters and searchers, then you might want to try my Auction House Secrets guide.
Postal is a nifty little addon used my many players to help with the daily collecting and posting of mail. Life without this addon was a chore. Go get it!
Level Your Professions
Take this opportunity to max out as many professions as you can. The more professions you have at Illustrious Grand Master the more gold making opportunities will be open to you. This will mean leveling additional alts to learn and advance new professions. You’ll also be able to exploit the ability to ‘shuffle’ material between alts with different professions. An example would be an alt with Jewelcrafting shuffling rings and neck pieces to an alt with Enchanting for DE to dusts and essences. If you are unfamiliar with this type of strategy then read my post Enchanting for Profit.
Continue to Level Your Alts
To reach Illustrious Grand Master of a given profession, a player must have reached at least level 75. But don’t stop there. You’ll need to get to at least level 80 before you can start to utilise material from the MoP. To survive in the MoP, you’ll need to be close to level 85.
Don’t Forget the Secondary Professions
In particular, don’t forget the secondary professions of Cooking and Fishing. I predict both will be big money spinners in the MoP expansion. Use this time to max out these professions it you can. There is still a ton of gold to be made from cooking. Read my post on World of Warcraft Cooking.
Learn to Trade Pets
If I had to give a gold making tip to both new and experienced players it would be to learn to trade pets. Many of the professions can now trade pets, but Engineers have this market cornered. The pet battle system in MoP will create a huge demand in crafted and non-crafted companions. Learn how to trade pets in the article The Trading of Pets.
Don’t hang around the Pig & Whistle or the Darkmoon Faire during this time between expansions. Get out and practice these key gold making skills:
The Enchanting Profession can be a great way to earn gold in World of Warcraft, but many players struggle with the task of finding cheap and readily available enchanting mats. So, I thought in this short post I’d run through the basics of making easy wow gold with the enchanting profession.
Craft Profitable Scrolls
My Enchanting alt has been relaxing of late, building up his strength for the release of Mists of Pandaria when it finally emerges from the beta. But I thought it was time to get him to rustle up a few scrolls for the Auction House to take advantage in the increase in price of some of the basic enchants on my server. So, I dusted off some old Enchanting vellum and set about gathering some enchanting mats.
There’s nothing like the smell of musty enchanting vellum first thing in the morning!
Enchanting For Profit
Now, there are two basic ways to make gold with the enchanting profession:
Be a net supplier of enchanting mats to the market
Craft profitable enchanting scrolls for the market
Which strategy you use will depend on the market on your server. Sometimes the supply and demand of material on your server will dictate that you sell the mats; on other occasions it will be more profitable to use the mats to craft scrolls. At the end of day, the wow gold economy will dictate the best strategy.
Finding Cheap Enchanting Mats
In truth, I sometimes play both strategies depending on how active I have been in gathering enchanting material. But where to find a cheap source of enchanting material?
I use the following strategies:
Buy enchanting mats at below market price (that means cheap)
Disenchant surplus crafted gear from players leveling their profession
Craft Uncommon and Rare items using your other professions
My enchanter, when not resting, is constantly scanning the Auction House for cheap enchanting material and gear to disenchant. On many an occasion, the market for enchanting mats will crash. I then become a net buyer and place them in the bank.
Players leveling their professions are constantly dumping their crafted items below market price on the Auction House. I use the Auctioneer addon advanced search for this, setting the search criteria for the level of gear to provide me with the dust and essences I need or are in demand on the Auction House. I’ve written a detailed guide to using Auctioneer in my Auction House Secrets gold making guide if you want full monty on this.
The nice thing about using Auctioneer, apart from being very quick, is that you can be relatively sure that the search listings it produces will provide you with a profit based on the current market price of the Auction House.
If you have leveled another alt with another profession, say Jewelcrafting, then it’s possible to craft Uncommon and Rare items of gear to disenchant. This presupposes that the resulting material is cheaper than if you bought it straight from the Auction House.An example would be the crafting of Canelian Spikes to DE to Greater Celestial Essence and Hypnotic Dust.
For those that want the skinny on making wow gold using the professions, I’ve included a dedicated guide as part of my Journal Series of Gold Making Guides. For less than a small pizza you can own the complete set.
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