Welcome to episode twenty of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcast. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, celebrate the gold making strategies for new players during the Feast of Winter Veil.
Marcus tells of his egg-ploits from the sale of small eggs which upsets some gold makers who believe it’s a strategy that’s beneath them.
Nev discusses the challenges of making gold at the lower levels and her project of making gold for only 15mins a playing session.
This podcast was recorded on Saturday, 21st of December 2013.
My Dad always told me that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. What he didn’t tell me was apparently you can’t teach an old gold maker old tricks! At least when it comes to making a profit. There are many strategies in World of Warcraft for making gold but not all of them are suitable across all the levels. To make gold in WoW you need to be able to maximize the capital sitting in your bags as efficiently as possible to turn it into more gold. That, Friend they call making a profit.
It can be hard for some of the old gold makers out there to remember what is was like to make gold in the early levels. They look down from atop their pile of gold at those just starting out in the game and deride their efforts because, well it doesn’t meet with their lofty standards. What they forget is that the gold making strategies they use as mature gold makers are not always suitable for players new to the game and the Auction House. So I wasn’t too surprised when one old goblin took me to task for the selling of Small Eggs at this time of Winter Veil.
Now I shouldn’t be too hard on the old goblin because it’s easy to lose sight of some basic gold making principles when you have a few quid in the bank. As a mature gold maker myself with several million gold scattered over several alts on my main server, I try hard not to make the same mistake. In fact, many of you who follow me will know that my blog is dedicated to helping new players make gold in the game. The strategies I use as a mature gold maker with several level 90 alts, maxed-out in various professions with a million gold under my belt are not the strategies I teach to new players trying to level their professions with little spare capital to play with.
Which brings me to the selling of Small Eggs during the time of Winter Veil.
Now for some reason this seemed to upset my fellow gold maker (who I really have a lot of time for). Surely it was beneath us to make gold this way? And during the holidays!
Selling Small Eggs, he states, is something of a legend. Now, if what he meant was that it’s a great way to make gold in the early levels, he’s right! I always try to use the selling of Small Eggs as an example of the 5 Goblin Principles of Auction House Trading:
Sell what players need
Sell at the right price
Sell at the right amount
Sell at the right time
Sell at a profit
If you have read my earlier post you’ll know that selling of Small Eggs during Winter Veil works time after time. This is because you’re selling what’s in demand. Of course you have to sell them at the right price and at the right time. In my example I farmed for 15mins and posted my 4 stacks of eggs on the eve of Winter Veil in stacks of 5 at 500% market price (they were selling on average 0.90g an egg on my server at the time). The next day they all sold making me a great profit.
My fellow gold maker wasn’t impressed. I had spent 15mins farming my eggs and this was not an efficient use of my time. Well, this is true and I always say that grinding and farming are not the most efficient ways to make gold. In my Post Making Warcraft Gold During Feast of Winter Veil I state that:
The quickest way to make gold is the Auction House.
But if you’re a new player with little capital it helps to know where to farm small eggs – even if it takes you 15mins. At the lower levels, you’re probably grinding those mobs anyway.
Now, if as a new player you can afford to buy Small Eggs during off-peak times for silver from the Auction House you’ll probably make just as much gold, only more efficiently. In fact Small Eggs on average were selling for a little under 1g before Winter Veil and anywhere from 5-10g each during the holiday. If I had bought my eggs from the Auction House for 1 g and sold them for 5g (not a huge mark up) I still would have made a 400% profit. In fact many players tweeted me to say that it what they did.
My fellow gold maker was still not impressed. No, cranking out gems with your Jewelcrafter is the way to go. It only takes 1.5sec a gem.
I love this kind of logic. He’s assuming, of course, he hasn’t had to buy the ore or spend an age prospecting it as part of his time. But lets assume he buys his uncut gems from the Auction House and crafts them into more profitable cuts – a great gold making strategy, providing you have the capital and have leveled your Jewelcrafting to make profitable cuts. Most cuts at the early levels of a profession are just not profitable. And that goes for many of the professions.
And he’s also assuming he sells all his cuts on the first Auction. More likely he spent the first day of Winter Veil standing by the mail box pickup up his expired sales while players queued in the Auction House to buy my Small but profitable Eggs.
Here’s wishing all my fellow gold makers – new and old – a happy holiday and a profitable New Year.
It was the eve before Winter Veil and all along the shore, players were grinding for small eggs and lots more. Yes, it’s the Feast of Winter Veil in Azeroth which means Egg Nog, Preserved Holly and Winter Garb . It also means there’s gold to made during this time of festive merriment.
I love this holiday in Azeroth – a time of Grandfather Winter, The Abominable Greench and stolen reindeer. Of course, as a maker of gold, it’s also a time to do some serious trading and to make some gold selling all those things that players are looking for during this festive time of merriment and questing.
The Feast of Winter Veil provides a good example of how the supply and demand of items are affected by seasonal activities occurring throughout the year in Azeroth. During these times, many players head for the Auction House and buy up the items they need to complete many of the seasonal quests and achievements. If you time it right you can anticipate this demand and snatch cheap mats from the Auction House to flip for a great profit or – if you’re in your early levels and in need of a little seed capital – grind a short while for easy to gather items.
Now many new gold makers make the mistake of thinking that because an item is easy to gather, other players will be unwilling to splash the cash. This is far from true. Just think about your own buying habits. How many of you have paid extra to have an item gift wrapped in a department store? As the goblins say: “Time is money, Friend”.
So what are the gold making strategies for the Feast of Winter Veil? Well, buying cheap mats from the Auction House before the holiday and then flipping the items for a profit during the holiday at peak demand works every time. As I’ve said in many posts over the years: “The Auction House is the quickest way to make gold in World of Warcraft”
Gingerbread Cookies, Egg Nog
Bolt of Woolen Cloth (4)
Bolt of Runecloth (4)
Rugged Leather (4)
Small Eggs are very easy to grind as many flying mobs at level 7-11 will drop them. For the Alliance, my favorite place is the Longshore, Westfall where Greater Fleshripper can be found beside the decomposing corpse of a great fish. They spawn at an incredible rate and nearly always drop Small Eggs. For the Horde, try the Crazed Dragonhawk of Eversong Woods. I normally grind for 15-20mins and always come away with 3-4 stacks of eggs which sell for a great profit.
This is also a great time for the Tailors. Pick up the patterns for Winter Clothes from the Smokeywood vendors, on sale during the holiday if you don’t have already these. Of course, if you’re not a tailor then hopefully you have snatched cheap Wool and Runecloth to resell at an exorbitant price! If you’re a Tailor make sure you turn your Cloth into bolts as it will sell much better.
The same strategy applies to Leatherworkers. Crank out those Winter Boots! If not a Leatherworker then snatch cheap Rugged Leather and resell above market price for a good profit.
The farming of Small Eggs at the time of Winter Veil in Azeroth in a great way to make gold for players in their early levels. But where do you farm Small Eggs after the Cataclysm?
It’s that time again when the Feast of Winter Veil marks the beginning of the holiday season – at least in Azeroth – and Grandfather Winter is abroad, spreading holiday cheer to one and all. There’s ale to drink, candy canes to eat and cookies to bake.
I love the smell of Eggnog in the morning!
For new players in their early levels (10 – 20) this is a great time to make some easy wow gold and provides a good example of how to exploit the increased demand for a product, created by a world event such as Winter Veil. For those in the know the official site provides us with a few clues:
‘Twas the feast of Great-Winter
And all through the land
All the races were running
With snowballs in hand.
The cooks were all frantic
And for those “in the know” Swoops and owls were crashing
Like new-fallen snow.
Cookies and eggnog
Were consumed by all
As the snowballs flew freely
And drunks smashed into walls.
May your feast of Great-Winter
Be one merry and bright
And from all here at Blizzard
We wish you a fun night!’
Players go mad cooking up batches of Gingerbread Cookies and Eggnog at this time to complete various quests, all of which require basket-loads of Small Eggs.
And the beasts to farm for Small Eggs are Greater Fleshripper, Moonkin, Swoops, Hippogryph and Dragonhawks to name a few.
If you are an Alliance player here’s a tip. One of the best places to farm small eggs is on the Longshore, Westfall. About half way along the shore you’ll find a fish carcass with a mob of Greater Fleshrippers. This mob has a ridiculous spawn rate which will allow you farm a stack of eggs in double quick time.
If you are Horde, you might like to try the Dragonhawks of Eversong Woods. They have 100% drop rate of eggs and are a low level beast.
Now, here’s the thing. Small Eggs on my server are selling for 4g per egg! Crazy, crazy stuff. So what are you waiting for? Go farm some eggs.