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Making Gold in WoW: 2014 so far

As I’ve mentioned before one of the things I love to do in MMOs is use the auction house to make my fortune. There are a few reasons for this — I genuinely enjoy activities that might require spreadsheets, and as someone who budgets fiercely in real life I like being a shopaholic in my games.

At the same time, I’m kind of lazy. Daily quests are a total drag, and farming seems like a lot of effort for little return. I don’t have the time or dedication to play the undercut game 8 times a day on super volatile markets. Instead I have focused my efforts on two things: flipping transmog gear and selling top shelf glyphs.

(Nothing I say below will be surprising for experienced gold makers!)

Flipping Transmog Gear

Transmog gear is a huge market. Huuuuuuge. It seems like most players don’t keep tabs on AH price history (probably not surprising) and will happily post all the green items in their bag for a couple of gold a piece.

Now, dear reader, I will impart upon you the one thing that will let you generate hundreds if not thousands of gold every day. Are you ready? Get a pen! …. It’s this link, only for your own server and faction. Buy cheap things, flip at average market price. That’s it!

Tips: Transmog is all about cosmetics, so don’t buy deals that you can’t see, like necklaces and trinkets. Also I don’t buy level 90 epics even if they’re on the deal page because the market history is just too unstable for that kind of investment.

Tip #2: The more a pair of pants looks like a thong, the more someone will pay for them.

Results: When there is good stuff to snap up, you will make the big bucks. Unfortunately some days everyone has priced their stuff correctly (jerks!) so your inventory levels will vary.

Top Shelf Glyphs

Players can make gold by the wheelbarrow load by dominating the bulk glyph business, but that requires a considerable amount of time and effort. Instead, I prefer to just focus on the biggest and most profitable glyphs. Every time I use the auction house I do a quick scan for cheap herbs (usually less than 50% of the average market price according to TSM) and mail them off to my monk.

Then every few days I log her on and turn all herbs into dust and all dust into inks. I use TSM to identify glyphs where I will make at least 50 gold over crafting cost, and queue up one of each. Craft, mail to my AH bot, done.

Results: My glypher is only level 60 and so doesn’t know many of the high level recipes yet, but I still make roughly 500 gold a day from this.

The overall result of the above two gold-making methods is about 8-10 hours of effort each month for 30,000 gold.


Of course the best part of making fake game money is spending it, baby! Back in January I bought a Onyx Panther and it has quickly become the mount I use the most. There’s just something really pleasing in a tactile way about it — I’m not sure if it’s the way it moves or responsiveness, but the mount feels fun to ride.

picture from WoWHead

picture from WoWHead

After that I saved my gold for three months to buy a certain someone a Grand Expedition Yak for their birthday. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see one up close yet (they are sold by a Grummle vendor for 106,000 gold), it’s a pretty amazing mount. It comes with nice graphical touches like a parasol and a lucky cat statue, along with a reforger and a vendor NPC who can be thrown off in favor of carrying around two friends. The vendor even sells Tomes of the Clear Mind for a few silver a piece, which is much better than the 8-10g you’d spend on the AH.

I may get one myself in the future, but right now I’m focused on building back up the coffers and throwing gold at levelling up engineering and inscription on alts.

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  • Reply
    April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    The bottom line is anyone who doesn’t use the default AH interface is going to make trucks of money. If you consciously look at the market, it’s like Scrooge McDuck.

    At the tail end of Cataclysm, with TSM and auctioneer, and about 30-60 minutes a day, I was making about 20,000 a day. The AM i’d log on the AH mule, empty mail and repost. Gems, enchants and glyphs.

    Good job on your progress!

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    April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I’ve significantly scaled back my AH playing these days, across my 3 servers I probably spend a total of half an hour total each day and most of that is just logging in and out of a dozen or so toons for profession dailies.

    I’m not competing with you at all (even figuratively), I’m patient as hell but even I won’t bother with the tmog or glyph markets, every item that I list daily needs to have a decent chance of actually selling before it expires. I’m making the bulk of my gold via conversions and consumables although I try to have a few big ticket items up as well just to keep things interesting.

    Conversions – Leveraging inefficiencies in the market… ore vs bars, gems vs ore, inks vs pigments vs herbs, living steel vs belt buckles vs trillium bars, bags vs spellthreads, shards vs weapon enchants, etc. There’s usually something in each comparison that’s worth more than the other so when possible I take advantage of that. I try to keep the bulk of my inventory in the most basic form possible (ore, herb, shard) and only convert when necessary for sale or as required to do dailies. I don’t spreadsheet it but I have a basic knowledge of how prices line up so I can tell at a glance when something is out of whack, high (sell!) or low (buy!).

    For consumables, I don’t like flasks or potions for the most part… I’m talking things like enchants (when they’re at least twice mat cost), spellthreads, shoulder enchants, belt buckles, etc. Gear enhancements mostly.

    I probably net 5K a day doing that and, including big ticket items, maybe 200K a month… some days are busier than others but overall it’s well worth doing and more than supports my BMAH mount habit, I’ve spent… sheesh, probably close to 2M on mounts in MoP and my overall gold amount is up about the same amount vs the end of Cat. I do have a lot of toons feeding into my system, though, which helps a lot.

    • Reply
      Jessica Cook
      April 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Conversions are something I always mean to get into but until recently I didn’t have the army of professioned alts to help. I am going to add that to my “look into” list!

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    Christian O.
    April 12, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I really dislike the fact that economics is so important in WOW.
    Using the auction house is fun but sometimes I feel like being forced to play an economic simulation game.
    Repair costs suck big time :-(

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      April 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thing is, it isn’t an economic simulation game, it’s a virtual economy game, there’s nothing simulated about it… those are actual people choosing whether or not to buy your stuff and it can actually be useful to keep that in mind (people are often cheap but more than that, they’re more often lazy… and even if you’re lazy too, you’re unlikely to be the MOST lazy person, you just need to figure out what to sell to those who are more lazy). If you’re just in it to cover your repair bills, generally speaking just playing the game should cover that… unless you’re doing nothing but wiping and never killing anything, content generally pays for repairs. If you want more than that, though, there is a bit of effort involved, even if it’s just farming ore for 15 minutes a day or playing the AH or various other elements. For instance, I’ll pay about 10% more for bars than ore when I’m buying off the AH because my time is usually worth more than that… someone looking to make a quick few gold can take advantage.

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