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Making in-game gold - hints and tips!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:09 AM

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If you're like me then you just love making ingame gold. I'm by no means the richest WoW player out there, but hitting milestones likes 100k, 200k, 500k etc have been really rewarding for me.

For those that hate making gold (like half of my guild) it seems like its almost impossible.

So how do you make gold?

My favourite money maker at the moment is selling Mysterious Fortune Cards. I am quite amazed the number of people still buying them to flip over for cash. I also use them to make plenty of Fortune Cookies which sell really well on my server.

I have the majority of professions maxed out which does seem to help a lot. But I find I am grinding mats less and less and just buying them off the auction house, milling, prospecting etc and making a quick easy profit that way.

In terms of my most profitable sale, I managed to buy a Ranseur of Hatred right at the beginning of 4.2 for 35k and resold it for 75k within 5minutes. Not too bad for a few clicks!

So what tips do you have for fellow players? Boast your gold hoard, your greatest sale or how bad you truly are!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:18 PM

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I made most of my gold through Jewelcrafting. At the beginning of Cataclysm, I prospected a lot of ore and sold the gems on the AH. These days, I mostly buy raw Queen's Garnet at the cheapest price I can. I cut them and sell them back on the AH. For those interested, there is this blog: http://coldsgoldfactory.blogspot.com, it gives regular tips on how to make gold. We have been following it for quite some time.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:06 PM

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My two favorite ways of making gold currently are flipping transmog gear and Cataclysm Twink Gear.

Recently I've started stockpiling for Mists as well, hoping to flip some items big time come the new expansion Posted Image .

Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:58 PM

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I've never thought about grinding any transmog gear to sell! Might check that out at some point.

I've started to buy plenty of Cata mats on the cheap. Things like hypnotic dust, ore and herbs are really starting to drop in price on my server. There will be plenty of new monks with MoP as well so I am gathering mats for professions that people will want to power level.

"Choke points" of a profession where you need certain mats to get to the next stage are always great. A particular favourite of mine is Illusion Dust and Greater Eternal Essence. With a lot of people going to Outland at level 58 these mats are always in short supply so you can make some nice profit!

Nearly every profession has hard parts to push through so if you dont have an enchanter just look through your own professions and try and remember the hard parts and sell those mats instead!

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:07 PM

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I've never thought about grinding any transmog gear to sell! Might check that out at some point.


It actually works very well. You might have heard of the Mogfather transmogrification contests on the US servers. They are organised by Keelhaul from Disenchanting Azeroth. More than 3 million gold have been given away during these contests. A large part of it came from the profits Keelhaul made at the beginning of Patch 4.3 by selling tons of BoE transmog gear he had acquired for almost nothing during Patch 4.2.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:01 AM

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i still do the shuffle and it works quite well. started out late with this. before it was a combo of melting, transmuting, and ah flipping.

Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:02 PM

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It actually works very well. You might have heard of the Mogfather transmogrification contests on the US servers. They are organised by Keelhaul from Disenchanting Azeroth. More than 3 million gold have been given away during these contests. A large part of it came from the profits Keelhaul made at the beginning of Patch 4.3 by selling tons of BoE transmog gear he had acquired for almost nothing during Patch 4.2.


I just wanted to add that Keelhaul has retired from running The WoW Factor transmog shows, the last post on his blog is here. If you're looking for more information the WoW Factor shows or how to get them to come to your realm, check out their site here.

Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:34 PM

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Right now, I'm running at around 10k gold. Most of it made from Enchanting. It would be higher had I not got really into LoL and I let my sub expire... I usually just disenchant items or do some merchanting to make my money.

Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:49 PM

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I have got every profession at maximum level across several level 85 characters. The key I have always found to making maximum gold was in timing. For example, prior to the Inscription profession being added there was a lot of discussion about it on several sites and forums. I knew I would have needed a massive amount of herbs to maximize profits so I dropped mining on my hunter, and farmed every herb at every zone I possibly could. I deposited all the herbs into a herb bank character - complete with 3 tab private bank. Once the inscription patch went live, I levelled the profession as quickly as I could using as many of the mats I had gathered as possible. I made a huge amount of glyphs and sold the lot at ridiculous prices. Result! When patch 4.3 went live, I did the same thing again. Only with Red gems and "common" enchants. Every player and their alts were replacing gear like crazy from the HoT dungeons and there was a constant massive demand for all gems and enchants. I had a miner mining like crazy, ore was prospected. Gems were transmuted and any of the less desirable gems I prospected got turned into rings / neck items for disenchant. I made 300k+ gold profit in less than 2 weeks from that alone. The gem / enchant market has slowed down a lot now as I would have expected it to. But there are still a lot of other easy money makers. As a tailor doing Tol Barad dailies, I pick up a lot of cloth (via Northrend scavenging) - easily enough per run to make at least one pvp blue item.. These sell for 700k each on my realm. You just need to see what's in demand - and make sure YOU are the one who can supply it.

Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:55 PM

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As a tailor doing Tol Barad dailies, I pick up a lot of cloth (via Northrend scavenging) - easily enough per run to make at least one pvp blue item.. These sell for 700k each on my realm.


Please tell me that's a typo. If not, tell me your server so I can transfer :)

Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:59 PM

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Please tell me that's a typo. If not, tell me your server so I can transfer Posted Image


Eek! I think I actually meant 700g .. would be awesome if I could sell that stuff for 700k.

Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

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A tip of the wise for you tailors...make bags. and make a lot of them. When Cata launched, I made nearly 250k in bags by saving up all the Netherweave and Frostweave bags I could get my grubby hands to make...and they sold. When no one else had bags or cloth to make bags, I happily price gouged bags up to 350g per...and they sold faster than I could post more. I have 500 Netherweave bags, 400 Frostweave bags, and 100 Embersilk bags ready for people with big wallets to drop gold into my wallet for their alts/Monks to have nice bag space =)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:15 PM

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Quite an obvious tip here, but still a good and very over looked tip. Simply don't spend money on the AH. Don't buy anything - farm the mats and make it yourself or have a friend / guild mate make it for you.

Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:25 PM

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Zagam thats a great idea! May get onto that one with my tailor! Keep the ideas coming people.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

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Exactly what Redcross said. Getting the mats yourself increases your profit by a lot. Right now I'm at about 96k gold (most gold owned ever). I'm only making money in GDKP runs and in our DS25HC raid sales. They give a pretty good income.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

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On one of the realms I play on, player run casino / gambling seems to be very popular at the moment. I personally would strongly advise AGAINST ever participating in this kind of activity. There are repeated instances of people being scammed very large sums of gold. The promise of winning big is only there to entice you in, and like any gambling activity - is usually weighted in favour of those in charge of the event. Stay well clear of it!

Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:33 AM

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I always thought this was against EULA Redcross? Like you said the odds are always stacked against you and you are putting a lot of trust in the person organising the event as you have to hand your money over in advance. I would definitely stay away from them. There are much easier ways to make gold without ever having the chance of potentially losing any.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:49 AM

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Am not sure what Blizzard's stance is on in game player run gambling. I would imagine it is a very grey dodgy area. I personally am very self sufficient and certainly would never entertain the idea of using it. When I see people advertising (usually by /yelling) gambling activities, I will always right click - report player .. and would suggest others always do the same.

Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:56 AM

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I remember using it once with a character that was on a brand new server, with no friends, guild or gold and I wanted to get a head start on my cash. I managed to make my whopping 5g into 40g after a few gambles and decided to walk away with the cash jingling in my pocket. Maybe a little bit of fun with lower amounts but never worth any large cash sum!

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:25 PM

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I always thought this was against EULA Redcross? Like you said the odds are always stacked against you and you are putting a lot of trust in the person organising the event as you have to hand your money over in advance. I would definitely stay away from them. There are much easier ways to make gold without ever having the chance of potentially losing any.


Don't quote me on this, but I believe that I read a post from Blizzard saying that it is within the bounds of the EULA, with some sort of caveat. It's ok to do it, as long as you don't "do X". I'll research it.

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