Weekly Wrap Up [May8-May15]

Another week has come and gone – and while last week profit hovered around the 300k mark, this week profit reached 1,058,25g. Thanks in part to a whole lot of fishing I was doing. The strange goop used to originally be around 1500 casts average – when Blizzard boosted the drop rates of other items in the zone, it shifted to around 1000 casts per average. Last week I noticed that it shifted once again, and is back to the 1500 average per cast. Of course RNG being what it is, you might not catch one until 6000 casts (as is the case for a few over on WoWhead) or you might get lucky like me and catch one after 10 casts (this was the case last night). I’ve caught 38 strange goops over a three month period now (maybe four? I forget when ZM came out honestly) and I tend to stock up two on each server I play on, and then forget about them until they sell. Once they’ve sold I go and try to stock up again.

It was a great week for crafted goods. I sold a set of mage tower plate gear, and some glyphs. A handful of recipes and my other mish mash of randomness rounded out the rest of the sales. Of course strange goop was supreme, I sold 8 of them over the course of the week. I’ve set my price to 110k each, so that each sale nets me at least 100k once the AH cut is taken. It’s not ‘difficult’ to fish, but it sure is boring.

No great snipes this week since I only ran sniper here and there (I picked up more pallid bone for 1g each, as well as desolate leather for under 2g) as I’m still dealing with all of the real life stuff going on. This isn’t expected to change any time soon and will in fact get even MORE hectic, but I am going to do my best to continue gold making through it all. I am trying to max out my crafters so they can get started collecting patterns. I have a set of horde and a set of alliance on two separate servers and crafted goods are some of my best sellers (minus those goops). My crafters are all over the place when it comes to leveling, I didn’t ‘settle’ on who I wanted doing what until Shadowlands. Now I’m comfortable with what everyone is set doing, I have gathering on my gatherers, and I have four main characters that I enjoy playing the most set as my ‘crafters’ so that no one extra has to work faction. That means while SL is leveled up on everyone and the faction is taken care of – very little of the old world stuff is. I’m trying to get one expansion done each day but some of the old world ones use a LOT of materials, and let’s face it I’m not a person who enjoys farming. I’d much rather buy it off of the AH – but there are supply issues on my low population server. A lot of stuff isn’t sold any more. So I have to do a little farming here and there to level them up, then I can sell the excess or hold onto it and craft some transmog and useful old world items to sell.

How are sales going for everyone else? I’m finding things are pretty much average, which is what I expect on my low population servers. I have some pretty great days mixed with not so great and in the end it all balances out.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Wednesday Challenge Update: Rags to Riches

It has been one week since I started this fresh challenge – with 1g to my name, how much could I earn through ONLY using the auction house. I started off by buying a handful of items that were priced under vendor, and then I started branching out into markets that had low auction house fees (recipes, pets) and pricing them well under market value so that I wasn’t waiting for them to sell, but rather waiting for a little more pocket cash.

I set a goal to earn 10k in that first week – I thought it was a lofty goal because my play time these days is maybe 30 minutes total, 10 minutes on that new challenge character. Real life is busy, and I didn’t want to be completely defeated on this challenge because of that. the goal is to have fun after all.

I blew that goal away, and for the week earned 19,736g in total. Most of that gold was made from actual flips and not from selling to vendor. If I were patient I know that could have been a larger number, but honestly the goal is to get gold fast, not to have it sitting around for months. Gold that is tied up is of no use to me.

“How do you know what to buy” – this is where I have an advantage over a beginner goblin. I’m not new to making gold, I’ve been doing it for years. I rely a lot on intuition but my intuition is pretty good thanks to experience. Sure, I’m on a new server and I’m not familiar with it as much as my main ones, but they follow general guidelines. There is no magic trick to this part, it just takes time and experience. I watch the wow economy discord frequently to try to see what others are selling, and then just use the TSM statistics in game (along with statistics from the undermine journal) to decide if it’s worth my time.

So far, it’s working out lovely and I’m having a lot of fun with this challenge! Next goal? Reaching 50k before next Wednesday.

Weekly Wrap Up [May1-May8]

Alright, a little late today but let’s take a look at sales this week. I’m a far cry from the 1 million a week goal I had just a few weeks back, but I’ve adapted my current goals for real life that happens to be going on right now (moving across the country, attempting to buy first house, etc) – all that stress plus my two young minions means my already limited time is even more limited because let’s face it, I don’t always have the inclination to be go go go when it comes to making gold. In fact, at the end of the day more often than not all I want to do is just sit and do nothing at all. Or do my covenant tables, which are quite amazing these days since I have so many characters.

Anyway. This week was 363,923g in profit, a little over 420,000g in total sales. I spent some cash (I forget on what) and overall it was a pretty good week. That is, for how much time I actually spent doing things in-game (probably less than 30 minutes a day).

Sales this week involved a lot of crafted items. Some shadowlands crafted gear, some glyphs, my usual pets and transmog. Nothing was unusual or really stood out. I’ve been making gold on my low population realms for so long that it’s a fairly automatic system I have and doesn’t involve too much actual work these days unless I need to restock (which I still do, badly).

I’m not expecting things to get ‘better’ until around the end of June, so posts and gold making might become more sporadic over time, but I will certainly do my best. I do have some fascinating Rags to Riches blog posts in the works, so be on the lookout for those on Wednesday, and as always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Guess Who IV: BankofKaos

This week in Booty Bay we spotted Bankofkaos from the Stonemaul server. Looks like most of their gold comes from AH sales, but they shuffle it off to another character since they’re not really holding too much. Opposite faction, so I couldn’t say hell0 – but maybe this is your character! Hello!

That wraps up another Guess Who. We’ll see who we spot next week, as always in Booty Bay.

Dungeon Dive: 100 Runs of Sunwell (71-80)

I am nearing the end of the 100 runs of Sunwell (woohoo) and this week we bring in a total of 44,000g and some change. Not the most, not the least, it’s pretty average. About average for items looted, noteworthy items, and raw gold. In fact there was nothing that stood out about this run at all.

That brings our total gold ‘earned’ to 507,000g roughly. It also puts us at 8 hours of work (roughly, it actually takes a bit over half of that, but since you’re locked from dungeons for an hour I round up) putting us at a gph earned of 63,000. Pretty respectable number.

Of course numbers don’t show the true picture, what matters is NOT how much we loot – but how much we sell. I’m playing on a low population server, and sales have been slow and few between but they’ve still be ‘worth’ the time. Last week sales brought me to roughly 18,715 gph earned – and doing the math this week, we’re still hovering around the same number! If I include sales from last week, and the raw gold from 8 sessions, the realistic number for this farm is much closer to: 18,642 gold per hour. Remember I also sell anything with a value of less than 100g (minus craft items and gems) to vendor, so there’s some potential gold I’m throwing away there just because I don’t want to deal with that sort of inventory.

It also bodes well that I do have 63 posted auctions with a value of 562,000g up on the AH. It’s just more of a long play, because that’s how things work on a low population server. You have to have patience. Farming one dungeon once a week for a little pocket change isn’t going to cut it, but you use these methods and combine them with other methods to earn your gold, and before you know it, you have a lot more than you thought you would.

As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Rags to Riches – Update

I know it’s not Wednesday, but I just had to post. This is day two of my Rags to Riches challenge, and I found someone selling these megawatt filaments on the AH for 1g each – they sell to vendor for an enormous 30g each! That was a HUGE chunk of starter gold just sitting there waiting for me to come along.

Now that I’ve got a little pocket change, I’ve started branching out into AH sales. Nothing big to start, these phantasmal haunches were selling for a few silver and overnight someone flipped them to a gold each. The problem is they have a very expensive listing fee, so if they don’t move I’ll probably be stuck with them. I also put up those two snipes I got, priced to move and well below the regional cost (chuck has a regional cost of 9k on NA right now) in the hopes that someone scoops them up so that I can have some fast pocket change.

I have a lofty goal of reaching 10k gold by next Wednesday’s post. I’m not sure if that’s obtainable on this server, but that’s where I’m hoping to end up.

As always, happy gaming – no matter where you find yourself!

[New] Wednesday Challenge – Rags to Riches

The last Wednesday challenge was a huge success (gold wise) but I felt a bit cheated out of it. The goal was to make enough gold for a token with limited play time, and once I focused it became almost too easy to do. On that ‘new’ server I now have 1.5 million gold after less than 2 months of playing there, less than 7h a week. I decided it was time for a new challenge.

YouTube is filled with videos of people who take an item like.. a paperclip, and trade up until they have a house. Why not apply that to gold making! This will be a challenge that will teach me (and perhaps others) about making gold by ONLY using the auction house.

I started a new level 10 Vulpera Monk on a medium population RP server. They start with 1g – and that’s all I’m allowing myself as far as gold is concerned. No crafting, no questing, no adventuring. I have access to my bruto, and a mailbox. I will note one stipulation here, I AM allowed to use a vendor. To start this challenge it’s almost essential (but maybe I’ll do a hardcore version in the future where even that is limited).

The very first thing I did was use TSM to scan for items that were priced under vendor. Now this was going to either be a big hit or a big miss for me. I only had 1g to spend, I needed items that people were selling for less than that. A lot of miss priced items tend to be higher priced. So this is one very easy way beginners can potentially get gold – if there are items there to buy.

Turns out there was. Someone was selling almost 600 protoflesh for 6s each – they sell to vendor for 6s25c – I know, what a TINY profit, right? But that’s the nature of the challenge. I bought up enough and sold to vendor until I had over 2g – and then I bought the sunmotes that were for sale. Someone was selling these for 2g each – and they vendor for 2g25s. Much larger profits. Someone was selling truffles for a few silver, and they vendor for 18s75c – and slowly, piece by piece, my gold grew.

I’m now sitting at 44g21s and I have barely done anything except sell a few things to vendor. In the meantime, I’m also running sniper (not constantly, we’ll say 15 minutes here and there) hoping that I catch a lucky break. It would have to be INCREDIBLY lucky considering I only have 44g to spend. My goal is to build up my stock pile of gold by vendor flipping until I have around 100g and then I’m going to start branching into some markets. What markets? I don’t have the faintest idea yet.

Things I’ll have to be careful of? Listing fees. These can very easily be the death of this challenge. I’ll need to make sure I post things that are going to move, or buy them so cheap that it won’t matter. Or buy things that have very low listing fees (most recipes, all pets). Normally I’d just buy a handful of pets for a few silver, level them to 25 because it’s so fast, and post them back on the AH at a premium – but since I’m removing any method of gold making that does not involve the AH for this challenge, that’s not an option.

I don’t have a timeline set up or anything for this challenge, but I will post it each Wednesday and we’ll see how things are going. I’m expecting it will be a magnificent failure but I should learn a lot. Here’s hoping, in any case.

Edit: Oh dang! I got lucky while sniping, and snagged these two items. Thing is, I’ll need to price them to move because I absolutely want to be using that gold and not have potential profit tied up in the AH.

Weekly Wrap Up [Apr24-May1]

I’m preparing for a big cross country move at the end of June, so my gold making has been put on a bit of a back burner while we get everything in order and take care of everything that involves. I’ve re-assessed what I want to make each week gold-wise while this is ongoing, and while my goal used to be 700,000g a week, I’ve decided a more realistic goal for myself is 100,000g a week. One of the many things I like about making gold in WoW is how fluid it is, and you can change it for any situation.

I’m fairly sure the drop rates of Strange Goop has been changed, I was getting them roughly every 1100-1300 casts, and now that number for the past week has been over 1600 casts (and I still haven’t caught one). Instead of continuing to focus on this, I’ve been doing more ‘fun’ stuff in game. You can see I finally sold some plate speed gear for 10k each piece (craft cost of roughly 1,500g) and I’m hoping to make more sales like that in the future. I did sell my last two goops, and I’ve been flipping the Swift Springstrider. I buy them at 10k or under, sell for 20k or over depending on how many are up. I know later they’ll go for even more, but I’m good with a 10k profit.

A few pieces of transmog, some fish, the pallid bones I bought to craft into bows which I sold to vendor. Nothing too impressive here. This week I’m going to be doing a major restocking on my two low population servers in the hopes that it tides me over for a bit.

Once we get moved and settled, I am planning on doing some chill gold making streams on both Twitch and YouTube. It’s been a few years, and I’m pretty excited, so be on the lookout for that.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Guess Who III

We’re back with another Guess Who! Spying on the rich and famous in Booty Bay. Speaking of Booty.. this is “Awesomebutt” from the Darkspear server. Not the richest goblin out there, but this character has earned over three million gold – though it looks like they typically send it off to a main or bank it as their ‘most gold ever owned’ is fairly low.

Welcome to Booty Bay, Awesomebutt!

Remember if you want to spy on these characters you can do so with the addon ‘InspectGold’ from Curse. When you inspect a player you’ll have an extra tab at the bottom of the gear UI that talks about gold.

As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Dungeon Dive: 100 Runs of Sunwell (61-70)

I skipped last week since I wasn’t feeling up to it, but this week we’re back to our dungeon runs and even though it looks pretty crummy, it is actually the 3rd worst coming in at 28,242g.

Let’s see, so far we’ve ‘earned’ 463,000 gold worth of items in a 7h period. That works out to about 66,000 gph (gold per hour) – not too shabby. I know it doesn’t take an hour to run 10 instances of this, but I’m rounding up since you wouldn’t be able to fill that hour with other runs. Now, that number LOOKS pretty on paper, but I’ve been tracking how much gold I’ve actually made from items selling, too.

I’m running this on my low population realm (I’m tempted to run the same on my medium population just to see how we do) – and as you can see, the sales are pretty minimal. Not quite as horrible as shown above, we have sold a few things that are not tracked (before I made a separate character to track the sales) and two very expensive recipes, one for 42k and one for 76k.

This puts our total gold made at around 131,000 gold – bringing our gph to 18,714.

That’s still not too shabby!