Brief glimpses of memories flashed past Arysh’ eyes, each one unrelated to the next.
Sitting on the floor of a room some where she could no longer remember, playing with some toys. Fire. Burning. A heavy metallic scent in the air. People screaming. She thought these might be family members, but she wasn’t sure why she thought that.
She tried to block out these thoughts by clenching her eyes shut, and then Arysh sighed when it became obvious that she wasn’t going to be getting any more sleep. “Fine. Whatever.” She groaned softly and tossed the covers to the side. It was a new day, and she had work to do anyway. Who needed sleep.
Arysh walked over to the window of her sparsely decorated inn room, and drew open the blinds. Below her, the city of Valdrakken was already bustling with early morning vendors trying to hawk their wears. She could almost hear them calling out good morning to each another as they set up their display stands, eagerly waiting for the crowds that would be pushing through. She was hoping to join them, one day. For now she was just hoping to get a job. The partially open bag of gold coins on her desk was a constant reminder that her life savings wasn’t enough to get her very far, and that she had to think of a more permanent solution to her situation, soon.
** note: This does NOT include craft order money, which was over 300k for the week **
I’m not sure if TSM is tracking the gold made from craft orders (I don’t think it is, I’m using accountant right now to track them), but that’s where most of my focus has been this week – aside from playing the game. I now have 10 characters at level 70, and I took 4 of them through timewalking and raids, and also completed the weekly. I put a few older items up on the AH, but most of my time was spent focusing on a new endevour & creating new characters, which you can see the results of in the item category of my sales.
The “rhinestone” sunglasses from Dragonflight are selling exceptionally well. This recipe has only dropped for me once so far in all of the fishing I’ve done. I’ve done a LOT of fishing. The components required are pretty cheap, and I’m getting a pretty nice profit for each sale. I only put one up at a time, and I just replace it when it sells. On average it’s one pair a day and I’m happy with that.
I also sold a bunch of replica gear that I had sniped for 1s a while back. I’ve been trying to sell this on my low population server for months now, so I’m glad to see it go. There’s a few recipes in there (leftovers from fishing), and some fish, and me clearing out my Shadowlands JC inventory. There’s a few people who like to do cancel scan wars on the AH, and I didn’t feel like participating in that, so I set all of my SL stuff to 115% crafting cost, and just want it out the door. Even on my best of days, cancel scanning is just not something that I enjoy doing.
The WoW token on NA has been VERY low, so I picked up a few and stocked up my bnet balance. I also decided to boost a rogue on my 2nd account to 60, and I moved a DK to my main account and a new server. Overall, I’m pleased with my progress given that very little of my time was actually dedicated to making gold. It felt nice to catch up on some knowledge points (professions) and to clear out some quests. I’m having an absolute blast with Dragonflight, and making gold on top of that is just a really nice perk.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.
It is VERY important to check and triple check before you place an item for sale. Whether you’re using a posting string with TSM, using Auctionator, or even just putting your items up for sale using the base UI.
When you use the base UI, a few things happen depending on the item / if there are any for sale. If others are up for sale you’ll price match the last one. The auction house works on a LIFO method “last in first out” so there’s no need to undercut that auction.
The thing is, there are some ‘less desirables’ out there who want to make sure you lose gold. Unpopular opinion here, but I do not condone what these goblins do. They put up ‘bait’ in the auction house. Then the next person who isn’t paying attention comes along and matches their prices – and they attempt to buy out those people. Then they can resell the item for a profit. Personally, these are the sort of goblins that give other goblins a bad name. I don’t think that gold making needs to be done by tricking others or fooling them out of gold. That opinion isn’t shared by everyone, which is fine. It’s simply not a method I use or believe in.
Now, it IS common for people to just naturally make a mistake when putting an item up for sale if they have no idea what the value is – especially if there are zero already for sale. If the item has no others for sale, for example, the default UI will commonly use a very low price from Blizzard. In some other cases people have used their TSM strings to post very expensive items for vendor value (when there are no regional prices, for example, because the item is too new).
You don’t HAVE to post at the default number given – always make sure you check so that you’re not being baited into posting for under the value. In the case of the fluid above, they actually vendor for 62 silver – not a huge amount, but when you bait all day long and occasionally catch thousands of these things being posted, it can apparently pay off.
In World of Warcraft, I’ve constantly played on low population servers. First it was because I was playing with my husband, then with friends, and then simply because it was comfortable and I was used to it.
The thing is, over the years low population servers have no longer been fun for me to play on (in most cases, there are exceptions). This year I decided it would be a good idea to experiment with higher population servers and see how that goes.
A wise goblin once told me “60 slots – if you aren’t using them you are losing them” so I decided to use my 2nd account and create a character on a whole bunch of servers. I didn’t want to transfer funds to each of these servers, but I wanted to give them some pocket change to play with. This account is also a completely separate battle net from my main account. There are no unlocked allied characters on the horde side.
Right now Blizzard has a promotion going on where you can play Dragonflight with some restrictions if you do not already own Dragonflight. This battlenet does not own the expansion. Normally, one of those restrictions is you can’t make a Dracthyr without first having a level 55 on the server. Thankfully, that rule doesn’t pertain to the promotion.
I created a Dracthyr, and did their first quest. It rewarded 25g. I summoned my mailbox, mailed that to the actual character I wanted to keep, and then deleted. Then I took that 25g to the AH, and in a few seconds (thank you region wide auction house) I flipped it from 25g to 150g. That’s a much nicer number to work with. Recipes and pets only require 1s as a posting fee, and pets can be transferred across servers without any effort.
I haven’t made 60 characters yet, but it’s a start. This is a little more dedicated that I usually am in my gold making, but I do like to challenge myself, so let’s see where this goes. Since it’s my second account it doesn’t really affect my game play at all, and who knows, maybe in time I can work towards being one of the ‘big’ goblins, too.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.
It’s the last weekly wrap up for 2022! Unfortunately it looks like the TSM ledger is displaying some weirdness, so the stats are not exactly reliable (how do I have almost 500k in sales, 150k in purchases, and come out behind 299k? I am not sure). Despite what that chart says, gold IS going up! This week was a bit slower because of the holidays (and let’s face it, I’ve been playing a huge amount of Dwarf Fortress instead of WoW) but I still found myself having a lot of fun. What sold?
The Dragonflight version of Rhinestone sunglasses have been doing pretty well for me! They’re cheap in cost to make (material wise) and I fished up the recipe very early on. I sold 3 this week, less than the 5 I sold last week but that’s OK. This week I didn’t have any huge expenses like fish for faction. I did buy an ace of earth to boost the ilevel of an alt, but even that was sitting under 30k. I also bought some fish to work on cooking but with everyone home and playing, the prices have been manageable.
Sales I didn’t expect? I’ve actually had a LOT of those.
My tailor made 52k in sales – and none of it was from Dragonflight. She has been selling old world bags, and they have been flying off of the rack. I didn’t expect people to buy them but I sure am glad they did!
TSM is still not working for Dragonflight quality items, but it works perfectly fine for old world items and there’s still a lot of buyers out there! You might recall that I recently moved OFF of one of my low population servers to a medium/high pop – and it was a fantastic decision. I’m so happy playing where I am now. It’s a bit awkward at times for farming (feast, I’m looking at you) so I tend to invite my character back over with my 2nd account to phase to a quieter area, but for the majority of my game time, the change has been awesome.
I haven’t found a home there yet, but I’m taking my time and not immediately jumping into anything.
Yes, it was a great week for World of Warcraft, and now that all 4 of my main crafters have reached 70, I can focus on setting them up properly. So far I’ve done very little Dragonflight crafting. That isn’t a problem for me though. You might recall I also never bothered to get into Shadowlands legendary crafting – and I was still able to make gold. Sure, I’m not making billions, but again for the time invested I’m pretty happy.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
This week the ledger painted a much nicer picture, but I still ended up 500,000 gold in debt thanks to fish. I decided to splurge! I bought 10 WoW tokens when they were 150k, and I also bought 100,000 fish to turn in to the Tuskarr folks, climbing from renown 13 to 24. I did also make a lot of sales, earning 1.3 million gold overall. It just wasn’t enough to offset my costs of 1.9 million. Probably the most gold I have spent in a very long time.
I don’t spend a lot of gold. I don’t find myself needing too much and I’m not an end game player so there hasn’t been a reason. I’m sure I can earn this back over the next little while, but it will take some time.
My best sellers this week continue to be Darkmoon cards which I get from fishing, fish, and way up there almost at the top are the Dragonflight ‘Rhinestone’ sunglasses. I got the recipe pretty early on, and I sell a pair or two a day for 20-25k each. The craft cost to these is pretty low, and a few other people have them on my server as well, but I’m thankful for the little bit of coin I get.
I’ve also gone back and started restocking old world materials again. Bags in particular have been HUGE sellers. I’ve even been selling embersilk bags of all things. I don’t know who is buying it (or why) but it’s interesting to me since they’re 22 slots, and sell for just over 2k each. Is it the colour, maybe? They’re a lovely pink shade.
Whatever the reason, the sales have been steady enough that I decided to keep stocking them. Blacksmithing hasn’t been selling nearly as well, but I’m still listing items. I know Dragonflight items tend to sell for the lowest possible price since there are just so many people crafting right now, and I’m only too happy to melt back to older professions to see what people are interested in. With the announcement that grey/white transmog items are becoming BOE (headed to the PTR soon) I expect that people might be out there rounding out their collections.
I’ve heard a lot of people upset about the difficulties they’re having in making gold due to abc123 reason and I just want to say that making gold is very much possible no matter what server you’re on. You may need to adjust your expectations (I see goblins making millions a second, I am not one of those people), you may need to find your niche (ie: don’t follow the throngs of people aimed at a particular crafting spec), you may need to diversify, and you may need alts – but it is absolutely still fantastic gold making out there. Don’t give up.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
For the past 146 days, I’ve been running my ‘road to 10 million’ challenge, where I earned gold on a low population server, and attempted to make gold cap within a 1 year time frame. I figured this would be a fairly casual endevour, and I just wanted to prove to people that you can make gold anywhere. That holds true even more today than in the past, thanks to the region wide commodity auction house.
Today I completed that goal on my first server – yay! The graph shows some interesting things. The very first gigantic rise was when I bought a number of Shadowlands raid items to my low population server. I sold them at a hefty profit and then things tapered out a bit again. I played maybe 20 minutes a day, mostly just restocking my auction house character and looking for deals to buy every once in a while.
Most of my gold came from fishing (Dragonflight), and Strange Goop (Shadowlands). It was never huge amounts, but it was constant on a weekly basis. Then on November 28th Dragonflight released, and sales spiked. Most of my sales after the release have been fish & recipes. I have no level 70s on this server, and no crafters. I’m incredibly pleased that I managed to reach 10 million gold with (what I consider to be) very little effort.
Tips? BE CONSISTENT. You can’t make gold if you’re bouncing all over the place never invested in anything at all. I don’t make millions in a single day, but I am pretty consistent. It adds up.
Stop FOMO (fear of missing out). Unless you’re the VERY FIRST to hit a new gold making method, maybe don’t follow the crowds. Yes, we would all love to have jumped on the crimson combat recipe / gear train, but by the time most of us hear about those things, they are no longer the profit they once were. It does not matter what everyone else is doing to make gold. Find what YOU like to do, and find your niche from there.
Have fun. If it becomes work, or you’re just not having fun, don’t do it. If it’s stressful, don’t do it. This is a video game, and we all have real life obligations that we like to escape from. Making gold should be something that is fun and shouldn’t add stress to your life. I realize that’s easier said than done, especially if you rely on a token to continue playing, but your time is valuable. Do something you enjoy.
What’s next now that I’ve reached 10 million? I haven’t decided quite yet. My other low population server is at just over 8 million gold, so I’m thinking I will focus there next, and then when I’ve reached gold cap on two servers, I’ll probably start a new challenge. Since raiding and M+ is something I’ve never really been able to do (whether it’s because of my available time or because of my health issues) I might end up buying some boosts. In the meantime I’m just happy with my casual progress.
I get asked this question at least once a day – “Is fishing worth it” – and I always give the same answer. Your idea of ‘worth it’ and mine are going to be very different. Fishing is very RNG based in Dragonflight, which is part of the reason, but there’s deeper reasons to why there’s no one answer to these questions. I can’t answer whether or not something is worth it for someone else, because I have no idea what their criteria is.
I have multiple sclerosis and during a relapse (which I’m just going through the tail end of now) my eyes and my hands don’t function as they should. I usually use apps to read text to me and to type for me. Fishing (and pet battles) are two World of Warcraft activities that I can still partake in because they require minimal hand movement (and because fishing has sounds). Making gold is about consistency. The activity I choose to do rarely matters, but being consistent does matter. For me, fishing is worth it. I’m making anywhere from 150k-1 million gold a day depending on which recipes drop and how fish are selling. I usually do pet battles with my main account in the meantime. Looking at text, reading the auction house, having to move my character around, these are awkward for me a lot of the time, so I am incredibly thankful that there are some activities I can still do that don’t put a strain on my body. When I’m able to, I get back to the auction house, gathering, crafting, and all of that good stuff. Some months are better than others.
The point of this is – stop asking someone else if abc123 activity is “worth it” – take the information provided, and make an education guess at whether or not it will be worth it FOR YOU. Maybe even try it for a little while. You can decide for yourself whether something is enjoyable enough / profitable enough for you to continue doing it – or you can move on to something better.
This is why I love to lurk in the WoW Economy discord. Someone came into the farming channel yesterday and mentioned that the repeatable catch & release quest was rewarding faction – it had never rewarded faction on retail before. It used to reward faction on beta, but that was removed, and never carried over for the release.
I immediately jumped up and purchased as much fish under 25g as I could buy, raised my Tuskar faction, and then sold whatever I had left over. It was glorious. Sure, I was out a few hundred thousand gold, but grinding Tuskar reputation has never been fun for me, and I managed to unlock a bunch of recipes I needed.
The price of fish will continue to fall, but it should remain higher than it has been as people want to round out their renown. It is 10,000 fish for an entire level of renown, if you’re paying 25g each that’s 250,000g per renown level. If you’re close to a specific tier you want, or you’ve just got a LOT of gold, 250k for a level isn’t exactly *that* bad. Of course everyone is going to have their own opinions on that one.
I’ve been in the middle of a multiple sclerosis relapse, so I’ve been doing a lot of fishing (it’s the easiest thing for my hands, my hands don’t function well during a relapse). I wish I had of held on to it for moments like this, but it couldn’t be planned, we had no way of knowing the reputation would be turned on. Still, it’s a neat example of how gold making changes and is fluid. The price of fish at one point was 150g (for the green ones, they reward more faction).
Did you take advantage of the sales or were you one of the many who were going after Tuskar reputation?
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve completely forgotten that the Darkmoon faire was this week, and you’re scrambling around trying to figure out what you need to do. If you’re leveling up in Dragonflight you NEED to do the profession quests! They grant knowledge. Don’t forget to do this. Also, be prepared. Here’s a list of items you’ll need depending on your profession.
Cooking: 5 simple flour
Inscription: 5 light parchment
Alchemy: 5 moonberry juice, 5 fizzy faire drink
Tailoring: 1 coarse thread, 1 red dye, 1 blue dye
Leatherworking: 5 coarse thread, 5 blue dye, 10 shiny bauble
Archaeology: 15 fossil archaeology fragment
The other crafts / gathering have no requirements.