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.
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.
I’ve been playing on two low pop servers for years now. The first one is my ‘home’ server, and I played there with a group of friends along with my husband. Over the years people moved on, and my husband stopped playing. About two years after he stopped playing I moved my characters to another low pop server to play with more friends.
I’m sure you can see how this story goes, most of them also moved on – which is OK, it’s expected and I would never be angry at anyone for doing what was in their best interest but it did leave me with a bit of a predicament. After spending a few months debating it and thinking about it I finally decided that it was time to move to a server with a higher population.
I want to be able to raid, I want to be able to pay for boosts with gold, I want to see people around and I want a robust server that can offer me more than what my low population servers offer. With the addition of a region wide auction house (for items that stack) it became less of a concern about ‘where’ I play for gold making purposes.
The thing is, I’m nervous about this move. I’ve got no experience at all making gold on a server with a higher population. I’m not sure I can even adapt, or how long it will take me. I do know it’s time. Today is the day. I purchased a bundle of 6 character transfers, and I’m currently in the process of moving my main and some alts. I want my crafters together, after all. At least I can pay for it with gold.
Will I be successful? As long as I’m having fun, that will be a success. I’m really enjoying my time in Dragonflight, and I can’t wait to experience everything it has to offer. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
With the release of Dragonflight everyone is looking for ‘the next big thing’ to sell on the auction house to players – before it gets nerfed. Maybe you were doing seed farms – nerfed. Maybe you were working up that crafting faction – nerfed (and apparently some ban waves along with that one). What I’m seeing a lot of in the WoW Economy discord is one person mentioning an awesome thing they’ve found – and then some people jumping right on that where they can, and then it slowly grows until a large portion are doing it and then it becomes less valuable.
The FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is VERY strong at the beginning of an expansion. How many people wanted to dive right into Darkmoon Decks, investing millions of gold right from the get-go. Apparently that one isn’t paying off quite the way people expected, but I imagine December 12th may tell a different tale.
I love watching the conversations that happen at the start of a new expansion. Everyone is excited, and everyone is branching off in a million different directions. Some pay off, some don’t. Some are temporary gains, some are long term. Whatever your decision, the FOMO seems to hang overhead, just slightly out of reach. When you see other people doing something to make gold, YOU want to do that thing too. It’s almost instinctive.
The community I belong to has been pretty open and honest about their gold making methods, and that’s just another reason I love it. There’s no animosity, and while there IS competition, it’s a more good natured flavour than anything else. I’m reminding myself to keep the FOMO at bay, I don’t play on a high pop server where these sales are happening, and I don’t have the time to dedicate to owning the market. Still, when you see the millions rolling in, it’s hard NOT to want to be a part of that.
Who are we spying on this week in Booty Bay? It is none other than Ducadeals, from the Proudmoore server. It looks like this might be a fresh goblin just starting out, or maybe they’re just doing some shopping. Whatever their business, gold is no secret with the InspectGold addon from Curseforge!
I’ll see you next week, for another episode of Guess Who!
I had a pretty good week this week! We sold almost a million gold worth of items, for a profit of almost 700,000 gold. I bought a mount for 300k and flipped it for 450k which is where a large chunk of the money from this week came from. I also ended up doing some JC vendor flips for 6k gph or so – but I found this a very drab method of making gold, so I didn’t continue it for more than a day. If I’m not interested in what I’m doing chances are I won’t stick with it and that makes it an ineffective gold making method.
I also vendor sold some of the desolate scale treads, which were around 11k gph and significantly less crafting involved. That did require me to snipe the materials (desolate leather in specific, bones have been pretty cheap all around) and I didn’t want to dedicate much time to that, either. Still, I’m happy with the profit.
One thing I’ve seen crop up a lot this week is how gold making is dead and how now people are not selling anything and they’re frustrated. To those people, I ask you to be patient while the market sorts itself out, and to be flexible in how you look at gold making. Will commodity be as profitable as they once were on your specific server – probably not. That does NOT mean gold making is dead. It means we need to adjust how we think about things, and change our expectations. It’s the perfect time to branch out into other methods of gold making – and I also want those same people to keep in mind that we still have no idea if an overall joined AH experience is what the long term goal is. People who are currently selling crafted gear & transmog & pets & mounts may have to also deal with a merged auction house in the future. We haven’t been told. That also doesn’t mean gold making is dead! It does mean we need to continue to adjust and change not only our gold making habits, but the ways that we think about gold – what we view as “good” gold per hour this week may not be the same as what we thought two weeks ago. When Blizzard changed the rules to multiboxing at the end of BFA I had to adjust what I was doing and how I thought about gold (I used to play 5 accounts, I’m now down to playing 2).
Another thing to keep in mind is that if gold making isn’t fun for you any more, or you can’t find a method that brings you joy (I know that sounds a bit corny) – don’t do it. Don’t waste your time in a video game doing something you do not truly enjoy! There’s no point to it. I make gold because I enjoy it. I enjoy collecting things, I enjoy certain aspects of farming (I dislike farming ore and herbs, you will rarely ever see me farming these things). Your time has value. Spend it doing what you love.
As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself. Time is money, friend!
It’s another episode of Guess Who! This week is Lighmedflip from the Lightbringer server – hanging out at the Booty Bay auction house with a little over 2.8 million gold from auctions, and holding onto 2.3 million of it! With 33,000 auction purchases, and 490,000+ sales, it’s interesting to see what they might be focusing on. Their name probably gives it away.
Don’t forget you too can check on your fellow goblins by using the InspectGold addon found on CurseForge. This adds a new tab to a players inspect window where you can check out their interesting statistics.
As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself, and remember, time is money, friend!
It’s Saturday! Who did we spot with their gold in Booty Bay this week? It was none other than Hoodat from the Aegwynn server! A new character? A goblin just dipping their toe in to play? We’ll probably never know, but it’s fun to speculate!
As always, this post is brought to you by InspectGold, an addon you can find on CurseForge.
It’s time for another episode of Guess Who! This week we spotted Richlist from the Proudmoore server hanging out in Booty Bay. With 266,376 auctions placed for sale, and a little over 6 million gold earned, it’s easy to see why they have ‘rich’ right there in their name!
If you’d like to take a peek at the players around you, don’t forget to grab the ‘InspectGold’ addon from CurseForge. It will add the gold tab to the inspect window, so you too can feel bad about how little gold you’ve acquired.
Come back next week for another episode, and remember folks, time is money!