Weekly Wrap Up [Sept12-Sept19]

It was a pretty good week for sales given the amount of time I spent doing anything – I’ve been staying away from crafting for the time being, and just focusing on other areas, preparing for Dragonflight. I also made almost 200k leveling pets for another goblin which isn’t shown in the TSM ledger.

The NA token continues to remain over 200k (224k at the time of this post) which is what I expected. I imagine it will continue to rise and fall over the next little while, but I don’t think we’ll see anything significant until DF releases, and then it will drop. I’ve already loaded up both my accounts with bnet balance and added game time, so I should be set for a while.

As far as sales go, nothing really of note to mention. I did spend some time doing my covenant quests which is where the grey vendor items came from. I sold off some remaining oriblase for profit when I got tired of vendor flipping JC items, and there’s some elysian thade in there from when I was fishing this week. It was a difficult week health wise (thanks multiple sclerosis) so I did a lot of fishing and pet battles, and very little else.

This week? I’d like to finish leveling my crafters on both the horde and the alliance side, but I know that will take a good chunk of change, too. Cheaper than it has ever been before, but still multiple crafters on multiple servers. I’ve been using wowthing.org for tracking all of my stuff, and goodness there’s still a lot to work on. I love that about this game. Hopefully my health issues will let me spend some actual time gaming, but we’ll just have to see.

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

Road to 10 Million [53/365]

It’s day 53 of 365, and I’ve done some number crunching. What started out as a goal to reach cap on one server expanded to two servers. I’ve been neglecting both of them and playing on a 3rd (higher population) server lately, but the gold is still trickling in.

On one server in 53 days I have earned 930,936 gold. This is my main server, where most of my characters are, but it is also the lowest population at 13k.

On my second server in 53 days I have earned 2,793,804 gold profit. This is also a low population server, but it hovers slightly higher than my main one. I don’t actively play on this server any more, but I did buy a whole bunch of items from a high population server and moved them – selling them for a profit. It was lovely. That’s where most of the sales come from.

I’m still well ahead of where I need to be, and I’m just sort of coasting until Dragonflight comes along and then I’ll explore new gold making opportunities there. Making gold is always easier at the start of an expansion vs. the tail end of one where no one is shopping and everyone is bored.

I didn’t get into legendaries at all in Shadowlands, and in fact took a four month break at the start of this year, so I haven’t done much crafting. I’d like to change that in Dragonflight, but it will of course depend on how many other people decide they’re going to do the same thing. On the plus side, I’m still having a lot of fun and experimenting with new methods all of the time. There’s lots of other goblins out there with unique gold making methods, and I like to give everything a try at least once to see if it’s something I want to continue (note to self, vendor flipping is slow and I’d rather do almost anything else).

It’ll be fun to see where this goes, and see if I can casually meet my goal. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Guess Who: Loenleron

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for another episode of Guess Who! This week we came across Loenleron from the Aegwynn server standing around the auction house in Booty Bay.

With over 47 million gold acquired from auctions and only 49,239 auctions posted, this appears to be a pretty heavy player! Where did all of their gold come from? Only they know!

As always you can check out your fellow players and their gold by installing the ‘InspectGold’ addon from Curseforge. Until next week, happy gold making!

Road To 10 Million [47/365]

This week was the first one back to classes for my family, which means a LOT less time for gold making because I’m homeschooling my 6 year old son. He was diagnosed with autism and global developmental delay when he was 3, so after looking into the resources available, my husband and I decided that the best course of action would be to homeschool. Moving on..

A grand total of 52k gained on one server (thanks to making some hefty purchases), and only 22k gained on my second server. While technically I am still ahead of where I need to be in order to reach gold cap in 365 days, it is a far cry from what I had hoped to be making. The truth of the matter is you get out of gold making what you put into it. If you don’t put any / put very little effort into it – that is going to reflect in your numbers.

It doesn’t bother me, I understand the situation and what I need to do if I want to rectify it, but it is a bit frustrating to have to micromanage life to this degree. If I don’t make gold cap that’s perfectly OK, it is just a dream for this casual player since I haven’t had gold cap since I bought my brutosaurus.

It also doesn’t help that lately I’ve been spending more and more time on a medium/high population server where sales actually happen (gasp). My stuff might not be selling for as much as it does on my low pop, but they do move, which is (quite frankly) a really nice feeling. So much so that I’m debating just setting up shop there permanently. I made 400k this week on that server, something I can only pull off when I really dedicate myself to gold making on the low pop ones I play on.

Of course as always the main point to any challenge is to have fun – which I am still doing, even if it is in a roundabout way. I love making gold, I love seeing progress. I just wish I were seeing more of a forward momentum than I have been.

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

Weekly Wrap Up [Aug29-Sept5]

Well, the charts don’t lie. I may have sold 482,000 gold worth of items this week, but I also spent 425,000 gold (mostly on pets that I was missing) so my profit for the week works out to 56,000 give or take. Still, that’s not exactly bad. I decided to splurge on some pets for my collection (one of the few things I do splurge on) and I also picked up a lot of Pandaria faction transmog. At least I came out ahead!

If we take a look further into the sales that the TSM ledger provides, we can see exactly where it was that I spent all that gold. No, I didn’t go after the cheapest Flawless Amethyst Baubleworm in the lands, but I did get it for what I felt was a pretty great price considering it takes 10,000 pet charms to purchase it. You guys need to value your time more!

I also picked up a 291 legendary for the druid, and I spent a good amount of gold on faction mounts (again, Pandaria). Collecting isn’t cheap! School starts this week, so I’m expecting a bit of a lull in gold making as I begin homeschooling my son and we find a new routine for the family. Doesn’t mean there isn’t gold making to be done, but it does mean that I’ll have to optimize my time a bit better.

As always, happy gold making, no matter where you find yourself!

Detailed Guide: Laestrite Choker Vendor Flip

There is a popular vendor flip right now that people have started doing since the cost of thread has risen. It’s not a lot of gold (approx. 4k gph) but it’s mostly passive and pretty simple. If you’re at work or doing something on a second account, it might be something you want to check into. You’re going to need to be level 50+ and pick up Shadowlands Jewelcrafting from Oribos. The items you’re going to be crafting are the Deadly Jewel Doublet, and the Deadly Laestrite Choker.

I personally use point blank sniper to grab my supplies, but you can also just use the default and favourite the items. What you’re going to do is buy these items at these prices – you can go above or below these prices a small amount, but it will affect your total GPH (gold per hour). The lower the price, the better. My prices:

  • Laestrite Ore: 3.44
  • Oriblase: 4.12
  • Angerseye: 3.75

You can also just input your own prices to Pengu’s Goldmaking Sheet (make a copy to make it your own) and work out the math for yourself. For me, the above prices are perfect. I put them in as a list on point blank sniper, and I buy anything that price or under. The result is 4,232 gold per hour. Again, not a huge amount, but when you’re doing other things or have a second account, or perhaps you’re at work – it’s not horrible.

One VERY IMPORTANT THING: Do not forget to get your laestrite settings at 80 silver each from a faction vendor. This is VERY important, otherwise you will be spending too much. I use a goblin in Glitterfall Basin, Ardenweald. They can mail across faction and you don’t have to do any work because they have the goblin racial that provides discounts. Absolutely do not forget this step.

You will get flagged AFK and drop link if you don’t interact every so often, so I tend to do a little jump while crafting (it’ll interrupt your crafting, just start it over) and if you’re using TSM you can actually set your mailing operations up to mail those chokers off to another character automatically while you continue to craft. Just create a mailing operation in the settings where you add that choker to a group, and then when you’re at the mailbox go to the ‘groups’ tab. Holding down shift and clicking ‘mail selected groups’ will cause it to send to those groups every 1 minute, keeping your inventory nice and clear. It does get stuck sometimes, but it’s easy to keep an eye on.

That’s it, that’s how you make some passive boring gold – but it’s guaranteed profit if you stick within the guidelines, get your materials for cheap, and have some time on your hands.

Road to 10 Million (40/365)

We are on day 40 of 365 in my adventures to reach 10 million gold (on two low population servers) and I have to say, it’s going pretty well so far! On one server I was ahead by only 8k (but it makes sense, because I barely played that server this week) – and on my other server, I made 214k towards my goal. For both servers I am well above where I need to be, and that gives me a lot of breathing room. I’m really excited to see how Dragonflight adds up, and I have been working on arranging my gold making habits to be a bit more consistent. It seems to be working. Now I just need to spread that to both servers.

Keep in mind I’m doing this as a casual player, I average maybe an hour, sometimes more and that’s split between all my servers and all the things I like to do (lately I’ve been working on collecting mounts and transmog which actually uses up my gold instead of adding to it in most cases, lol).

I’m doing a lot of in-game activities that are semi related to gold making but not directly. Things like covenant tables, covenant dailies / weeklies, doing the patterns within patterns quest, the oribos pvp quest, and stuff like that. You get a lot of pocket change, and that is helping out a ton when / if sales are lacking. Especially on these low pop servers (I’ve made more this week on my level 20 character on a medium pop realm than I have in a long time on my low pop realms). It can be difficult to make gold on a low pop realm, but I want to show you that it’s not impossible.

Sure, it’s not billions of gold like the big goblins, but I’m perfectly happy with my time invested vs. my gold output. I feel like it’s a pretty good balance, and most importantly, I’m having fun. If I wasn’t having fun then I certainly wouldn’t be doing it.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself, and remember – time is money, friends!

Weekly Wrap Up [Aug22-Aug29]

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!

Guess Who – Lighmedflip

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!

Road to 10 Million [34/365]

We’re on day 34 of 365 in trying to reach gold cap on at least one server (but more likely two servers) as an ultra casual player. The ‘goal’ was to aim for 25k per day (I’m no where near that lately, it’s a bit all over the place) and the motivation was to help focus my gold making efforts, but so far that has absolutely NOT happened, thanks in part to IRL being busy, and in part due to the volatile nature of the auction house since the commodity merge.

On one of my servers I did very well, in a week I made a little over 275k profit. On my other server, however, I am in the red, down -25k. That one is a bit painful.

What happened this week? Well, I bought a few pieces of gear (a 291 piece which are still 70k on my server), and a whole bunch of supplies that I ended up doing nothing with. It was a combination of bad investments and horrible choices – and it happens. Overall I’m still ahead, I have 4.2 million and I should be at 1.8 million – but if it continues to trend this way, I will eventually fall behind. I think I can keep ahead of that – maybe. It will require some focus and that has not been my strong point, let’s be honest.

Both of these servers are low population, but one is a roleplay realm (and my alliance factioned realm of choice) and the other one is a regular realm and is my horde factioned realm of choice. I have 12 characters on each, and craft on each. I haven’t done any stocking up yet, my transmog pile is abysmal at best. That’s the fun of having limited time to play, there’s only so much I can do. I do try to do my covenant tables once a day, but even that can fall by the wayside.

In any case, for now, we’re on track. Hopefully that continues! As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.