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!

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!

Weekly Wrap Up [Aug15-22]

Well, the numbers this week are pretty abysmal, but they don’t really tell the whole story. I bought a 200k item for one of my alts, and I also bought a 291 piece for my druid (though I’m still trying to get her the power for it). I picked up 4 tokens while the price had dipped, and I also made some VERY bad purchases when the auction house came up of really slow materials that I will never be able to sell off for anywhere near what I bought them for. Thankfully this was on a ‘fun’ server where I don’t do anything except flipping and I use it to replenish my tokens. My ‘main’ servers the numbers look better, but I can’t get the ledger to display just those ones.

Strange goop was once again at the top of the list, and my feasts sold, for once. Pallid bone I ended up over buying, and I know the living steel went for far too little. The auction house has been a mess since the merge, so I’m still finding my footing and getting adjusted to all the things – but that’s one of the fun parts of making gold, right?

Hopefully next weeks gold making looks better, I REALLY need to do some restocking, I’ve been ‘playing the game’ on a few characters which has cut into my gold making time as I try to figure out who to play in Dragonflight. Still, as long as I slowly inch ahead I’m usually quite content. It all balances out in the end.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Weekly Wrap Up [Aug8-Aug15]

Finally, a better week! This week I sold over two million gold worth of items, and only spent 275,000 gold – so I come out with a profit of around 1,900,000 gold including vendor / garrison / etc. I did pick up a 291 ring for my monk, which is where most of the expense comes from. Sales? Let’s take a look.

I sold off the remainder of my transferred gear, and I’m glad that I did. I didn’t want it hanging around any longer than a week or two because as people gear up the demand for these pieces decreases, while the supply (typically) increases. On my low population servers there’s more competition now as other goblins transfer their own pieces over, and as a handful of people raid / do dungeons / instances and obtain gear. I feel like I walked away with a very nice amount of gold for myself, with very little effort.

I sold one Strange Goop for a bid price, but had another as backup so I’m not too concerned about it. I’ve fished and sold over 55 of the items now, and that’s over 5 million gold (spread between a number of servers). Strange goop has been kind to me. Right now I do not have anything on the auction house, in preparation for the 8h+ downtime tomorrow and the merging of commodities. I’m cautiously optimistic about this merge. I don’t sell a lot of commodities, and I’m hoping that having a greater supply at a reduced cost will help me on my servers. It might not be the case, but that’s what I’m hoping for. I also hope Blizzard has minimal issues and that it all goes without any major problems. I’d hate to see people lose their gold / items.

I’m slowly chugging along in my quest to reach gold cap on a single server (at this rate I’ll be hitting gold cap at two servers at the same time) within the 365 days allotted. What I’m really excited about is Dragonflight, and how I might be able to make gold in the new expansion. I might just have to play on a higher population server just for that.

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

Road to 10 Million [22/365]

Time for another update on the road to 10 million gold (on a single server, with casual gameplay). Welp. So far this challenge has NOT gone the way I intended. I ended up focusing far more on a second server that I play on (that used to be behind this challenge, but is now way ahead). We are 22 days in – and have earned a total of 233,508 gold profit. That is just over 10k gold a day – if I keep on this route, I will FAIL the challenge of trying to earn gold cap on a single server. It certainly didn’t help that I ended up purchasing a piece of gear so my characters could raid (lol). I rarely spend gold on myself, but there are a few instances of it.

Meanwhile, take a look at the statistics of my second server, which I have been ‘unofficially’ tracking. It wasn’t supposed to be a part of this challenge, but the way things are headed, it might actually win.

On this server in 22 days I have made 2,000,000 gold (give or take) and that works out to approximately 90k each day, which is well above and beyond the 25k I was aiming for. This is the server I ended up moving stock to, and is another low population server. I hadn’t planned on trying to earn 10 million on both servers because of my limited play time, but now I’m wondering if I should just focus here instead. I’m just shy of 4 million gold, and it would sure be nice to reach cap.

I also need to take into consideration the fact that both of my accounts will need some game time in the future, though I’m hoping to see token prices drop before I need to do that. I’m not usually a big fan of shuffling items around from server to server to make gold, but if you’re confident in your market, it can be highly profitable. I didn’t end up shuffling these items to my other low population server because there was already a surplus if items there brought over by other goblins, and I knew sales would be slow. The more people gear up, the less demand there is for the 291/304 items.

Anyway, both challenges are technically still on track to reach 10 million by 365 days time, but my main server will require some serious work.

Time is money, friends!

S4 – Easy Gold?

I make it no secret that I play on two low population servers – one is RP, one is not. It’s where I’m most comfortable making gold, but you really have to know your server.

I had a few left over transfer tokens from when Blizzard had a sale a while ago, and besides my two low population servers, I also have characters on two high pop servers. One I sell Strange Goop on for some pocket change, and one I just use to buy pets on.

On my main server there are no mythic raid guilds so when S4 dropped and everyone was out there farming trash, there was nothing higher than 278 on the AH. I logged in to my high population server (I have a few 50s there), bought a handful of 291/304 gear and brought it back to my low population server.

There’s a ‘right’ price range where people will actively buy off of you, and then a price range where things will sit for a really long time. I’m pretty familiar with what people on my server are willing to pay, and I wanted my items to move before more stock was made available, so I tried to price accordingly.

I made almost 600k profit after taking into consideration the cost of the move and the cost of the items I purchased. I still have items for sale, but I’m happy with where I’m sitting at even if they take time to sell. I noticed some others have brought items to my server, but they haven’t moved yet. There’s no point in flooding my low population server with items, there will not be enough buyers. I’m still incredibly pleased with the results for what amounted to very little actual work.

The start of any new ‘thing’ typically always introduces some temporary way to make gold. Your goal is to try to figure out what that method is before it becomes too popular, before it gets fixed (Blizzard has since nerfed the drop rates of BOE), and before anything else changes to decrease the potential gold that you could make from it. THAT is why I love making gold in World of Warcraft. It’s not static, it’s never boring. It’s always changing, and you have to constantly adapt. When what you’re doing stops being profitable, it’s time to move onto the next thing. I tend to stay away from the FlavourOfTheMonth and use tried and tested methods that I know work where I am playing. It’s a risk, but after so many years it’s one that I’m usually fairly confident will pay off.

Have you been profiting from S4? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.