Unpopular Opinion: FOMO is what motivates goldmaking

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.

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov21-Nov28]

I spent the week relaxing and not doing much of anything at all, which absolutely shows in my gold making graph for this week. I have two strange goops that have been sitting and not selling, and I basically spent any game time I had working on leveling up my alts. I didn’t want to craft a lot of new gear (though it is absolutely still selling) and I ended up buying a bunch of stuff that I probably shouldn’t have bought.

It happens.

I found some darkmoon relic transmog for sale that was pretty cheap, a pet that I ended up taking a loss on because of my auction strings (fixed now, but still, it was a 75k mistake) and bits and bobs that I decided to pick up for whatever reason. Yes, it was a slow week – and I’m OK with that. Like I said, I spent the majority of my time this week leveling up alts and just relaxing before Dragonflight.

What does my plan look like going forward? I’m not one of those players who swaps professions every expansion, I tend to collect recipes, so I have a main set of four characters available who will work on faction. This expansion I’ve decided to go with my Demon Hunter as a main, she’s sporting JC and LW.

Alts include my paladin (Alch/BS), my monk (Eng/Insc), my priest (Tailor/Ench) and then two alts for gathering (a druid and an invoker). Since I cover all the main professions on four characters, those will be the ones working faction. The gathering characters will be more relaxed. Then I have a handful of other characters who can pick up crafting on a whim if that’s what I want / need. I don’t really like to min/max every single aspect of gameplay, and I haven’t settled down on a main in many expansions, so I think this list keeps me close to my goals and gives me the ability to diversify my product. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

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

Guide: Using Point Blank Sniper & TSM to Snipe VendorSell Items

Have you ever wanted to snipe items that people priced under the vendorsell price? Well, it’s pretty easy to set up, and I’m going to show you how. A few notes first – this won’t make you millions of gold, but if you’re newly starting out on a fresh server, it might give you a starting point. It’s also just something fun to do here and there, maybe as a challenge mode type of gameplay. Remember, this is NOT for regular sniping, this is ONLY for sniping items to sell to vendor.

Addons:

  1. You need to have Tradeskillmaster set up.
  2. You need Auctionator, & Point Blank Sniper.

The first thing you need to do, is you need to make a blank shopping list in Auctionator. I made a 1 item list to begin with, then I deleted it by hitting edit item. Hit enter to save, and then close the edit shopping list window.

It should look like the screenshot above when you’re done. I just called the list ‘vendor’ but you can call it whatever you’d like.

Then head on over to the sniping tab. Make sure you have your new shopping list selected. If you’ve got TSM installed you should see ‘vendorsell’ as a price source.

You’ll want to set the percentage to 99 or lower. I personally set mine to 96, so I’m not dealing with every single copper item out there. You can adjust it to your preference. If you want to catch every single item ever priced under the vendor price, keep it at 99.

Keep the scan mode on blank so that it catches what you want – but buyer beware – at this moment in time, due to scaling issues, a lot of gear that shows up is NOT going to be correctly priced. You should ignore any gear that shows up on this list. If you buy it and sell it to vendor, chances are you’ll be losing out on gold. Eventually, this shopping list WILL start to throttle. It might be best to run it for a few rounds, then take a little break when you hit the throttle, then run it again.

After 15 minutes of running the blank shopping list, I made 1k profit, which isn’t great but it’s simple and a bit of a fun change of pace. If you have access to an auction house, mailbox, and a vendor, this could be something you set up while you’re working or paying attention to other things. You can set PBS to ping you when a deal shows up. Mostly, it’s just another neat way to make use of these addons.

Credit for this method goes to ETW from the WoW Econ & TSM Discord. They spent time yesterday showing people how to set this up and testing whether or not it worked.

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov14-Nov21]

Another week, more gold making – this week the numbers are quite low because I made some big purchases. I bought two tokens, I bought a few battle pets, and one of those was the Dragon Kite (non twitch version) for 150k. Since you can’t cage the twitch version I’m hoping it was a good buy. Sales came to just shy of 500k for the week (remember I stopped restocking a few weeks back so I’m just selling off what I already have) and it was a very slow week for Strange Goop sales, I only sold 2 compared to the prior week when I sold 5.

Now that mission tables and other things have been nerfed, I’m spending even less time in game focused on gold making so I’m still pretty happy with my gains. I’ve been working on alts, leveling pets, and just relaxing before Dragonflight. I see a lot of others doing the same. Thanks to the invasions and a few fantastic rounds of pet battle trainers, I think I’m close to 30 level 60 characters. What will I do with them all? Well, for now they’re still parked at the covenant tables, farming pet charms. I’ll move them in Dragonflight when something else more profitable comes up. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I’m confident Blizzard will add some sort of system for casual players to make gold.

In the meantime, I’m having fun just keeping busy and leveling up those alts. Since all of my neglected accounts are active right now I’ve been going through them to see what other treasures I might have hidden away.

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

[Casual] Road to 10 Million (Day 117/365)

We’re so close to the 7 million mark on one of the low pop servers! I’m excited about this. I sold a few strange goop but where most of my gold came from was from jewelcrafting and leatherworking. 233/262 gear has been flying off the shelves, and even the lower level stuff has been moving pretty well. I spend approx 1h a day working towards ‘gold making’ and this includes crafting, putting stuff up for sale & in the past, doing my covenant tables. On one of my servers I have all of my mains, and they’ve unlocked all of the crafters marks and the profits from that have been enormous. On my second server, while we’re over 7 million now, the profits have slowed down a HUGE amount. I have no crafters there with any reputation, and they have no crafters marks unlocked.

Both servers are low pop, but it’s significantly easier to make gold on the server you actively PLAY on instead of a random one where you’re not established. I had hoped to expand and establish myself on multiple servers by now, but that wasn’t to be – I simply do not have the time.

These two servers are my main ones and include my casual road to 10 million goals, but I’m also on three other servers where I make gold. These servers are more populated, and I tend to sell goops there, or flip transmog. I consider the gold there my ‘play money’ to put towards whims. The gold on my challenge servers I tend to just hoard and save for a rainy day. I believe that gold should be spent, after all we already work so hard to pinch and save in real life, doing it in a video game can’t possibly be any fun – but there is a little fun in watching it accumulate.

This was day 117, and the ‘goal’ is slightly over 3 million, so to be past 7 million on one server, and almost there on another, makes me very happy. I know I don’t have enormous amounts of time to spend, so I do my best with what I have. If I can make this amount on low population servers, with one hour a day of investment, I am truly confident that players can make gold anywhere, especially if they just want to be able to afford game time.

Weekly Wrap Up [Oct24-Oct31]

It was a fantastic week for sales, most of them involved crafted items, a few Strange Goops (let’s not forget that has been my bread and butter this expansion) and we made over a million in sales, taking home over 800k once purchases were counted.

I ended up scribing a bunch of my crafted mounts in an attempt at going after the 500 mount achievement reward. I really think it’s adorable, but I don’t own a lot of mounts. I figured collecting ones I had already created and accounted for would be a good start. We’ll see how that goes.

I decided to stop re-stocking even though it’s selling well. I want to sell off what I have, and I want to relax before Dragonflight happens because I know I’m going to be playing it hard. If ever there was a time to relax, it’s now.

No real surprise when it came to sales, a little less transmog than I was hoping, but still, a positive experience over all considering the lack of time I’ve had lately. Let’s not forget the AH was also broken for a few days where we were unable to buy/sell anything for over 121k – wasn’t that fun? Thankfully it’s fixed.

I expect a lot more bugs and issues coming up on the 15th, while we still deal with the ones from the previous patch. SO much is being revamped and changed. I’m happy to be along for the ride, and we’ll just have to see how it ends up.

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

Weekly Wrap Up [Oct17-Oct24]

Well now, that’s a bit better! I spent this week focusing on crafting, and it paid off. People must be preparing lots of alts because they certainly needed gear. JC and LW were my two best sellers, crafting 233/262 gear. I’ve never gotten into the legendary market so I continued to stay away. A few goops, some mage tower gear (going to be sad when they remove that tomorrow, I know they say it will be back ‘soon’ but when that is, who knows), and overall we made almost a million gold for the week, with a profit of just over 800k.

Those are the numbers I missed seeing. Remember I’m on two low population servers (16k-17k respectively) and while I do love professions they’ve never been my main method of making gold – until this week. I’m glad I decided to give it a try, and even more glad that it has been paying off.

Tomorrow is an important day – NA patch day, and we’ll just have to see how things go. I’m expecting a lot of broken (scaling, lack of a mage tower, etc) and then of course on the 15th the new race releases. I’m trying to keep optimistic, but also not holding my breath. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Guess Who: Ducadeals

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!

[Casual] Road to 10 Million [Day 89/365]

Alright, so the numbers show that by day 89 I should have 3,200,000 gold in order to earn 10 million in one year, and I have 5,169,000 on one server, and just over 6,000,000 on my second low pop server. By ‘casual’ I mean I am spending probably 1h or less on these servers working towards gold making. It’s nothing intense, and it’s about the long term goal of reaching cap. The point? To show players that anyone truly can make enough gold for what they want to accomplish in game.

On my second server I did end up spending a fair amount, I wanted to stock up on some mounts that have vendor purchased components and they’re not cheap. I haven’t sold them yet, but I am almost back to where I was before that giant purchase already, and the dip barely registers on my graph. It’s a lot easier to make gold if you have some to invest, whether that’s from flipping, crafting, or some other method. Where you decide to invest matters, I tend to play it safe, just out of habit.

With Dragonflight inching its way closer and closer, I’m excited for a few things. I want to see what happens with the token (will it start falling, finally), and I can’t wait to see what sort of gold opportunities we all find. In the mean time, I’m going to continue slow and steady.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Weekly Wrap up [Oct10-17]

A better week! I actually did pretty great on sales this week, making over 700k – but I also had to do some heavy restocking, and that ate up 510k leaving me with 190k profit give or take. Not millions, but for the time invested, I’m pretty pleased. I restocked a lot of crafted items which I haven’t even looked at for most of Shadowlands. I wanted to try to restock weekly, but items are selling so fast that I’ve got to look over my operations and craft a few more to last me the week instead of daily. I just don’t have the time to restock daily.

Sales? Strange goop, a bit of mage tower, some battle pets, and some shadowlands crafted in there! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make gold this late into an expansion.

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