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Gold tip: stop blindly pressing “Disenchant”

Posted in Gold making with tags , , , on March 25, 2011 by Aeliel

Enchanting materials are good, right? Well, not so much when you could earn more gold from selling what you disenchanted than it would cost to buy the result of the disenchanting.

To go into more details:

  1. BoP blues from instances – especially Wrath-level blues as well as the blues from the starter Cataclysm instances, which disenchant into Small Heavenly Shards rather then normal ones. So you’re taking a weapon that vendors for 20g+ and turning it into a 5g shard? Well done you.
  2. BoE blues from instances. As a rule of thumb, I never roll “Disenchant” on these. Why? They often sell for vastly more than the shard would… and if they don’t, it’s easy enough to get them disenchanted anyway, since they’re BoE. Granted, I’m a little bit spoiled, since my main is an enchanter and I don’t have to ask anybody else to shard things for me… but still.
  3. BoE greens require a bit of thought, as the market for them is highly variable.
    Vanilla greens are often worth disenchanting – especially the higher-level ones that disenchant into Greater Eternal Essences and Illusion Dust; keep an eye out for well-statted low-40s plate and mail, though, as people will often pay a premium to kit their alts out in plate and mail once it’s available to them.
    TBC greens are worth disenchanting across the board, except for sub-60 greens with excellent suffixes, as these can sell very well (although the market’s shrunk a bit since Cataclysm, since the remodeled sub-60 quests give excellent gear rewards).
    Wrath greens will most likely be more profitable sold to a vendor this early on in Cataclysm due to the high availability of Wrath enchanting materials.
    Well-statted sub-80 Cataclysm greens should never be disenchanted. The two Hypnotic Dust or Lesser Celestial Essence you will get from disenchanting those will not make up for the 100g+ each those greens are worth on the AH. I cringe every time I see one of those get disenchanted in an instance.

You don’t even need to memorize what items disenchant into what materials. Get an auction addon (Auctionator or Auctioneer), do regular scans and the information will be right in the item’s tooltip.

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Gold from silver: Dry Yeast and Noble Hops

Posted in Gold making, Professions with tags , , on February 18, 2011 by Aeliel

Shortly before patch 4.0.6 hit, I read a post on Kaliope’s Crafting weblog (which I keep meaning to link from the sidebar) about the introduction of a cooking goodie bag, randomly containing Cocoa Beans, Noble Hops and Dry Yeast. The bags would then become the only source of these cooking reagents, which prior to 4.0.6 were freely available in unlimited quantities from the same vendors which sold recipes for tokens.

So I went and stocked up, since I really hate having to buy crafting materials with limited tokens. Bought two stacks of each. Now I’m wishing I’d bought more.

See, the cooking bag is apparently bugged at the moment. It’s theoretically meant to be on a rotation; right now, the only bag showing up on the vendors is the one containing only Cocoa Beans.

Which means I sold my stockpile of Dry Yeast and Noble Hops for quite a lot of gold. If you also stocked up on them before the patch, I’d sell them now, before the bug is fixed. By the time they get around to fixing it, you’ll probably have spare tokens to buy the bag with if you desperately need them (I know I will – I’m just missing 6 3-token recipes, which means another two weeks of doing the daily with some moderate luck with 2-token quests).

On a side note, two other cooking-related vendor items that may sell are Tropical Sunfruits and Highland Pomegranates. I had spares after using them in recipes to obtain The Cataclysmic Gourmet, since they’re sold in stacks of five, so I figured I’d toss them at the AH just in case – and they sold. For 10g each. (Each stack of five is ~2g or so from a vendor, not counting reputation discounts and the like.) It’s worth a try – even if they don’t sell, you’ve not lost a huge upfront investment.

Fishing: Albino Cavefish

Posted in Gold making, Professions with tags , , on December 18, 2010 by Aeliel

Just a quick note – and this is absolutely not a fancy strategy, and I can’t believe there aren’t more people doing this on my server (but then again, the less people doing this the more profit for me).

Whenever I’m in Deepholm, I make sure I fish some Albino Cavefish. It’s only used for one thing – Deepstone Oil, from Alchemy – but every alchemist will be making a handful of those for skillups, plus they’re reagents for the Vial of the Sands mount.

The Therazane dailies (which I do for reputation, gold and the chance at achievements – although I still haven’t seen the Pebble daily nor the Fungalmancer Glop daily, grrr) take me right to a place with plenty of pools (the Crimson Expanse, at about the 3-o’-clock position on the map), and I’ve never seen anybody else fish these pools. There are also some pools further south, at the Silvermarsh, but I rarely bother with those.

There are red clouds on the shores that will put a DoT on you, but it’s quite easy to avoid those with some method of water walking. (If you’re not a shaman, priest or death knight, try the Elixir of Water Walking – it can be found in the bag rewarded by the fishing dailies, so it’s pretty easy to obtain.)

The price has remained pretty steady on my server, at 8-10g per fish (160-200g per stack). I only fish what pools I see while doing the dailies in the Crimson Expanse area; it takes about 15 minutes of my time per day, and I usually come out with one and a half or two stacks of the fish. Considering I still don’t have fishing capped and I’m still missing the Sea Turtle (and it’s been confirmed to drop from Cataclysm pools, thank you Blizzard for small mercies), it’s not a bad gold return for something I’d be doing anyway. By the time I log in to do my dailies, the fish I caught the day before has sold; there is very little competition.

Sure, I could be fishing for Fathom Eels in Uldum – but that’s a pain, since the fishing pools are affected by phasing and as a result there’s a whole clump around Schnottz’s Landing. There’s also plenty of competition, the fishing path is long, and the prices keep dropping to the point that on bad days, they’re below the Albino Cavefish. Other fish has similar issues.