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Working the Auction House | href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/92610/page/2">Professions
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All of us want to get rich,
whether it be in real life, or in game. Thankfully, getting rich in
Azeroth is achieved far more easily than it is in real life. Not to
mention you can do it all from the comfort and safely of your own
personal computer chair and skip all the nasty sweaty physical labor
most people have to do in the real world
just to earn a buck. All you
need in the virtual world is the know how and a little time and you can
easily become the next Bill Gates of WoW.

The gold making game has not
changed much since World of Warcraft’s release back in
November of 2004 but many of the profit making methods in game are
still the same as they were back then. In fact you may already be
engaging in a profit making method and not even realize it! Below you
can find some of the more popular (and effective) methods of making
gold as well as a brief explanation on how you can get in on the cash
flow.

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Daily
Quests are often considered to be boring
and repetitive and while that
may be true, they are an excellent source of reliable income, even if
they won’t get you rich quick. Daily Quests (as you might
know) are repeatable quests that can be completed once a day by a
player. Players are currently limited
to 25 daily quests a day and thanks to
the large amount of dailies introduced in Cataclysm, players should
have no trouble filling their daily quota.
To make Daily Quests
worthwhile though, players need to try
to fufil their 25 quest quota
every single day.

For
more information on daily
quests including locations and walkthroughs
please see our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/general/cataclysm-daily-quest-guide"
target="_blank">Guide to
Cataclysm Daily Quests.

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Working the Auction House takes
guile, cunning, great knowledge, people skills, and time, lots and lots
of time. And while this method of making cash will not require you to
leave the comfort of your favorite
major city, don’t think
that this will be easy. On the contrary this could be one of the
toughest methods of earning money and is not for
the faint of heart. However, those that choose to play this game and
win at it have the potential to make more money than they could have
possibly dreamed.

There are two easy to learn
methods of working the Auction
House:

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Buying and Reselling 

One of the most popular methods
of working the Auction House is buying and reselling items. This method
requires the player to have good knowledge of the typical
prices of
items listed in the Auction House. If
when browsing the Auction House
you would happen to notice an item listed for significantly less than
the normal price you would buy it and any others of the same price and
relist them on the Auction House for the proper price making yourself a
clean profit.

Manipulating Prices 

Advanced players can also
manipulate prices, but they must first have large amounts of gold on
hand to do so. Manipulating prices usually involves a buy it all then
sell it all at a much higher price. For example if there are 10 stacks
of Mageweave Cloth in the Auction House for 50s a stack, the player
would buy all the stacks, and then repost them at a higher price. Be
warned this strategy is risky and costly, however, if it works there is
huge potential for profit.

Farming and Selling
This is the method that most of us will take when using the Auction
House. Requiring minimum amounts of
money players simply need to head out, farm out or create items that
are in demand and then list them on the Auction House for sale. Take
note of which days the items you plan to sell tend to sell the best,
and be sure to be aware of what a fair price is for the item.

Or if you would like to get in
on the Auction House scene, but need a quick tutorial to get you
familiar with the interface and the basics of using the Auction House
be sure to check out our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/general/auction-house-guide"
target="_blank">Guide to the Auction House
right here at Ten Ton Hammer!

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In the beginning of the
World…of Warcraft…there
were professions and they
were good. Then players took a bite
from the forbidden [Goldenbark
Apple]
of knowledge and the knowledge of how to make
a profit from these
professions was bestowed upon them and this was reaaaalllyyy good.

Ok so maybe that is not quite
the way it happened,
but it is true that since the game was released in
November of 2004 players have been using professions as a tried and
true method of turning a profit. The best part is with a little work
and some time every single profession in game has the potential to earn
a profit. Primary professions (herbalism, leatherworking, enchanting,
etc.) are broken down into two main categories:

Production

In production based professions
players take ingredient items (herbs, bars, cloth, etc.) and use them
to make other items. These items can then be sold for profit either
using the Auction House (see our handy dandy href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/general/auction-house-guide"
target="_blank">Guide to the Auction
House) or by making use of Trade
Chat in a major city. Players can
either choose to buy the raw materials needed for most of these
professions from other players, or collect them themselves with one of
the gathering professions.

While players can manage to
make a profit with any of the production professions if they try hard
enough, there are a few that standout above
the rest:

style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Alchemy

Players who choose to make a
career out of Alchemy and wish to get
the most bang for their buck will
want to cater to the raiding crowd. These players tend to consume the
greatest amount of potions, elixirs,
and flasks of any other player
type in the game. Other profit can be
made on the side by doing
transmutations, but overall the easiest and most effective method for
making money with this profession is to create various
potions,

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elixirs, and flasks and offer them for
sale.

In order to successfully do
this the alchemist must become aware of:

  • Raid days and times of all
    major raiding guilds on the server.
  • What potions, elixirs, and
    flasks these guilds (and the rest of the server) are most likely to
    buy.
  • How much said potions,
    elixirs, and flasks can be sold for.

[PROTIP]Remember,
prices will
vary from server to server and even day to day, so keep a close eye on
the Auction House and Trade Chat to get a good feel for what your items
are really worth. [/PROTIP]

Once these questions have been
answered you are well on your way to making some big money. Simply
create the items that sell the most, wait for raid days/times, and post
your items for sale at the appropriate prices.

Best
paired with: Herbalism


style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Jewelcrafting

There is no doubt about it,
Jewelcrafting is hard work. Hard
to level, hard to get recipes for, and
sometimes even hard (and expensive) to find the gems needed to make the
most profitable cuts.

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However,
without a doubt, Jewelcrafting is one
profession that has some amazing potential to make
a player rich in a
hurry.

Once Jewelcrafting is leveled
all a player needs to do is keep a
close watch of market trends for
gems on their server. They need to
discover what gems sell the most on
their particular server, and how much those gems are selling for. To do
this players should keep a close eye on the Auction House and Trade
Chat.

Once these questions have been
answered the player can either buy uncut gems, or use the gems that
they personally obtained via the mining profession and use the
knowledge they have gained to cut the most profitable gems. With the
gems have been cut place them on the Auction House or advertise them in
Trade Chat. If you have done your research well you should find that
you have little trouble selling gems and soon your pockets will be
lined with gold.

Best
paired with: Mining


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Enchanting is the only
production profession that produces
it’s own ingredient
materials (via disenchanting) to make the finished product making this
nearly a good proof method to making money. Players
who go the
Enchanting route can choose to either sell the raw materials create
when they disenchant an item, or use those materials to enchant scrolls
that they can then place in the Auction House or offer their services
first hand via Trade Chat.

Enchanters who choose to sell
their enchants should be aware of which enchants are in high demand,
and also become familiar with how much those enchants can and should be
sold for on their particular server by watching the Auction House and
Trade Chat for market trends.

Best
paired with: N/A


Gathering

While there are only three
primary “gathering”
professions in game each and every one of them has the potential to
turn some serious profit. The best part of the gathering professions is
that since
you are collecting raw materials, you can sell them straight
up without worrying about turning them into something else, or you can
combine them with one of the
appropriate production professions
detailed above and potentially turn
even more of a profit.

The three gathering based
professions are:

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  • Mining
  • Herbalism
  • Skinning

The best part of the gathering
professions is that since you are collecting raw materials, you can
choose to sell them as is, or you can combine them with one of the
appropriate production professions detailed above and potentially turn
even more of a profit. As with all other professions in order to make
the most profit players must be aware of the market trends on their
server. Get in touch with how much these items sell for, what days and
times they appear to sell the best and sell your items accordingly.

Daily Quests are often
considered to be boring and repetitive and while that may be true, they
are an excellent source of reliable income, even if they
won’t get you rich quick. Daily Quests (as you might know)
are repeatable quests that can be completed once a day by a player.
Players are currently limited to 25 daily quests a day and thanks to
the large amount of dailies introduced in Cataclysm, players should
have no trouble filling their daily quota.

For more information on daily
quests including walkthroughs please see our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/general/cataclysm-daily-quest-guide"
target="_blank">Guide to Cataclysm Daily Quests.

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No one likes to farm, in fact I
am certain that not even gold farmers like to farm, which is why they
have bots to do it for them. But since we all know bots are a big
no-no, those of us honest players have to do it the hard way. This
means getting out there and doing some actual work, the kind that comes
as close to real physical labor as is possible in the virtual world,
farming.

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Farming is the act of killing
mobs over and over again with the goal of collecting a certain item.
While you can farm tons of things in Cataclysm, one of the most
profitable is farming for Volatiles. Volatiles are elements that
usually come from Elementals of the same element and are used in many
recipes and patterns. Because of this, Volatiles are in high demand.
However, no one really wants to get out there and farm them, leaving
the perfect opportunity for those of us not afraid to bite the bullet
and get our hands dirty. After the Volatiles have been collected,
simply sell them on the Auction House or in Trade chat to turn a
profit. Remember to get a general feel for what Volatiles sell for on
your server before putting them up for sale!

Currently there are five
sellable Volatiles in game:

  • Volatile Water
  • Volatile Fire
  • Volatile Earth
  • Volatile Air
  • Volatile Life

Volatiles can be found in
numerous fashions including:

  • Herbing various Cataclysm
    herbs
  • Fishing
  • Mining Cataclysm Ore
  • Killing almost any Cataclysm
    elemental
  • Skinning (via the [Strange
    Bloated Stomach])

Remember almost none of these
methods have a 100% drop rate, nor do all Volatiles drop from all of
the above listed sources so be prepared to dedicate a solid chunk of
time to make this endeavor a profitable one!


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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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