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Gaining Gold Through Crafting in World of Warcraft

By Jason Bechdel -

Let’s face it, gathering professions are where the real gold making can be seen in World of Warcraft. There is nothing like raw materials that can be made into virtually anything the buyer desires to get someone to open their purse and dish out large amounts of WoW gold. If you are one of the many players that have instead decided on a crafting WoW profession (Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Engineering, Inscription, Jewelcrafting, Leatherworking, or Tailoring) rather than a gathering profession, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle when it comes to making WoW gold.

Making WoW gold with a crafting WoW profession is indeed much more difficult than doing so with a gathering profession, however, don’t get discouraged! These professions can yield quite the profit for those dedicated enough to seek it out. Below you will find some useful general tips and tricks to help you garner the most WoW gold from your crafting profession.

WoW Profession: Alchemy

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Alchemy is, and always has been a huge money maker and this expansion is no exception. Able to choose between three specializations: Flasks, Transmutes, and Potions all of which can turn a huge profit for those who seek it out. Each specialization procs account for as much as 20% extra so be sure to choose one. Don’t stress to much about the choice as you can always change it for a different specialization for a small fee. However, once you choose a specialization you will want Currently the best companion skill to Alchemy is Herbalism. Taking this as your secondary spec will eliminate any need for you to buy materials for your WoW profession.

Flasks

Depending how much of your own materials you have to buy, the flask specialization can either be very profitable, or a complete flop. Flasks are almost strictly sold to raiders so be sure to learn the raid times and days of the top raiding guilds on your server as these will be the best days to sell the flasks you create. All flasks sell about equally, except for the current Spirit flask which is currently out of vogue. If you are not an Herbalist be sure to check out the prices of materials and choose the flask that costs you the least amount of gold to create.

Transmutes

If you aren’t aware, recently epic gems have become transmutable, and this is the simplest and more surefire way to make money with your transmute specialty. Transmute red gems to your hearts desire as they are the most commonly used raid gem in the game and will be sure to sell anytime you list them. Players who choose the Transmute specialty should also be sure to keep their Truegold and Living Elements transmute on cool down. These are both very profitable endeavors and is worth the effort. In the cacse of the Living Elements be aware of which element sells for the most on your server and always use the transmute to produce this element to ensure the best profit.

Potions

With the release of the Raid Finder, and super easy raid content in general, some raiders are choosing to skip over the potion. However, any good raider will tell you that they are still absolutely essential to every raid. Even though less people are using them, there is still WoW gold to be made here. Players who do use these consumables blow through them like crazy. To make the most profit see what each potion costs on the Auction House, and if the mats are low enough that you can make a profit, make that potion and list it and your profit is in the bag.

WoW Profession: Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is one of the more difficult WoW professions to make a profit with. However, with a little effort it can be done. As mentioned above it is essential that your Blacksmithing be max level. Low level Blacksmithing items typically DO NOT sell. Once you reach max level you will find yourself able to create some decent gear that may be appealing for both PvE and PvP players. The downside of this gear is that unless you also have Mining (the recommended profession to be paired with Blacksmithing) it can be quite expensive to make, especially the gear that requires Orbs. Check the Auction House frequently to be aware of trends in items that are selling and are therefore worth your while to make. Also seek out rare patterns that other Blacksmiths may not have when possible.

Besides gear Blacksmiths can produce one other non-gear item that has the potential to sell well depending on player demand. Belt Buckles, used to permanently add a socket to a belt, can be sold to any player who has recently acquired a new belt meaning that the market for these is almost never ending. Sadly items such as the Weapon Chain and the Shield Spike are not so lucky and are virtually untellable (at least on my server) so be sure to avoid wasting materials on items that do not sell such as those.

WoW Profession: Enchanting

If you want to make money with Enchanting you must first and foremost get it to max level. Anything below max level in the world of Enchanting is pretty much free. If your guild bank looks anything like mine, it is loaded with lower level scrolls and enchants that basically just take up space because no one except a random alt will want them. Low level enchants are one of those things that you literally almost can’t give away. To make a profit with this WoW profession you will need to turn instead to higher level enchants.

Thankfully, with the introduction of the vellum, making money with Enchanting has become easier than ever. Gone are the days of watching Trade Chat and opening a trade enchanting an individual item (although money can still be made this way in the form of tips). Now players can put their most valuable enchants onto a vellum and place them in the Auction House to sell to a huge market of players. Be sure to check the Auction House and Trade Chat frequently to get a feel for which enchants are currently selling. Remember once you place an enchant on a vellum it cannot be undone and the materials will be consumed so be sure that the enchant will sell before you place it on a vellum.

The best profession to pair with Enchanting is currently Tailoring. The combination of these two WoW professions allows you to disenchant anything you create while leveling up Tailoring. This provides you with an almost constant stream of materials to level your Enchanting. Once you have maxed out your Tailoring and no longer are producing items, you will need to disenchant any item that comes into your possession. This will give you the needed materials to be able to create enchants without spending tons of money thus increasing your overall profit.

WoW Profession: Engineering

While Engineering has improved with the release of Cataclysm, it is still one of the most difficult WoW professions to make a profit with. Players with this crafting profession will find themselves resorting to selling the various Engineering pets (Lifelike Toad, Mechanical Yeti, Pet Bombling, and Lil‘ Smoky), which can turn quite a profit. Be sure to market these on both your factions and the neutral Auction House for max profit potential. It may take some time to sell these pets, but when they do sell they can easily sell for over 100 gold each.

Becoming a pet shop is not the only way for an Engineer to make some quick cash. Engineers can also sell the new “fish feast” of Cataclysm the Goblin Barbecue, these sell especially well if you have a lot of raiding guilds on your server. Also Engineers can create and sell Fused Wiring, each of these costs mere silver to sell, but can be sold for much more depending on your server making them well worth making. For those players with a little gold on hand can also take the more adventurous route and sell the various Engineering mounts. WoW players love mounts but most of us are much to lazy to farm the mats so buying them pre-made is pretty appealing.

WoW Profession: Inscription

In WOTLK Inscription was THE profession to make WoW gold. Glyphs were cheap to make and since they were not reusable people literally needed them all the time. The launch of Cataclysm has changed the demand for glyphs. Once a glyph has been bought it never needs to be purchased, leaving this WoW profession floundering when it comes to a steady cash flow. However, despite this a profit can be made from Inscription with a little effort.

First spend some time with your Auction House. See what Inks and Glyphs are currently selling and also check out the prices of herbs (if you don‘t have Herbalism as your secondary profession) to see how much they are selling for. You want to only make Glyphs that you can produce for less than you will spend making it. So if it costs you 10G to create a Glyph and you can only sell it for 8G then you probably won’t want to make it. Once you have chosen some profitable glyphs to make, only create 1 or 2 of each to prevent over saturation of the market, remember, players never need to replace glyphs so demand is relatively low.

If you want to avoid the hassle of creating glyphs you may also be able to make money selling the various Inks to other Inscriptionists. Currently the best seller tends to be Inferno Ink, however, check the prices on the other inks as they may be profitable as well depending on your server.

WoW Profession: Jewelcrafting

Being a primarily enhancement profession (through gems) how well you can make gold with the Jewelcrafting profession depends solely on how many players are actively looking to buy gems. There are two types of gems you can sell; rare and uncommon. Rare gems need to be cut to make any profit, while uncommon gems if you choose to take the time to sell them are better left uncut.

The problem for the Jewelcrafter comes about when you realize that demand is not equal for every color gem. This becomes a problem because the biggest source of these gems is ore (which can be easily obtained through Mining, the recommended second profession to Jewelcrafting) which yields all colors of gems pretty equally. Familiarize yourself via the Auction House and Trade Chat with which of these gem colors sell the best and cut/sell them appropriately. As for the not so popular gems, you can still turn a profit with these as well. Turn unwanted low profit gems into Meta Gems or enchanting materials via Alchemy instead thereby almost eliminating any wasted gems and enhancing your overall profit.

WoW Profession: Leatherworking

Much like Blacksmithing, Leatherworking can be a tough WoW profession to turn a profit from. Leather (Leatherworking’s primary staple) is expensive on most servers and sometimes difficult to find on the Auction House as many players are hesitant to take up skinning. However, the Leatherworker can indeed make a profit by turning to one sure seller; the leg enchant and armor kid. These have and probably always will be the most popular Leatherworking items and almost every one of them is a sure seller. To make the most WoW gold if you are not a Skinner, check the Auction House for cheap scales, leather, and volatiles throughout the week and buy them as you see them. Then turn these cheap materials into the various leg enchants and armor kits and keep them listed throughout the week.

If you are willing to take more of a risk and spend more gold for your efforts, Leatherworkers can also make a profit creating the high level armor available to them. Be warned that this high level gear takes expensive materials and the demand of each item will vary server to server and day to day. You may also be able to turn a profit by producing the item level entry gear for each level. You may think people would avoid buying greens from the Auction House, but with many players opting for the Dungeon Finder over questing these greens can be in high demand, but this practice is also risky. In other words…make sure you do your Auction House homework before creating any of the gear mentioned above.

WoW Profession: Tailoring

While Tailoring may seem like one of those tough to profit from professions like Blacksmithing or Leatherworking, I assure you that is not the case. While selling high level armor can be done with Tailoring (for a price) there is a far easier and more effective to make gold with this WoW profession.

Players with Tailoring should look to selling Cataclysm level Spellthreads, the various bags they can create, and for uber big bucks take the time to create and sell their various dream cloth epics. However, like most things with mass profit potential be sure you get a gold deal on the materials here, spending to much to make these can severely cut into your profit margin. Also Tailors (who typically choose Enchanting as their second profession) may choose to create cheap high level gear strictly for enchanting materials. These materials are typically in high demand and can be sold for large profit.

Remember that while above tips and tricks will get you well on your way to making WoW gold making it all come together for the max profit will be ultimately up to you. Do you have some tips or tricks to making the most out of your crafting WoW professions? Be sure to share them with the rest of our community in the comments section below!

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