Updated Wed, Jan 04, 2012 by Mem
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!