Friday, August 20, 2010

BoA Cloaks?

I recently saw some screenshots of bind on account cloaks which will be part of the new expansion, and it brought to mind a gold making opportunity. For some classes, the best enchant will be this recipe, dropped by Syndicate Assassins in Alterac Valley. If you have an enchanter, go and farm the recipe (it may take some time, the drop rate is about 1.5%) and come cataclysm, you will be one step ahead of the competition. Also, you should take the time to look up the other BiS cloak enchants and get those recipes too.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Turn 1000 gold into 2000 gold

Markco has announced the topic of his next blogging carnival, and I thought I would chime in with my thoughts (also, thanks Markco for linking to this blog on your site). I'm going to assume that readers don't have access to rare recipes, but that trainable recipes can be obtained by asking on trade chat and offering a tip. Also, there are a couple of items (eternium rod and enchant chest - major health) that I suggest going to the npc who sells the plans and buying the plans so you can bring them to your crafter.

Search your auction house for khorium ore and bars, if they are less than 10g per ore or 20g per bar, check the price of primal fire and make sure it isn't too high. If the price is right, buy up to 9 khorium bars (or 18 khorium ore and find a miner to smelt it) and three primal fire. Then advertise in trade that you are looking for an engineer, tipping (your choice, but I'd try 20g). Have the engineer make you three khorium power cores. I regularly sell these for 350g each, but they might take a while to sell.

Next, purchase the materials and find a blacksmith to craft you about 5 each of eternium rod (you might want to buy the recipe in advance in case the blacksmith doesn't have it), adamantite rod, titanium rod, and fel iron rod. These will sell for 50 to 100 gold each. If cobalt bars can be gotten for cheap, you could have the blacksmith create 5 of the level 70 cobalt tanking sets for you, all of these items cost from 7 to 10 gold each to craft and sell for 30 to 40 gold.

Go to Dealer Rashaad in netherstorm and buy some of the vendor pets to list on the auction house.

Buy some thorium bars and arcane crystals if they are cheap and have an alchemist (transmute spec if possible) transmute them into arcanite bars for you. Preferably, do this before you talk to your blacksmith so he can craft some arcanite rods for you as well.

You could go to Qia in winterspring, buy this recipe (might have to camp with an alt, she doesn't sell an infinite supply), give it to an enchanter along with a bunch of small brilliant shards and some armor vellums, and get some Scrolls of Enchant Chest - Major Health to sell. I sell these for 100g all the time on my server.

Well, that's about it, if you can't make 1000g turn into 2000g with some combination of these methods... well, try something else.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Formula: Enchant Chest - Major Health

Formula: Enchant Chest - Major Health. If you have an enchanter, go to Everlook, find Qia, and pester her until she finally decides that she will sell the recipe to you. The enchant is usable on BoA chest items, and is the best health enchant that can be used on these items. The best part: the recipe only requires two Small Brilliant Shards plus the vellum so you can put it on the auction house. Small brilliant shards are dirt cheap, about 2 gold each on my server. Your results may vary, but on my server I regularly sell Scroll of Enchant Chest - Major Health for between 50 and 100g each. Make sure to buy up any cheap Small Brilliant shards you see on the auction house, and convert them to this recipe.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Healing Power

I have a natural aversion to spending, because I feel that I have worked hard to get what I have. When I do spend, I expect to get my money's worth. What this means in practice is that while leveling, I do not usually enchant my gear.

My logic is that the gear will be replaced soon, and I feel that I can fully pull my weight in a 5 man group without enchants. (I do put uncommon quality northrend gems in sockets once I hit Outland, but that is slightly off topic.) When I spend, I want to spend on durable goods that will perform their function for a long time. I would certainly enchant a twink character if I had one, as a twink's enchant would be considered durable. This mindset, wrong or right, has led me to miss out on a great market until recently.

I'm sure you've heard the story of the two miners, one filthy and one clean. At the end of the work day, the clean one went home and washed his face, while the filthy one did not. The reason: each had seen the other, and assumed that he must be the same. The point is that I assumed that nobody else enchanted their gear while leveling, because I don't.

I figured only chest and weapon enchants would sell, as these are the only enchants that will last the entire time a character is leveling. Either I was wrong about enchanting leveling gear or there are plenty of twinks on my server, because these boot, shield, and bracer enchants have all been selling for between 25 and 50 gold.

Based on my success with Greater Stamina Enchants, I did a wowhead search for Illusion Dust and clicked the "reagent for" tab. There I discovered Formula: Enchant Bracer - Healing Power. I'm now off to raise my argent dawn reputation so I can add this little beauty to my auction house arsenal.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Arcanite Bars

Here is a quick wow gold tip for those of you with Alchemy (especially transmute spec): Arcanite Bars. Alchemists can transmute an arcanite bar from one Thorium Bar and one Arcane Crystal. Making these will not use up your daily epic gem transmute, as there is no cooldown on transmuting arcanite bars. Market prices will be different on different servers, but on my server, if I pay attention, occasionally I can snag both Thorium Ore and Arcane Crystal for 1 gold each (one thorium ore smelts into a thorium bar, requires mining).

That means I'm paying 2 gold per arcanite bar (less actually, because my alchemist is transmute spec). I'm not sure who I'm selling to (maybe people smelting Elementium Bars to craft Thunderfury) but the arcanite bars sell regularly for between 9 to 14 gold each. Not mind blowing profit, but worth keeping a stack on one of my auction house alts and setting up a QA3 group so they post with minimal effort on my part.