Sunday, May 30, 2010

Still Chugging Away

My horde paladin is still chugging away, level 47 now. I've got a little more than 180k gold, 4 thousand of which is on the horde side (not bad for a level 47, huh?). Some of that gold was obtained by killing the Dalaran Spellscribe a few times in hopes of him dropping Cat Carrier (Black Tabby), an idea I got from JMTC. I sold two already for 750g each on the horde auction house... I should probably try to list the other ones I have for more on the neutral AH, as the alliance cannot obtain this item themselves.

I also completed a nobles deck at a cost of 852g, though I haven't sold it yet. I am still buying bargain green items and disenchanting them to sell the mats on the auction house, and I have started placing select low level enchants on vellums and listing them on the auction house, including fiery weapon and lifestealing.

In addition to hitting the gold cap before the Cataclysm release date (I shouldn't have too much trouble doing that), I'd like to have each profession maxed on one of my alliance characters and then begin trying to automate things... that is my end goal, to have gold flow in with as little effort as possible. Up front, this is taking a lot of time, but that's ok as I like trying new things (healing low level dungeons on my druid, for example). So for now, I'm going to be leveling and setting the framework for the next expansion... if I have any readers yet, it will be slow for a while, but expect things to pick up as Cataclysm approaches. Oh, and comments would be welcome, I'm beginning to think I'm the only one who visits this site.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gold Wins

Whew! I played my horde paladin quite a bit on my days off, and he is now level 30. I bought 6 bank tabs for the guild I made for my alliance characters, and I had spent 5k more on my dk's epic flight skill, but I still have about 168k gold right now. I could have made more, but I was ignoring my alliance characters while I leveled my paladin.

Speaking of my paladin, I placed a bid for an Ace of Nobles that had a bid price of 1g 30s and a buyout of around 1000g. I figured for sure someone would outbid me, but the auction house hawks must not have been paying attention that day, because I actually won the auction! I checked the auction house, and found several other nobles cards for 40-50g each, so I decided to put together a deck. I currently have 5 of the 8 cards, each purchased for less than 100g, and I have a bid on another card that I need for 101g 50s. If I win that auction, I will only need two more cards for a full deck!

Not including the Ace of Nobles (I haven't actually realized a profit on that yet), I had two gold wins on the auction house. The first came from when I needed a silver rod to continue leveling enchanting, so I checked the auction house. There were none listed, so I bought 6 silver bars for 6g each and also the mats to make the grinding stones needed to make silver rods. I found a blacksmith by hanging out at the blacksmith trainer in dalaran. I had the blacksmith make me 6 silver rods. I used one and put another on the AH for 99g, and it sold! There are some cheap ones on the auction house now, but I will keep an eye out for when there are no silver rods on the auction house and list the others I had made then. The other gold win I had was finding 4 stacks of dream shards listed for 19g per stack. I bought out all 80 dream shards, spending 76g, and promptly relisted them as singles for 4g each. Every single one sold! Sweet!

I'm still buying cheap greens from the auction house and disenchanting them to sell the mats on the auction house, though I seem to be accumulating the materials faster than they are selling. I still say this is a great way to earn starting gold on a new server, but with the way my bank is filling up, I may need to stop buying for a while and just sell off the mats I already have.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Character, Opposite Faction!

Children's week has come and gone, I sold about 40 Delicious Chocolate Cakes for between 50 and 100g each. I also sold plenty of stacks of 3 mageroyal for 27g per stack and stacks of 8 small eggs as well.

I took the opportunity to create a new character (skinning/enchanting) on the opposite faction during the holiday, as it was the best time (in my opinion) to create a new horde character. This is because small eggs are easily gathered by new blood elf characters, and last week they were selling for gold, which is very nice as starter income on a new faction. (Yes, I could simply use my new character to list an item on the neutral auction house and purchase the auction with another account, but why not earn it with my new character?) I didn't farm the eggs for very long, and I didn't create the new character until the last two days of the event, when prices had dropped a little, but I was able to make about 133g selling the small eggs and the leather I skinned.

With that starter gold, I placed bids on all uncommon (green) items with a bid of less than 30s. I won quite a few auctions, and my enchanting skill is now at level 49 or 50, purely from disenchanting. Because enchanting mats cost nothing to post, I will continue to repost the strange dust for 1g each until it sells... if the horde side is anything like the alliance side, it shouldn't take long. I also used auctioneer to scan for deals, and placed bids on low priced items I know will sell, such as ore, leather, and even a couple of pristine black diamonds (I bid 50g each on them, I'm pretty sure that won't be enough to win them, but who knows, I might get lucky!) For those of you who don't know, Pristine Black Diamonds are used in the feat of strength "Insane in the Membrane".

My new blood elf paladin is now level 11. My plan is to level with quests until level 15, then use the LFD tool to level from there (if you haven't experienced it yet, try leveling as a tank. The que times are awesome). I also bought my death knight epic flight skill... not sure why, as I don't really farm ore often, if at all. However, he did hit lvl 70, and I had the gold, so...

Oh, and here's an idea for the ultimate gold sink: pay 1,000g to gain a level. Enough gold might evaporate out of the economy to combat the inflation that BC and WotLK brought with them. Just a thought.