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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Finding a Niche on your Server- Puzzled Part Deux?!

Hey folks! May today bring you many a happy hotfix! I got an email that I would like to share with you, as there are some great tips for the beginner goldmaker found within. A month and a half in to the gold game, and Mike is already passing up some folks that have been in the game for some time. 


There are a few highlights here, and he even reminded me about a few things that have been on the backburner of my gold making skills (looking for a niche on your server? it might just be listed below!). At the end of the email, I toss in my comments on the different markets listed and answer a few questions this reader had. Get a cup of coffee, pack up yer bowl (of cereal, kids), and read on!


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Hey Alto,

Mike here. Just wanted to say great job on the Puzzled article. It brought to light a lot of issues that I've been having. I'm new to goldmaking as in about a month to a month and a half of actually attempting it. But I must admit the first several weeks weren't that active because I was doing more forum and blog reading than actual posting. 

I've done the basics: I have an alt with his own guild parked in a major city for storage and is my main auction poster, I have an alt parked at one of the neutral AHs (although I'm curious as to which one is more profitable, if any?), and I had a decent amount stockpiled when 4.2 came out. I know you hate to farm but I also have a level 85 alt with mining and skinning that I farm with for an hour a day (when I can) to keep my stocks up in those appropriate professions. 


The professions I have covered are Tailoring, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, and Blacksmithing. I also have an alt I plan on leveling one day with Leatherworking and Alchemy. I've been doing the Dreamcloth CDs every week (got about 2 and half stacks) and the new Hyjal dailies everyday on 2 different toons to maximize profits the day the professions are available. And I use TUJ like like it's a religion.

Been somewhat successful with about 30k gold to show for it. Top sells have been gems of course with enchants picking up speed. Belt buckles are something I'll be looking into soon when mats are more stockpiled.

Your post made me realize about the high and lows of markets. The volatile market was what I looked into immediately after reading the article and saw sure as day that they are susceptible to this cycle.

I've also tried to venture out into rather unfamiliar waters with enchanting by selling TBC enchanting mats but not much luck so far. However, I may have discovered something for someone that is having luck. Void shatter can be bought from the Shattered Sun Offensive vendor at Honored Rep level (which isn't very hard). Void crystals on my server sell for about 1g currently. The problem I'm having is that there just isn't a market for large prismatic shards right now. Maybe your followers could better benefit from this information since I can't. Of course if this is an old method disregard it.


Prospecting ore and milling herbs as I've both read and experienced can be very time consuming. So can buying and scanning the AH. My current schedule with both work and class simply doesn't allow me enough time to do all those things as much as I should and I feel it's eating into my goldmaking goals. I currently have Auctioneer and Auctionator and recently heard about TSM. What I'm asking is if the new addon TSM would possibly automate prospecting ore for me or buy materials off the AH once I set a certain threshold. If it doesn't then do you know of any that do? I'm also looking for an addon that enables me to open and loot all my mail with just one click instead of me having to shift-click every single one. And finally I'm also looking for an addon that could allow me to look at both my alts' bags contents and profession tabs.


If you know of any addons that have any of these functions please let me know. Again, great article and good luck in future posts and goldmaking.



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So, here's a few bullet points and my two cents:
  •  I have an alt parked at one of the neutral AHs - Great idea for a few reasons. One, you get a chance to see what's moving from faction to faction (true blue "flippers" of goods. If you are a dirty dog, you might stealth snatch some goods. Being a true blue flipper watching both sides for the best profits.
  • I farm with for an hour a day (when I can) to keep my stocks up in those appropriate professions- I love seeing this. Farming is a very viable way to get your materials, and is a great way to keep "vanilla'ish" stocks of materials on your AH.
  • I've been doing the Dreamcloth CDs every week- Love it. If you have cooldowns folks, USE THEM! Any cooldown in any profession is an instant profit, and usually an instant sale (or using them yourself on some BoP's for craftables).
  • Hyjal dailies everyday on 2 different toons - Once again, it's kinda like a crafting cooldown. Dailies are an integral part of making gold in WoW. Whether you are doing dailies for rep, gold, or unlocking items, you are not wasting your time by questing. And, it's not a bad grind....until your 30th day getting a friggin epic fishing pole.
  • And I use TUJ like like it's a religion - You can never go wrong here. Raiders read up for hours, have specified forums, talk in vent/ts/skype for hours on their schedule to knock down bosses. Why is it strange for goldmakers to do this? 
  • Selling gems of course with enchants picking up speed- Alot of folks have made an absolute killing on this patch, and it is still a great market for weeks to come! Keep it up!
  • Belt buckles - I don't even need to say anything here, it's a great market. Not just the Ebonsteel, but the Eternal Belt Buckle as well. Don't forget the leveling folks out there, they gots golds too!
  • TBC enchanting mats- Greater Planar Essence, Arcane Dust, and don't forget all them Primals and Motes! Great sellers, great markets!
  • Void shatter can be bought from the Shattered Sun Offensive vendor at Honored Rep level- Know your server, know your prices. Some work, some don't, but it's a great reminder to check!
  • Prospecting ore and milling herbs as I've both read and experienced can be very time consuming. What I'm asking is if the new addon TSM would possibly automate prospecting ore for me or buy materials off the AH once I set a certain threshold. If it doesn't then do you know of any that do? - I would love to tell you about automation, but it's against the ToS. There are programs out there that folks use, but if you really want to know, google is your best friend. Or, just buy a G15 Keyboard. Still "against" ToS (due to automation) though. It just might make you "feel" safer. TSM is a great addon though, I swear by it for glyphs, gems, and enchants. 
  • An addon to open and loot all my mail with just one click- Postal is and always will be the best addon for this. Open your mailbox, one click (or if you go into settings on the addon, all you need to do is open your mailbox, no clicking needed- wait. That's automated.......kinda.
As always, I love hearing from you folks out there and what markets you are hitting, what is working, what isn't, so on and so forth. Keep em coming, and you never know, you might be headlining the next post!

3 comments:

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Great post - just thought I would add that 2 add-ons I use to help keep track of alts are:

Altaholic - pretty much allows you to see anything and everything about each toon you have, regardless of who you are logged on as.

and Bagnon - bag management, again view all your toons bags and bank

Altolycus said... Reply To This Comment

Great point anony,

Altoholic- err....I mean Altaholic is a killer addon as well as bagnon, I use both. I have a handful of others as well, but the ones I listed above are must haves in my eyes. Thanks for the input!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I don't know why people use two addons when one will do the job. TSM has a module that opens mail at the mailbox for you, you open your mailbox and click the 'open all' button and it does it, it even reloads if your mailbox is full and gives you a timer for how long those reloads take.

Also altoholic shows you everything that is in your alt's bags, under Characters tab, just click on the dropdown for each character to view all their bags. You can also use the search box at the top of Altoholic to see which characters hold specific items.

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