So remember how I was down to 4400 gold after last night's investment in crafter materials? Logging on today, I had 16227 gold after collecting my auctions and completing my follower missions. Most of that from selling my crafts. Even deducting the crafting costs, we're talking close to a 5k gold profit from a few minutes of work. So with even more pocket change than last night, it's time to step it up another notch! But still keeping it stupid simple, of course.
So I noticed last night that most of the good enchants I could craft in Warlords of Draenor was made from the same 5 ingredients, and I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for those at the auction house. But now it's time to start mass producing a few gems as well! Because as I've stated a few times: gathering is slave labor, and thus both my professions naturally are production professions. So let's produce!
Studying my second profession - Jewelcrafting - I noticed that everything here too originates from a fairly low number of components. It turns out the one hard-to-get item is a BoP I originally only could craft a few each day of. Namely Taladite Crystals. But somewhere along the road they added a way to craft them from another BoP item, Primal Spirit. And call me lucky, but I have hundreds of Primal Spirits lying around! Because they seem to drop everywhere, and up until now I didn't really craft anything that required them. But now that I do, my stockpile comes in really handy! In fact you should consider this a general rule of gold farming. Don't use stuff unless you have to, and never throw away stuff that you don't know if you will need later or not. Because you probably will, and bagspace isn't that expensive. Waste not, want not!
And the rest of the materials I need for my Jewelcrafting? Nothing but purchasable cheap slave labor gathering materials, like the various herbs of Draenor, and the two types of ores. With 16k of gold in my pockets, I can probably buy a bit of these. Especially at the time of writing this, which is pretty much the end of the expansion. Slave labor materials are always cheaper at this point in time. Happens every single expansion. So I guess it's time for a trip to the auction house again!
At the auction house I bought pretty large amounts of not too expensive Temporal Crystals, True Iron Ore and Blackrock Ore. Pricetag in total? I don't want to think about it, but it brought me down to 1739 gold. Feel free to do that little piece of math! The point isn't how much gold you spend, it's how much you earn. If the materials you buy are valid and used frequently, you could always just sell them again if things go the wrong way. For me the only really important factor is that I still have enough gold to post auctions. And you only really need a couple of hundred for that.
Another thing worth considering is to configure TradeSkillMaster to look out for the items you need to craft. I personally don't do this, at least not yet, because my crafts require such a low amount of different materials, that I can easily check for them manually at the auction house. And using TradeSkillMaster and their desktop app, my auction price database is automatically updated with the most recent realm prices, and so I can see what percentage of the average each auction is placed at without ever needing to worry about the actual prices myself. If it's below 110ish percent, I purchase, if not, I don't!
Chaos to Order
Some of the point I'm trying to make here is that we should never worry about our gold dropping rapidly. It might seem scary and risky if you've never had a lot of gold before and still consider a five digit sum to be "a lot". But once we hit our first 100k, purchases of 5-10k really aren't that big anymore. In fact, probably around a month from now, maybe even less, my own bulk purchases will be back in the 40-50k area. I've done this quite a few times now. Going from zero to a lot. And the formula is always the same. It starts out with trying to get some pocket change. To get enough gold from dailies, instance farming, or any other minor method to be able to do some auction house purchases and start crafting stuff. Once the crafting starts my gold goes like a yo-yo for a few days or a few weeks. But as the quantities of materials I juggle increase, my gold starts to stabilize at a fairly high amount, and the fluctuations then appear smaller compared. Then finally it becomes apparent that the gold isn't fluctuating at all, it's actually steadily increasing.
The real challenge comes when you're above 100k, and your 5k daily gains starts to feel really low. And this is a challenge of discipline, nothing else. It's important to don't lose your head, start spending too much, or get bored and think you have a lot or in any way stop doing what you're doing. Because if it got you to a 100k, it'll get you to 200k, 300k, 500k and eventually the ever eluding million. Or a million minus one copper, since that's the actual character gold cap now. But this is why we have alts and guild banks. To go above the cap!
Keeping it simple
Another thing to take note of is that regardless of what professions I currently have, I don't ever go for diversity. I don't craft a little of everything. I don't craft anything else than what the current max level characters are buying. And only the safe bets, only the things that sell constantly. I leave the mount crafting and weird diversity to the self-proclaimed and highly pretentious gold moguls. Let them fill the auction house with their spreadsheet items and elitist theory nonsense crafts, while we sit back, chill and simply craft exactly what the majority wants! I mean, who do you think makes the most money? Some local gourmet restaurant, or McDonald's?
There used to be a lot of money in twink enchants, but given the current state of heirlooms and the game in general, they're just not worth the time anymore. Going with the mainstream crafts is safer, faster, easier. With my Jewelcrafting I make a few of the best gems, nothing else. With my Enchanting I mainly create weapon enchants, though I sometimes throw in a few other top enchants as well, but hardly ever more than 3 or 4. If I had tailoring, I'd make bags. I have no idea about the other professions, but I reckon the "social raiders" are still high on all types of food, flasks and potions. They wipe for hours every night, claim to play "for fun", yet spend more time failing than the professional raiders spend on the game altogether! But at least they buy a lot of stuff from us! Their slave labor and stress makes us rich! Win!
This concludes my report for today! I apologize for my ramblings and thoughts, if you came here looking for tutorials you probably feel like this just isn't it. And you're right! It's not a tutorial! It's my journey from rags to riches documented, and I only talk about what I'm doing when I'm actually doing it! My plans on how to increase my gold gains as I move along, well... guess you have to come back later to learn about those!
See you next time, and until then: farm more gold! :)
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