F.A.Q. - Gold
The following is from the "Show me the Money - How To Make Gold" forum
thread from the old web site started by Qwicksilver.
The information about disenchanting things has changed a bit since Burning
Crusade came out. A level 5 character can no longer disenchant everything
with the new level requirements. Other than that, it is still good information
on how to earn gold in WOW.
I would love for everyone in our guild to have plenty of gold so they
can get good things..... and because I absolutely hate begging!
I learned a lot about making gold as I leveled up my first character.
When I started Qwicksilver I found it a lot easier than I had the first
time. I was also able to send her items and money from my first high level
character. That was nice but I kept thinking about how much I had learned
and wondered how I would do starting out new without the support of a
Asp and I decided we would give it a try and started new characters on
another server where we did not know anyone or have any alts. I had 200
gold by the time I was level 20, was carrying all 16 slot packs, had at
least three 16 slot backpacks in the bank and had a blue item weapon with
a +7 blue glow enchant.
Here is how I did it
- Don't worry about the small stuff. When you are low level everything
is small stuff. When you start your first character small stuff seems
big but it really isn't. I dropped gray items from the beginning area
if my backpack got full and concentrated on doing the quests and leveling.
None of it is worth the time you spend trying to run back and sell.
Use the time to level. Do that until at least level 8 - 10 or maybe
even 18 - 20. NOTE: later on you do not want to drop many gray items.
That gray sword you got in Zul'Farrak will sell to a vendor for over
a gold. (Gray items are items whose name is in gray instead of white,
green or blue, etc.)
- Start a bank character. Start a character and run them to the nearest
auction house/bank/mailbox area. You don't need to level them or do
any quests. A level 1 is fine for a bank character. This character's
job is to look in the Auction House for good buys and to sell your stuff
for as much as possible. You send any good item you get to this character
to sell for you. The cost of postage is worth the time you save not
running back and forth to sell. For example a stack of 20 linen cloth
may sell for 20 - 40 silver or even higher in the AH. A stack of 20
swiftthistle may sell for 5 - 8 g or more in the AH. Spend some time
looking at the things you can get to sell and compare prices to similar
items. Many green items sell for a lot more than the vender will give
you and many do not sell well at all. You have to do some experimenting
- Buy the biggest bags you can afford as soon as you can afford them.
This is where your bank character can help. Look for bags in the Auction
House. Having bigger bags saves a lot of time running to sell. It also
keeps you from having to decide if you want to drop a gray item or run
sell. It is good to drop lower level items but you don't want to do
that later on as they may be worth as much as green items to a vender.
The more you can sell the more gold you can earn.
- When you can, buy cheap and sell high. As you level up you will learn
what items sell better because people need them for quests. Keep these
things in mind when you put stuff in the AH. There are some things that
you may get as a drop as level 10 that sell for many gold. An example
of this is the formula for Swiftness Potion. (If you get one of these
just send it to me). If you are not sure of the value of an item look
it up on Allakhazam or ask someone you can trust.
- Learn what you can farm quickly and easily for gold. A level 7 can
make several gold in a short time selling copper bars in the AH. A level
10 or 12 can sell small eggs or light feathers in the AH. A level 60
can make a lot selling gray item drops from the birds in Deadwind Pass.
As a general rule you will make a lot more with gathering professions
than with producing professions. For example, you can usually sell the
ingredients to make a potion or leather item for more than the potion
or item itself.
- Don't spend a lot buying new armor every level. Buy nice things from
the AH occasionally but not too often. Usually you will be getting something
better soon anyway.
Qwicksilver is completely correct that you don't need to play your bank
character to make tons of money with them. There is an option that should
be mentioned here though. If you play your bank character long enough
to get them to level 5, you can pick up enchanting as a profession for
them. Enchanting itself will probably not make you any money until you
reach near 300 skill level. However, you can make money disenchanting
items and selling the enchanting materials that come from them.
Enchant ingredients often do not sell for as much as the item itself
will. You probably want to limit the items you disenchant to those which
fall into one or more of the following categories:
- There's already a ton of that particular item in the AH.
- Items that you have made with your "producing profession" to level
up (e.g. leather working, black smithing, etc.). Often these will not
- Items with "less desireable" stats on them. For example, I have found
that items that are heavy in the Spirit statistic do not move as well.
- Occasionally, you come across an item that seems good; but, just won't
- You have checked what the vendor will give you for the item, and the
materials you are likely to get will probably bring more than the item
Occasionally, you get lucky and get a shard from a "green" item. These
can almost always be sold for a good deal more than the item itself.
One other thing that should be noted here about enchanting materials,
there is no deposit associated with selling enchant mat's in the AH -
unlike that "good item that should but doesn't sell." You can stick them
in over-and-over for as much as you like and never pay a copper for a
Very good point about the bank character learning enchanting. I have had
a bank character for a long time but never thought about that angle. Thanks!
Quick question, what do you think of trades? After doing a trade in tribal
leatherworking to 300 skill it feels to me as it was a huge money sink,
sure I was able to make nice things for myself and friends but at level
60 it feels pretty useless.
The worst part of the trade was to make items you could wear at your
level you need to get ingrdients from things that are 6 to 10 levels higher
which than forces you to buy them.
So at level 60 I have have a good trade under my belt but only 109 gold
in my bag , Would it have been better to have farmed with skinning and
herbs? I realise that if everyone farmed than there would be no market
for any materials mmmmm. So, what do you think, takeing a trade, is it
I am a skinner-leatherworker myself, and so far I have made a fair amount
off of it.You could probably make more selling leather than the items,
but I am not sure. If you do not do anything with the skill you have,
it might be time to change them. Herbalism is a good money-maker, as is
mining. If all you do with leatherworking is supply yourself and a few
friends, it is probably not worth the time and effort it takes to get
everything. I supply everyone in the guild who needs things and sell items
or gve them out randomly as well. Giving out items does not usually gain
much in the way of coin, but it does occasionally get you a new friend
I too was a skinner / elemental leather worker but dropped the leather
working to take up mining. I will have to say, in my opinion, this was
a much better option. The only thing I miss about it is not having the
ability to make cool stuff for friends / guild mates. Honestly though,
generally speaking it seems drops are usually better than most things
you can make anyhow. I believe you are better off to concentrate on gathering
and selling what you gather. Then you can afford to buy what you want
from the AH and still usually have more money than you would by supporting
a "producing" profession. Anything that you could have produced, you can
usually buy from someone else who is willing to give you a cut-rate so
they can level up (and who are also competing with all the other guys
trying to level up). I did it to save up for an epic mount as well. I
may possibly drop skinning at some point to take up engineering; but,
only because this offers options that I would not otherwise be able to
employ with my character.
After I read Qwicks post on creating a character I decided to make one.
It made life so much easier. Anything I didnt need or want I sent in the
mail to the "bank" character. I would either sell to vendor, or put on
AH. Within a 2 weeks I alreayd had 200g! And the time saved from not always
running to AH to put items up for sale was huge. This helps to keep space
free in bags and save times.
The only problem with that is when you have 3 playing characters and only
2 banks, and when the banks hold alot of stuff for the guildies once they
can use them. I have all sorts of patterns and recipies that are hard
to get when you want them (and easy when you do not). My other bank has
1500+ snowballs, so if anyone wants to have a snowball fight in gadgit
in July let me know. Anyway, the point is that i often have to many items