I read a message board post recently, lamenting over someone who essentially lost 13 thousand gold because of a pre-Cataclysm investment. The reason the gold was “lost” was because this person put money into a pair of items that Blizzard is changing come the expansion. So, they’re utterly worthless and Blizzard has not made an announcement about it. This person felt ripped off, which is wrong.
When you invest in an item in an attempt to profit, you are essentially taking a risk. If you put your money into a sure thing, it’s most likely to pay off. If you take a bigger risk, the chance of loss could be greater. Not everything pans out the way we want it to or expect it to. When that happens, you have every right to be disappointed. In WoW, you can’t blame Blizzard for something you’re trying to exploit (though at least in this case it’s legally).
You can search the internet for ideas and items to hang on to for December 7th, but the fact is very few are a sure thing. Whether it’s an item or a recipe ingredient, there’s no guarantee it will be as needed as it is now. That’s the danger of investing in the future. If nothing else, this puts emphasis on diversity. Spread your wealth. Grab a number of items. If one doesn’t pan out as expected, hopefully you can offset it or still make enough profit on the others. Just remember that succeed or fail, it was you that spent the money. No one owes you an apology if your strategy didn’t work out.