World of Warcraft is a game which, for the most part, is evolving. The content, the playerbase, and even the auction house. But just because that is true, doesn’t mean abandoning what you know to have worked in the past. Crowd Control is a great example of this, but Mondays are meant for gold so you’re wondering what I’m getting at.
As gold makers look to new ways of generating their income they find success in unique ways and opportunities but many drop what got them there in the first place. A prime example of this is the Saronite Shuffle. Saronite Ore is unqestionably more than it was when Northrend was the end game content because no one is really there to farm it. But that also means the gems aren’t as common. Now, the shuffle changes a bit in modern time depending on your server. Some days Shadow Crystals are actually worth 3-4g so don’t just vendor them. Plus, the blue gems are viable because Lich King epics are far too expensive and Cataclysm gems require higher ilevel gear to be able to use. Do a little research, but I can almost guarantee you this is still quite profitable.
In fact, I’m going to take things a step further and look at an older money maker for every other crafting profession:
- Alchemists. You’re raking in the money transmuting Truegold these days, but are you limiting yourself to just that? From the Saronite Shuffle you can generate Eternals (Air/Fire), and goodness knows Arcanite Bars are worth much more than Arcane Crystals.
- Blacksmiths. Are you watching the price of (or farming) Silver, Truesilver, Cobalt, Adamantium, and Fel Iron? Why not? Enchanters are still being trained every day and they need Rods to get the job done.
- Enchanting. You pop on the auction house on occasion and check the price of green gear versus their disenchant value right?
- Engineering. You’re still making the non-combat pets right?
- Inscription. I’ll touch on it more next week, but Rogues Deck and Swords Deck are easy money. Doesn’t matter if you buy the herbs or just the ink, or the individual cards because people made them to level their profession.
- Leatherworking. Remember your under 40 twinks. You have 4 classes seeking gear instead of just two. Items like Deviate Scale Cloak and Barbaric Bracers are your friend.
- Tailoring. Netherweave and Runecloth. Netherweave Bags will always be a hot seller and Runecloth is usually dirt cheap. Buy it up, make Headbands and then get them disenchanted for ridiculous profit.
Not one of the suggestions here is new. In fact, I’ve even mentioned several of them in the past, but the thing is they still work. If something used to work for you but the market dried up, depending how long it’s been why not go back and try it again? There’s never any harm in trying and if it doesn’t work then you’re no worse off. But when some of it does you’ll be smiling and counting your gold in yet another way.