The question for today is;
What were the first techniques/tricks/tips you used when starting out?
Jeez, it's been such a long time it's hard to really remember. As I mentioned in Day One of this Gold making blogging challenge I started making gold though necessity, needing thousands of herbs to mill down and turn into inks to make Darkmoon Cards for reputation. Along with the Inks needed to make cards they also required Eternal Life. The prices on these Eternals fluctuated wildly depending on how many people on the server were doing the same reputation grind and whether the weekly quest in Wintersgrasp required you to kill the nature mobs or one of the other elements.
Frozen Orbs. In an attempt to save money where I could I started to buy Frozen Orbs off of the Auction House for a maximum of 15g and trade them into Frozo in Dalaran for Eternal Life which at the time were closer to 25-30g each. Once I'd completed my FoS I continued to trade in Orbs but for Eternal Fire.which typically sold for 38-45g each.
Netherweave Bags. One of the first things I did when I started making gold in World of Warcraft was to sit down and really think about what people would buy. What I bought. One of the things on that list was bags. I've always been a bit of an alt-aholic and one of the first things I always do is mail a new alt some bags. I wasn't about to risk losing gold on crafting Frostweave bags as I didn't have much but Netherweave Cloth was low enough for me to give a shot. Buying Netherweave Cloth for 3g a stack. One bag requires one stack of cloth, I'd sell the bags anywhere between 12g and 30g.
Tailoring Cloths. Ebonweave, Moonshroud and Spellweave were fantastic sellers for me during Wrath of the Lich King. They were required to make BoE epics. While I was never interested in trying to sell the epics myself I was more than happy to provide the cloth at a huge markup. Using Frozen Orbs to trade into more expensive Eternals continued to pay off with this one!
Halaani Claymore. Within Halaa there's a vendor called Aldraan who sells the Halaani Claymore as well as a thrown weapon (which is no longer sold as they were removed from the game). These items used to be fantastic for disenchanting when your faction held Halaa. There was a point during Wrath of the Lich King where Feral Druids and Rogues used the Mongoose enchant from The Burning Crusade as it was best in slot for a short while until it was nerfed. This vendor gave me an incredibly cheap and lazy way to acquire Arcane Dust and Greater Cosmic Essences.
Exchanging Borean leather for Arctic Fur. In Darlaran you can exchange 10 Heavy Borean Leather for One Arctic Fur from Braeg Stoutbeard. This was fantastic for me. I'd grab up any cheap leather I could get my grubby hands on.
Vendor Recipes. Often vendors have items of interest. I myself am pretty lazy when it comes to visiting a vendor for a recipe while leveling a profession and I'm not the only one. Faid make an awesome video showing the route she uses to pick up vendor recopies for flipping. Make sure to visit Faid's Blog ClockworkRiot she writes a fantastic World of Warcraft gold blog as well as the new Litecast in which she answers gold making related questions.
Some of these methods of gold making are slightly time sensitive especially the tailoring cloths however bags are still profitable on most servers, Frostweave and Embersilk bags continue to be great sellers for me. Flipping vendor recopies and pets never gets old.