Making 5000 Gold for the Epic Flying Mount - Part 1
For the second part of my Making 5000 Gold for the Epic Flying Mount post I will share a few tips on how to maximize your earnings and efficiency while leveling.
1. Try to sell every dropped item that's white or above on the Auction House. This should be common sense but I still see people who vendor even greens. I won't even mention those who vendor gathered mats like ore and herbs. Bad! Bad!
2. Always pick up gray items from mobs and vendor them. I find it amazing how many people despise looting gray items. Dudes, those grays add up a lot, especially gray weapons and armor and also those items that stack! If you don't have enough bag space, just get bigger bags.
3. Speaking of bags, always carry the biggest ones you can afford. At the very least you should have 4x 16-slot Netherweave Bags, however, these days 20-slot Frostweave Bags have dropped a lot in price so I would definitely pick those up. In fact, I have equipped my 65 Shaman with 20-slot bags, even back when they were 120 gold a piece. Now that they dropped to 60 gold, you should have no excuse for skipping out on these bags. More storage = more items gathered = less trips to a vendor/mailbox/AH = better efficiency = bigger profits.
4. You do have a bank-alt, don't you? If you don't, shame on you. Just make a level 1 alt and stick him in a major city close to a mailbox, auction house and bank. You should mail all the stuff you want to sell on the AH to this character. While you're leveling you shouldn't even step in a major city unless you're going to the class/profession trainer or for various quests. More time spent in the playing field = more drops = bigger profits.
5. Don't buy useless crap from the AH. People are tempted to buy vanity items or various pieces of gear that won't actively help them to level or be more efficient. On the other hand, DO buy leveling gear with good stats for your class/spec. I encourage this especially before you hit Outland, as the quest rewards up to that point (with few small exceptions) are notoriously crappy (plate with spirit anyone?). So, while I'm leveling, I'm always on the lookout for cheaply priced green gear on the AH. For example if I find a nice AGI upgrade as an Enhancement Shaman for < gear =" faster" survivability =" more/faster" loot =" bigger" href="http://www.wowhead.com/?item=2592">Wool Cloth, Mageweave Cloth and Felcloth.
6. While leveling, don't spend money on food buffs, scrolls, elixirs, etc. You won't need them typically, as most leveling content is designed to be soloed without buffs. Occasionally a few buffs might help you solo a group quest but during your adventures you will accumulate a plethora of food, scrolls and potions anyway.
7. Related to above, don't bother with enchants while leveling. They're simply not worth it (remember, leveling quests are not raid material) and most are expensive. Of course, if your leveling character is an enchanter, do make liberal use of enchants. That's valid for every profession. Another exception would be if you can procure a nice blue or epic weapon which will last you for 10 levels or more; by all means, enchant that weapon but be reasonable with how much you spend. Just use your judgment.
8. When selling ore/bars, try to figure out which one gets you the best returns. Sometimes, ore sells a lot better than smelted bars. Just be aware of your server's economy.
9. Also when selling stacks of something, try to determine whether it's more profitable to sell whole stacks or to split them into singles. For example I've noticed on my server that while Saronite Bars sell for, say 1.5 gold apiece when stacked to 20, they often sell for 3-4 gold apiece individually.
These are just a few of the strategies I use to make gold while leveling. Your mileage may vary and you may discover new ways in which to bring in the cash. These methods work well for me and I hope at least some of them will work for you. As a final remark, I will offer this: if you expect others to "bail you out", give you cash or if you can get the gold from your guild, then these tips are probably not for you. However, if you don't learn how to make gold on your own, you will probably never have enough to buy everything you need and you will always be dependent on others. This works in real life too!
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