Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cross-Faction Trade: Flipping the Darkmoon Cards

  This is my entry for Cold's Gold Blogging Carnival on the topic "What are your favorite items to transfer to the other faction for sales?" I should say that this post is one of the reasons that I started this blog. I wanted to share my idea but didn't have a place to do it.

  I am going to tell you about my latest idea for cross-faction flipping. Attention: it is highly risky and can cause you big losses! But we all know that the more money we get the more risk we are willing to take. At least it is true about me.

   The idea
  I am talking here about single Darkmoon cards that are used to create Darkmoon decks. The main idea is to compare what cards are available on each side and at what prices. There can be two possibilities for you to make money:
  1. A particular card is missing on one side and is available comparatively cheap on the other side.
  2. A card is selling cheap on one side and is going for a much higher price on the other side.

  How to do it
  The most convenient way to compare what is available on each side is to use The Undermine Journal. It has a "Darkmoon News" page in the "Enhancements" tab. If you open such page for Alliance and Horde, you can easily see and compare all the information.

  Let's look at the example. This is the data on Volcanic cards for the Alliance side (first table) and Horde side (second table).

  What opportunities for flipping do we see here?

1. Two cards are not available on Horde AH at all (Two and Three of Embers) and are selling for a normal price on Alliance side.

2. There is only one Four of Embers on the Horde side, going for 1000g, but there are 9 of them on the Alliance side, the cheapest available for 550g.

  Tip: if you see that there is just one particular card available for medium-low price, you can try to buy and resell it for a high price on the same side.

  Another tip: if you end up with almost the full set of cards, assuming that you buy them all for medium-low prices, you can consider getting the missing cards and making a deck yourself.

Do not try this if:
  1. You don't want to invest large amount of gold in a highly risky enterprise.

  2. You don't know the Darkmoon card market well enough to assess the situation. 
  Many factors are important here:
  - faction ratio on your server
  - is the Darkmoon card market declining or not yet
  - how many scribes are involved in making decks
  - when will be the next Darkmoon faire and how it influences the market

  3. You do not have an opportunity to transfer cards cross-faction quickly. Two accounts work the best for this.

   My experience
  I am keeping records of all the cards that I buy, including the information on what side I buy and sell, dates, prices and profit after AH cut. For the last week I bought 27 cards for a total of 13k gold. I managed to sell only 10 of them for the total of 19.5k. So my enterprise is already profitable and I still have 17 cards to sell or make decks. According to my records profit from each card varies from 500g to 2300g. 
  And yes, I know that this week the Darkmoon faire was running and this may not work so well when it is over. I will keep doing such flipping and will see how it goes in between the faires.

  Please, let me know what you think of my idea. Have you tried it? What amount of gold are you willing to invest in a new risky enterprise?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today's Special: Malachite Pendant

  Target market: level 14 twinks and leveling characters.

  There is simply no alternative to this neck piece on its level. With the introduction of the new 10-14 battleground brackets this amulet became the only option for level 14 twinks. It is good for any class that can make use of agility, that means such popular twink classes as rogues and hunters.

  Materials, production cost and profit: 

  To craft this you have to be a jewelcrafter of level 20, and this is one of the first designs that you will learn. The materials needed:
  On my server the overall cost of materials is 2g at most and I am selling the pendants in the range of 10-25g each, depending whether I have competition or not. That mainly comes from leveling jewelcrafters and does not last long. Usually they post theirs for 1-2g so I just buy them out and repost. You can try to do the same as TUJ shows that on most servers they are going for 1-2g too.

  I have sold 29 of these and made about 400g total profit in 10 days. I also tried flipping them on the other side and on another server where I have a low level alt and it worked well there too. 

  Is your jewelcrafter standing next to a huge pile of ore, prospecting it day and night? Let him rest for a moment and make something simple and pretty! You don't have a jewelcrafter yet? Then roll one and start making money from JC on the first day! Give it a try and tell us about it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'll just start it

Hi all!

I am a WoW player. I have been playing for two years and lately I found a new interest in making money in game.   I was playing the Auction House in WotLK and could afford some things that other people considered very expensive (mammoth mounts, BoE ICC gear) but it was never my main activity. It all started a couple of months ago and I don't remember how exactly it happened. Most likely I followed a link to one of the gold-making blogs from WoW Insider that is one of my favorite web resource about WoW. Long story short, now I'm really interested in playing AH and going for the gold cap.

I am following a number of blogs but was only a silent reader till now. I am starting my own because I have some ideas and tips to share with the community.

P.S. To prevent possible questions, for now I have no intentions to reveal my characters or the server I am playing on.

P.P.S. Yesterday I hit 400k gold mark!