Harvesting Your Suckers
Dumb Mistakes in the AH that you can profit from.
Apart from rare or limited availability items, would you ever buy anything from an auction house at a higher price than you could buy at a vendor? Probably not, if you’re astute enough to be reading this blog. However, there are is a huge market out there for items that players will buy either from laziness, poor judgement or plain stupidity. (edit/update: I’m thinking specifically about local npcs vendoring unlimited items in capital cities right next to the auction houses)
Buying limited supply items, such as the white kitten from Lil’ Timmy in Stormwind, to use a well known example, is called flipping when these items are resold at a profit in the Auction House. Â Reselling common supply items for a profit in the Auction House doesn’t have a standard name. Â So I’m going to call it Christmas Comes Early, heh.
From the Blacksmith Vendor: Â Coal, Weak flux, Mining Pick, Blacksmith Hammer
From the Inscription Supplier: Vanishing Powder, Dust of Disappearance, Parchments
From the Enchanting Vendor: Enchanting Vellums, Copper Rod
From the Cooking Supplies: Mild Spices, Simple Flour
From Innkeepers: Milk, especially around seasonal events that require milk in the cooking achievements (children’s week, winter’s veil)
From Alchemist Vendors: Crystal Vial
From Leatherworking Suppliers: Skinning Knife
From Engineering Supply Vendors: Â Engineer’s Ink
From Vendors near Stormwind: Â Cats from the Crazy Cat Lazy in Elwynn.
From Vendors in Orgrimmar: Â Snakes from the patrolling Snake Vendor
I still regularly sell inscription dusts and jewelcrafter’s settings for considerable profit. Â Whilst the amount earned per sale is low, the percentage of profits is always enough to make me smile every time an auction sells, and over a week this free gold can really add up. Â So next time you are at a professions vendor, compare the prices of their wares with the selling prices on the AH.
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