I think we all have experienced the slow down in sales at this point in the game. Call it what you will. Seasonal slowdown, post-patch blues, loss of players. It all adds up to lower sales for the auction house goblin. Personally I am seeing about a 50% slowdown in sales. There are many ways you can choose to view this. I prefer to see it as a challenge to my creativity.
We need to take a new look at how we handle our game. How we react to changes is what differentiates a successful goblin from an amateur. We must learn to lead the herd instead of just following it. We must find new markets and blaze new trails. As the old saying goes; we must think outside the box.
The fist step is to re-evaluate our current process. Take a look and see which markets to keep, which to abandon, and which to adjust. Each of us are different in what professions we have, what our markets are like and how our server functions. However the process to success remains the same.
First we take a look at what we are doing now. Usually we have become so ingrained in our daily routine that we don’t really put much thought into it. The current market wont allow us to keep doing the same thing over and over. As the market changes we must learn to adapt or die. Herein lies the challenge.
Below is a list of items that are still selling for me. Each server is different so be sure to check yours. Hopefully this will give you new ideas for old markets.
For me the best selling engineering items are pets. De-Weaponized Mechanical Companion, Tranquil Mechanical Yeti, Lifelike Mechanical Toad, Lil' Smokey, and Pet Bombling are excellent sellers. The bow Overpowered Chicken Splitter is also a good seller. This market was flooded at one time but most sellers have moved on, leaving very little competition on my server. The High-Power Flashlight trinket also sells well. On my server there is a steady demand for Purple, Green, and White Smoke Flares which typically sell for 20 times their mat cost. Check your server for other items that sell well.
Unfortunately Alchemy is not a good profession on my server. Increased competition has caused the market prices to collapse in Potions, Elixirs, and Flasks. The only useful money maker for this profession remains in transmutation. My alchemist is currently relegated to support staff for my other professions. Whether he transmutes Shadowspirit Diamonds for my jewelcrafter or transmutes Truegold for my blacksmith he provides much needed support for my alts. When these items are not needed I simply complete the daily Living Elements transmute for some profit.
Ebonsteel Belt Buckle is still a great seller. Even with high competition for this market there is enough of a demand to keep the prices profitable. The current ilvl 365 weapons are slow but steady sellers for a great profit. However my most profitable sellers are PvP gear. Bloodthirsty Ornate and Bloodthirsty Pyrium armor sells extremely well on my server. Low competition and high profits for this gear. Don’t forget to check your servers sales for enchanting rods as these can be very profitable as well.
Item enhancements are always great sellers. Charscale Leg Armor, Dragonscale Leg Armor, and Drakehide Leg Armor are excellent sellers. However don’t forget Earthen Leg Armor, Frosthide Leg Armor, and Icescale Leg Armor for level 80's also sell very well. Royal Scribes Satchel and Triple-Reinforced Mining Bag are two Leatherworking bags that sell very well for me. Bloodthirsty Leather and Bloodthirsty Wyrmhide PvP gear are another excellent seller. However Bloodthirsty Dragonscale and Bloodthirsty Charscale do not sell very well on my server.
Tailoring has some great item enhancements. Powerful Enchanted Spellthread and Powerful Ghostly Spellthread sell very well. Don’t forget to check the prices for the level 80 spellthreads as well. Bags are every tailors mainstay. Its a market with great potential for profit. Illusionary Bags usually sell for 3k+ on my server with almost no competition. Embersilk Bags are fast sellers for a small but decent profit. Glacial Bags are another 22 slot bag like the embersilk but usually sell for 100-200 gold more than the embersilk ones. Frostweave Bags are another great seller on my server at 150-175 gold each. Many people recommend selling Netherweave Bags however the market for these have become flooded on my server and there is little profit in them. Other good sellers are the crafting bags. Otherworldly Bag for enchanting, Luxurious Silk Gem Bag for jewelcrafters, and Hyjal Expedition Bags for herbs. As always PvP gear sells very well on my server. Bloodthirsty Embersilk and Bloodthirsty Fireweave armor sells for huge profits.
Enchant scrolls are selling very well. As the game wears on with no new content many players are leveling and equipping their alts. This has caused a great demand for enchants. Check your server or The Undermine Journal website to see what sells best on your auction house. Don’t forget to check the Wrath enchants as these are also selling very well. Now may also be a good time to check and see what the enchanting pets are selling for. If you left the market due to low profits and increased competition now may be a good time to jump back in.
While enchanting scrolls are selling to people leveling their alts, gem sales have not followed suit. Due to increased competition on my server, and fewer buyers, the prices of gems has fallen across the board. At this time I have temporarily withdrawn from the gem market except for metas. I still do the obsidian shuffle, however, I use the prospected gems to create rings and necklaces to be disenchanted to provide mats for my enchanter. Don’t forget to check your server prices for the PvP rings and necklaces as this market has good potential and little competition.
Inscription provides multiple opportunities to make gold. Glyphs can have a huge return versus cost of mats. However, massive competition is standard in this market. I recommend identifying the highest priced glyphs and sticking to selling those. You can make gold on the lower priced market but this begins to take up too much time for too little profit. You time is better spent elsewhere. Offhand items such as the Divine Companion, Dungeoneering Guide, and Battle Tome are good sellers on my server. Relic prices are too low to make a profit on for me. Be sure to check your server prices for these items. The second best Inscription profit maker for me is darkmoon cards. Everyone knows about the level 85 trinkets. Unfortunately with the recent release of newer trinkets as well as the brewfest trinkets, these trinkets are outdated. The true moneymaker for Darkmoon cards, decks, and trinkets lie in selling the level 60 and 70 trinkets. For people trying to level and power-level alts these are the best and easiest trinkets. They sell like crazy on my server. Also don’t forget that selling the decks to people trying to get exalted with Darkmoon Faire is a great way to make gold. Don’t forget to check out your servers prices for Mysterious Fortune Cards as a great way to make money. Check out Colds Mysterious Fortune Card Guide for more information on making money on the fortune cards.
Last but not least is one of the best profit makers in the game for me. Selling recipes. Recipes fall into one of two categories Crafting and Cooking. Each server has a “sweet spot” of pricing for these recipes. On my server I have found that to be 65 gold for the crafting recipes and 55 gold for the cooking recipes. This is a tremendous profit for an item which sells for fifty silver to two gold. Finding recipe vendors is easy if using an add-on such as RecipeProfit for GatherMate available at Curse.com. It is best to avoid the recipes in the capital cities. The harder to find recipes the better. I have found that many of the best sellers are the recipes from outland. Start in Shatt and work your way around the map picking up recipes. This is easier when coupled with another task such as archeology or farming herbs or ore.
These are a few things that still sell for me even in a depressed market. Hopefully it will give you additional ideas for your markets. Please leave comments about what sill sells for you. Thanks