|It's funny cause they sound the same.|
|No money, no money, no money, MONEY!|
|Money, money, money, No money.... :(|
|...Money, Money, Money, Money, Money,...|
You are combining two otherwise risky techniques in order to provide security and make positive income no matter what you do.
Now, if you were absolutely waiting for a form of arbitrage in Warcraft (that's not what I'm here to talk about) fine, here's a form or low-risk cross-market trading. Buy a battle pet that you get a really good deal on. Then, start a level one toon on another server (not a high population server as pet prices are low on those). Cage the pet and sell it there. Take your gold and buy as many other underpriced pets with your earnings as you can. Addons like TheUndermineJournal GE are great for giving tooltips for this. Sell the purchased pets on your home realm. If you started with a pet you bought for 3,000g and sold it for 4,000g. Then you bought four pets for 1,000g each and sold each of them for 1,500g on your home realm, then you started with 3,000g and finished with 6k. May take a couple days but really it's just logging in and out for a couple minutes.
That's not the point. What I wanted to say after explaining the long strangle, is that in WoW you should combine different techniques, professions, and strategies so that you're not only always making money, but so that you're risk of being broke and thus unable of making money in the future is reduced. We've all been inundated with ads showing how to get rich quick with penny stocks or how to win in the Forex or options markets. They'll show you the ins-and-outs of calls but buying them will always have risk. Similarly, if you focus on Jewelcrafting alone, you're at the mercy of your competitors. One person with too much time and gold on his hands (and a guild vault of gems) can come in and completely bottom out the market, and keep it that way for as long as he/she likes. If you don't believe me, go to Stormspire.net and read some of the horror stories. That's why I love both low-risk strategies (hard to go wrong with mining) and diversity of income sources.
By low-risk strategies, I mean traditional profession crafting and posting. The simple professions crafts like current PvP crafted armor are a lot easier to price and sell than rare Burning Crusade gem cuts. For posting strategies, if someone posts a flask for 10g less than everyone else on Tuesday, I probably won't undercut them, and will instead post above them since my goods will sell anyways, but doing that increases the risk of not selling out my inventory, as does buying someone out. Higher-risk strategies that I avoid are things like market takeovers, where you control an entire market for an extended period of time. I also avoid large-scale resets in areas like gems, glyphs, (and now blacksmithing, cause that didn't end up going very well), because, like in options, while you stand to make a large profit if it all goes well, maneuvers like that carry needless risk if you can get rich either way.
My answer and recommendation to goldmakers is to use multiple progressive income streams.
1. Have your initial source of income be from professions. It's how the game is designed.
How I recommend setting up TSM for professions
2. From there, you can branch out to farming your favorite dungeons and raids for battle pets and transmog.
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3. Level an alt for more professions. You've got a stable income by now, so make the first part bigger by leveling an alchemist, tailor, engineer, or inscriptionist.
4. Find something fun you want to do and incorporate in. I like leveling and selling battle pets. You can be a master of halfhill though. Work around in the TCG market or play around with old crafts like Fortune Cards. Or do your research and become a master of the high-risk strategies that I so vehemently avoid so that you can implement them without as much risk. Fun little niche markets like this are great ways to keep learning and increasing your gold income while doing so.
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I'm gonna leave it at that though. Thanks for reading my little WoW blog! You can find me on Twitter Here, and on YouTube Here. I strongly suggest you download the TradeSkillMaster addon and the UndermineJournal GE Addon. My brief setup guide is here, feel free to email or tweet any questions. And remember that the key to making gold in WoW is just to
Search. Craft. Post.
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