Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Vendor Trash Gold Guide (20,000g/week from Grays)

     Hey there, gold makers! Today I'm going to be sharing a little secret with you that I've had in my goldmaking routine for a while now, and have been using to bring in an extra 20,000g to 30,000g per week. I've had fun, but it's time to share the magic. Turns out, you can make gold, and a ton of it, just by selling vendor grays for ridiculous prices on the Auction House.
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Farewell, Gnimo! We won't be needing you anymore.
      Initially, I just put everything into a 1,000 gold group, and things sold. But then, either on a whim or out of curiosity, I started testing and came up with the price discrimination setup you see below. Price discrimination is where charge more for the same thing, but if someone can pay more and is willing to, you might as well let them, right? (Think Airplane tickets, some people pay $400 while some pay $199. Same flight).  I'm sure the specific numbers would vary depending on the server size, but the whole point of this is capitalizing on curiosity and accidental purchases.

     Open world farming is awful for grays, so head to dungeons. If you're farming just for grays, then I only recommend doing 1 run of each of the following six instances, but if you're also going for cloth, mats, and transmog, then go ahead and do 3-5 of each of these, although be warned that multiple runs of six dungeons will take a while. Otherwise, it's pretty quick. The goal of this route is a shotgun approach; you're not going to get all of one kind, but you're going to get a few from each expansion's vendor list. (i.e. Most of the vendor greys from the Wrath of the Lich King have a "Frozen/Frigid/Frost XXX" theme)

Making Gold Gray Items WoW Warcraft TradeSkillMaster TSM 2.0 Accounting
Also, the Crochet Hat looks amazing if you're a fisherman.
     Each of the following dungeons will require at least 40 free bag slots, so have room. To start head off to Deadmines located in Southern Westfall, then run Uldaman in northern Badlands, and then head over to Zul'Farrak which you can get to easiest from the Uldum portal. After you mail your ZF stuff in Gadgetzan, MAKE SURE to do the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj located in Silithus. One run through there will usually net about 20 unique vendor greys! Follow that up with Tempest Keep: Botanica out in eastern Netherstorm (it's the northern ship) and Halls of Lighning in Storm peaks.

      I avoid Mist of Pandaria and Cata content just because the vendor loot there are things that people see or remember, and therefore recognize as trash, whereas some of this is less recognizable, and when you post it for 3,000g, has the same effect as things like the Ruby Shades, which sell regularly for 17,000g, despite being white items. It makes people wonder, "Is this something being taken out of the game? What the heck, I have 300k gold."

     One last thought before I share my TradeSkillMaster Import lists. If you're a terrible person, you can set the Codex of Greater Heal and similar items at the same prices as the corresponding glyphs on your realm and unfortunate newbies will buy them. [Go to the Crafting tab of TSM, the nuts and bolts icon, click on materials, scroll down until you find Codex of Greater Heal, and then right click and enter in dbmarket(item:21284) ] made a decent chunk off this until my conscience got the better of me. Better to just post them for 1,000g as "Memories of Yesteryear's Patches." People still buy. (meh, probably still newbie mistakes)

TSM 2.0 Import Group Items
1. Vendor 1000 gold
     This group is your run of the mill items. Wicked Claw, Troll Sweat, and Protective Pavise. Fun or good looking items, but nothing you would write home for. For all of these, keep a post cap of 1, a high minimum price 50% of each groups normal price, and have a maximum of about 50% over. So, for this group my setup is 595g min, 995g normal, 1595g max. It's still somewhat arbitrary, play around on your server's economy.
2. Vendor 2000 gold
     Here, you have the same general level of mediocrity as group 1, but these are either a little bit cooler looking, a little bit cooler sounding, or they're rarer/harder to get.
3. Vendor 3000 gold
     I reserve this group for the best pieces - the quality junk that people will really go for, and even though the 2000 gold group is my largest, I get a higher percentage of sales from this group. This is mainly composed of items that would be great transmog gear if you could transmog grays. As such, they're mainly RP items. Things like the Red Defias Mask are fabulous sellers and I'll consistantly sell at least one of those a week. You can find it in Deadmines.
     That's all, good luck in your farming and let me know how you do!

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Yep, this was the best April Fools Day trick I could muster. Funny thing is, you'll still make 20,000g-50,000g from transmog, rare items, and battle pets if you do this run that I "made up" for this April Fools day gag, because it's actually what I use for farming a large of diverse gear from multiple ranges. (I try and take care of my readers even when I play a joke on em) Thanks for reading and good luck! 4-2

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  1. I was totally skeptical of this, but I figured it couldn't hurt since I had an alt that could use some runs through the goldmines. I posted everything and most didn't sell, but a few did! And I totally thought this was some April fools, ruse.. apparently not. Thanks!

    1. You were right the first time, it was April Fools. :P


      In my "proof" pic, almost all those were friends or guildies that I got to buy. Here's the thing though. One of them WASN'T. Over the course of the week of planning for this post, I did make a legitimate sale, which made me lol.

      On top of that, the weirdest thing that happened was that I logged on to repost my greys (an awkward feeling) and someone had undercut me. This was before the post went live and I told anyone about this strategy. That means that just by posting them at those prices, if you have a presence, you can create this market. I don't know. I might actually keep reposting em for a week or two for the heck of it.

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    1. Oh, I guess I can leave a comment here...shoot. Copy/paste time.

      Sorry you're having problems with TSM, but it's a frustrating problem that will rear its head again so I wanted to address it, all April Fool's Day stuff aside. Generally the "invalid group" occurs when either your max price is lower than your minimum (it usually tells you that though with additional explanations), you don't have source data, or you're trying the item doesn't apply to that type of source. So, for the first one, if you have 120% TUJ RE set up for max and 50% TUJ GE set up for min you might have a problem, since they're diffent sources. Similarly, if you ever put a hard floor in of say, 50g and put 120% TUJ GE, it might error on you and fail to post if 120% TUJ GE is 40g. For the second thing, not having the source data, that means that you might need to go and download the actual data from your realm from theunderminejournal.com after you've downloaded the TUJ GE and TUJ RE addons. For the third thing, battle pets and some grey items might not show up on the undermine journal, so they won't show up if you set them equal to some TUG percentage. Go to TSM, click their auctioning group and make sure "override module operation" is clicked, if you want to use the 1000g operation from the guide. Granted, this whole thing is not real, but when you're changing operations in the future, that's what you'll want to do. Good luck and let me know if you have questions.

  3. This just seems like a scam, waiting for stupid people to buy things.

  4. I currently make around 1,000g/hour vendoring greys/food/drinks/useless mats/Blue BoPs from Cata dungeons so it's true you could make 20k/week on vendor trash. Just not through the AH.

    1. Not bad at all, especially since that's not including the greens and cloth. Any favorites or routes in your routine you want to share?


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