Over Jon’s Shoulder #2: Alternatives

Auction House Meltdown? Find Gold Making Alternatives


Auction house regulars are nearly all seeing the same thing, on all servers: since Patch 3.1, inexperienced players with no clue what they’re doing in the auction house have flooded some of the best gold-making niches. They’ve ruined the market for previously steady profit-makers like metals, glyphs and faction-exclusive cooking recipes.

Worst of all, they come armed with fresh installs of the Auctioneer plug-in… and the dangerous belief that they can make auction house gold by letting Auctioneer run the show with mindless undercutting.

You can scream in frustration at the temporary loss of gold flow from your established profit pipelines (and it is temporary). Or… you can shift ground, move on to different gold-making items, seek out new profit pipelines where the auctioneer-kiddies aren’t looking.

Watch over my shoulder in the auction house, and I’ll show you a few possibilities I’m working on, hopefully give your some ideas you can use.

For example:

  • Limited Supply – if your “regulars” have gone bad, look at other similar items that may have been overlooked
  • Market Niches – if your favorite category of trade goods has been killed by over-supply, check out other niches that were cold a couple of months ago… and may be heating up now – such as Dream Shards, Runecloth etc.