Over Jon’s Shoulder #3: World Events

How I Make Gold From World Event Limited Items

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to make gold from limited items that are available only during world events in WoW… like the Noblegarden event just finished, and Children’s Week which is on now.

In this episode of “Over My Shoulder,” I’m showing the various approaches that work for me in making profits from event quest and vendor items, including:

  • Elegant Dress
  • Delicious Chocolate Cake
  • Small Eggs (again!)
  • Northern Eggs
  • Red and Green Helper Boxes

The basic tactics are pretty simple.

1. Buy stuff that will be needed during a world event, before the event arrives, then sell to desperate buyers on the first day of the event (Small Eggs for Winter Veil, Mageroyal for Children’s Week)
2. Buy limited and rare items that are only available during an event, then sell them throughout the rest of the year, when they are almost impossible to get (Elegant Dress from Noblegarden, Helper boxes and Snowman Kits from Winter Veil)

Extra tip:

There’s a LOT to do during Children’s Week, with some extended quest series giving really sweet rewards (pets etc.). Here’s an excellent online guide to help you get it all done:

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.

Over Jon’s Shoulder #1: Glyph Frenzy

Patch 3.1 Brings Explosion of Demand for Glyphs


First of a new series of video, raw and unedited :) Watch over my shoulder as I play the auction house, and explain what I’m doing… and why.

Today, the action is in glyphs, thanks to the explosion of demand for glyphs caused by:

  1. new glyphs introduced in patch 3.1
  2. dual specialization, so serious players need twice as many glyphs as before
  3. changes that buff quite a few pre-3.1 glyphs

So that all adds up to high prices, right?

Well… not exactly. While there are way more glyphs moving through the auction house this week, and demand is stronger than it has ever been before, the buzz about glyphs has also brought a lot of Scribes (Inscriptors?) into the auction house. And it seems like many of them haven’t go a clue what they’re doing.

And the result is: prices all over the map, and a lot of hair-pulling amongst those of us who are regulars in the auction house, and steady traders in glyphs.

Look over my shoulder to see how I’m handling this weirdness, and I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas you can use yourself for profit and gold.

Some of the key things to keep in mind…

  • You can’t afford to let inexperienced sellers kill the market with their drastic under-cutting: fight back!