Farm and Sell Crafting Mats
WoW Insider's resident Gold Capped columnist Basil Bernsten advised that farming for the new profession crafting materials will be lucrative source of the world of warcraft cash during the first month of the expansion. High demand for such crafting materials coupled with the low supply will blow auction prices through the roof, resulting in handsome profits for any enterprising farmer-seller.
"Farmed materials are worth way more in the beginning of an expansion than after a few weeks," he said. "If you have a miner, skinner, herbalist, or fisher, you'll be able to make as much money as you want with surprisingly little work for the first few weeks."
Bernsten said demand will be so brisk that the standard practice of undercutting - or posting the lowest price possible on the auction house - should be avoided.
"The trick is to find a price where everything you list gets sold in 48 hours. This price should not be the lowest price on the AH; in fact, you probably want to overcut instead of undercutting. Pick a price where you're lower than any really large batches posted, and ignore the really low auctions. They'll get bought out immediately. In fact, one perfectly legitimate plan I've seen work is to post all your stock at a very high price -- like 50% above average, and simply wait for someone vying for a realm first achievement or something to come in and clean out the AH."
Farm Motes from The Tillers Faction
Bernsten also suggested farming in the most literal way. In the Valley of the Four Winds, The Tillers faction will let you run a real farm. Plant the Songbell Seed and harvest the Mote of Harmony from it each day.
"If you have the means to turn those motes into gold with a max level crafting profession, 16 motes a day at exalted (with The Tillers) will be a significant amount of gold," he said.
Buy and Sell Level 83 - 84 MoP Items
Meanwhile, Jim Younkin at PowerWordGold.net recommends stockpiling on level 83 - 84 MoP items. "Cheap" here means armor costing below 55 Gold for armor and weapons below 75 Gold, which can then be sold for a profit "in a few weeks when the initial 85 - 90 leveling rush dies down."
Younkin likened level 83 - 84 MoP items to the level 77 - 80 Cataclysm items which raked in the profits in the last expansion as players with multiple alts purchased new expansion gear from the auction house. He said auction hunters planning to stockpile these items should plug in these search parameters:
- Min Item Level: 363
- Max Item Level: 510
- Min Level: 83
- Max Level: 84
Younkin cautions though that the payoff may not be wholly immediate. Sellers could get quick WoW Gold posting these items when auction stocks start to dwindle, but the real heavy profits could come in "a month or two" when alt-leveling kicks into full speed and sales skyrocket.