Crafting and Selling Azeroth Gear

Posted November 25th, 2010 by Miss Mediocre

This post is my entry for Markco’s December Gold Blogging Carnival over on Just My Two Copper. This month’s topic was “How To Make Gold in Cataclysm” and because I wrote a post on this topic for Zuggy’s November Carnival about fishing on day 1 of Cataclysm, I thought for this post I should try to go in a totally different direction!

I love professions and have covered them all across my 11 level 80 characters. I realize not everyone has access to every profession, but I am hoping even players without any professions will be able to profit from the data I’ve collected. My Cataclysm gold making strategy is crafting and selling Azeroth gear.

A lot of people are going to be leveling new characters, from the new race/class combos to Goblins and Worgens. All of these new characters are going to need gear, and now that average WoW players have a bit more disposable income, I’m thinking some crafted gear pieces are going to see a huge jump in demand! I wanted to find out which ones.

You’ll notice on the charts I’ll provide that there are no Shoulder or Chest items. I know not everyone has heirlooms, but the majority of players do, which is why I left these items out. Also, certain Gear Slot / Level Brackets are in blue. The majority of characters leveling in Cataclysm will be using the Random Dungeon Finder. As you know, you receive a Satchel of Helpful Goods for each random dungeon you finish and the gear contained in these bags cover the areas on my charts that are in blue. I figure there’s no sense crafting gear that most characters won’t need!

In case you’re curious; 1-25 bags contain cloaks & boots. 30-35 bags contain necks & gloves. 36-45 bags contain rings & shoulders. 46-55 bags contain boots & bracers. 55-60 bags contain cloaks & belts. 61-64 bags contain rings & gloves. 65-70 bags contain rings & shoulder.

If you’re thinking crafting the following items won’t make you any profit because the price of mats are so high, you might be right, but I’m thinking with all those new characters running around and the fact that you get so much experience from gathering professions now, the cost of materials are going to become a lot more reasonable! Even with the prices now, if you pick what you want to craft from the chart and build yourself a good snatch list (using the Auctioneer Addon), you’ll be set.

First off, I covered cloth armor. You don’t necessarily need to have one of the gear crafting professions to benefit from these charts, as any big gap presents an opportunity to anyone! If you come across uncommon or even common drops from the areas not covered by crafted items or dungeon loot bags, you could make some decent gold by posting them instead of disenchanting or vendoring them. Also, you could try finding low priced items from these areas already in the Auction House and try flipping them. For those of you who do have Tailoring, Leatherworking or Blacksmithing, I’ve tried to include only armor pieces that have simple mats, are learned from the trainers and are actually useful for leveling characters!

Cloth Armor – Tailoring : Click to Enlarge

Leather Armor – Leatherworking : Click to Enlarge


Mail Armor – Leatherworking (Blacksmithing items are in green) : Click to Enlarge

Plate Armor – Blacksmithing : Click to Enlarge

Now, I’m not suggesting you go out and make every item I’ve included for your profession, just make what you want to! Do a bit of research in your Auction House to find out what mats are readily available and what kind of gear isn’t already posted. You may think this will be more work than it’s worth, but I’ve been running a similar business for the past few months selling Engineering pets, and using that Snatch List really makes it worth my while, despite the wide variety of mats I need!

Hopefully this post can help a few of you break into the gear crafting business for Cataclysm, as I think it could turn out to be a good one! If you think there’s a piece of gear I’m missing, or if you think some of the gear I’ve listen won’t sell, please leave me a comment or fell free to just let me know what you think of my post!

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

10 Responses to “Crafting and Selling Azeroth Gear”

  1. TheUndying

    Wow, what a great work you’ve done by getting these tables together! I like the idea but I’m a bit skeptical about it…

    I personally think that the price of the mats will increase after Cata. They will be in high demand since people will be leveling professions. The AH may also be flooded of cheap gear from people leveling crafting professions.

    Also, yes, when leveling we get good gear from instances. But we also get good gear from questing and they are often offer the same stats then crafted (and they are free!).

    Another point is that leveling is very fast and paying a lot for some crafted green is often seen as a not so good investment because gears gets replace after a few hours of play time.

    I should also add… because leveling is fast and people often don’t want to waste time farming mats to keep up with the profession, they end up buying it to the AH. Blizzard increased the speed to level up a character but not the amount of drop for Leather, Mining and Herb, neither the speed they increased the speed to level up crafting professions. So really you can’t gather enough mats anymore from your usual questing to keep up with professions. And it’s not just Crafting professions; I don’t know how many time I had to go back in lower level zone just to farm some herb or mining to get to a level high level to collect the herbs and mine nodes in the zones I should be questing in.

    If you want to make some profit from the horde of players leveling, using your crafting professions, I would say craft bags… players know they are a good investment and they all need it. They don’t get any from quest or instances (OK, maybe some 6 slots ones!).

  2. Miss Mediocre

    TheUndying : At first I thought the prices of mats would increase after Cata as well, but since adding gathering professions to my own leveling grind, I started thinking it might become a lot more popular? I should have been a little more specific about what I was thinking price wise for selling these items. Currently I sell BoE greens that I find from level 5-50 for anywhere from 15g – 70g. This is what got me thinking about crafting and selling green/rare gear, because if the stats are good enough, especially for someone with the important roll of healing or tanking, I find players don’t mind spending the gold to make sure their character is preforming the best they can. This may change if leveling through Azeroth is now so easy it’s over in a couple days, but I didn’t think it was becoming quite that easy.

    Crafting bags is an excellent business, and one that has brought in A LOT of gold for me, especially recently with Netherweave Bag prices jumping up to 50g, but I’d written posts about that in the past, and wanted to go in an entirely new direction for this month’s carnival. Though you make some very good points, I’m still hoping I can turn it into a viable side business come Cata! :D

  3. Jerry

    Thanks for all the work you put in to this!

  4. Phill

    You are so going on my blog roll…GREAT STUFF.

    This is what i have been looking for, I love farming so that is what I do, plus all the other tricks at AH, but I have never been wanting to learn more on professions and items that sell. Looking at bags, but this gives me some new ideas…thanks for the posts…looking forward to other posts.

  5. Stede

    Awesome Work! I think Kaliope had a similar idea (at least, for tailoring):

    http://kaliope.crafterstome.com/2010/04/tailors-guide-to-cataclysm-buyers.html

    But, you make an excellent point – all these new toons represent a unique gold-making opportunity to a lot of professions that we’ve probably forgotten about after so long in WotLK.

    It’s actually been on my mind to get my tailor off his butt and get back to work! I’m going to try to craft some blue gear that I have recipes for and list them at a nice premium. I’m sure there will be folks rolling alts that will be willing to pay for it.

  6. Cold's Gold Factory

    As MM already said, the less risky investment is in the tanking gear, due to the rarity of getting good tanking drops in instances at earlier levels. Any real tank needs to show up to the group already in mostly tank gear. It’s hardest to carry the tank. Also as far as healing gear, there are some excellent specialty items that are craftable and near BiS like the Whitesoul Helm for holy paladins.

  7. Miss Mediocre

    Phill : Thanks! Bags are a great investment and something I make a lot of gold with too!

  8. Miss Mediocre

    Stede : Thank you for the link, I hadn’t seen this post so I’ll check it out! Hopefully your items will sell well and I think they will! They have improved the quest rewards throughout Azeroth, which I have just noticed in the past few days leveling some new alts, but I don’t think that should impact sales much, as there are lots of characters who prefer to level just through dungeons or require new gear for an offpsec!

  9. Darth Solo

    Wow that’s a lot of research that you did there! I never bother with crafting gear but kudos to you for having the patience. I’m sure there are many other lazy bums like me out there who won’t bother either so you might just corner the market. Well done!

  10. Miss Mediocre

    Darth Solo : Thanks! Hopefully it works out! :)

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