So I've been dabbling around with some of my non-jewelcrafting professions a bit, trying to get a feel for other markets, learning what sells and what doesn't, stocking up a bit on mats for 4.2, etc.

Here's some stuff I've been doing in my other professions that's new-ish to me:

Found a bunch of Arcane Crystals up on the AH for 1g 25s a piece. Bought them all. At the same time, there were some Thorium bars up on the AH for under 50s a piece as well. Bought all those. Transmuted a bunch of Arcanite Bars and have been selling them for roughly 30g per. That's a pretty sweet profit margin.

I'm still mainly following a lot of the ideas laid out by Faid in her Enchanting Edition of Faid's WoW Gold Rush. Except now I'm using some of those Wrath materials in Enchanting scrolls.

Cold posted a while back about how Enchant gloves - major agility is still a very good enchant for agility using classes in Cataclysm. This got me looking around a bit and here are a list of item enhancements (not just enchants) and buff items from Wrath that have no Cataclysm equivalents:

Enchant Cloak - Major Agility (+22 Agi)
Enchant Gloves - Major Agility (+20 Agi)
Enchant Boots - Greater Assault (+32 attack power)
Earthen Leg Armor (+resil leg armor)
Insightful Earthsiege Diamond (meta with chance to restore mana on spellcast. Nice on very long fights)
Blackened Worg Steak (Track humanoids buff food.)

I don't sell all of these, but they are all items worth remembering if you happen to have the recipe.

I've also been selling Enchant Chest - Major Health scrolls. This enchant gives +100 HP to a chest slot item. It takes 2 small brilliant shards to make. It is not the BiS enchant for heirloom chest pieces (although I understand it might be very good for 19 twinks?), but it has two things going for it that the +4 stats BiS heirloom enchant doesn't:
1. It is fairly easy to get a hold of the recipe. (Limited Supply from Qia in Winterspring.)
2. The mats are stupid cheap, allowing me to sell this recipe as a bargain enchant.

To make the above more clear: It costs me roughly 20 silver to buy the materials for this enchant. (Including the Enchanting Vellum.) The scroll is selling quickly at 15g per scroll, which is both a reasonable amount to spend on an enchant for an item you will use for 80 levels and just stupid amounts of profit. I almost don't want to discuss this here because then someone from my server will start making it and there will be an undercutting war and then it will be as sad as Enchant shield - Vitality is there right now. :(

On the other end of the spectrum, I sold my first Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility scroll this week. The market for it is very small (pretty much just feral druids), but it's a great heirloom enchant.

I sold some Mysterious Fortune Cards a few nights ago, but it made me feel kind of bad and I hate barking, so I don't think I'll keep up with that. I am however, still making MFCs, and cooking them into Fortune Cookies. I was selling them, but now I'm saving them to sell in 4.2 when I'm hoping the prices go up. (Especially if more people start pugging with the nerfs to Tier 11 normal mode raid content.)

I've also been toying around a bit with actual glyphs. I've probably sold about 800g worth of glyphs with only about 20 researched glyphs (and very few of them any good). There's some solid competition on my server, but a nice early afternoon opening for me to sell a few glyphs on weekdays.

I've currently got a few Adventurer's Journals up on the AH just to test out the market for them. (If they don't sell, I can use them while leveling my priest, who is allllmost to Northrend!)
So, unlike a lot of people, I actually do a certain amount of farming in part of my gold-making system. This is mainly because I still don't have a ton of capital, but it's also because I actually kind of like farming.

One thing I often farm for myself is Essence of Air. This is one of the elemental items from Classic WoW and is used in two major heirloom/twink enchanting recipes: Enchant Weapon - Agility (rogues, enhancement shamans, hunters) and Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility (cat and bear feral druids). Both of these recipes come from the Timbermaw Furbolg faction, and only require Honored reputation to get.

Back before I had an enchanter who could make these recipes, I often farmed Essence of Air and just sold it on the AH. On my server it can sell from anywhere from 60g to 125g per.

The reason it sells for so much is because it is kind of a pain to farm. The best place for Essence of Air is in The Crystal Vale in Silithus. This is a 55-58 zone. The mobs that drop the item are called Dust Stormers. They are around level 55. (If you are leveling 55-58 in Silithus, you'll want to know that a type of mob called Cyclone Warrior found further south in the zone also drops Essence of Air.)

A map of my farming location. I ignore the zone full of Earth elementals, and farm the air elementals and thorium

Before the Shattering, there would occasionally be a small elemental invasion event here on a semi-regular basis, and those mobs dropped Essence of Air at a much greater rate. However, that has been removed from the game, and now we are left with the air elementals that are always there. Farming for 30 minutes (the length of a Seal) usually nets me around 6 essences (I've gotten as few as 4 and as many as 10 in this time), but like all random drops, it's very RNG dependent.

However, keep in mind that I am not always farming the air elementals there during that time. While I'm in this location, I also mine every thorium node I see.

A short breakdown of what I might do with spoils from mining thorium:
uses: Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Mining. Can also benefit from, but does not require: Skinning

1. Arcane Crystals I mined from Thorium nodes are sent with an equal number of Thorium Bars to my transmute spec alchemist to create Arcanite Bar. Arcanite Bar can be sold as is, or combined with Dense Stone by a Blacksmith to make Arcanite Rod.

2. Simple gems (Azerothian Diamond, Huge Emerald, Large Opal, etc.) looted from nodes mined are put on the AH for leveling jewelcrafters to buy and use in craftable jewelery.

3. Dense stone is sent to Blacksmith to be turned into Dense Grinding Stone. These are either combined with Arcanite Bar to make Arcanite Rod (see above), or can be turned in at the Darkmoon Faire for tickets to redeem for a chance at rare crafting patterns.

4. If I have more than 2-3 stacks of ore, at least half of the remaining thorium is smelted into bars and sent to Blacksmith. Blacksmith crafts Enchanted Thorium Blades. (This recipe also requires Enchanted Thorium Bar and Rugged Leather, which I usually just buy on the AH. If Dream Dust is too expensive to make your own Enchanted thorium, you can buy the 2 bars needed for each blade on the AH. Since making Enchanted Thorium can be used to level Enchanting, the bars are often available for cheaper than the raw mats.) These are then disenchanted into Greater Eternal Essence, or occasionally Illusion Dust, or more rarely a Large Brilliant Shard. These are either sold directly on the AH or used in heirloom/twink enchanting scrolls. (This is actually a fairly decent method for gold neutral to gold positive leveling of Blacksmithing from 300-340, by the way. This also allows you to almost entirely skip Outland mats.)

5. The remaining thorium is either smelted into bars or left as ore and sold on the AH. If I have a great deal of Thorium, I sell some as bars and some as ore simultaneously.
herdingelekks: (achievement unlocked!)
( Jun. 1st, 2011 03:46 pm)
Number of Sales: 857
Gold from Sales (Gross): 41606g 6s 75c

Top 5 Gold Makers Over-all
Shadowspirit Diamond (uncut)
Greater Celestial Essence
Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond
Ember Shadowspirit Diamond
Infinite Dust

Top 5 Gold/Sale
Scroll of Enchant Weapon - Agility
Scroll of Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect
Book of Glyph Mastery
Pristine Hide

Top 5 Number of Sales
Greater Celestial Essence
Greater Cosmic Essence
Shadowspirit Diamond (uncut)
Delicate Inferno Ruby

Cut Inferno Ruby prices got stupid low on my server for a while there, so as you can see, I chose to make my Carnelians into Carnelian Spikes to disenchant much more than I transmuted them into Inferno Rubies. It was my first major holiday as a goldmaker, and I did see a lot of business this weekend. Yay for three-day weekends!

My shaman is up to 82, and I've actually been able to find Whiptail cheap enough that I can mill it into pigments, turn it all into inks, and make a profit just selling the Inferno Inks. I'm splitting my Blackfallow Inks between trading in for more Inferno Ink, and MFCs to turn into Fortune Cookies and sell.

I ended up making a little under 500g on the Stormchops from The Stormchops Experiment. Most of my sales were to one guild, so if I do this again, I might look into selling directly to a guild still working on the Critter Kill Squad achievement. I'll probably finish up selling this last stack I have, then hop back out. I'm not in love with barking.