Gold Making Tips for the Casual Player


This guide is aimed at casual players who split their time between raiding, leveling alts, doing dalies and many of the other things that we do to pass the time. I personally have 3 level 80s with varying professions near to maxed skill. I hope some of the ideas below will help you make some extra gold, whether it be for epic flying, epic armour or whatever you want!

Helpful Addons

Now I use Auctioneer Advanced, easily found here, but I don’t buy into the
whole buy low sell high mechanic, although it work, it does need a lot of time put into it to reap large rewards. Although in saying that if you ever see anything that is stupidly cheap then buy it and resell if for some quick gold. (First recipe I ever bought was Smoking Heart of the Mountain- bought for 3 gold, sold for 50, so this method can work!)

When to Sell

Now my method is selling everything at the weekend. It may seem silly if you have 2 gathering professions and you can sell all your wares all of the time, but just remember that A LOT of casual players only play at the weekend, so when they need stuff, they need it right now! You will find that selling on the weekends, while it won’t necessarily make you premium gold, it will still make you gold.

If you do want to sell during the week, stick with items that are widely used, for example – ore, fish, rep items, leather, cloth, enchanting mats etc.
One point on the above, if you have an enchanter then have a look on the Auction House and see what enchants are lacking. I found that Haste on cloak was selling at over 200g, and all you have to do is buy the scrolls (also a great way to level enchanting, enchant scroll and sell on the AH).

Fishing for Profit

Another item that I found that sells well is Fish – now I don’t mean any fish, primarily them mats for the Fish Feast – this is loved by all guild groups, PUGs and anyone that is raiding. Just fish in Wintergrasp and I’ve found the majority of the mats that you fish up are involved in the Fish Feast (with the occasional Clam which goes into Dalaran Clam Chowder and gets you pearls!)
For clarification below is a list of the fish needed;

Enchanting & Jewelcrafting

Another point is that with all of this new content people are getting new gear faster than you can read the first line of this article, but the point is that with new gear come new gems and new enchants! So if you have an Alchemist then crack on with transmuting new gems to sell, or if you have a jewelcrafter then cut the most popular gems and sell them on the AH. Now be aware that you will get undercut a lot by other JCs and money makers that want to sell cut gems because the demand for them is so high at the moment, but eventually people will buy the cheaper stuff and be left with your gems being the cheapest (until you get undercut again!)

Now one thing to think about is when the top guilds raid, for example if >>insert top guild name here<< raid on a Tuesday then it might be a good idea to sell all those enchant scrolls so that people with new gear don’t have to buy the mats they can just buy your scroll then get summoned back to the raid (assuming they don’t have friendly guild enchanters!)


One other tip I found while levelling my blacksmithing was that a lot of people want tanking gear, so if you’re a BS then try selling all the Tempered Saronite gear, it sells surprisingly well! Eternal Belt Buckles also sell well buy think about the cost of the mats, they are quite pricey unless you farm them yourself.

Tailoring & Leatherworking

Tailoring and Leatherworking works well with selling the leg enchants, but it is a fickle market and you will get undercut a lot, but its worth it at the moment, the epic leg enchant (can’t remember the name) is currently selling for over 200g, so craft it and then sell it. Also the minor leg enchants sell well too! And who can forget the lovely twink enchants they always tend to sell well, but I’ll leave it up to you to discover which ones are wanted the most.

My Final Thoughts

I’m going to end this ideafest here but if you have any other secret little tips that you think might be sneaky money makers then add them below and we’ll see what we can do to increase everyone’s cash flow.

Oh yeah, better stick this little bit in just for me;
Copyright of Dolin Dwarf Industries – All the usual copyright rules apply, if you want to copy this then PM me for authorisation, I’m rather liberal so I can’t foresee it being a problem.

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    Oct 21, 2010 @ 21:48 pm

    Needs Cataclysm updateWe are recently working on improving the quality of content here on, both by limiting low ranked guides and by moving out of date guides into archives. For more information, see [url=]the full news post detailing this process[/url].

    This guide is still relevant now, but will need an update for Cataclysm. If it is not updated by the time the expansion is released, it will be moved to the archive section.

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    Aug 31, 2009 @ 20:13 pm

    Much better now, good to seeMuch better now, good to see you’re working on it.
    Thumps up!
    You might need the tags: [ hr ], it will split the text up like this:


    – Eric

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    Aug 31, 2009 @ 17:18 pm

    At the end you spelt FinalAt the end you spelt Final Thoughts wrong, but still, good simple guide! 🙂

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    Aug 31, 2009 @ 0:36 am

    Content ReviewAlright, so I’ve read through this in a bit more detail now. I mostly agree with all the tips here. It might be nice to make a little list of what fish sell well in your fish section. You can make a list like this:

    [*]First Point
    [*]Second Point

    Also, for items, you can link them to WoWhead if you want. That way when someone mouses over the link, a popup of the item tooltip comes up, just like in WoW. You can do this like:

    [url=]Glacial Salmon[/url]


    [url=]Glacial Salmon[/url]

    Also, I noticed a few run-on sentences and a couple places where it looks like you accidentally typed a different word than what you meant, so I’d give it a quick editing once-over.

    Overall, though, good work on your first guide, and I’m glad to see you are still working to improve it 🙂

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    Aug 31, 2009 @ 0:23 am

    Agreed – unhelpful adviceAgreed – unhelpful advice shouldn’t be posted. This guide is most certainly NOT too long (for heaven sakes it’s about 1/100th of the size of my tree guide or any one of Jame’s guides) – it simply lacks formatting at the moment so the “wall of text” feel is intimidating to readers. But you’ve already heard that and are working to fix it, so don’t worry.

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    Aug 31, 2009 @ 0:22 am

    Oops!Eric made a mistake in his instructions. It’s [ /b ] instead of [ b/ ] (without the spaces).

    Also I didn’t mention it before, but thank you for taking the time to use correct spelling and grammar in your guide. Even though it currently lacks formatting, it shows that you thought it out ahead of time and are competent with the English language 😉 That’s often lacking in first-time guide writers. I think once you get the hang of the formatting, you’ll be able to contribute high quality guides 🙂

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 23:00 pm

    Could you try reading andCould you try reading and giving some feedback rather than just posting that its too long. The guide covers a variety or professions and ideas so it need to be the length it is.

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 22:59 pm

    Creating Bold formattingHey all, firstly thank you for the helpful feedback, I’m trying to format some section headers at the moment but I’m having trouble creating the Bold effect. I’m trying to use the BB tags that eric suggested but they dont seem to work and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    [b] This should be in bold [b/] and I can’t see what I’m missing, any help would be great.

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 21:48 pm

    Excellent advice, I agreeExcellent advice, I agree with it all. Check out the guide writing guides category here on the site for ideas on how to improve your formatting!

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 20:18 pm


    (Too long, Didn’tTL;DR

    (Too long, Didn’t Read)

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 18:53 pm

    Hello Dolin! The contentHello Dolin!

    The content seems alright, but as you mentioned in your comment, needs some formatting!

    My suggestions:
    [*]This is the most important, check out [b]Jame’s Guide Writing Guide[/b]. The guide cover all the basic thing you need to know about writing a succesful guide. If you don’t know how BBtags (Bullet Bord Tags) or HTML works, it is very simple. You place the tag: [i][ b ] Hey [ b / ][/i](without the spaces of course). Or whatever tag you wanna use, into to your guide, and when you preview it, the text will show up like this: [i][b]Hey[/b][/i].
    [*]Change the title to something that fit the information more correctly (I also think that people will found that title more interesting). Give it a name like[b] Gold Making Tips, Guide to the Auction House, or Auction House Tips.[/b]
    [*]You’ve splitted your guides into small parts, which is very good (no one wanna read a big wall of text). Now, just write a title to what the part is about, so we know what we’re going to read. Also, you may want to make these tips as a list, using these tags:

    [ list =1]
    [ *]your first part
    [ *]your second part
    [ *]your third part etc.
    [ /list]

    And it will show up like:
    [*]your first part
    [*]your second part
    [*]your third part etc.
    In your text.


    Beside these things, I think it’s a very good first guide, and I hope you keep working on it so it become great.
    Good luck formatting!

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    Aug 30, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    Help neededHi everyone,

    This is my fist guide I’ve ever submitted and any help with formatting would be greatly appreciated. I am well aware that it is a wall of text so anything that could help make it more eye-catching and readable would again be appreiated.

    Thank you all in advanced.


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