How to turn 1-3g into 7-15g


This is by no means a sole means of making money, but using this method can mostly support your regular mount fund, and increase gold income by a bit.

1) First thing’s first, go train enchanting (or have your bank/AH-alt train it if you have one and don’t want to give up your precious professions, trust me I know that feeling).

2) Next, go straight to the auction house and look up [Strange Dust]. This stuff sells for surprisingly well on most servers, the average being about 7-10 gold per stack of 20. (If this isn’t the case, and they are cheaper this method isn’t really worth the time and money spent).

3) Click on either the armor or weapons tab** and hit search (without typing anything into the box), click on the “current bid” tab on the top row of options and make sure the arrow is pointing downward, now you will have the lowest current bid on all items. Buy GREEN items (needs to be greens, can’t d/e greys or whites and blues will be too expensive) which buyout prices are around 1-50 silver (any higher and you are paying to much). Do this for about 10 items, you will have spent about 3 gold by now (hopefully you’ll have picked a few cheap 11 silver greenies) If you have spent more that’s fine, but try not to spend more than 5 gold on this.

**Note: I’ve found armor is generally cheaper than weapons for some reason

4) Go get them in the mail and disenchant. Most of these super cheap greens will require only 1 skill point in enchanting, and most of them will drop about 2-3 [Strange Dust]s. (Note: if you don’t have twenty of them when all of the items are d/e’ed you can buy a few (normally about 2-4) of them from the enchanting supplier in your city. But be aware that there is a limited stock).

5) Anyway, sell your [Strange Dust] at the lowest price on your auction house. This should be around 10 gold, but can be as high as 20 gold if you are supremely lucky.

Final note: Like the real economy WoW’s has a Demand:Price ratio, wherein the more an item is readily available the less it is worth. So, if you flood the market using this method you will lose out on gold. Put up a maximum of 5 stacks of [Strange Dust] a night, but try and keep it around 3 or 4 stacks. Also, if you found [Strange Dust] sells for a lower price than 7 gold on your server it is probably because someone flooded the market with it, and thus the demand was lesser than the supply. Wait a few days and check again, the price may have gone up with the demand.

Another Final Note: To those of you who say “I could grind and make more money than this” You may or may not be correct. It’s all based on your repair bill, really. Also, wouldn’t it feel nice to know you have up to 50g (depending on the number of stacks) on the auction house while you are grinding for more gold? Also, this requires very little work and is much less boring than grinding. And like I said, this should be a boost in income not your sole means of it.

A Third Final Note: [Lesser Magical Essence]s may also drop from the d/e’ed items, though [Strange Dust] is more common, if so these also sell fairly well on the auction house.

The Final, Final Note: You cannot lose money doing this, you will eventually sell these, as they are so popular, and there is no deposit fee for enchanting reagents like [Strange Dust] and [Lesser Magical Essence] you will not be charged money each time you put a failed auction of these up. (Though I find auctions like these almost always sell, generally never needing you to put up a second or third time).

Thanks for reading.

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    May 9, 2009 @ 4:16 am

    This is a good way…But a much better way is to do the same thing except make the green items from a profession that makes armor/weapons. the easiest profession to use is tailoring, as its easy to get mats. just a little tip. 8)

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    Apr 7, 2009 @ 15:25 pm

    you could always buy hisyou could always buy his stacks and then sell them for more again providing he doesn’t have lots more up his sleeve.

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    Mar 31, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    Really though, sell them inReally though, sell them in stacks of 4, if you have auctioneer this is obviously easier, but most people tend to need units of 4 on Strange Dust, or they need it by massive stack, you can sell 4 for a higher price than you can sell 20, on a per unit basis.

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    Mar 9, 2009 @ 14:12 pm

    add my realm Greenies costadd my realm Greenies cost 1G, but first i could ask for some stack of dust 20G and for some stack of Greater magic essence 50/60G so, great profit 😀 .
    but suddenly some noobs sells stacks of greater magic essence for 10G :jawdrop: #$@% now i cant make profit, or to less to do it, but ty i have make 150G in 3 days form 15 g =D

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    Jan 25, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Really nice of you posting this thing !!!I was doing the same with my mage and was proffitful. Also some time u can find guys wich pay you to DE their items!!!! I also have to remind you that you must not forget to keep around the 30% of the mats to increase your enchanting. And never stop buying greenies(lvl 10-30) for DE cause its nice proffit at any lvl.

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    Dec 27, 2008 @ 19:43 pm

    How to turn 1-3g into 7-15gThis is a very good thing most people overlook, even though its very server dependent, in low level this can make you alot of money.
    Thanks for posting this;)

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    Dec 11, 2008 @ 17:01 pm

    I know, but in Orgrimmar youI know, but in Orgrimmar you will only be able to buy 1-2 Strange Dusts every 12-24 hours. In my point of view that’s not really profitable 😉

    I’d rather take Mining/Herbalism + Skinning in the lower levels if you want to make some more gold.

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    Dec 11, 2008 @ 1:27 am

    No I’m not really talkingNo I’m not really talking about how much you can sell it for on the auction house, I’m talking about some times it isn’t even needed to go and Disenchant a green when you can actually go BUY some for like nothing in Orgrimmar. So yes I see how it can fluctuate between servers and stuff but if you buy around 20 for 8 silver or how ever much they go for that’s only 1.6g and you can sell it for it seems like no matter what 3 to even as much as 10 times the cost.

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    Dec 10, 2008 @ 21:39 pm

    See, it’s server dependentSee, it’s server dependent 😉

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    Dec 10, 2008 @ 21:09 pm

    much less goldon my Alt server (Maelstrom). stack of 20 only gets you 3-5 G, still profitable

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    Dec 10, 2008 @ 18:03 pm

    This totally depends onThis totally depends on server economics. A stack of Strange Dust on Frostwhisper goes for 5-10G 🙂

    I wouldn’t add this, if you really feel adding it anyways, leave a note that it is server dependent :).

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    Dec 10, 2008 @ 0:39 am

    A even better way to get strange dust and lesser essences.If you play on the horde, (sorry I don’t recall where it is for the alliance) but if you go to where you can train enchanting, you can actually buy up to like 4 strange dust for maybe 20 silver. 20 strange dust went for about 45 gold on my server so this made me a boat load over time but now with questing on my 70 this has become out dated so I figured I would just let you guys in on it 😀

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    Dec 5, 2008 @ 12:51 pm


    I will try thisNice!

    I will try this method, hoping that my server is not flooded with strange dusts.

    One Small correction: you say “train enchantment” while it is “enchanting”. 😉

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    Dec 4, 2008 @ 22:30 pm

    Fixed!Fixed! 🙂

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    Dec 4, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    Looks like a great tip toLooks like a great tip to make gold, especially for people who don’t have a level 80 to do dailies with.

    Noticed a couple of errors:

    1) First things first, go train enchantment (or have you[color=#993300][b][size=14]r[/size][/b][/color] bank/AH-alt train it if you have one and don’t want to give up your precious professions, trust me I know that feeling).

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    Broken link, remove one of the brackets on the left.

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