Earning gold in World of Warcraft can be easy and fun. Presently I have 10 level 80 characters on 1 server and several lower level ones on a few other servers and have picked up tricks on both leveling and money-making in game that can really help out those cash-starved low-level characters just starting out. Buying gold, begging for gold and borrowing gold from friends or guild members are, in my opinion, not even an option so we are going to leave those totally out of the discussion.
First let me start off by saying I play exclusively horde characters, but the same general rules can be used either by horde or alliance characters.
Pick a race/class combination that you like but also more importantly a race/class combination that works well together because you will probably be spending a lot of time with your character and eventually will have the character as an end-game content raider. In this example let’s pick a Tauren Druid as your first character. There are a few reasons I select this combination, the first off being Tauren Druids are my favorite of all my characters but more importantly, Taurens get a bonus to the herbalism profession. This isn’t necessary but every little bit helps.
Start off by doing your questing, the first 10 levels can go by VERY quickly if you focus on leveling up. As you will notice very quickly your backpack will get full. Fast. Don’t drop anything if you can help it, sell all grey items at the vendors, sell all food and drink you get as well. At these low levels, it’s very easy to recover health and mana on your way to the next creature to kill. Keep white item gear and especially any green item drops. This will be part of your bread and butter.
As soon as you get to the first village (in this case, Bloodhoof Village) pick up skinning from the skinning trainer and a skinning knife. Unless they recently changed it, herbalism is only available from capitol cities, so as soon as you can, make your way to the capitol and pick that up as well. Once there (Thunder Bluff, if you are a Tauren Druid) also pick up a few small bags, 6 slot since you won’t have much money at this time.
Before leaving Thunder Bluff (or whichever capitol you are in) make a trip to the auction house. Here is where you will sell your white items and (if you got a lucky drop) green items. Don’t try to post things for extravagant prices that will be unlikely to be bought. Check the auction house for the items you have first, sell yours for less than any already posted. If none are posted, sell white items for 25-50 silver each, green items for 1-2g. This may seem a high price but it is not. You, as a starting character, may not have that kind of gold but most people at your level have rich alt characters that provide funds to their new low level characters. They usually don’t care about prices, they want the best gear for their leveling character. Once you hit level 10, you can probably stop auctioning the white armor and weapons and stick to green items, trade goods (leather, herb and such) and other profession drops such as meats for cooking.
Note of caution – DO NOT buy any auction house gear for your character. It’s a waste of money and quest rewards will provide you with the weapons and armor you need as you level up.
After your auctions are posted and your bags are empty again, go back out to leveling and let the auction house do your selling. While out leveling in the starter zone make sure to skin everything and pick up every herb you come across. Low level gathering supplies sell REALLY REALLY WELL. I have seen times where peacebloom is being sold at 50 gold per 20 stack! Now that is a bit outrageous to sell it at, but there is still lots of profit to be made.
As you are questing, if your bags get full up again, head to the nearest vendor and once again sell all grey items and food/water. If you have nothing but white, green and quest items in your pack, it’s time to head back to the auction house and sell, sell, sell. Sell leather scraps, leather and herbs in stacks of 5. There are 2 reasons for this – (1) people usually need a specific amount of leather or herbs when leveling professions and don’t always buy 20 stacks and (2) the cost per stack is lower giving the buyer the illusion (s)he is saving money. Not only that, if you sell them in 5 stacks and the next person is selling them in 20 stacks even if your price per item is the same, by default your lower cost items will appear in their list first giving a greater chance to sell.
I’ll stop here to also give another secret. If a buyer in the auction house is using the default auction house frame (without any auction addons) the sort method is by lowest BID price, not BUYOUT price. What does this mean to you? It means that you can post items in the auction house for the same or buyout price as your competitors as long as you undercut their bid price. Also, never post anything to the auction house as bid only. Always put in a buyout price.
While out questing, you usually have items to choose from for quest rewards. If none of the choices are an upgrade for you, choose the highest cost item. Get into this habit because it becomes important later in levels. Questing in the the 70+ range you can get quest reward weapons that are up to 15g. That is on top of the money the quest normally awards you with.
Keep with this rotation of quest, vendor, auction and by the time you hit level 20 (time for your first mount) you could easily have as much as 200g stored up.
Happy hunting and good luck with your drops!
Stay tuned for other helpful money-making and leveling tips I will be posting.