Never underestimate how powerful having a compelling goal is to changing your attitude toward an online game. It’s too easy to fall into routines and ruts in these games, to chase the limited goals that the developers set for you, and not to see a wider world beyond them. So it’s generally a good practice to change things up every once in a while, to step back, look at other options, and reevaluate goals.
In shifting my World of Warcraft goals to making gold — and earning WoW tokens — I’ve gotten to explore a new side of the game this month and had a lot of fun in the process. I haven’t hit on any super-easy magic bullets that result in millions of gold overnight, but I have figured out good ways for me to earn money without sinking too much time into doing just that every day.
Every morning I wake up and do a quick check in with the game, seeing what I sold overnight and tallying it up on a spreadsheet. Sort of silly and trite, sure, but it’s also satisfying to see those numbers rack up and to have a day where I beat my all-time best. So far this month, I’ve made well over a half-million gold and purchased three WoW tokens (two of which I used for subscription time and one that I’m putting toward a purchase of the upcoming expansion).
While doing world quests and invasions are all well and good for stable gold generation, what really interests me these days is playing the auction house. Buying vastly underpriced goods and then reselling them for market value is a thrilling way to make easy money, although the whole process can be a lot more uncertain. Gear and items don’t always sell, not right away, so there is stuff that I’ve ended up relisting several times before it gets snapped up. And before you comment on this, yes, I use mods that keep track of the market and put my stuff up for attractive prices (although not nearly as low as when I bought it).
Generally, by adding a dozen or so items to my virtual storefront every day and perhaps selling 6-8 of them, I’ve started accumulating an inventory that churns in and out of the auction house. Call it Syp Unlimited. It’s like any store, really. You never can expect to sell EVERYthing you have in stock, but by stocking a large inventory, you’ll make enough sales and profit to cover the rest.
Most of the time I keep my store purchases reasonable. I try not to spend more than 1,000 gold a day (just for an arbitrary number) and usually just buy goods that are 1-10% of the market value for maximum profit. But there have been a couple of instances where I broke that (loose) rule and gambled big.
The first time, I saw a piece of i910 gear that was going for 30k and was valued at 150k. I snatched it, flipped it, and sold it for about 145 when all was said and done. In one sale, I pretty much covered the full cost of a WoW token — and it made my day to boot.
Then a few days ago, I saw an even larger fish. It was an i950 piece of cloth gear priced at 120k and valued at somewhere between 750k and one million gold. Perhaps it was the dumbest thing I ever did in this game, but I grabbed it — shrinking my wallet down considerably — and then started reposting. I’ve been waiting and crossing my fingers that it will sell, because if it does, hot dog. I’ll be rolling in it. If not, I’m out 120k, and that will really stink. I’ll let you know.
Generating gold and playing the auction house aren’t the only activities I’m engaging with in this game; I’m actually making a lot of progress with my key characters. But it has been a huge theme for me this month, so I just wanted to share my excitement over having a different side of the game to play and a different goal to pursue.