Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A week of playing the AH

It's been about a week now since I started playing the AH. I started with 300 gold and within a week I am now sitting at 10k gold. I could have had more if I didn't spend flying cold weather mount on two of my toons(soon to be 3). If you read my last few posts I was aiming for 10k gold by the end of the month! My hopes are high that I will be sitting at 20k gold come August.

I started with belt buckles but now I am starting post a couple more item like enchanting scrolls, rods, and some rare gems. I've run into some AH campers and I really don't have the time to hit the cancel button on my QA3 every minute so I just let them undercut me. I will try to slowly break into the alchemy business and get more into JC. I'll post a report on some lessons learned and AHA moments by the end of the week.

PVE wise, I am one achievement short of getting my Red Proto Drake. What sucks about it is it doesn't involve skill but pure RNG. I need to kill Moragg from Violet Hold on Heroic to finish the Lockdown achievement. I have never ever seen him come up as a boss at VH ever! Maybe once while I was leveling up. I can't believe it has come down to this but I guess it just means I need to try every day to see if I would get lucky.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Now this is just crazy.

Last night's AH adventures was a little bit slow at first but it picked up right around 11pm eastern time when most of the raids are done. Belt buckles were still selling but the one thing that is just truly perplexing are the prices for saronite ore and saronite bar.

I made a killing last night buying stacks of ore for 15g then smelting them and selling bars for 55g per stack. For some reason people needed saronite bar so I kept smelting my bars. The highest bar I sold was for 65g per stack! Considering I only invested 30 gold, heck that is an awesome deal! What makes me wonder though is the people that post the ores have the ability to make it bars yet they dont ... is it because the amount of time it takes to smelt? Or is it because they also wanna supply jcers to prospect ores? I'm not saying they should start making it bars but I'm just wondering why they just settle for ores.

I'm looking forward to this weekend mostly because I know there is going to be a lot of cheap mats on the AH. Currently sitting at 6kg, still can't believe I got this far just by investing 300g last Saturday and using my untapped crafting professions such as BS, JC, and enchanting.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Noobing it up at the AH

Last night was a decent night of AH adventures. The one thing that I sold the most last night was eternal belt buckles. I sold about 10-12 of them. At one point I was the only one selling it so I kept posting it for 50g. Considering it takes about 20-23 gold to make one belt, that's a pretty good profit.

Another surprising item that kept selling was solid sky sapphire. I bought the uncut gems for 10-12 gold, turned around and sold the cut gems for 50 gold each. I sold around 7 of them. Another excellent profit!

The rest of my sales was enchant scrolls, enchanting rods, and fishing stuff. Now I am sitting at almost 5k gold. Considering I started with 300 gold last weekend I think I am not doing so bad. My goal is to reach 15-20k gold at the end of the moment.

I would like to expand though. I have an alchemy who is sitting at 300ish skill and a tailor who is at 350ish. I'm thinking of leveling them up so I can enter the alchemy and tailoring market. My approach though will be the same as blacksmithing, enchanting, and jewelcrafting, I will try to pick 2-3 items that is not too crowded and concentrate there.

As soon I break the 20k gold mark I think I can start buying tons of cheap mats like a wannabe AH player spending around 8-10k on mats. For now though I am content with just crafting a few items and collecting around 1-1.5k gold per night.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Going for Gold

I have spent most of my gold in the two weeks buying mats to get a decent tanking gear, as such, I am bankrupt.

Last weekend saturday morning, I had 300 gold on my banker and 200g on my main. I decided it's time to go back to AH but this time I'm going to take it more seriously to get enough gold.

I currently have JC(441)/BS(440) on my main, an alt enchanter(390) and a miner(310). I started buying cheap materials to make some belt buckles

saronite ore - 13g/stack <- pretty cheap!
eternal water - 30g/stack
eternal earth - 120g/stack
eternal shadow - 160/stack

I made about 20 of them and started listing two at a time for 35-37g per belt. These went pretty fast especially during the weekend

Next up, is my enchanter. I decided to level up my enchanting and while I'm doing it I might as well buy some armor and weapon vellums. I was surprised how much profit scrolls were giving me. My best sellers these past days are SP to gloves, icewalker, +8 stat to chest, +atk gloves, and +def to chest.

After collecting profits last weekend. I decided to buy the recipe for +24 stam gem as I notice there are hardly any posted. Bought a stack of cheap rare blue gems, cut them, and posted two at a time. I sell them for around 45-65g. I can't touch the epic gem market since I am not 450 yet, I should be though in the next couple days or so.

I've just been messing around with the three professions I mentioned above in the past couple days and I must say I am both enjoying the AH experience and of course the gold waiting for me on my mail box.

As of last night I was sitting at 3400 gold on my bank alt. I only gained about 3k gold but you gotta remember I started with 300 gold last saturday plus I'm a complete beginner.

What I need to work on:

I need to have a system down, switching characters back and forth only to find out that I missed and item to send can get really old. I am new at this so I guess this is normal?

Adding on to the item above, I need to have a list and a spreadsheet of some sort to keep track of items that I need to craft and hopefully see a pattern of what items sells when.

Lastly, I need to get my alchemist up there. I think my hunter(lvl 62) is at 305 alchemy. I need to get it up there so I can break into the herbalism so I can start transmuting.

I need to be patient and intelligent on how to deal with AH campers. One already on to me on my belt buckle business. He keeps undercutting me and even sent me a message saying he is gold capped and he will drive the price down. My reaction? I just posted the belts and let it sit at AH as I know they will sell. One thing I should have noticed though is he kept cancelling his auctions whenever he'd post a new one(maybe those were the same items he posted?) If he goes below mat cost I will definetely buy them.

My goal before July ends is 15k-20k gold. I'm new at this and I'm learning along the way. Hopefully once I have a system and have more gold to invest, my earnings per day would increase exponentially.


Last monday night my guild didn't have enough people to try H LK 25 man. So one of my friends started to form a group for normal LK. I asked if I can join and BAM I got the invite. Mind you that I just got back from a long break(since march 2009) and just got back about 2 weeks ago.

With my 5400 GS, my friend told me to tank LK at the beginning. He procedeed to give me the lowdown of the fight for a couple minutes. It was my first time being there and I haven't read up on the fight so I was just following instructions on the fly. I

On our third try, we got LK. Granted most of the guys are overgeared for it but hey I was grateful that they let me tag along, see LK, get Kingslayer, and then get a token to upgrade a T10.

Whats funny is I've seen Lich King dropped but I haven't seen past PP, lol? Also I don't have enough frost emblems to buy a T10 that I can upgrade ...

I got the Kingslayer title but I won't be sporting it till I see the whole instance. I'll stick with my server first titles for now =).

Thanks for stopping by.


About a week and a half ago, not even two weeks of playing WoW since I came back, my account got hacked. I am pretty good with PC and Internet security so the only reason my account has been compromised that I can think of is the critica/serious security with Adobe. If you haven't updated to 10.1 do it now. I am surprised they didn't do much effort in getting this info out more to the public. You can read about it at the technical services at WoW official forums.

Getting locked out of your account and running naked and poor around dalaran is such an awful experience. All my lvl 70+ toons got stripped. My lvl 62 DK though was not naked though so I just played that toon while waiting for my account to be restored. Blizz sent me a mail saying it takes about a week or so but they managed to give me my items back 2 days early. Because of this event, I ordered an authenticator. Took about a week to get here. I've scanned my pc for malware, spyware, keyloggers, viruses and the likes and looks like my PC is clean. Hopefully this incident won't happen to me ever again.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Back to Azeroth

Hello to anyone reading this!

About a week and a half ago I decided I'd give WoW another shot since my summer classes are about to end and I figured I mess around and see what new things WoW has to offer.

All I can say is ... Whoa! The game is totally from the game I left last year March(Ulduar wasn't even out). The very first thing that I noticed is the Dungeon group finder. Holy shit that thing is nice, granted there are some negative effects on the community but overall it is pretty awesome.

My first week

I started the quest where you need to run FoS->PoS->HoR. Those 3 new instance are pretty fun and what's important is it can be finished around 30 minutes or less.
So I'm all excited but I noticed that the queue time for a DPS is around 14 minutes! Holy crap! So wanting to do more heroics I decided to bust out my 4k GS tank gear and start queuing up(not sure if less than 3 seconds would count as a queue) as a tank which brings me to ....

What the hell is up with GearScore? When did this Sh!t start? When I left there was no such thing! Only requirement was know your class and be able to follow instructions and adapt to different situations. I hate it to be honest as most groups tend to overgear it.

When we got the realm first for clearing Naxx or realm first for clearing Obsidian Sanctum, we didn't have the gearscore addon but we did do a check of gear. Our officers made sure we had the best enchants/gems and gear from heroics. I hate it how your gear score defines your for some players. Sigh, I guess this addon is here to stay ... /rant off

Ok back to happy place now

By the end of the first week I managed to amassed a good amount of emblems that I used to buy tank gear so I can tank some more. I also cleared the heroics versions for the 4 new instances. I have to say that they are very well done.

I also started doing Argent tournament dailies, now these are something new to me. I am currently one quest away to be open up the dailies for the champions

Second week
Not much upgrades for me since I have bought most of the emblem gear. I'm sitting around 4850ish GS. Only thing I want are specific drops which is starting to be a pain in the ass. My goal is to get as close to 5k GS so I can start getting invited to some random pugs for ToC 10/25.

Rekindled interest in Raiding
I also found a couple of my former guildies. I talked to the GM of their guild and as of last night I am a trial member with the recommendation of my former guildies. My problem is my gear, the only thing they have left to do is H LK 25 so you can see a pretty big gap in the gear right there. GM mentioned he first needs to see that I am willing to raid and of course see how I do. I don't expect being handed H ICC 25 gear, only thing I asked is that hopefully they have alts that will need a low geared tank like me to tank like TOC or something.

I need gold!
I started looking at my professions and decided that I want to have lots of gold. I only have about 8k gold so I need to invest those and hopefully get around 50k by the end of the month. I just wnat to be ready when Cata hits.

As you can see I'm pretty excited coming with all these "new" stuff for me and I can't wait to explore the new raid dungeons. I will keep posting updates on my toon(s) and my gold making adventures.