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How to Make Money in World of Warcraft

Marcus Ty
Aug 26, 2008
Making money in World of Warcraft isn't hard, but many players struggle in their early levels with barely enough gold to pay their bar bill at the Pig & Whistle (Stormwind). They get caught up in the daily grind for experience or simply hanging out with friends at the Darkmoon Faire and lose site of the fact the making money in the world of Azeroth is a fundamental part of the game.

While some players are happy to muddle through levels 20 and 30 cash poor, they suffer a crisis of gold as they approach level 40 when they realize the amount of gold they must farm if they are to purchase their first mount. For many players, this results in hours of grinding mobs in a given zone in the vain hope of making enough wow gold before they hit the magic level 40. Players can avoid this trap if they ease back on the free ale at brewfest and invest some of their time in learning a little about the wow economy.

Now listen closely, friend, for the secret of plenty of wow money is to learn about the wow economy from the start and to adopt one of the many money making strategies that Blizzard has built into the game. Simply put, the wow economy follows the same basic rules of supply and demand as with any other economy. Blizzard have been clever in the design of the game and has built in demand for many items. All it takes to earn money in wow is to supply those items to a hungry group of buyers.

But what items are in demand in wow?

In general, items in constant demand are those that are classified as 'Trade Goods' in the Auction House. You're probably familiar with most of these which include items such as Cloth, Stone, Ore, Hide and Gems. These are all the basic materials (mats) that players need on a fairly constant basis for their crafting professions. Tailors need cloth, Leatherworkers need hide and Engineers need a mountain of metal made from the ore.

You get the general idea!

Those players that choose one of the gathering professions (Mining, Skinning and Herbalism) early on in the game will always have a ready market for their gathered mats at the Auction House and will generally earn more money than they would from simply grinding.

When Blizzard brought out the Burning Crusade, they introduced a new type of gathered material needed by high-end crafters called Primals. Now that many players have taken up arms against the Burning Legion and joined the Burning Crusade there's a great demand for Primals and the basic units needed to create them called Motes.

I've written elsewhere on the subject of Primals and the making of wow gold once into level 60 and beyond on my Blog where you will find many more articles on the making of easy money and the wow economy in general.

So here's a tip, as one old Mage said to his apprentice upon leaving the tavern with an empty purse: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy beer!"
About the Author
Marcus Ty is a fan and player of the World of Warcraft and writes extensively on all aspects of the game. His latest project is The Journal of Marcus Ty - Gold Making Guide which is free to subscribers. Other articles and information on wow can be found on his World of Warcraft Gold Making Guide blog.
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