Emailed question from a level 80 Tauren Druid selling Shatter Rounds on the auction house:
Hi Markco,My response:
I play a level 80 Tauren Druid on the US Hakkar realm,
which is a low population server.
From reading your blog, I get the
impression that it is considered easier to make gold via tradeskills on low pop
servers. My goldmaking/auction house skills are still pretty young, but I was
excited when the schematics for Iceblade Arrows and Shatter Rounds came out in
3.3, as I am an engineer/miner. I did my research, and learned that just about
every horde engineer on my server was gnomish. Therefore, I switched my
specialization into goblin engineering, and bought the schematic for Shatter
Rounds as soon as I became honored.
Imagine my dismay when despite being
one of only two or three players on the server that could craft them, and
offering them at lowest price, I couldn't sell more than a stack a day at best.
Even worse, when I advertise giving them away FOR FREE in trade chat during
prime server time (7-10 PM) in order to gague interest, I only ever get one or
This is pretty discouraging, considering that the
primordial saronite I used to buy the schematic is worth plenty of money, not to
mention the cost to respec to goblin engineering. What did I do wrong? Is there
any way to recoup my losses? How could I prevent something like this from
happening to me in the future? Is this because I play on a low-pop server with
not enough demand for hunter ammo? I thought that this was going to basically be
a sure thing that would make me thousands! =(
For starters, you definately should post your story on the Wow Gold Forums (JMTC). Second, you can still make lots of gold off these arrows/bullets as long as you sell them correctly. Only post a handful of stacks and try to get your mats as cheaply as possible. Aim to only make 1-3 gold off each sale. See if that helps and this can still make you a lot of gold, but I wouldn't expect more than 50-100 each day at most on a low pop server with few raiding communities.
And the final email back:
Wow, thanks a lot! I didn't actually expect you'd respond.
thing, I'll post it on the forums. And your prediction appears to be accurate. I
made about 90g from them yesterday, which isn't as much as I imagined having a
near monopoly on them would provide, but isn't half bad either.