A gathering profession can make you thousands upon thousands of gold, especially if you are one of the first people to get those materials out on the market. We can compare the stats from the previous expansion, and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about….
Why Gather?? I want to Level!
There are many great things about gathering before leveling, the main one being gold. You will be bringing in piles upon piles of gold if you choose to gather for the first couple hours of Cataclysms release. When Wrath of the Lich King was released, Cobalt Ore was going for 300g/stack on my server and when Saronite ore first hit the markets, I saw the prices rise to 600g/stack and then slowly but surely drop in price. The prices dropped as more and more people leveled and had access to the ore. The people who posted the first stacks of Saronite ore, were making thousands of gold per hour. The trick here is, that you have to be one of the first to post the new ores and herbs and leather, that way you call the shots, you can name the price.
You’re going to be targeting a specific audience during the first couple hours, the people going for the Realm Firsts, and trust me, they’re willing to pay anything to obtain them, they have the gold, it’s just a matter of who will be supplying the materials. After the first couple hours, you will be targeting the main audience, prices won't be nearly as high, but they will still sell fairly well, I can easily see stacks of herbs and ores going for 100g+.
During the first couple hours of Cataclysms release, I will be on my shaman gathering herbs and mining nodes. Cataclysm can wait, Leveling can wait, that’s not going anywhere, this opportunity will only happen once, and that is precisely why I will be gathering instead of leveling.
You only have one shot to sell the ores and herbs of Cataclysm at insane prices, after that, the chance will be completely gone. This is your opportunity to become that millionaire that you’ve been dreaming, by simply going out and gathering!