Before I get started with the article, I want to say thank you to everyone who prayed or showed support in other ways when I went to the hospital two days ago. I'm still having a difficult time but the hard part is over for now. I am feeling better and obviously good enough to put a post out for you guys and girls!
The problem with making gold for most players is not that they are incapable of doing it but rather that they are not using proper problem solving techniques when faced with decisions pertaining to making gold. What happens in most of these cases is that the player freezes and is unable to make a decision. He or she is unable to become a problem solver and find ways to make gold because...
- The player is afraid to make a mistake and lose gold.
- The player is afraid that their experiences are inadequate for making a decision.
The best way to overcome fear is with knowledge and empowerment, so the way I try to help players learn to make gold is to show them just how smart they actually are through excersises in exploring their server's auction house.
For example, here is a list of wonderful strategies for making gold which cost you almost nothing and universally have a very high return on investment (that means you should go do them because they are easy and will make you lots of cash at any level and on any server).
- Bid on mid level profession items and relist for 100%-130% market value.
- Buy items from vendors like jeweler's setting or vanishing dust and list a couple for far more than the vendor price.
- Sell services such as portals or cooldowns (for most cooldowns you are better off supplying your own materials and keeping the cooldown for yourself, but using it now for fast gold while you are learning is ok).
- Modify items such as greater celestial essences and sell them in a different form (lesser celestial essences). It is almost always more profitable to uncombine an item but there are a handful of cases where you are better off combining (sometimes large heavenly shards follow this rule which is good because you can't unbind them).
- They can make gold by investing intelligently.
- They can learn to avoid flooding and sell goods properly.
- They can learn to price appropriately.
It is easier for most players to make gold when they are not afraid, and so removing fear through reasoning and empowerment are the keys to the gold guide being so successful amongst such a diverse audience.
Part of removing fear is increasing knowledge of a subject area, and it is for that reason I would like you all to try out The Warcraft Journal for free. Simply go to their page and sign up for the free trial which will cost you just one cent, and you will instantly gain access to all past copies of the magazine as well as the most recent article. Some of The Warcraft Journal's best articles are the gold making ones (hence my recommendation) and it doesn't hurt to toss in some interesting information on pve and pvp either right? Check em' out, you have nothing to lose and it's fun to browse through all the articles for free.