- Acquire materials
- Craft items people need
- Sell for profit
There is however a logical path through professions in order to get to end products.
At each step along this path there is gold to be made. The further down the path you go, the more gold can be made.
Let me illustrate my point with an example, I can take Ore, prospect into gems,
craft gems into jewellery, disenchant rings into enchanting materials, use materials to make scrolls and sell on the AH. This path starts with mining, then jewelcrafting and finally ends with enchanting. I have created an arbitrary diagram to show the sequence of events in this process and how gold can be made at each step.
point remains for all. The path always starts with gathering professions and ends
when you produce a product which cannot be used to craft another product.
When it comes to making gold through professions, players will generally decide
what they like to do in the game and fit into this chain somehow. Me for example, I hate gathering so I rely on people who do like gathering (mining, herbalism and skinning) to dump their raw materials on the AH and not wish to carry on further down the chain. I can then buy raw materials at a price I deem cheap enough, then begin my path through the production chain.
My advice is this – broaden your selling horizons so that you sell in demand products at each step along the chain. The best profit margins will come from products at the end of the chain, but that isn’t to say they sell the best. Selling at each step along the chain means you cater for all types of player.
So next time you are planning on doing your favourite gold making technique using professions ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I starting the production chain as early as I could be?
- Am I stopping the production chain too early?
If the answer is yes to either of these, consider adjusting your process so you can sell more products along the chain. Learn to get the most out of your raw materials utilizing all the professions you have and you will make more gold along the way.