This gold making blog post is being written as an entry into the March WoW Gold Blogging Carnival over at Cold’s Gold Factory. Each month at Cold’s Gold Factory, a variety of WoW gold bloggers contribute articles all written on a specific topic chosen by the gold blogging carnivals host. Be sure head over and check out all of the other great entries in this month’s carnival. This month’s carnival topic asks us:
Using your knowledge that you have gained from auction house experience: If you were starting over as a gold maker, what is one thing you would do differently than the first time, and why?
How Would I Change The Ways I Made Gold In WoW?
The biggest and most obvious change that I would make is that I would have started using auction house add-ons much much earlier.
Back when I first started blogging, I often would talk about how I used hardly any add-ons at all. The main reason I was so adamant against using auction house add-ons was because I wanted to feel like I had a sense of accomplishing the gold making aspects of World of Warcraft completely on my own. I did not need add-ons to do it for me. I was doing all of the math, the cross references, the comparisons, the spreadsheets, and every single thing that an add-on does for you. I have a brain and could think on my own. I didn’t need some stupid add-on to tell me what to do.
I also felt that a heavy dependance on auction house add-ons was a crutch that players leaned on too heavily. By not using add-ons, I was unhampered on patch days, when others were stuck scrambling to find work arounds for their add-ons. While those players were lost, I was still able to plug away on my auction house routine.
My other fear was that a reliance on add-ons would lead to a weaker understanding of the auction house markets. I still believe that to this day, but since I made it to the Wrath gold cap without any add-ons I had a pretty good understanding of how all of the markets rise & fall and interact with each other. I still don’t think a player should jump right into ways to make gold on the auction house by using add-ons. You should learn how the markets interact and how the ebb and flow prior to installing the auction house add-ons.
Today I wish I would have started using the basic WoW auction house add-ons much earlier. Not immediately, but once I had a good understanding of how the WoW auction house and WoW gold making systems worked together. Auctioneer was a great tool that helped save me a lot of time once I finally started using it. Then when I finally made the switch to the Auctionator / TradeSkillMaster combination I really started to save a ton of time. Less time in the auction house, meant more time for actually playing the rest of the game. Add-ons can decrease your time relisting, posting, crafting, researching, purchasing, comparing, farming, and barking.
So don’t be afraid of using add-ons to help you make gold in WoW. I do recommend getting a basic understanding of the auction house before installing auction house add-ons. If you do, your overall gold making process will flow more smoothly, you will understand what the add-on is actually doing, and you will be able to go back to the old fashioned approach when your add-ons get broken after patches.