Some ideas and methods are so fundamentally basic we neglect them or assume them redundant after more advanced ideas come along. However we sometimes need to return to these ideas and go “Back2Basics“
This time we look at items that can be traded-in via vendors for more profitable items.
Many vendors within game trade in items rather than currency allowing you to swap leathers, shards and other items for recipes , elemental/Volatiles/Essences and other useful items.
Sometime it can be rather profitable to take an item you have already or purchase from the auction house, trade it in for a second item and sell it at a much higher price.
Lets take a look at some of the possible items and there costs.
At the moment there are two levels or tiers of vendors that have useful Leatherworking trade-ins, these being Wrath and Cataclysm level items.
The Wrath level items can be obtained within Dalaran by talking to Braeg Stoutbeard. The items in question are Arctic Furs.
10 Heavy Borean Leather can be traded-in for 1 Arctic Fur , when looking at making profit from this trade-in you can also consider using lower tiered Borean Leather to obtain the Heavy Borean Leather if you have access to a Leatherworker.
5 Borean Leather Scraps --> 1 Borean Leather
6 Borean Leather -- > 1 Heavy Borean Leather
Therefore 300 Borean Leather Scraps or 60 Borean Leather can also be used to obtain 1 Arctic Fur
So when we wish to calculate profit use the following formula
200 - (10*12) = 200-120 = 80g Profit.
The Cataclysm level items can be obtained from the Leatherworking Supplies Vendor in any major city or Twilight Highlands. The item we are interested in from these vendors is Pristine Hides.
500 - (50*7) = 500 - 350 = 150g Potential Profit
Generally Speaking the Runed Orb and Crusader Orb are very rarely need at the moment, and the demand for them is usually low, however with the upcoming changes in-game and the insertion of Transmogrification there is a slight possibility that the demand for them my return (however it is not something I will personally be investing in). However the Elementals are often very useful for many players levelling professions and often a very simple way to make profit by purchasing Frozen Orbs and then swapping them to Eternals.
So if you're looking for a simple way to make a few gold now and then to boost a new characters profits, or to obtain some starting gold then these vendor trade-ins can be a great way to do so. if Leatherworking is one of your professions then the Leatherworking vendors can also be a great way to boost profits made from buying low leathers and crafting them into higher ones used for trading.
If I have missed a vendor that you use, or an item that fit into this post then let me know in the comments below. Do you use these vendors to make gold? if so how has it helped you profit wise? I want to know about your experiences
As always keep it simple and make sure to have Fun