What’s Been Selling?

So I’ve never done one of these before, but ever since I wrote the guide to Saving TradeSkillMaster Data in a Database I’ve been wanting too. I decided to pull all the sales data since Mists of Pandaria launched and see what’s going on. Here are the results:

Sales MoP Launch to June 4th 2013

Unfortunately, these numbers aren’t too impressive, it took me a while to get back into WoW, and I didn’t really play much of MoP until just before patch 5.2. So, I only did 1.02 million gold in sales (1.56 million gold in transactions), but the breakdown of those sales are interesting. As you can tell, I mostly rely on the following professions:

You’ll notice that Alchemy only accounts for 5.24% of sales (in gold), and I found that very disappointing. On the flip side, Jewelcrafting accounted, directly, for 37.45% of sales (again, in gold) and, since all my enchanting materials come from the shuffle, it can also claim an assist in the Enchants category which holds 12.04% of sales.

I’m not surprised, but I’m glad the break down of gem sales by colour matches what I’ve thought about this expansion: no one gem colour is a clear favourite. What was kind of surprising was that the solid colours were actually behind the hybrid colours, I had figured the solid colours would still have a slight lead on the hybrid colours.

Unsurprisingly, most of my gold in Alchemy comes from Flasks, but as I mentioned above I was disappointed how little gold my Alchemy brings in. Based on this I might cut down on Alchemy and start focusing on other aspects of gold making. You might have noticed the tiny 0.93% of my incoming gold that comes from Crafted Dreadful Gladiators gear, all of which at this point is the plate gear from Blacksmithing. I recently levelled Tailoring and Leatherworking, but I haven’t gotten around to using them yet for gold making. Heck, I don’t even have all the recipes on my Blacksmith from the Lightning Steel Ingot research. So, lots of ways to improve still.

Finally, there’s the whopping 26.35% from “mounts” even though I’ve only sold four. Of the roughly 270k gold in sales from mounts, 220k is from one single sale of the Spectral Tiger I tried to flip. I say try because while I don’t have a record of how much I purchased it for, I remember when I sold it I didn’t get as much as I had wanted to, and I had barely broken even. The final roughly 50k where the 3 Death Chargers I attempted to flip. Yea, I’m bad at this flipping thing.

So, from this I realize I need to do a few things:

  • Start producing Leatherworking and Tailoring items for sale
  • Stop neglecting glyphs

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Eric Dekker

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1 comment

  1. R

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s possible to have all the BS or LW recipes yet even if doing them daily since they were available… pretty sure I’m still discovering recipes on both. Tailoring was done ages ago, though.

    Personally, my big sellers in MoP so far in terms of total sales out (NOT profit, necessarily) are the DMF trinkets (even now, although demand is obviously down), Living Steel and Belt Buckles and flipping BoE twink blues, although that market has mostly dried up at this point and I’m clearing out my few remaining pieces. Everything I’m selling is for a decent profit, though, so while some like the trinkets are probably 20-30% and some like the blues were often 200-1000%, overall those are the ones I’d do again if I could go back in time. I’m probably up about 1.5M in MoP so far, hard to say exactly since I’ve spent quite a bit on a few BMAH mounts and the Yak and I’m not running any tools that’ll calculate profit on sales or tracks my purchase prices for flips so I can only estimate.

    I’m also finally starting to sell some bags for prices I’m happy with… their prices didn’t double in MoP the way I’d expected and stocked up on because of (figured since there wasn’t a new common bag in MoP that the relative trickle of mats for Frostweave and Embersilk would drive up the prices within the first month… took way longer than I expected) but I’m making nice gold on them now. Bags should end up on my “MoP in review” gold making list but they aren’t quite there yet.

    I’ve had little to no luck with gems, flasks, potions or glyphs although I hear others still manage to kill in those markets, probably has more to do with the server than anything… I find them too fragmented, especially gems and glyphs, and I got sick of them not moving long ago and got out. Enchants have made a bit of a dent in my gold total but not a significant amount. I haven’t sold a single 476 or 502 BS weapon yet from the new recipes and they’re already listing below where I’d expected them to sell for. They’d still be profitable but at 1 per 2-4 weeks, it’s incredibly annoying for them not to be selling.

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