|Preserved Holly Machine|
Deeprock Salt spikes in demand one time every year. This happens during the Feast of Winter Veil every December. After completing the Metzen The Reindeer quest chain, a follow-up quest becomes available. This quest, The Hero of the Day, requires 5 gold and 1 Deeprock Salt in order to award 5 Preserved Holly. (Note: Refined Deeprock Salt won't work, so any leather workers that have already ran their salt through a salt shaker have missed this opportunity.) The preserved holly are just for flavor and are pretty worthless. The real reason to complete this quest is because the reindeer chain quests and The Hero Of The Day quest all count towards the 3000 Quests Completed achievement.
Converting Those Salts To Gold
If you haven't figured it out yet, I love to rape the auction house for massive profits by planning ahead each and every holiday season. Must be the evil goblin coming out of me. Start now by looking on your auction house for deeprock salt. Anything super cheap or in big stacks at a good price go ahead and buy it out. On my server, they are going for 4.2g per stack, which is dirt cheap compared to what I will mark them up to when the time is right. If you want to farm some, click on the Deeprock salt link (First word in this article) and it will list all the mobs that can drop the deeprock salt. Knot Thimblejack's cache in Dire Maul North is also a good source for these salts, which may result in a few nice priced stacks on the auction house as people are rushing to finish their insane title currently. Store all your deeprock salts until the night before Winter Veil.
You should always post your highway robbery priced demand spiked holiday goods the night before the holiday and on a 48 hour sale. This insures against problems getting to post in case their are server delays. You want to be the first and only one to have these posted once the holiday goes live at 3am server time. You do know that all holidays start at 3am right? So posting the morning or afternoon of the holiday start date has already lost you a ton of sales. When you buy these salts up now, then post the eve of the holiday while setting your own prices, you can easily bring in 25g per deeprock salt. They will sell and they will sell well. They always do, until some idiot comes along and throws his up for 5g each. By that point though, you've already sold pages of them at your crazy prices. You can then undercut him or buy him out to raise your prices back up, until too many copycats try to get in on the holiday sales. It's fun to watch these late comers fight over undercutting each other down to 1-2g or less per salt, while you continue to laugh as you sold 80 of them for 25g each while everyone was still asleep. This works particularly well if you are on a server with an aussie presense or a lot of overnight / late players.
Got any stories of Winter Veil price gouging?