Saturday, July 28, 2012

Battle Pets With Alludra and Kephas | A Battle Pets Podcast

WoW Battle Pets Podcast
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 Battle Pets with Alludra and Kephas

Looking for a podcast about World of Warcraft battle pets?  Well look no further!  Alludra and Kephas have got you covered.  They have created an excellent podcast covering the battle pets niche within World of Warcraft.  Be sure to check out Battle Pets With Alludra and Kephas.  Their brand new World of Warcraft podcast is both entertaining and informative. 

Alludra and Kephas do a great job explaining the battle pet system coming to WoW in Mists of Pandaria.  Both of the show's hosts are previous Pokemon fans and they are both currently playing with their battle pets within the MoP Beta, which allows them to bring an insider's perspective to the podcast.   Both Alludra and Kephas are members of the Horde faction, but fear not.  The Kephas has authorized Alliance players to listen to the show too!

Kephas and Alludra work well together as a hosting pair.  It is easy to hear their excitement for the battle pets coming through the podcast.  I learned more from their 30 minute debut episode than I've learned reading all about the battle pet system.  I hope there are many more future episodes to come!

In the debut episode they cover:
  • Battle Pet Training
  • Pet Battle Mechanics
  • Battle Pet Bugs On Beta
  • Pet Capturing
  • Battle Pet Qualities
  • Death by Cockroach
  • Much More!
Where can you find the Battle Pets Podcast?

Check out the show notes and stream for episode #1:  Beta Battles.
If you check out their show and enjoy it, be sure to leave them feedback on the site and drop them an iTunes review.  Quality feedback is important for new podcasters, because its hard to gauge listener reactions without feedback.  So be sure to let them know what you think and let them know I sent you to their show.


 Check Out My Thoughts On The Battle Pets:
  1. Warning: Unload Your Holiday Pets Now
  2. All 90 Companion Pets Turning To Rare Battle Pets (With Sources)
  3. WoW TCG Loot Code Pets Turning Rare

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Friday, July 27, 2012

WoW TCG Pet Loot Card Codes

Ethereal Plunderer- WoW TCG
Ethereal Soul Trader / Ethereal Plunderer
The Most Expensive Loot Code Pet

Guide To WoW TCG Pet Loot Codes

There is quite a buzz surrounding the new battle pet system coming in Mists of Pandaria.  Only 90 of the current WoW companion pets are going to become rare (blue) quality battle pets, once all of the current companions get converted.  Many of the pets on the Master Rare Pet List are either very hard to obtain, currently unattainable, or cost real world cash to purchase. 

Let's take a deeper look at the pets that come from the WoW Trading Card Game.  Every one of the TCG pets are being convereted to rare pets for the new pet battle system, which means their value has seen an immediate increase following their addition to the rare list of battle pets.

There are 14 companion pets from the various WoW TCG expansions that are currently on the master list of current pets that will become rare.  Any future WoW TCG pets that area released in later WoW TCG expansions will also be rare pets.  One of the current 14 on the list is a pet coming out in the next TCG expansion.

I have already given away a few companion pets to readers of Cold's Gold Factory that subscribe to the blog newsletter.  More companion pets will be awarded to newsletter subscribers in the future, so be sure to sign up for your chance at a free rare pet code in addition to getting each and every post written here delivered to you via email.

WoW TCG Pet Loot Codes From

I buy my pet codes from and have never had a problem. All pet codes come via mail and are the original unscratched cards with intact codes.  You scratch the card to reveal the code yourself, then etner the code on the WoW TCG website to get your in game loot code.  You take the in game code to Landro Longshot in Booty Bay to claim your companion pets. 

Pet codes from the WoW TCG can be used in the US and EU regions.  Both regions can buy and redeem the same codes, but when you redeem the card's code for the in game code, you must specify what region (EU or US) you plan to claim the code in.  Then your in game code is only usable in the region that you registered it in, so be careful and make sure you claim it for the correct gaming region!

BananasKing MuklaThrough The Dark Portal
DragonkiteKitingMarch Of Legions
Ethereal Soul TraderEthereal PlundererHunt For Illidan
Eye Of The LegionEye of the LegionWar Of The Ancients
Gregarious GrellViscious GrellCrown Of The Heavens
Hippogryph HatchlingThunderhead HippogryphHeroes Of Azeroth
Landro's LichlingLandro's LichlingWar Of The Elements
Landro's Lil' XTLandro's Lil' XTWorld Breaker
Nightsaber CubNightsaber CubTwilight Of The Dragons
Purple PufferBloat The BubblefishThrone Of Tides
Rocket ChickenRobotic Homing ChickenMarch Of Legions
Sand ScarabSand ScarabTomb Of The Forgotten
Spectral Tiger CubSpectral KittenScourgewar
Tuskarr KiteTuskarr KiteScourgewar
Floating SpellbookGusting GrimoireBetrayal of the Guardian

You can purchase your loot code cards outright or you can gamble by buying the WoW TCG booster packs or booster boxes in hopes of getting multiple pets or even some of the rare mount loot codes.

Good luck and happy pet hunting!

Check out the article on WoW Mount Card Loot Codes.
Check out the article on WoW Vanity Item Loot Codes.

NOTE:  Timewalkers: Reign of Fire Expansion

The Reign of Fire expansion for the WoW trading card game has released on July 23rd, 2013.  The Reign of Fire expansion contains no new loot cards, instead this new expansions includes every loot card every previously released!  And they have upped the drop rates of the loot cards, so you have even better chances to pull loot codes out of the boosters!

Find out more about: The Reign of Fire WoW TCG boosters.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Companion Pets Into Rare Battle Pets | A Breakdown Of Their Sources

Full List Of Which Pets Will Become Rare Battle Pets In MoP
WoW Companion Pets Turning To Rare Battle Pets
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Companion Pets Turning To Rare Battle Pets

Companion pets are converting to battle pets in Mists of Pandaria.  Some pets will become rare battle pets and will be blue in color.  These are the main pets to focus on collecting and stockpiling for Mists of Pandaria.  As I discussed in yesterday's post on liquidating your holiday pets, rare pets will have more stats and will be more powerful.  This will create more demand for the rare pets as they simply are just better stat wise and level faster than non-rare pets.

Many of the current companion pets that are becoming rare battle pets are very hard to obtain.  Many of them require cash for their purchase or are awarded from hard achievements, token grinds, or very rare world drops within the World of Warcraft.  Let's dig deeper into the list of companion pets turning rare and find their sources.

Identifying The Sources For The 90 Rare Converting Pets

5 Are Obtained From Archaeology

  1. Clockwork Gnome
  2. Crawling Claw
  3. Fossilized Hatchling
  4. Pterrodax Hatchling
  5. Voodoo Figurine
Looking for a reason to resume leveling up your Archaeology profession?  Well, here's five reasons and account wide mounts are also coming in MoP, so you can get that Fossilized Raptor mount for all your characters too.

7 Come From Fishing
  1. Chuck - (Outlands Fishing Dailies)
  2. Muckbreath - (Outlands Fishing Dailies)
  3. Snarly - (Outlands Fishing Dailies)
  4. Toothy - (Outlands Fishing Dailies)
  5. Strand Crawler (Northrend, Orgrimmar, & Stormwind Dailies)
  6. Giant Sewer Rat (Fished Up In Dalaran Underbelly)
  7. Magical Crawdad (Wish Granted From Mr. Pinchy)
I plan to level the Magical Crawdad From Mister Pinchy first and foremost as my main battle pet, since he has always been my favorite companion pet and he made the rare pet conversion list.

1 Is Obtained While Mining
  1. Elementium Geode (Elem. & Rich Elem. Veins in Twilight Highlands, Deepholme, & Uldum)
The Geode is BoE and can be picked up off the auction house.  I've been stocking them away for a while now myself.

7 Are Achievement Awards From Collecting Pets
  1. Stinker (50 Pets - Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart)
  2. Little Fawn (75 Pets - Lil' Game Hunter)
  3. Nuts (100 Pets - Petting Zoo)
  4. Brilliant Kaliri (125 Pets - Menagerie)
  5. Celestial Dragon (150 Pets - Littlest Pet Shop)
  6. Feral Vermling (Capture 250 Battle Pets - Master Pet Hunter) MoP
  7. Jade Tentacle (Earn 300 Battle Pet Ach. Points - Time To Open A Pet Store) MoP
Running out of bank space to store all the pets you've collected?  Just go ahead and learn them on an alt and try to get extras of these collector achievements on multiple characters.  They will save you storage space, you will get them refunded back to you, and you may just pick up an extra skunk, fawn, or squirrel to sell come Mists of Pandaria.

11 Are Purchased From The Blizzard Store

  1. Wind Rider Cub - $24.99
  2. Gryphon Hatchling - $24.99
  3. Guardian Cub - $10
  4. Cenarian Hatchling - $10
  5. Lil' KT - $10
  6. Lil' Ragnaros - $10
  7. Lil' XT - $10
  8. Moonkin Hatchling - $10
  9. Pandaren Monk - $10
  10. Soul of the Aspects - $10
  11. Core Hound Pup - $6.50
Blizzard controls the price on these, but don't forget that you can use your Diablo 3 RMAH earnings to purchase these.  ("Maybe in the future" they will allow Battle net balance purchases.) Guardian Cub is still BoE and can also be picked off of the auction house.

8 Come From Collector's Editions

  1. Panda Cub (World of Warcraft CE)
  2. Netherwhelp (Burning Crusade CE)
  3. Lurky (Burning Crusade CE) EU Only
  4. Frost (Wrath of the Lich King CE)
  5. Lil' Deathwing (Cataclysm CE)
  6. Lucky Quilen Cub (Mists of Pandaria CE) MoP
  7. Mini-Thor (Starcraft II CE)
  8. Fetish Shaman (Diablo 3 CE)
Yet another reason that Collector's Editions may see a spike in demand.  Flipping Collector's Editions For Profit is something that some players do to use their goblin wisdom to turn a profit in the real world.

6 Are Purchased With Prize Tickets (90) At The Darkmoon Faire
  1. Darkmoon Balloon
  2. Darkmoon Cub
  3. Darkmoon Monkey
  4. Darkmoon Tonk
  5. Darkmoon Turtle
  6. Darkmoon Zeppelin
You've got just a couple more Darkmoon Faires to finish collecting tokens and get more pets before Mists of Pandaria will be here on September 25th, 2012.

6 Are From BlizzCon or Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals
  1. Murky (BlizzCon 2005)
  2. Lucky (Blizzard WWI 2007)
  3. Mini Tyrael (Blizzard WWI 2008)
  4. Grunty (BlizzCon 2009)
  5. Deathy (BlizzCon 2010)
  6. Murkablo (BlizzCon 2011)
Good luck finding these codes.  If you do, the prices have probably already gone up even higher with them making the rares list.

3 Are Gated Behind The Molten Front Dailies
  1. Crimson Lasher - (1200 gold)
  2. Hyjal Bear Cub - (1200 gold)
  3. Searing Scorchling -  (Zen'Vorka's Cache)
As if the grind to unlock the vendors wasn't enough torture, you can continue running the daily quests and buying the Cache in hopes of this rare pet being inside.

2 Are WoW Anniversary Rewards
  1. Baby Blizzard Bear (WoW 4th Anniversary)
  2. Onyxian Whelpling (WoW's 5th Anniversary)
If you don't already have them, you aren't getting them.

14 Are Rare Drops
  1. Azure Whelpling
  2. Crimson Whelpling
  3. Dark Whelpling
  4. EmeraldWhelpling
  5. Firefly
  6. Fox Kit
  7. Gundrak Hatchling
  8. Hyacinth Macaw
  9. Razzashi Hatchling
  10. Sprite Darter Hatchling
  11. Phoenix Hatchling
  12. Disgusting Oozeling
  13. Mr. Grubbs
  14. Tiny Shale Spider
These are some of the best ones on the list to look out for on the auction house as many of these are BoE.  Maybe you can grab some extras before others realize they are on the master rare battle pet list.  Here are a few tips to help farming for dragon whelplings.

6 Are From Various Miscellaneous Sources
  1. Kirin Tor Familiar - (Higher Learning Achievement)
  2. Murkimus the Gladiator - (Arena Tournament Participation)
  3. Dark Pheonix Hatchling - (Guild Reward For United Nations Achievement)
  4. Panther Cub - (Zul'Gurub Dungeon Quest Chain Reward)
  5. Pebble - (Therazane Dailies)
  6. Lumpy - (Grinch Killing Daily Present Drop During Feast of Winter's Veil)

  1. Bananas
  2. Dragonkite
  3. Ethereal Soul-Trader
  4. Eye of the Legion
  5. Gregarious Grell
  6. Hippogryph Hatchling
  7. Landro's Lichling
  8. Landro's Lil' XT
  9. Nightsaber Cub
  10. Purple Puffer
  11. Rocket Chicken
  12. Sand Scarab
  13. Spectral Tiger Cub
  14. Tuskarr Kite
The only way to get these loot codes is to play the loot code lottery by buying TCG packs or buying the codes from eBay, Amazon, or other retailers.  OR you could also get lucky and win a code from a giveaway or contest.

Be sure to check out the cheap prices on these loot code pets at Amazon.  Many are cheaper than the Blizzard Store pets!  I have a few of these I got from Amazon to give away later too.  I just gave away a Gregarious Grell on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast and a Purple Puffer here at Cold's Gold Factory.

There you have it folks.  The master companion list of pets turning into rare battle pets has been broken down to show you what the sources are for all of these pets.  Be sure to stock up on whatever you can find and don't forget that you can collect these on multiple characters and they will be mailed back to you once Mists of Pandaria launches in late Septemeber.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WoW Pet Battles & Pet Flipping | GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

Up and Down The Companion Pet Market

WoW Pet Battle System Updates and Pet Flipping Warnings

Remember when the World of Warcraft Pet Battle System was originally announced at Blizzcon?  If you are like me, then the first thing you thought of wasn't Pokemon.  We all  had visions of making tons of gold off of this new system in WoW.  This would be yet another arsenal in our bag of tricks.  Battle Pets were supposed to be our cash crop once the Mists of Pandaria expansion would launch. 

Companion pets would be more than just vanity items.  Then we found out that we could level these pets and we would be able to sell them.  Yes!  Cha-ching!  More $ $ flashed across our minds as higher level pets would obviously sell for more gold on the WoW auction house or in trade chat.  This new pet battle system was going to be a great new way to make gold off of other players by selling both new and leveled battle pets.  So we all started to stock up on pets, especially the harder to obtain companion pets.  Pets that are rare drops or were awarded from annual events seemed like no brainers to stockpile, as we would be able to flip them for more gold once the pet battle system increased the demand for all pets. 

Some of us started to collect bank tabs full of these rare, limited, or hard to obtain pets because they were going to make us rich. 


At the time, we knew very little at all about the actual pet battle system.  So we were basing our ideas off of speculation, which is always a gamble.  Speculating ahead of the general populace can lead you to great payoffs, if you are correct at predicting change.  If the changes don't go as predicted, you can lose out on your investments.  Well, we now have more news on the pet battle systems coming in MoP and that news is less than favorable.  Looking at the current pet battle system, there are some major winners and a ton of losers.  This was a hot topic we were excited to discuss when Auction House Junkies returned to recording.  It's time to liquidate a lot of these pets before the market prices bottom out.  Let's look deeper as to why.

Holiday Pets - Get Out Now

Since companion pets are all going to be on a shared battle pet interface, we wondered what was going to happen if you had duplicate pets on multiple characters.  The current plan is that duplicates will be returned to your characters via the the mail system or the extra pets would be placed in your bags.  This is bad news for anyone expecting to flip these holiday pets for great sums of gold.  Any of the holiday pets that are easily obtainable need to be liquidated now before the expansion.  There will be a flood of holiday pets into the market and you will have to wait far too long for the market to rebound to a nice profit.  Sell for a profit now, while you still can.  You can still sell these to people who hav

Just think of how many alts you have that have those holiday pets, like the first holiday pet to go BoE - the Sinister Squashling.  Helper Boxes?  How many of those things do you have on alts?  Yeah, so does everyone else!  And Mists will launch shortly before the new Winter's Veil Season begins and even more Christmas pets enter the market.  Get out now, before the pet refunds come and the markets get flooded.

We discussed it in this last Sunday's Google Plus Gold Makers Hangout, which can be viewed on YouTube here:  Be sure to check them out.

Not All Pets Are Created Equal

With the pet battle system comes a system for placing quality variations among the battle pets.  The standard grey-white-green-blue system is used for all battle pets, both captured and learned.  Rare pets are blue in color and can be captured in the wild.  Rare pets all have an advantage over non-rare pets.  The rare battle pets level more quickly and their end stats are higher than all non-rare battle pets.  The rare pets are the most valuable and will be the best pets for leveling and selling for a profit.  They will also be the most sought after by true pet battle masters that are looking to maximize their team of battle pets.

A blue post over at MMO-Champion has a list of all of the current companion pets that will be converting to the blue rare battle pets in Mists of Pandaria.  We discussed this list on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast.

The Companion Pets Turning Rare (Blue) Are Either:

Be sure to check out the list and see just how few you actually have.  Don't get your hopes up.  Many of these are hard to get or cost you money.  Sure we all will have a few on the list, but there aren't a lot of us that will have duplicates of these unless we've been stockpiling rare pets or pay for pets from Blizzard.  I wonder if you get just 1 of the store bought pets, instead of one mailed back for every character that has one?  Argent Tournaments are not going to be blue rare pets as they are not on the list.  Make sure to check out the list of companions that are turning rare.  I suggest you shift your pet stockpiling to only these pets.  These are the new cash crop to stock up on as they will be blue rares, more powerful, and more valuable.

You can start to search for the BoE pets on the auction house, but also you can start to collect multiples of the pets that are awarded from completions as well.  Then the duplicates will be mailed back to you when Mists launches.

I've been gambling on Elementium Geodes and have been stocking up on them hoping they would see a nice increase in value.  Cha-Ching!  They made the list!

Check out my Breakdown Of All Sources Of The Pets Turning Rare.

No Wild Pets Can Be Sold Or Traded

You won't be making gold off any of the battle pets you capture in the wild as Blizzard announced that captured battle pets will not be tradeable.  This change is coming in the next Beta patch.  In my opinion this is good.  It keeps the auction house from being flooded with tons of junk pets and it creates more of a value to the companion pets that are currently available, especially those that are turning rare!  I did say start stocking up on the pets on that list right?  Only the current companion pets will be able to be leveled, then caged and then sold.  So stock up on those ones turning rare!

Have people started to liquidate pets on your server?

Companion Pet Pricing Update

UPDATE:  Check out the later post detailing how these predictions and warnings were true not just of holidays pets but of every single pet across the board:

How Battle Pets Killed Companion Pet Markets


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Auction House Junkies Is Back!

The Auction House Junkies - WoW Gold Making Podcast

The Auction House Junkies World of Warcraft Gold Making Podcast is back up and running.  After a few months break, we have resurrected the podcast and will be putting out more episodes again.  There is already a brand new episode up on the Auction House Junkies site and as always, we are still available on iTunes. 

Don't miss out on AHJ Episode #29 - "Where Were You Guys Last Week?"

For the new readers and newer WoW players who haven't heard of our WoW gold making podcast, The Auction House Junkies podcast is all about making gold in World of Warcraft.  Wes, Mike, and I discuss various methods, strategies, and markets for making gold in WoW.  We cover all professions and pretty much all markets get discussed in one episode or another.  We help you with new expansion stockpiling, battling your competition, provide our "Markets of the Week", and we will continually have you thinking on your toes about making gold in WoW. 

Since the beginning of the show, we have always strived to be an informative, yet entertaining podcast.  If you like the show and we've helped you make more gold in WoW, then please leave us a review on iTunes. 

Auction House Junkies Episode #29

In this episode we get back on track with discussin making gold in WoW and hit on the following topics and many others.

  1. Nev's breast cancer care fund raising campaign.  We've donated, have you?
  2. Black Market Auction House
  3. Mist of Pandaria Beta
  4. Account Wide Pets & Mounts
  5. Remote Auction House Bugs
  6. Inscription Changes to Head & Shoulder Enchants
  7. Thrown Weapons Removal - GEE and Illusion Dust
  8. Cooking Profession Changes
  9. Flipping Guilds For Big Profits
  10. Much Much More
New To Auction House Junkies?

If you haven't heard any of the podcast episodes before, be sure to check us out.  The great thing about our shows is that the majority of the topics and content discussed can be applied to multiple auction house markets regardless of when the episodes originally came out.  So you can go back and listen to the older episodes and still come away with new ideas on making gold in WoW.  Currently we are a 3 host show, but originally it was just Wes and I.  So don't be shocked if you don't hear Mike in the earlier episodes.  He joined Wes and I around episode 16 or 17. 

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

August Topic For Cold's Gold Blogging Carnival

Share the Topic | Share the Traffic

Cold's Gold Blogging Carnival - August 2012 Topic

A big thanks to all of the participants who submitted entries for last month's blogging carnival. Everyone is welcome to write a post for the blogging carnivals at Cold's Gold Factory. Again, thank you to all the bloggers who submitted posts for the July Carnival on Tips For the WoW Expansion Lull. If you missed the last carnival, be sure to check it out! 

What If I Don't Have A Blog And I Want To Participate?

If you don't have your own site, you can still participate in the gold blogging carnivals. Sometimes a topic may tickle your fancy or you may have a unique spin on a blogging carnival topic that you would like to have read by others. Well, you are in luck. There are 2 blogging sites that will post and host your content as a guest post. Just follow the normal blogging carnival rules that the others follow and get your post hosted and live prior to the carnival. Then, just submit the link to me for inclusion in the upcoming gold blogging carnival.  

Be sure to check out How To Get More From Blogging Carnival Participation.

The friendly sites willing to host your content are:
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August 2012 Gold Blogging Carnival Topic

As WoW gold makers, we must be flexible and adapt our posting, pricing, and relisting strategies based on the individual markets.  Every server is different, yet within the same server, each market can be completely different as well.  For the August Gold Blogging Carnival Topic, let's illustrate some of the ways we post differently based on the different profession markets. 
Compare & Contrast 2 Different AH Markets and How Your Gold Making Strategy Varies In Each Market


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why Buy Low, Sell Normal Is A Joke

Buy Low, Sell Normal
Buy Low, Sell High

Everyone has heard the common economics standard of Buy Low, Sell High.  However, there are some auctioneers in WoW and Diablo 3 that will tell you that the time tested fundamental economic principle of Buying Lowing & Selling High is a farce that doesn't work.  Well, it's been the standard of basic profiteering for centuries.  So I'm calling bullshit on your Buy Low, Sell Normal mantra, when you claim it is better than Buy Low, Sell High.

All basic money making can be simplified to Buy For X, and Sell For More Than X.  That sale will turn you a profit.  All you need to do is sell the item for more than you paid for it.  That's what Buy Low, Sell High means.  Selling for higher than the lower price you bought it for, regardless of the market price for that item. 

So What Is Buy Low, Sell Normal?

Buy Low, Sell Normal is supposed to be "the best way to operate as an auctioneer" as the followers of this belief tell you to "Sell at normal value, no higher than what the item usually goes for."  These Buy Low, Sell Normal types, think you will make more profits by selling more items at a lower cost.  The basic backbone of any discussion about this comparison references that is how Walmart operates, by Buying Low & Selling Normal.

Sure, Walmart has lots of sales and cheap prices too, but as gold and money makers in Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft, we aren't Walmart.  We don't have a huge staff working under us.  We are just 1 person trying to turn a profit on an in-game auction house.  Walmart makes their money by coming into and forcing out all of the smaller companies that can't compete with their prices.  Some of their items they actually sell below their cost, so others have no chance to compete.  This serves to limit their competition and force others out of the market, but how profitable of a strategy is selling at a loss or for minimal profits in an online virtual environment?

So you bought or crafted an item at a low price, how much do you want to sell it for?

Well, I am a member of Generation X and I tend to go by the typical Gen-X mantra of "Getting the most money, for the least amount of work."  See that's the problem with the Buy Low, Sell Normal philosophy.  By selling at minimal profits, you may get more sales, but are those minimal profits worth your time and effort?  I'd rather sell less items for more profit per item, which results in less time recrafting, recollecting, and reposting.

Sell Normal Or Sell High In The Glyph Market?

The WoW Glyph Market has a polarizing effect on most of the sellers within that market.  Either they are willing to dance or they aren't.  But because of the foolish teachings of some bloggers who've preach about Buying Low and Selling Normal, the Glyph market can be an absolute nightmare for some sellers as we've been discussing on some episodes of The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast.

A good example is between the 2 main strategies of Glyph sellers.
  • Option 1 - Craft & Sell as many Glyphs as possible (market blanketing), all for a bare minimum profit, to keep competition away.  Often using heavy undercutting (another foolish strategy in my opinion) and walling of low priced items in hopes of driving out competition.  This is often referred to as the Walmart Glyph Model. - Sell Normal

  • Option 2 - Craft & Sell only Glyphs when they reach a nice threshold worth your time and effort.  Nev of Auction House Addict was the first to discuss this philosophy on the PW:Gold Podcast.  Don't even bother with a glyph unless it is selling for 100 gold or more.  - Sell High

With Nev's Glyph Strategy, you still make plenty of gold and have far much less work to do to restock and relist.  And you are free of the headache of massive dog fight wars of undercutting, glyph walling, and other time inefficient strategies.  Often times, you will still makes sales because not everyone has all glyph recipes and there are times when all of the low priced ones will be gone.  If I can sell glyphs for 250 gold, why the hell would I waste time fighting to sell them for 12 gold each to make a few gold per sale? 

Why Buy Low, Sell Normal?

So why would someone even want to create a Buy Low, Sell Normal idea?  It was a blogger who coined the notion and even refers to it as his "catch phrase".  The entire notion is based on foolish logic and trying to disprove a time weathered basic principal of economic theory.  The whole Buy Low, Sell Normal idea was nothing more than an online marketing ploy created by an internet salesmen trying to stir up his own "catch phrase" to discuss and quote on various blogs and podcasts all to drive traffic to his sites.  Then people want to hear how Buy Low, Sell Normal is so much better than Buy Low, Sell High and they head to his sites, where he tries to sell them his latest Secret Gold Guides.  In all reality Buy Low, Sell Normal is nothing more than a hype generating gimmick of an internet con-man.  It's nothing more than a tagline and sales gimmick.

So be smart and get the most from each and every sale.  Why leave money on the table?

I think @dollada06 said it best on twitter:
"Buy Low / Sell Normal is an idiotic ideology which basically says sell your items before they yield maximum profits."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WoW Lull Recommendations For Gold Makers | Cold's July 2012 Gold Blogging Carnival

How To Make Gold In WoW
Cold's Gold Blogging Carnivals

Cold's Gold Blogging Carnival - 2012

Welcome to another 2012 edition of Cold's Gold Blogging Carnival. These carnivals will continue to take place the 11th day of every month and will be hosted here at Cold's Gold Factory. All World of Warcraft bloggers are welcome to participate and feedback both here and on the original authors' sites is strongly encouraged. So show some support and please leave some feedback in the comments section. These bloggers put a lot of time and hard work into these blogging carnival posts so please tell them what you think.

If you would like to be included in the next month's carnival, please review the guidelines for Cold's Gold Blogging Carnivals and submit your live post link via email (ssmith0911 at live dot com) before the 10th of the month. Read up on the benefits of participating in blogging carnivals at my other blog designed to help new bloggers, Blogging Vitals.  (Lots of tips for those of you starting out or interested in blogging.)  Articles for the CGF carnival are listed in the order they are received. Thank you to all the bloggers participating in this months carnival!

If you are not a blogger, you can still participate in the monthly carnivals as you can have a post hosted at  Now I present to you this month's participants answering the question:

What Do You Recommend Players Do During The Current WoW Lull To Benefit Gold Making In The Future?

Making Gold At The End Of An Expansion | Up 429k In 30 Days by Farli of The Overcut

How To Prepare For Making WoW Gold In MoP During The Pre-Expansion Lull by Jon of How To Warcraft

Maximizing Your Gold Making Potential In Time For Mists Of Pandaria by Nev of Auction House Addict

Learn During The Lull by Frinka of Warcraft Street

Waiting For Mists Of Pandaria by Marcus Ty of Gold Blog Of Marcus Ty

Thanks again to all of this month's participants.  Be sure to check back later for next month's carnival topic and remember to look for next month's gold blogging carnival on the 11th.  If you have a topic idea, don't be afraid to send it in.  We may use your idea, which will get you proper credit as well.  

Until next month,

Keep on Keepin' On!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WoW Pet & Mount Winners Announced

Pet and Mount Code Winners

Today is the day I announce the winners from the WoW Loot Code Giveaway!  Both winners have been contacted via email.  Be sure to watch for more contests and giveaways here at Cold's Gold Factory.

The Winners Are...

Bloat the Bubblefish WOW TCG Loot Code Winner Is:

Ryan Clark

Celestial Steed Mount Code Winner Is:

Kim Anderson

Congrats to both of the winners and thanks for entering!

Reminder:  Be sure to check out The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast (on iTunes and Stitcher Radio) for your chance to Win a Gregarious Grell Loot Code Companion Pet.  It's a pretty easy contest entry, just listen to the podcasts and leave us an iTunes review for a chance at winning!

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