There are a couple of newer shows on television that I have caught a few episodes of.
One of them, these 2 guys drive around with a van through neighborhoods and older towns, looking for people with 'junk' laying around.
Don't remember the name of the show.
But basically, they look for stuff that they can sell for a good profit. Usually they just nitpick through garages or basements of people's homes (with permission first, of course), and make offers on stuff they have to clean up and resell at auctions.
This show connected with me, because that seems like what most of us do in WoW.
Recently, another show caught my attention.
It's a different couple of dudes, but they do something similar.
The show is called Auction Hunters, and they do sort of the reverse.
They will scout out storage unit auctions-- sometimes, people don't claim their goods from a storage facility. Either they forget about it, or just didn't have the money to keep renting and decided to leave it be.
Well, the owners of these storage facilities don't just throw the stuff out- they auction it off. Not in individual pieces, but the whole storage unit.
So, these 2 guys look for these auctions.
In the show, they, along with whoever is there for the auction, gets a few minutes to look inside the storage unit without actually being able to touch or move anything- so they have to look quick and determine their bid ceiling.
The 2 guys get some lucky finds... they usually end up paying under $1000 for a single unit, if not multiple, and come off with huge profits after selling the misc. stuff inside.
This got me thinking...
How many alt banks are probably out there filled with junk? Or just a bank alone...
Think about it.
So, here's what I propose, and have yet to try it myself.
Create a guildless alt.
Advertise in trade some sort of bank cleaning service.
Have the GM of an alt gbank invite you, and ensure they allow you to see the tabs.
Browse through the bank, and make an offer for the whole thing.
Look for key items. Rare stuff. Mats you can resell in MoP for profit. Things of the sort.
Calculate what you would *at least* make off of it, then cut that in half, maybe throw a lil glitter on top, and offer for the bank.
Hopefully people will take what they think is a decent offer for the entire bank... just to get rid of it all for quick cash.
You can then nitpick the actual garbage, vendor it, and store the rest of the goodies on your own bank alts.
Now, if you get refused an offer, and can't see yourself going any higher, begin offering for the key items you want. Try not to walk away empty handed.
Most importantly, don't let the other person know the actual value or how desperate you are for certain items. Don't give them time to look up certain items if it can be helped. This is more so for things like discontinued recipes or whatnot.
Also, note that you aren't trying to buy the guild itself... just the contents in the bank.
When you seal the deal, either have the person hand the stuff over (take an accurate inventory before hand of what you want! Even if you are buying it all, just to ensure you don't get scalped!) or just have the GM give you max withdraw limit, and quickly take it all and send it off.
*IF* you do happen to get the chance to buy the guild itself (some people may have just neglected their bank alt to a point where they don't care about it anymore and want to get rid of the whole thing), then great!... sell the guild when you are done taking all the stuff out. Or keep it for storage, it's up to you. Just be sure you have a guildless toon for repeating this process.