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    Cool Schematic: Well-Oiled Cashflow Machine

    You may consider Engineering almost mandatory if you enjoy battleground PvP. The benefits are obvious: extra mobility from Rocket Boots, Pyro Rocket, and of course, the ability to bust in / bust out in style with Flexweave Underlay. In PvE, engineering can come in handy as well, depending on the encounter (Rocket Boots to Yogg's brain, anyone?). For these reasons, engineering has become a popular profession, particularly in battlegrounds.

    I don't expect this to change any time soon, considering the prospect of rated battlegrounds in Cataclysm. Deep down, I secretly wish that blizzard will make Engineering gadgets unusable in rated battlegrounds, forcing people to migrate to other professions and clearing out some of my future competitors.

    But let's face it; Engineering is't exactly the most profitable profession in-game. A quick google search reveals that some gold-making guides completely omit Engineering in their profession section. How insulting! Indeed, with the economy in shambles, how can today's engineer put bread on the table?

    Even the average player will tell you, there is gold to be made as an engineer. You can sell ammo, scopes, guns and other whirring gadgets. You can even make a motorcycle and sell it at profit, if 5-10% margins are your thing. But this is all relatively common knowledge.

    Zappthrottle Mote Extractor

    Let's take a look back at Burning Crusade engineering. Zappthrottle Mote Extractor was introduced, allowing engineers to gather motes from gas clouds scattered throughout the world. The item kept its utility into WotLK, making it an item of choice for any engineer looking to boost GEPH (gold earned per hour) while farming. Cold has written a post outlining where motes may be found. The schematic is a reward from [The Zapthrottle Mote Extractor!] quest in Zangarmarsh, given by K. Lee Smallfry for Alliance and Mack Diver for you Horde chaps. The quest requires level 58 and 305 engineering.

    For reference, the crafting mats are:

    4 x [Primal Life]
    2 x [Fel Iron Casing]
    2 x [Handful of Fel Iron Bolts]
    1 x [Delicate Arcanite Converter]

    Indeed, this item is a must-have for any engineer.


    Quest Items

    Next, engineers can craft several quest items required by other players. My favorites:

    [Overcharged Capacitor] <- Blizzard called it overcharged for a reason. Ah, the price of convenience.
    [Mithril Casing] is a good seller as well, used for a quest in Un'Goro.

    [Advanced Target Dummy] is not very popular. However, I believe this will change in Cataclysm, with the total revamp of Desolace.

    There are several other items needed for quests, but these have not been great sellers for me (at least not in terms of ROI).

    [Adamantite Frame]

    [Bronze Tube]
    [Deadly Blunderbuss] <- horde quest!
    [Gyrochronatom]

    Companion Pets

    Lastly, engineers can craft companions for other players. These tend to sell very well:

    [Lifelike Mechanical Toad]
    [Tranquil Mechanical Yeti]
    The recipe is earned after the completion of the [Are We There, Yeti?] quest in Winterspring. Set aside an hour of your time for this one.

    [Lil' Smoky] & [Pet Bombling]
    As of 3.1, both of these are learned from schematics dropped in Gnomeregan.

    The materials for these can be very confusing. Often, a simpler way to look at them is to see the materials required to craft a batch of 10. Raw recipe item breakdown:

    Lifelike Mechanical Toad

    1 x [Living Essence] 3g
    12 x [Thorium Bar] 24g
    4 x [Runecloth] 2g
    1/3 x [Gold Bar] 1g
    1 x [Rugged Leather] 1g

    Total cost ~30g
    Resale price 150-350g
    Yes, this one is an absolute killer.
    I tend to ignore [Mechanical Squirrel Box], as the ROI on this item is very low.

    Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
    1 x [Cured Rugged Hide] 3g
    12 x [Thorium Bar] 24g
    4 x [Runecloth] 2g
    2 x [Globe of Water] 10g
    4 x [Truesilver Bar] 16g
    4 x [Elemental Earth] 20g
    2 x [Elemental Air] 4g
    1/3 x [Gold Bar] 1g

    Total cost ~76g
    Resale price 200-450g
    You will find that Elemental Earth will likely be your bottleneck resource here. Buy it whenever you can!

    Lil' Smoky x 10
    10 x [Core of Earth] 50g
    20 x [Iron Bar] 20g
    3.33 x [Gold Bar] 10g
    4 x [Essence of Fire] 60g
    12 x [Copper Bar] 60g
    20 x [Mithril Bar] 50g
    10 x [Truesilver Bar] 30g

    Total cost (each) ~28g
    Resale price 80-250g
    You will need 3 [Delicate Copper Wire], crafted by a jewelcrafter using copper bars.

    Pet Bombling x 10
    15 x [Iron Bar] 15g
    15 x [Heavy Stone] 5g
    1 x [Silver Bar] 3g
    10 x [Heart of Fire] 1g
    12 x [Copper Bar] 5g
    4 x [Essence of Fire] 12g
    60 x [Mithril Bar] 120g

    Total cost (each) ~16g
    Resale price 80-200g
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    And that's it for now! If you'd like to add to the above, just let me know.
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    Adamantite Frame and Khorium Power Core are both excellent quest items to sell.
    You also didn't list Engineering crafted ammo, which I sell night and day as single arrows instead of stacks, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold View Post
    Adamantite Frame and Khorium Power Core are both excellent quest items to sell.
    You also didn't list Engineering crafted ammo, which I sell night and day as single arrows instead of stacks, lol.
    I gave those a shot a while back, couldn't seem to move any. Selling single arrows is a little bit in the gray area, I would think.
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    Not Grey

    No grey area really. You can get in trouble for flooding pages and pages of items, but there is nothing wrong with selling singles arrows. There is no difference between selling 1 potion out of a stack of 20. You can list whatever quantity you want. If the hunters aren't checking the stack size, then they are idiots.

    I love getting hate mail from hunters demanding a refund, lol!

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    I've never tried to sell single arrows for a stack size, does it actually work? and how much hate do you get for doing it? :')
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