Entrepreneurs often rely on cross-faction trading to generate steady and reliable cashflow. Cross-faction trading involves purchasing certain items from faction A, and flipping them to faction B at - hopefully large - profits. Identifying which items should be flipped is a challenge in itself, at least for beginners.
Lucky for you, I've compiled a list of recipes, pets, and other items that are always (knock on wood) profitable flips. Once you've established a strong market position on either side, you can start flipping less intuitive items such as , , and .
*Cool factoid: Our very own Wind Trader Tessie discovered and pioneered the Savory Deviate Delight flip, years ago.
Profitable flips can also be found in trade goods, such as enchanting mats, gems, and leather. was very profitable for a while, where I was earning about 300g from A -> H. Monitoring both sides of the economy can be handy, as it allows you to predict market trends. How? A good rule of thumb is that higher population economies will react to changes much faster, so if you see an item plummet in value on the Alliance side, the Horde market should follow suit within 1-3 weeks. The inverse applies if the Horde is the dominant faction on your server. Also keep in mind that Auctioneer has an arbitrage module that is a great help in identifying cross-faction item candidates.
Back in the ATU days, we spoke of "item price resilience". The idea is that, to a certain extent, an item will "resist" changes in pricing due to the prominence of addons dictating item prices. Even in very similar Horde vs Alliance economies, you may see noticeable item price deltas, simply because the items in question have had a steady "going price" of XYZ as dictated by Auctioneer. Identify these trends, and be the one to profit from them!
Anyway, enough of that, on with the gravy!
Quest Reward Recipes
[quest]supplying the front[/quest]
[quest]the great moongraze hunt[/quest]
[npc]kriggon talsone[/npc][npc]heldan galesong[/npc]
Quest Reward Recipes
[quest]kodo hide bag[/quest]
[quest]trampled under foot[/quest]
[quest]joys of omosh[/quest]
[quest]horns of frenzy[/quest]
[quest]on iron pauldrons[/quest]
The Barbaric Iron recipe quests require several crafted Blacksmithing items. Quoting Toksletok from Allakhazam:
I'm in the process of sending these "kits" over to my horde account. I'm guessing most Blacksmiths have yet to complete this quest chain, so finding candidates to trade in the recipes should be easy. The kits themselves could be worth up to 500g, so make sure that your parnter understands and acknowledges the trade agreement prior to trading the kits. This way, GMs can help you get your kits back if you get scammed (confirmed on WoW forums). Alternatively, you can keep a eye out for the pre-crafted items themselves, I imagine some power-levelers would occasionally throw them up in bulk, for dirt cheap.The order of crafting is:
(*) The plans for Solid Iron Maul are sold as limited supply by [npc]Muuran[/npc] (Ghostwalker Post, Desolace) and [npc]Jazzrik[/npc] (Badlands).
Total list of mats is:
12x (=24x )
4x (=12x )
(*) Mats sold by blacksmith supply npc not included.
[npc]master chef mouldier[/npc]
*Items in limited supply.
Traveling around and stocking up on the recipes is a tedious task. Once set up, the system generates consistent and reliable cashflow, especially if you have no competitors. This list is great for starters, but there are several more items that reliably produce profit. If you know of any, please do share!
That's all for now folks, Sterling beaming out!