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  • Cashing in on entry level Cata gear

    Entry level Cataclysm gear starts at level 77 with an item level of 272. They are usually leagues ahead in stats compared items available at that level, as well as compared to items available even from places like ICC Heroic.



    Reasons players will want these items:
    • Often they still have level 60-low70-ish level gear, because they simply haven't found replacements for them yet or have leveled too fast to actually get some (maybe they dungeon grinded with bad luck or BG leveled - who knows, WOTLK questing content is hated by many anyways).
    • Believe it or not the stamina increase. There is a massive jump in stamina between WOTLK and Cataclysm (for all classes, not just tanks), and it's extremely noticeable even when questing, but particularly when dungeoning and getting hit by mobs / boss abilities and especially when pvping and getting 1 shotted by someone in Cata instance blues.
    • Item Level increase, you need a certain item level in order to join the beginning lower level Cataclysm dungeons, and most of the time if you are still in WOTLK quest/dungeon items, you won't have the sufficient item level.
    • Hierlooms. They stop working once you reach level 80 in terms of their experience increase bonus, and their item level also gets reset to 1, making them completely useless when wanting to queue for a dungeon.


    Flipping them without much hassle:
    1. Open up the Auctionator Buy tab if you have it.
    2. Click Manage Shopping Lists.
    3. Click New and enter your new shopping list name (such as Beginner Cata Gear) and hit Accept.
    4. Click on your new shopping list displayed in the window next to the button, and then clickEdit.
    5. Paste the following text into the box that appears and then click on Save, and then Okay to close the shopping list window and get back to the main Auctionator Buy tab.


    Code:
    Armor/Cloth/77/80/i272
    Armor/Leather/77/80/i272
    Armor/Mail/77/80/i272
    Armor/Plate/77/80/i272
    Weapon/77/80/i272
    I don't bother with looking for Rings and Necklaces, because there is a lot of competition from crafted JC items to make it worth the risk, and there aren't any, or at least very few BoE trinkets available for that level besides the Engineering Dragonling and Darkmoon Faire Decks.

    • Once you have created your shopping list, click the drop down arrow found in the top left corner of the Auctionator Buy tab (it most probably says "Recent Searches" as the moment) and select your new shopping list.
    • You will then see the new search categories that I gave you in that list such as the Armor/Cloth/77-80/i272 list.
    • When you click on it, it will search for cloth items, within the required level range of 77 and 80, and that is item level 272 or higher.
    • Click the Lowest Price heading once to order the items in a price order that allows you to see the lowest price listed first.
    • Hover over the item name or price to view its stats and use some common sense to decide if it is something that people might want.
    • I usually buy all the useful items that are listed below 100 gold, and re-list them for 150g, 190g or 250g depending on how good I reckon them to be.
    • Don't buy 2-stat items such as stamina and spirit because those are the least appealing and least useful.
    • Don't buy items crafted by professions (most of these will be part of a set and you will see so when hovering over the item).
    • I also try stay away from items with stats that have competition from profession crafted items - for example a tanking plate gloves item will have competition from , which will effectively make your items harder to sell, or limit the amount that you can sell it for to equivalent of what the profession item is selling for.


    As I said, I usually re-list my items for 150g, 190g or 250g depending on how useful I think they will be to players. You will actually be surprised how much players are willing to pay for these items if they are desperate to reach the minimum ilvl for dungeons. Of course they could cheat by holding some nice shiny BoE epics in their bags, but not many have the luxury of being able to do that.

    I also sometimes fly around in Hyjal (for example while I'm doing my dailies or while I'm on the way there, or getting ready for a Firelands raid, etc) and post in general chat something like:

    Code:
    /1 WTB your level 77-80 Cataclysm green items for 20g-30g each. Whisper me the item link and I will tell you whether or not I want to buy it.
    20g-30g is one hell of a bargain for a lot of those items and much more than they would get from Disenchanting or vendoring it (which most do).

    This strategy takes some patience, but if you gain a monopoly on the items and check frequently for items to resell, you will notice a steady stream of sales with decent profits. At worst you can disenchant the items eventually if you find they are not selling or you get tired of relisting them.
    I make myself 1 or 2 TSM Auctioning Group and just throw all those items into the groups as I get them, so it's quick and easy listing them each time.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cashing in on entry level Cata gear started by Sinshroud View original post
    Comments 61 Comments
    1. Darraxus's Avatar
      Darraxus -
      Nice post. I found that it can also be profitable making the random green items when leveling a profession at this point since many already passed that threshold. I was selling crafted green LW items for 125 gold each no problem.
    1. Belzebutinov's Avatar
      Belzebutinov -
      Same here. One thing though:

      Quote Originally Posted by Sinshroud View Post
      I don't bother with looking for Rings and Necklaces, because there is a lot of competition from crafted JC items to make it worth the risk
      This is perfectly true, but personally, I see it as a great opportunity. The blue alicite pendants and jasper rings are not only often great (thanks to randomness + quantity, you can pretty much guarantee everyone will find the stats they're after), they're also otherwise pretty much worthless. They DE into lesser shards, making them worth around 30-40g on my server (OK, maybe not worthless); however, I've sold tons of them at a nice 100-200g.

      A few tips regarding leveling items in general, from someone who has seven 85s and an eighth on the way: items with hit on them will often be worth more than others, because - especially when you're leveling a caster - nothing is worse than using your big "BOOM I kill you in one shot" spell and seeing *miss*. Typically, my latest alt is an elemental shaman, and if I miss my flame shock or my lava burst, my fight is going to be approximately twice as long.

      Also: most, if not all caster hybrids have a spirit -> hit conversion talent, so items with spirit on them can be valuable and shouldn't be underestimated.


      Now, of course, this mostly applies to people who try to optimize their leveling experience and are not at their first reroll - but then again, these are precisely the people who will be your best, and often richest, customers. Make 'em pay!
    1. Darraxus's Avatar
      Darraxus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Belzebutinov View Post
      Same here. One thing though:



      This is perfectly true, but personally, I see it as a great opportunity. The blue alicite pendants and jasper rings are not only often great (thanks to randomness + quantity, you can pretty much guarantee everyone will find the stats they're after), they're also otherwise pretty much worthless. They DE into lesser shards, making them worth around 30-40g on my server (OK, maybe not worthless); however, I've sold tons of them at a nice 100-200g.

      A few tips regarding leveling items in general, from someone who has seven 85s and an eighth on the way: items with hit on them will often be worth more than others, because - especially when you're leveling a caster - nothing is worse than using your big "BOOM I kill you in one shot" spell and seeing *miss*. Typically, my latest alt is an elemental shaman, and if I miss my flame shock or my lava burst, my fight is going to be approximately twice as long.

      Also: most, if not all caster hybrids have a spirit -> hit conversion talent, so items with spirit on them can be valuable and shouldn't be underestimated.


      Now, of course, this mostly applies to people who try to optimize their leveling experience and are not at their first reroll - but then again, these are precisely the people who will be your best, and often richest, customers. Make 'em pay!
      Same on my server. I sell most of my blue jewelry for 130-220 gold and sell a decent amount.
    1. Groschen's Avatar
      Groschen -
      A lvl 77 caster cloak with int as the primary stat dropped for me while questing in Mount Hyjal. Put it up on the AH for 299g. It sold the same day. Wonder if I could have sold it for even more.
    1. grio's Avatar
      grio -
      Nice tips, and great guide.
      The copy-paste didn't work for me for some reason, might have something to do with auctionators "unfriendly relations" with the TSM addon. Scanning with auctionator is completely impossible once I installed TSM, it bugs out.
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      Bit of an update for you all, after I made this thread, I decided to send 1,000g to my alt and see how it goes with this market, focusing on it only for about 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening.

      I must say the results are looking MUCH better than I first imagined: 16,000g profit in 5 days!



      From 1,000g I've used it to accomplish the following in only 5 DAYS 4 HOURS since starting it:
      (note, I've ONLY been selling these L77-80 items, NO OTHER income at all on this character)

      • Sell 58 items and sell them for a total of 9,473gold (which works out to be 163g 33s per item).
      • I have 49 items up on the AH at the moment, totaling a value of 8,209g 95s.
      • I still have 6,528g 84s in my bags left over.

      To me that is an incredibly good profit for spending less than 10 minutes a day on it. I don't cancel any items at all, I only repost them when they expire. I never buy items above 100g, I try keep my max buying price to 50g, but sometimes I will go up to 70g to eliminate some competition or if it's a really good item.

      Has this worked well for anyone else here?
    1. Nev's Avatar
      Nev -
      I haven't been quite so organised about selling this stuff but I do know I have regularly bought lvl 77-80 greens for around 50g and resold for 175g-280g. I'm levelling a warrior & a hunter at the moment & have managed to buy Cata greens for both of them at 77-79 & I can't believe how much easier Mt Hyjal is now My original 4 85's all went thru very early on & my main was in ICC/frost gear (GS5800ish, remember those days? lol) & she struggled.

      Anyway, those first 4 also went thru to 85 by questing with very few dungeons but this time, I'm doing dungeons most of the way with a guildie or two. Long story short, I've already picked up about 15 level 77/79 greens on my hunter & she's only at lvl 82 now. If you want to 'farm' these items & can face Throne of Tides & Blackrock Cavern again, maybe take a guildie thru & see if you get some nice drops to sell
    1. Whimsy's Avatar
      Whimsy -
      The reason people buy lvl 77-79 cata greens is because of the 75-79 BG bracket.. it's painful doing them without cata greens
    1. Jenzali's Avatar
      Jenzali -
      I tried using the shopping list but no items ever come up, but I check the AH manually and there are indeed green 272 items. Any idea if the code you provided is up to date with the latest auctionator? It's not working for me.
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jenzali View Post
      I tried using the shopping list but no items ever come up, but I check the AH manually and there are indeed green 272 items. Any idea if the code you provided is up to date with the latest auctionator? It's not working for me.
      Yeah it should definitely work

      Where along the line are you having problems?

      • Auctioneer Buy Tab >
      • Manage Shopping Lists >
      • New >
      • Enter the Shopping List Name and Click Accept >
      • (Does the new name show up in the shopping list window?)
      • If it does, click on it so it's highlighted and then click Edit >
      • Paste the text I put in Code blocks in the first post and click Save >
      • (If you then click edit again on it, is that code still there?)
      • If it is click Okay to go back to the main Buy Tab >
      • Select your shopping list from the drop down menu >
      • Click on one of the names (such as "Armor/Cloth/77/80/i270) and it then should search for them.
    1. Nilaus's Avatar
      Nilaus -
      I am having the same problem that nothing appears when I click "Search for All Items". if I click on one of the lines "Armor/Cloth/77/80/i272" then I get a long list of items, but for some reason it just searches on the exact 5 lines written and returns: "none available" "Armor/Mail/77/80/ilvl272" "0 available" etc. Maybe it only works in a newer version than the one I have (0.2.5Beta) @Sapu94 to the rescue... waiting... waiting... waiting...
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      @Nilaus why are you clicking "Search For All Items"?

      In both times that I've explained what to do, I never once said click the Search For All Items - both times I actually stated you need to CLICK on the actual NAME of the parameter you want to search (such as "Armor/Cloth/77/80/i270").

      Quote Originally Posted by Sinshroud View Post
      • Once you have created your shopping list, click the drop down arrow found in the top left corner of the Auctionator Buy tab (it most probably says "Recent Searches" as the moment) and select your new shopping list.
      • You will then see the new search categories that I gave you in that list such as the Armor/Cloth/77-80/i272 list.
      • When you click on it, it will search for cloth items, within the required level range of 77 and 80, and that is item level 272 or higher.
      Quote Originally Posted by Sinshroud View Post
      • Select your shopping list from the drop down menu >
      • Click on one of the names (such as "Armor/Cloth/77/80/i270) and it then should search for them.
    1. Nilaus's Avatar
      Nilaus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sinshroud View Post
      @Nilaus why are you clicking "Search For All Items"?
      Because clicking 5 times is WAY TOO MUCH work for me
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nilaus View Post
      Because clicking 5 times is WAY TOO MUCH work for me
      Ye well, it seems to have some sort of problem trying to search for parameters instead of specific item names when doing that.

      Besides I don't think it's very practical to search for ALL those items at the same time. It will end up mixing all the items up and creating a VERY big list of items to buy from. You end up not getting a very good idea of what the market is actually like and you can't notice specific increases or decreases in demand or supply for a specific armor type or equipment slot as easily.
    1. Nilaus's Avatar
      Nilaus -
      The idea was that if I could get 100+ items listed according to price I could just buy below a threshold, but now that I think of it you are right that it is a better idea to keep them separated. +agi items are great if they are leather or mail, but not so much if they are cloth or plate.
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nilaus View Post
      I am having the same problem that nothing appears when I click "Search for All Items". if I click on one of the lines "Armor/Cloth/77/80/i272" then I get a long list of items, but for some reason it just searches on the exact 5 lines written and returns: "none available" "Armor/Mail/77/80/ilvl272" "0 available" etc. Maybe it only works in a newer version than the one I have (0.2.5Beta) @Sapu94 to the rescue... waiting... waiting... waiting...
      wrong addon :P
    1. Jenzali's Avatar
      Jenzali -
      Allright, got it to work.

      As to actually selling the items - I've found that the ones with 'max level' item suffixes are pretty much the only ones that will sell. For example, "of the Undertow" or "of the Firelash". Basically, if you've seen this suffix on a Throne of the Four Winds item or one of the random drops in Firelands, it's going to be useful to players. These suffixes will always have 4 stats - Stamina, a primary stat (Int, Agi, Str), and two secondary stats. You can often get away with jacking the prices up on these to 150g+.

      Don't bother with the lower level suffixes, like "of the Whale" or anything with less than 4 stats.
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      Sold 25,000g-26,000g worth of greenies now and have 19,000g in my bags and 3,000g worth of greens up on the AH.
    1. Squanch's Avatar
      Squanch -
      I also make huge profits doing this on my server. I commonly buy these for 25g or lower, and constantly sell for 400g
    1. Sinshroud's Avatar
      Sinshroud -
      Quote Originally Posted by Squanch View Post
      I also make huge profits doing this on my server. I commonly buy these for 25g or lower, and constantly sell for 400g
      Nice, 400g is great.

      Over time I'm slowly improving my strategy here as different things work etc.

      1. I only resell the good items that have like stam + int + mastery + spirit on (and the other stat equivalents). I don't resell stuff like stam + agil.
      2. I sometimes resell the 2 stat items like stam + int or stam + str or int + spirit, etc. Though these generally aren't highly sought after because of the crap stats.
      3. Wth point 1 and 2 kept in mind, I will buy out ANY slot competition item (except for crafted ones) regardless of stats if it is below 30-40 gold. Because sadly enough a lot of people are rather going to buy that stam + agil plate gloves for their warrior instead of paying 160g for my stam + str + mastery + haste item simply for the ilvl boost and to be cheap. So I just DE the excess items.

      So yeah, simply trying to flip only the good items isn't always enough. You need to constantly check for cheap and useless competition and clear them out the way. Flip 1 item from 30g to 160g, and that covers you enough gold to cover 4-5 crappy item clears at 30g. Which will inturn boost your sales of your other items.