|My first reason to make gold was this (no not a rig with better graphics...)|
When did you start gold making & what triggered it?
I started trying to make gold and being interested in it way back in Vanilla when at level 30 somethng it hit me that running around Azeroth on foot was really tedious and that all the max level characters had nice shiny mounts instead. At level 40 I was due to get a mount but the skill was going to cost something like 10g (don't take that as gospel) and the mounts were going to cost 100g (for a slow 60% mount) or 1000g (for the epic 100% version). You guys now have it soooo easy.
At the time I didn't even have the 10g to buy the skill let alone the 100g for the mount! I farmed some rare drops (Cold Basilisk Eye and the Big Iron Fishing Pole spring to mind) after reading something on http://wow.allakhazam.com/ which I sold for something like 40g each and spent a lot of time herbing. I still failed to get my mount at 40 and if memory servees me correctly I was something like 43 when I finally got mounted and spent the whole evening riding around Azeroth. But once I achieved that goal I stopped and focused on getting to 60 and then raiding.
Then came the Burning Crusade and a guy called Rixxor, a former guildie who just as we dinged 70 got himself his epic flyer at a cost of 5000g when me and everyone else was struggling to get the 1000g to get airborn. I focused more on some Auction House strategies mainly flipping items for profit and even buying everything of a certain type up and relisting.
I earned enough gold so I could raid easily but still had to be careful with gold but by the end of TBC I was on an epic flyer and had a couple of my 9 level 70 alts that also had epic flight. Wrath came and I was able to buy myself a Travelers Tundra Mammoth as a reward for dinging 80 and as my alts got to 80 they too got rewarded with epic flight. Then midway through raiding in Icecrown Citadel I hit ISP issues and ended up only getting 111kbps meaning I couldn't do 25 man raids so on raid nights I consoled myself by focusing solely on gold making and turned my tiny gold stash (it floated around to 15 to 30 thousand mark into over 100,000 gold and when 4.0.1 hit us Glyphmas came and I made a tidy 11500g overnight and another 40000g over the following week all from an investment of 5000g and I made loads of mistakes and should have made more.