Nev from Auction House Addict has created a community project for the gold makers among us 20 Days of Gold Making. You can find a list of all of the participants in this blog post at AH addict. The question I am covering today is:
Do you farm materials? Why? Why not? Which ones, Where?
Many people farm materials from around the world of Azeroth, herbs, ore and skins are the obvious ones as they have professions associated with them. There are also items like cloth that can be farmed indirectly by killing hostile NPCs out in the world too. Farming is a time consuming thing and involves moving around the map to known spawn points and gathering or killing. It is a great source of gold but the gold per hour isn't great and for that reason I prefer not to farm in the traditional MMO sense. I prefer to farm my mats on the Auction House.
Gathering can be done quickly and at most times cheap enough to make the financial outlay outweigh the loss of time. However, there are times when farming the Auction House isn't viable either because the mats are not there or too expensive, which often means they are in short supply. Then you have to go out and farm yourself.
A recent example of this is when I was levelling my 3rd alchemist. Most low level herbs were freely available for less than a gold per item, then I hit a wall. I needed 35x Goldthorn and the single stack of 20 on the Auction House was 500g (25g per herb!) which is just stupidly high and I am way too tight to spend that much and then have to farm the rest. I also needed 10x Wild Steelbloom and there were none on the Auction House. Fortuantely, my druid is a herbalist and as he can herb in flight form, I simply sent him out to Arathi Highlands to farm some herbs as both are prevalent in the zone. While I only needed 45 herbs in total I spent a good hour gathering herbs and ended up with 4 stacks of each herb, which after using what I needed for my alchemy levelling, I sold on the auction house at 10g per herb and made myself just under 1000g AND saved myself another 500g which made my low level farming session worth at least 1500g per hour. Not earth shattering I agree much better than losing gold!
Finally, I'd just like to apologise for publishing day 8 and 9 in reverse order,