When people try to get into making gold they usually do not have a lot of gold to begin with. So to get started new goldmakers are often looking for good, cheap and easy ways to get their hands on some gold which will allow them to branch out into other markets easier.
One of those good, cheap and easy ways into goldmaking is selling vendor items on the auction house. I’m not even talking about recipes and uncommon items like the Thunder Bluff Vendor Supply Route recommends. No, you can sell almost any vendor item for profit.
What to sell
During most of the Wrath of the Lich King Expansion [Dust of Disappearance] and [Vanishing Powder] were profession items, meaning they were exclusively supplied by Scribes. However this changed a while ago and you can pick those items up for very little gold from inscription vendors.
I pick up Dusts of Disappearance for 8g75s (with Exalted reputation) and regularly sell them between 14 and 20g. Vanishing Powder is even cheaper since it is only used by characters that are level 80 or lower, you can pick that up for 5s60c and mine usually sell for 1g50s.
The great thing about those items is that they are used relatively rarely by most people which is why they don’t bother comparing auction house prices with the vendor price.
Since they are already shopping for glyphs at the auction house they just pick up their Dusts and Powders right there as well.
If you are a Scribe this is even better news and might be an important lesson for you.
Don’t assume you have to compete with vendors
You don’t have to sell your Dusts for 7g and be satisfied with a low profit margin of a gold or two. You can easily sell them for more than double the price. This increases your profit margin by a huge amount while players will still happily take those items off your hands.
What else is there?
I am currently looking into other vendor items which might be worth selling on the auction house like [Enchanting Vellum].
I will post an update once I am confident they are worth selling.
And as always with goldmaking tips: It working for me does not neccessarily mean it will work for you on your server as well.