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#1 Apr 19 2010 at 12:26 PM Rating: Good
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OK, I'm starting all over again on a new server with a Mage that is going to have Tailoring as one Profession for the bags mostly. Of the three (maybe I should include Enchanting for the DE mats) gathering profs which do you think will make the most gold? I know this will probably be highly server sensitive.

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#2 Apr 19 2010 at 1:35 PM Rating: Good
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Tailoring and Enchanting are a great combo. Especially at higher levels, you need enchanting mats to create special cloth bolts. And at lower levels, you can DE the tailoring stuff you craft.

I never made too much money Tailoring (except with high level cloth), but tons and tons of money either selling enchants directly (for tips), enchanting armor/weapon vellum or selling enchanting mats via the AH. I also have free enchants for all my toons (which saves $$ too).
#3 Apr 21 2010 at 6:26 PM Rating: Default
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Well my priest makes all his money threw skinning/LFG system. I que up for random heroic, get my frost emblems in the process, and skin the monsters in the instances and put those mats up on the AH. I also press DE when ever there is a Disenchanter in the group. I take those mats, and use them to save gold when ever I need enchants/sell the surplus. Also since I do not need triumph I trade them down for gems, and sell them on the AH.

At the lower levels the best way I found to make gold is simple. Pick up everything. Some people do not realize just how much those greys and whites start to add up. By picking up everything off every mob I killed, my priest had the money to buy flight at level 60, with out help from my Dk. While my Dk, who I gave all my level 55's money, and never pick up greys, did not till level 73. My priest also had epic flight much sooner then my DK too.
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#4 Apr 30 2010 at 10:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Tailor/chant is definitely a good combo as you can turn your tailoring skill ups into raw mats to increase your chanting and/or sell for profit.

There's also something to be said for being able to chant your own gear at will.

Mining is a decent money maker - ore, gems and elemental stuff sell well at all levels.

Herbalism is hit or miss - if there are still enough inscriptionist leveling on the server then it's pure gold, otherwise, eh.

Skinning is equally flakey - the lower level leather will sell simply because no one is creating it anymore but upper level stuff is questionable (at least on my server).
#5 May 05 2010 at 7:01 PM Rating: Good
If I were to have only one gathering skill it would be herbalism.

My server has a pretty active raiding culture, and flask mats sell very well for me. Mining and Skinning seem to make most of their money from people leveling and a bit from mat-changing stuff (prospecting, artic fur buying). But flasks sell every week.

With that said though, I would never, ever, never, ever, ever, ever level another enchanter without tailoring or a huge stockpile of leveling mats. I leveled one toon's enchanting without a crafting profession and it was horrible. So if this is your only toon, I would strongly suggest tailoring/enchanting.
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#6 May 06 2010 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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I have herbalism, and I think I would rather have mining, honestly. It seems like ore sells for more, plus you may be able to take advantage of the saronite shuffle. Even TBC ore sells for a lot on my Horde miner; he's only 69, but it's like

Fel Iron stack: 22g
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#7 May 06 2010 at 10:01 AM Rating: Good
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I have herbalism, and I think I would rather have mining
Get both, and the Wetspot addon to auto-toggle tracking between the two. Then as you fly along, you can mine and herb.
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The Honorable dadanox wrote:
LockeColeMA wrote:
I have herbalism, and I think I would rather have mining
Get both, and the Wetspot addon to auto-toggle tracking between the two. Then as you fly along, you can mine and herb.


Already have enchanting as a second, and I like that as a money-maker, and the stats on my rings are gravy :-P
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#9 May 06 2010 at 12:22 PM Rating: Good
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Already have enchanting as a second, and I like that as a money-maker, and the stats on my rings are gravy :-P


That's why my herbalist/miner isn't my main.

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#10 May 06 2010 at 2:51 PM Rating: Good
Honestly if you're starting over with a new toon on a new server, I'd say nix the tailoring and go for two gathering professions. That way you aren't spending money leveling up one profession, you're making money off of both. Then once you hit 80 (or slightly earlier if you want) you can drop one or both and powerlevel some tradeskill professions. It's much more profitable that way.
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#13 May 19 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Default
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I seem to have always thought that powerleveling professions was more expensive and counterproductive in the long run but I've never powerleveled a trade unless I was switching trades at level cap.
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#14 May 21 2010 at 4:47 AM Rating: Good
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I seem to have always thought that powerleveling professions was more expensive and counterproductive in the long run but I've never powerleveled a trade unless I was switching trades at level cap.


While you are leveling, you can use the cash of gathering professions to fund repairs and learn skills. It doesn't take that much cash and just gathering along the way gives you something to do and all the cash you will need.

Once you are level capped, are confident on how to make money, and sitting on 5 or 10k gold looking for something to do, powerleveling your profession of choice is an option for you. You make money, you use money. When I power level a profession (which I've done probably 10 times on various alts), it's because the time saved is worth more to me than the gold spent.
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#15 May 25 2010 at 7:24 AM Rating: Good
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I just started a new character on another server. Picked up mining, and my first stack of ore will fund my disenchanting. After that I will not have to worry about Gold again on that server. That is economy wise. When at lvl 80 (Levelcap - if ever) I can switch to whatever and buy my mats off the auctionhouse. Powerlevling professions is fast and easy, albeit expensive.

On the other hand, For a level 80 character economy is out the window. Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Tailoring, Jewelcrafting and Enchanting give solid contribution to your actual stats. Pick on of those.
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#16 Jun 08 2010 at 12:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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Honestly if you're starting over with a new toon on a new server, I'd say nix the tailoring and go for two gathering professions

This. level up with dual gathering, sell absolutely everything on the AH, then use some of that cash, and a bit of wise solo farming when you're at the level cap to power level tailoring and enchanting if they're really the main professions you want.

Heck, even on my "home" realm, where I have all gathering profs at 80, and all bar leatherworking and engineering for crafting at max level, I still raise alts with nothing but gathering skills - the gold along the way is too good to pass up. Do I need the gold? No, my mains are living very comfortably, thank you very much ;-) But, it's a huge lost opportunity cost (just IMO) to not gather as you grow.
#17 Jul 10 2010 at 4:43 AM Rating: Good
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If you can roll a DK on the new server. By the time the are out of the DK area they will have bags and a little bit of gold to get started as bank alt.

Makes traveling to the AH a non-issue. The DK can also be used to power level a gathering profession to a pre-BC level easily, which is often the most expensive part of the power leveling process.

I used mine to help power my druids JC. Rocked an Unholy build for faster traveling. Then switched him to Herbs/Scribe as I needed them. He may go Scribe/Alchy soon though as I want an Alchy. I want of each profession at some point in time.

Overall, I'd agree with Tailor/Chanter for a mage but make a DK bank alt.
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#18 Jul 20 2010 at 4:41 PM Rating: Default
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OK, I'm trying to close out this item. I went ahead and took mining and skinning since there always seems to be something to skin while you are doing quests, most of the early and mid level quests have you killing so many of such and such animal anyway. Also I dont need an addon to toggle between mining and skinning like you do with mining and herbs.

Thanks for all the input guys and dolls.
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#19 Oct 17 2010 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I would say herbalism, if you don't provide any other criteria. It gives a free heal+haste buff, and if you know what you're doing you can make decent bank, and only have to provide tips for your glyphs/alchemy supplies.
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#20 Oct 19 2010 at 11:35 AM Rating: Decent
Enchanting is the biggest money-maker as long as you stay away from enchanting stuff and concentrate on DISenchanting. Trying to sell enchants to ungrateful cheapskates (even with vellums) is a thankless job. On the other hand, farming the AH for dis-enchantables that will sell as mats for doouble what you put in is simple.

Tailoring, on the other hand. is a waste of time until you get to end level and can make those BoP purples and other high=level gear. The cloth you use (and end up buying on the AH in order to level your profession at the same rate as your questing level) could be used to level your first aid and sold for profit after that. If you really want to be a tailor at end-game, drop your non-enchanting profession, switch that to tailoring, and power-level it up. Don't worry about the money needed to get the mats needed to power-level your tailoring at that point. You'll have it with enough left over for other nifty stuff.

In my opinion, you should be an Enchanter/miner.
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