Are Craftables Back?

For the last couple of months I’ve been working on my hunter and warrior alts.  My hunter just reached 80 about ten days ago, and since then I’ve been gearing her up a bit.  Of course I started with crafting her some goodies as well as scoping the auction for BOE gear.  I’ve also been going back to Kaliope’s feral gear and looking for ways to beef her up – she’s still wearing some 70 epics from last year.  Ugh, I’m soooo last year!!  

Some of the items I’m trying to get are the same for both gals: Ice Striker’s Cloak, Titanium Impact Band, etc.  I remember a few months back when I was making crafted epics, people were regularly posting them for less than the cost of mats.  I hate doing that, so I just stopped making epics once I got my points.  Luckily I was able to get enough points crafting gear for my druid and my rogue, plus a few items I made for guildies.  They all know I’m a crafting obsessed nerd by now.  After that I pretty much abandoned the idea of epics 4 profit.

But now that I’m shopping around, it seems the prices for many of these items have drifted back up.  Where before you could pick up an Ice Striker’s Cloak for 250-300g, now they are selling for 450-500g.  I’m noticing similar trends with other crafted epics as well.  With the leveling and Naxx gearing frenzy mostly over, could it be that crafted items are finally selling for reasonable prices?

What are you folks seeing on your servers, is this an overall trend or just an isolated thing?


13 Responses to “Are Craftables Back?”

  1. Dave Says:

    I’ll say ‘Maybe’ for Hellscream. Some items are in the tank, like the Ice Striker and the various tailoring items, but the plate items are priced above the cost of mats. I don’t know if they actually sell though.

    Prices for flasks have really climbed, but Frost Lotus has jumped even more. 20-25 per flask, 35 for a lotus. I guess that kinda works out, but still…35 for a lotus. Ack.

  2. kaliope Says:

    Lol, funny that you mention the lotus. I’ve seen the same on my server, for awhile you were lucky to get 10g for one, now I’m selling them for 35 and up. The funny part is that I refused to sell my stacks of lotus for under 10g, that was just too low for me to part with them and so I just hoarded. Now I’m making crazy money for the dumb things, all because I was too stubborn =)

  3. Dorgol Says:

    I recently bought crafted leather healing pants and boots for a combined total of around 450g. I wasn’t watching the price on these, but I have a feeling that’s a drop in price.

  4. howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg Says:

    I’m not a hardcore WoW player or longterm veteran(6 months online), but I’ve learned a bit and read around. I’m at the point where I think I know quite a bit now, but don’t get mad when people correct me(because I know I’m not an expert).

    I’m thinking this trend is wholly because of the content patch on the way. People are expecting current stuff to be obsolete very soon, which can cause a lot of things to jump sporadically within a servers economy.

  5. Aurik Says:

    Personally, my server is just terrible atm. There is very little of *anything* crafted which goes for more than mats cost and most for less – though I’ve also noticed the frost lotus thing. To me that’s an issue of less people levelling and thus most gathering being done by people more formally and, thus, less often / enthusiastically.

    I think it may be possible that a lot of people are now bringing their third and fourth alt up to 80 and want to spend a little on them but not pay the phenomonal price that Naxx epics are going for still (on my server at least). So prices go up because demand is high and now less people are crafting them to level :)

    I’m going to go and have a look at the cloaks again, though, as those are one thing I don’t often check price wise ^^


  6. Bloodshrike Says:

    I think it’s going on throughout the whole spectrum of crafting. With Blizz reworking a lot of the lower recipes with crit rating or attack power, they actually sell for more than the mat cost, especially if they require a few more mats than people are used to getting.

    I just got one of my leatherworkers to 35, and boosted his LW to 300. will sell for 55 gold easily, and the Stormshroud set will sell for 40-50 gold for each piece.

  7. Dave Says:

    I check frost lotus on Hellscream last night. 50g each now!

  8. Shawn Says:

    Maybe it is because I’m an engineer and have nothing to sell for gold, but I’m pretty disenchanted with the crafting market. Items sell for far less than their material value, so there is no real “market”. I love crafting, but am always disappointed when it comes time to put my goods on the AH.

    Nevermind the other lame part of my engineering skill which is having no reasonable way to go from 445 to 450. Don’t even get me started on gnomish army knives :)

  9. kaliope Says:

    Shawn: I feel your pain, I still have a handful of army knives in my bank as well. Engineering has never been a money-making craft, it’s all about the cool toys. I’ve managed to sell a few of the rare scopes if I make sure to post when there aren’t others up. I haven’t been brave enough to try any of the epic guns, but those might be workable now. Anyone else having luck with Engie stuff?

  10. Bloodshrike Says:

    Shawn, almost all of my toons are engineers. You just have to be creative and think of things that people will need.

    Hi-explosive bombs for a quest in Eastern Plaguelands.
    Mithril Casing for “Chasing AM-E” 8-10 gold
    Discombobulator ray for twinks 10 gold or more
    Deadly Blunderbuss for 1-3 gold for the Horde quest “Warsong Supplies”

    Pets- Squirrels can be sold for 5-15 gold, Lifelike Mechanical Toads can go for 120-250 gold depending on if anyone else has the recipe (it’s really rare), and Tranquil Mechanical Yeti’s will sell for 150-250 gold.

    Scopes. I sell Sniper Scopes for 20-25 g, Adamantite for 45-50, and Heartseeker for 50-55.

    Especially for the pets, if you make some extra, and post them at a higher price with an alt, it’ll make your prices seem more attractive.

  11. Shawn Says:

    Thanks Kaliope and Bloodshrike, that’s rather inspiring :)

    I think where I’m hedging myself out of the market is by only really considering items near my current skill level. Because that’s what I have mats on hand for from loitering around Northrend. I’m going to take those examples you listed and setup some production processes.


  12. Dave Says:

    Don’t forget about the old standby – Overcharged Capacitors. They always sell, as long as you don’t flood the market. Also, use the mote extractor to farm eternals.

    I love Bloodshrike’s recommendation of posting a few items at higher prices with an alt. I’ve done that once or twice ;)

  13. Alazasthas Says:

    At Lightninghoof, craftable PvP blue gear is hovering around 125-175 gp, still profitable. Cloaks and such are over the mat price most of the time. Glacial bags are really great if you need the money (a pity I want to buy them) and Leg Kits took a drive down, but are still profitable if you take your time selling them.

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