A lot of the other warcraft blogs and resource sites are already telling you what items to stockpile to take advantage of the looming World of Warcraft Patch 4.2. WoW Patch 4.2 will be adding a lot of new craftable recipes for gear and weapons. Many of these are going to require vast amounts of high end raw materials. By stocking up prior to a Patch, you are able to maximize your ability to craft heavy batches of items to meet the major demand spikes that occur just after a Patch is released.
Stockpiling items that you know you will be able to use in your gold making ventures is a good idea. The key is knowing what to stockpile, how much of it, and when to start stockpiling. While I agree with the obvious items that are good options for stockpiling, I don't agree with the idea that you should already be starting your stockpiling efforts. Now is not the time to start stockpiling for Patch 4.2. I haven't started yet myself, but I will start in a couple of weeks.
Market Cycles of WoW
One of the major things you learn when becoming a veteran gold maker is the changing market cycles of the World of Warcraft economy. After playing in multiple markets for years, it becomes second nature to predict and expect certain changes within the economy. That's what we gold bloggers do. We try to help you understand these cycles beforehand so that you too can be prepared to profit. Have you been learning?
When are the two times that Small Eggs are the most valuable?
Answer is within this post on WoW Market Cycles, if you need help.
Ok, that one was easy.
Thinking about a different market cycle now.
What major cycle happens every year around this same time every single year (give or a take a week or two) that affects a lot of the markets in World of Warcraft?
This market cycle leads to an influx of players, an increase in items sold daily, an increase in competition on the auction house, increased playtime hours, and even more horrible banter in the trade chat channel. Think about the question and try and identify the cycle yourself.
The Summer Cycle
Yup, you've got it! Schools will be letting out for the summer session. The end of the school year for colleges and high schools is a major market cycle that you can count on every year. Remember how grateful we were when school started back up in the fall? Well, it is time to be thinking about those changes that the influx of players with longer available play times will bring to the markets of WoW.
More playtime and more players means more influx of raw materials, more chances of people posting things for stupid prices, and more chances to get undercut on the auction house and drive the prices even lower. So for this reason alone, I have not yet begun to stockpile materials for the Patch 4.2 release. Once the majority of schools are out for the summer, we will start to see prices dropping in many markets. So wait a couple of weeks and then start stockpiling, as this influx of players will lead to many raw materials markets giving way to cheaper prices. Stockpiling is all about getting a large volume of materials at the the best prices to provide a larger profit margin once the demand skyrockets.
Why stockpile now, when you can probably get the same materials for cheaper in a couple of weeks?
Anyone disagree with my thinking?
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