You may be wondering why I seriously advocate not taking crafting tradeskills. Here’s my personal experience.
Way back in the days of being a newbie, I chose my professions. The first was enchanting. I figured everybody else was taking skinning+leather, mining+blacksmith, mining+engineering, or herbalism+alchemy, why not take something a bit different that every class wanted. Permanent stat increases. Big bucks right? Read on.
Well, I stopped in Darnassus every session to see if there were any Strange Dust to buy. Until I hit 15 and got my first green. Wonder what ‘disenchant’ does… pop, strange dust AND a skill up. Hurray! Oh wait. I can’t vendor it? But I don’t have any enchants that give skill ups with strange dust anymore… (I think I still have some strange dust in the bank.)
I got to level 30 and had about 5g saved up, and I had never bought anything on the AH. I knew my mount was fast approaching so I started to ask around about how to make money. Some said tailoring with no gathering needed and the ability to disenchant the items, but I couldn’t sell the stupid dusts and essences nor did anyone want enchants (unless they were free). Others said mining was good, but anyone thats a BS or engineer has that too.
I hit 40 with 75g and horrible gear. I think I had one piece of mail armor saved. At 42, a friend stepped in and loaned me the last 20g. I forgot that I got a discount, but kept the extra money as I hadn’t bought my new spells for several levels. Around 50, I started hearing about the huge numbers of mithril bars BS needed, and started seeing nodes around. Ah ha! Money to be made. I took mining and farmed all the way up. Finally, a few g. Unfortunately, I still had dreams of being an enchanter so I bought cheap gear on the AH, disenchanted, and skilled up. I think it took me about a year to hit 300, and then I noticed all the money making recipies were rare drops and required a rod that cost at least 100g to make.
I think I was 6 months into 60 when I first had 3 digits of gold.
“But Z,” you say. “How did you get your epic flying mount in BC so quickly.” That’s simple, I didn’t do one enchant until I bough it. Mining really is crazy money in BC, and the new enchants are in high demand. However those enchants are almost always expected to be ‘free with mats.’ So how do you get rich? Sell the matierials. Every green worthless cloth drop that vendors for 1.5g I disenchant for 2-3 Nether Dust that sell for at least 2g each.
When I first hit 70, I had 2000g. Instant flying mount. By the time I had finished SMV and NS quests (all post 70), I had 4000g. All this was without any repetitive farming. So I guess I could recommend enchanting for making money, but only if you treat it like a gathering profession and skill up just so that you can disenchant better items.