Yesterday, I wrote about the great potential for making gold in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria using the “ore shuffling” technique. Even though this was wildly successful for me in Cataclysm, I was hesitant to get into the market. After listening to others claim the viability of the process, I figured I would conduct a small experiment using actual values and compare them to the projections.
To begin the experiment, I bought 500 Ghost Iron Ore for a total of 2,770 gold from the Horde auction house on Earthen Ring (US). Using the spreadsheet provided by The Golden Crusade and values provided by The Undermine Journal, I expected a profit of 5,771 gold. Using actual values from prospecting and the auction house, I could expect to make 5,557 gold. That’s only a difference of 214 gold from the projections.
Yes, there were some variances, but nothing out of the ordinary. I would definitely recommend using the spreadsheet to give you a general idea of what kind of return on your investment you could expect by shuffling ore.
Here are some interesting points from this experiment:
- I received 17 fewer Sparkling Shards than the projected 130
- Is the chance to yield a shard dropping?
- Projected 26 Pandarian Garnets, but only 20 received
- I still feel that a chance to receive a red gem from prospecting is lower than other colors.
- Ten more rare gems were prospected than projected
- Prices for Vermilion Onyx and Wild Jade were selling above UJ prices as of this posting, selling for 88 and 60 more gold, respectively
- Prices for Sun’s Radiance, Primordial Ruby, Pandarian Garnet, and Lapis Lazuli were selling below UJ prices as of this posting
So what’s next? If I craft Ornate Bands and Shadowfire Necklaces, I could make another 230 or so gold. However, for convenience’s sake, I will simply list all the raw gems and watch the Jewelcrafters that are trying to rush to 600 gobble them up.
I will report back with my sales to see if I was able to realize the 5500 gold profit. For now, this seems like a more than worthwhile market to enter, so long as the supply of ore remains high and I continue to bring my authenticator and spreadsheets with me wherever I go.