Buying and Selling Recipes:
Buying and selling (Flipping) recipes is a lucrative market when gold-making, especially if you’re familiar with the best recipes to invest in. Sadly, if you’re new to this market it’s not straightforward, and you will need to do your homework. This post today will hopefully help explain some of the considerations you need to take before buying and selling recipes in World of Warcraft.
Players unaware of the Smart Loot feature will automatically purchase the recipe from the Auction House because of the poor drop rate on Wowhead. But this is incorrect.
A recipe with the Smart Loot tag will have an increased drop rate for players with the profession and don’t already have the recipe. If you opt to farm these recipes, ignore the drop rates suggested on Wowhead. The drop rates don’t consider whether the player’s looting has the profession or recipe, hence the poor percentages.
Example: [Formula: Enchant Weapon – Blade Ward] is a Smart Loot item. The drop rate on Wowhead suggests this as a 0.5% drop chance, but this will be a lot higher if you have the Enchanting profession and don’t have the recipe.
For a comprehensive list of all the recipes with the Smart Loot tag.
If an item drops with the Party Loot tag, each member of the party that needs one, will loot one.
Example: [Recipe: Heartsbane Hexwurst] Not only is this a smart loot item, but it’s a party loot item too. So if you have the Cooking profession and do not own this recipe and it drops, everyone that needs one will successfully loot one.
For a comprehensive list of all the recipes with the Party Loot tag.
Class Specific Recipes:
Although anyone can loot these recipes, you will need to be a specific class to learn the recipe. Take extra care if you consider flipping these recipes, as your potential buyers are limited to that class.
Example: [Schematic: Lightning Etched Specs] not only is this a zone drop (which I’ll explain later), but it’s a class-specific recipe; in this case, if you wish to learn this recipe, you must be a Shaman. Take extra care with recipes that drop within the raid, Sunwell Plateau.
For a comprehensive list of recipes restricted to a specific class, click here. Change the class in the filter to view recipes specific to another class.
If you’ve played World of Warcraft for several years, you’ll know there have been many changes since Vanilla, none more so than Cataclysm (The Shattering). As a result, many items (including recipes) were deemed unavailable and were classed unobtainable due to the removal of their source.
If you’re fortunate to have one of these recipes, you can sell this to a collector via the Auction House. Fortunately, these recipes can demand a lot of gold. Although these recipes are no longer obtainable, Blizzard may have made them accessible via a Profession Trainer instead.
Example: [Recipe: Soothing Turtle Bisque] is a Cooking recipe that is no longer obtainable due to the removal of its source. However, this recipe is now available from the Cooking Trainer. Unfortunately, people still post these recipes to the Auction House, hoping for an unsuspecting buyer – don’t buy them!
Alternatively, [Recipe: Dirge’s Kickin’ Chimaerok Chops] is no longer obtainable and doesn’t have an alternative source. This recipe will sell exceptionally high on the Auction House purely for completionists.
Previously, this item demanded a high price on the Auction House because, at one point, it was one of the few recipes needed to learn 200 recipes for the achievement: Iron Chef. However, there are approximately 369 Cooking recipes in-game now, meaning it is now easier to earn this achievement.
Any recipes which have been removed and are no longer usable will be highlighted in grey. These items should be sold to a vendor as they’re regarded as trash.
Zone Drop Recipes:
Recipes with the Zone Drop tag are recipes obtained from a mob within a specific zone or instance. These items will have a low drop rate.
Example: [Pattern: Robe of Eternal Light] is a Zone Drop, specific to the zone (instance), Sunwell Plateau. So if we’re farming this recipe, we know that we need to farm mobs within Sunwell Plateau. Check Wowhead for the best mobs that drop your desired recipe.
World Drop Recipes:
These recipes are complicated to farm due to their extremely low drop rates. Therefore, it’s advisable to purchase these recipes from the Auction House and recoup the gold from alternative farming methods.
World Drop recipes will drop from any mob within a specific continent or zone that matches the level requirement.
Example: [Plans: Gauntlets of the Iron Tower] is a TBC World Drop (Level 30-50). By killing Level 30-50 mobs within TBC content you will have a very small chance to drop this recipe. This item is worth approximately 123k, but this could be a lot lower or higher depending on your realm’s population.
Recipes Rewarded From Quests:
There’s a lot of value in buying and selling recipes that are rewarded from quests. In addition, some of these quests are limited by Faction, meaning they can be very profitable to the opposing Faction. But, these are also of interest to players who don’t wish to complete quest lines and prefer to buy them.
Example: [Recipe: Roasted Moongraze Tenderloin] is a reward from the Great Moongraze Hunt quest. This quest can only be completed by Alliance players but can be placed on the Auction House for Horde players to purchase and learn.
For a comprehensive list of all the recipes available from Quests.
You’d automatically assume that there’s no market for Vendor Recipes, and you’d be incorrect. Instead, the lazy players in World of Warcraft make this a viable market to operate in. Ideally, the vendors furthest from flight points or ease of access will hold recipes with the best value.
Vendors with Limited Quantity recipes will also hold great value. Once the last recipe is purchased, there will be a random cooldown before the recipe is available again. Many players will not want to wait and will prefer to check the Auction House and purchase it instead.
For a comprehensive list of recipes sold by vendors, which can be reposted to the Auction House click here.
What Is My Recipe Worth?
First off, as good as Wowhead is, regarding item information within World of Warcraft, it fails with an item’s Buyout Price. I’m sure you’ve seen it, in the quick facts? I have no idea where they get this information from, but it’s incorrect, by a large margin too.
Example: [Plans: Sageblade] is a World Drop, and according to Wowhead’s buyout price, the recipe has a buyout of 1,4m gold.
For this reason, when buying and selling recipes, I’d urge you to use our trusted friend, The Undermine Journal (TUJ). The EU Median Price (average region price) for this recipe is 79k. Remember, lower populated realms will demand a higher value, and vice versa for higher populated realms.
You can use TUJ to evaluate any recipe you consider buying or selling. Remember, the value on TUJ is only a guide; you will need to use that guide and assume a fair price. Posting your recipes at the right price will return a profit and guarantee that sale; ignoring this could result in a loss or an unsold item.
Recipes By Profession:
Future posts, that detail all the BoE recipes by profession. Check back for updates.
- BoE Alchemy Recipes
- BoE Blacksmithing Recipes
- BoE Cooking Recipes
- BoE Enchanting Recipes
- BoE Inscription Recipes
- BoE Jewelcrafting Recipes
- BoE Tailoring Recipes
- BoE Leatherworking Recipes
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- TSM – BoE Alchemy Recipes
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