Earning Gold: Glyphs

glyph salesRecently I started to write up all tips on how to earn Gold in WoW, but it was way too much for a single post. Thus I decided to make a category of posts dedicated to earning gold. You will be able to see all posts for this category by selecting the proper category on the right. More articles like this will follow.


Glyphs can be quite a lucrative business. They are really cheap to craft and can be sold for quite a fortune.


Material costs for Glyphs are very low, 1g for an Ink of the Sea and 40s max for any parchment. There are tons of cheap Glyphs on AH, but it is best to careface underbidders and to make your own price.  I sell all my Glyphs for 34.50g bid and 39.50g buyout. If you sell just one Glyph you end up with 2800%  profit.

The auction fee for glyphs is about 60c for 48h, thus you can put up the glyph 6500+ times before it actually costs you something. At the moment I have about 3k Glyphs which cost about 18g AH fee. So again, if you just sell one of 3k Glyphs you still make 20g profit and everything else is just pure profit.

Which Glyphs promise most profit?

There aren’t many classes that respec often, or ones that have to change spec a lot throughout a reset. Dual Spec cut down the Glyph market hard, pure DPS classes hardly ever respec … Usually they have a PvP and a PvE Spec. So your only hope here is meagre sales from new players/alts leveling up, or glyphs where people reglyph during raid resets … basically AoE vs single target Glyphs. For example Glyph of Fan of Knives or Glyph of Living Bomb. Other than that auction glyphs people use while leveling up or skip DPS classes. Visit the armory and look up some dps classes from your realm and check which Glyphs they use. In addition have all minor glyphs up.

Hybrids are your best clients, especially druids. There are many good Glyphs for each Tree, so they often require to reglyph a bit for certain encounters. Algalon Tank Glyphs might be different than Freya ones.

You should additionally have plenty of Glyphs for FotM classes. Paladin as FotM Class and also Hybrid buy a lot of glyphs these days.

Just make sure Druid, Paladin, Death Knight, Warrior Glyphs, Priest Glyphs and minor Glyphs of all classes should be on AH all the time. While I suggest to have Hunter, Rogue, Mage, Warlock, Shaman on a different alt.

Best time to sell

In EU reset is on Wednesday, so it is best to have your hybrid glyphs ready for Ulduar each Wednesday and Thursday. Then put up all Glyphs on Friday afternoon and again on Sunday afternoon. Sunday and Monday are excellent days to sell all kind of materials.

Why do players spend so much Gold?

I accidently stumbled across this effect, when i had a second sales mule selling the same materials a bit more expensive, to make the real prices appear lower than they actually are.

Even though cheaper products were present on ah, the expensive mule sold quite a chunk of materials. At some point it just seemed to be a waste to offer mats cheaper and i made them all equally expensive.

I do not really know why people buy the more expensive auctions, but it happens all the time. Having auctions up, even at odd times is definitely an advantage that you should not miss out.

Many players just do not prepare and if your auctions are the only ones at that time they have no choice … others do not seem to care at all and jsut buy the first auction they see.

Side gains with Inks

Once a month, during darkmoon faire, the price of Ink of the Sea rises quite noticeably and drops 1-2 weeks later.

I buy all inks for 25g/stack or lower and if I get too many ink of the Sea I’ll trade them in Dalaran to Snowfall Ink and sell them for 27.5g each …

Since some people will try to avoid high piced glyphs and rather get them crafted you should try to have all kinds of inks on ah and still get your share. The Ink Trader in Dalaran is your best friend! Put up 20 single stacks each of Ink of the sea, Celestial InkLion’s Ink, Ethereal Ink etc and put those up for 5.75g each.

How much Gold is it?

EU-Ravencrest is a high Population Realm with lots of competition and I still make around 3-6k this way. It takes a lot of time to retrieve mails (only 50 mails each minute) and to put up 2500 auctions … but you can do it while idling so it is not that bad.

I am quite sure I could sell more if I payed a bit more atention to competition, but that is not how I like to do stuff and it works fine for me. I am using EU-Magtheridon as test realm and had similar success there.


Auctioneer, Bulkmail2, Bulkmail2Inbox


Cancel all Auctions without a bid:

/run local i=1;local n=1;while n ~= nil do local b=0;n,_,_,_,_,_,_,_,b=GetAuctionItemInfo("owner",i);if n~=nil and strfind(n,"^Glyph") then CancelAuction(i) end i=i+1 end


I suggest to give it a try and you are welcome to leave comments or questions below.

And here is what it looks like, when you collect your income (50 mails limit):


Thanks for reading and good luck with your sales!


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