I'm pretty new to crafting and I'm not sure what prices to sell my ingots and ores at and for that matter, which is most profitable. I was wondering what other more experienced prospectors sold there's for and how much profit them made.
First of all, everything is very server dependent. Especially pricing. I would recommend monitoring your server's auction house and seeing what is listed and for how much. Depending on where people are in their stages of crafting, some metals might sell better than others as well. For example, assuming most of the people who started with F2P are about level 20 now, they might be buying more tier 2 metals. Again, it all depends on the population on your server.
I can, however, offer some general advice. It's been a while since I sold ore and stuff, but usually ore will sell faster (and for more money) than ingots. That's because a lot of crafters are alts who don't want to bother mining their own ore, they buy ore and make it into ingots themselves to level crafting. You can still sell ingots, but be aware you will most likely get less coin for your time that way. Some crafters need ingots and can't make them so it might be worth it to smelt bronze ingots and other combinations (but only if you need to smelt to raise your own skill level). Again, be sure to know your market on your server before smelting ingots--after you make them, you are stuck with them.
Some lower to mid tier metals that always seem to sell well (or at least used to when I sold them):
Be sure to sell the gems you get from mining too (unpolished). Polishing gems is a good way to level up jeweler. There are also other byproducts like oxcides, etc that sell well too. Some items don't sell well though (in which case you are better off vendoring).
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In addition to Jilla's excellent advice, let me add that when you go to the auction house, sort the already-posted offerings by 'buyout' (immediate purchase rather than bid). Then see the lowest price your ore/ingots are selling for.This may take a bit of arithmetic, of course, to get the price of one unit for comparison purposes.
If you can undercut the lowest price and still make a satisfactory profit, go ahead and post. If not, hold on to the items and check later to see if you can post at a better price. The nice thing about ore and ingots is that they normally won't take any more room in your inventory while you wait, as the stacks will continue to increase (up to 100).
To add to Jilla's list, Tin is often a very hot seller due to its relative rarity, and with the f2p hordes all moving through that level range and needing the ore/mining the nodes, its value can only go up.
Thanks for the great advise. Only sell bronze ingots while everything else sell ore. Only make non bronze ingots to increase level and check the lowest buyout price at action then undercut that to make decent profit. Thanks for great advise.
my best advice is to forge as much as you need to reach and fulfill master apprenctice prospector, then master the rest and stop making ingots as soon as you reach the mastery
I'm still quite reluctant when it comes to selling ores/ingots in the AH
but in Crickhollow what sells best is the ore
copper and tin are ALWAYS solicitated (mainly because they're so annoying to get and high levels that reset their vocation and want to reach master apprenctice back again won't go back to the Shire and farm some copper)
Barrow iron ores don't sell for much, they barely even make it in the auction house. But on weekends they sometimes are at a peak, so be on the watch
Silver ores, as copper and tin, will be highly in demand, some people want the ingots done so you gotta check which ones are selling for more in the auction house
Rich iron ores sell, and seldom NOT, but when the second applies, check it out before you make a post that's destined to fail. Checking if Refined ingots sell, if not, i'll be sure to just sell the ores
Gold sells for a lot, specially the ingots. They're about 7-8s a piece. Haven't tried selling the ores yet, i'll be sure to share the info when the servers are back up =)
Prospector is quite the good profession, quite difficult, sometimes overused, but once you get the hang of it, you'll end up loving it
source: i'm a runescape prod that has 99 mining/80 smithing, i loved mining ever since my first mmo XD
Sell full stacks or at least half full stacks on the AH for about double or triple the worth. Also, be sure that you have a buyout price listed because some people want the item immediately and are willing to pay money for it. Just be sure that you don't set the amount toa ridiculous price.. I've seen 5 copper ingots for 2 gold on the Bree AH on my server.. Never was successful.
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