Gold Making Terms

Gold-making terms, you see them daily in the gold-making community coming by. From Flipping to GPH, mats, market value, WTS, and many more. All kinds of gold making terms that can be very frustrating, but no worries. In this list, I will try to explain the most common gold-making terms.

Terms

  • Addon or Add-on – This is a tool or extension that helps with showing specific info in-game.
  • Alt – This is an abbreviation for an alternate character. It’s the other character(s) next to the main character.
  • Auction House Cut – This is a fee the auction house takes when someone buys an item from the auction that you posted (5% of the selling price).
  • Auction Shuffle – Buying materials to craft something that has combined a higher selling value on the auction house.
  • Auctions – Are currently posted items on the auction house.
  • AH – Auction House.
  • A banker or Bank Character – This is a character that is the central point of the gold income and manages the sales, the bank or gets all the items sent from other owned characters.
  • Bid – A minimum price you set on an item to sell. People can bid each other out by setting a higher bid.
  • BMAH – The Black Market Auction House can buy rare and removed pets, mounts, toys, transmog, and loot box, by bidding the highest price until the time is up. 
  • BoE – Items that get soul bounded when they get equipped.
  • Boosting – Leveling up someone else’s character in a significant way.
  • BoP – Items that get soul bounded when getting picked up.
  • Bot or Botting – A character that farms herbs, ore, and other items controlled by automated software.
  • Break-Even – Selling something with having a loss, cost, or profit.
  • Canceling – Removing your posted auctions from the auction house. TradeSkillMaster users mostly use the term ‘Cancel Scanning.’ It means using the TradeSkillMaster addon to scan your auctions to see if they are undercut or need to be reposted for a higher price.
  • Capital – Capital is the amount of gold and the value of items you have in possession.
  • CD – Cooldown of a craft, item, or spell until You can use it again.
  • CoD – Cash on Delivery. You can send an item(s) by mail with a price to a buyer. When he/she receives the mail, he/she needs to pay the asking price to get the item(s). the paid, it will send the price back to the seller.
  • Consumable – An item used by a character to gain a specific benefit depending on the item. It will disappear after it’s been used.
  • Crafting – Using a particular profession to create a specific item from certain materials.
  • Crafting Cost – The price of the total amount of materials and time needed to craft an item.
  • Cutting Losses – Minimizing the losses by selling an item that you know won’t make any profit.
  • DE – Disenchanting
  • Deposit Cost – The price you have to pay to post an item on the auction house for a certain time. 12h = 15%, 24h = 30%, 48h = 60% of the vendor sell price.
  • Destroy Value – The value an item has when changing it into something else like ‘Disenchanting, milling prospecting.
  • Disenchant Value – The value gear has when disenchanting it into dust, shard, or crystals.
  • Expenses – This is gold that is used for buying anything in-game with gold.
  • Expires – Auctions that run out of time and haven’t been bought or have bid prices. These auctions will automatically be mailed back to the seller.
  • Farming – Gathering gold, items, and materials by killing mobs or picking up items.
  • Flipping – Buying an item or material to sell again for a higher price.
  • Gathering – Collecting materials with a profession like ore, herb, and leather/hides.
  • Gear – Weapons, armor, and other wearables used for a character’s looks or give the character an increase of power.
  • Gold Cap– The maximum amount of gold one character can carry (9.999.999 gold).
  • GPH – ‘Gold Per Hour. A term used by farmers to determine how much gold a dungeon or farming spot will bring per hour.
  • Hard Reset – Buying up all materials or items on the auction house to reset the market price on your realm.
  • Herbing – Herbing herbs by looking for plants with the profession of herbalism.
  • Hyperspawn – This is a way to let mobs spawn by killing them on certain spots simultaneously. It will make the game spawn mobs faster on specific spots.
  • iLevel or iLvl – is the level that represents a piece of gear or all gear on a character.
  • Investing or investments – Spending gold on professions or items that will create new and better opportunities.
  • Liquid Gold – IS the gold that you carry on you and can be used for spending.
  • LIV – Looted Item Value
  • Market Value – A common term used by TradeSkillMaster users. It determines the average posted price of an item or material or your realm. Also known as DBMarket.
  • Mat(S) – Short word for material(s).
  • Mat Price – The calculated value of a material based on one more different price sources.TradeSkillMaster language; matPrice
  • Milling Value – The pigment value you get from milling herbs.
  • Mining – Is gathering ore by searching for ore deposits or nodes and mining those to get ore.
  • Multi-Boxing – Having multiple accounts active at the same time.
  • Old World – Mostly used to describe noncurrent materials or items.
  • Opportunity Cost – Missing out on other potential profits.
  • Over Cutting – Posting auctions for a higher price than the actual buyout price.
  • Overflow – When there is a higher amount offered than needed.
  • Posting – Creating an auction on the auction house. TradeSkillMaster users will also use the word ‘Posting Scan.’ Using the TradeSkillMaster addon to scan the auction house to know what and post an auction based on your preferences.
  • Potential Value – This is a situation that has the opportunity to create more gold compared to another situation.
  • Price Wall – This is a term used when there is a lot of a specific item on the auction house for a price that won’t change and is too much to buy.
  • Proc Chances – The chance multiple items will get created for one single craft. ‘Transmutes, flasks, elixirs, and potions.’
  • Professions – Labor you can do in-game to create other items by using materials. You can only pick two professions per character. ‘Alchemy, blacksmith, enchanting, engineering, herbalism, inscription, jewelcrafting, leatherworking, mining, and tailoring.’
  • Profession Kit – This is a bundle of materials that are being sold to level up a profession.
  • Profit – The amount of gold left over after expenses and if investments.
  • Prospecting Value – The value of gems you get from prospecting ore. 
  • Raw Gold Farming – Killing mobs to loot them for gold and items that you can sell to a vendor.
  • Reagent is a currency, item, or material needed for crafting, quests, turn-ins for rep, and exchanges for other items or gear.
  • Realm – This is a server in World of Warcraft that people play on.
  • Region – Continents of realm clusters: ‘EU, NA, Chinese, Korean and Taiwan regions.’
  • Region ValueA common term used by TradeSkillMaster users. It determines the average posted price of an item or material of all realms in your region. Also known as DBRegionMarketAvg.
  • Re-posting – Posting an item or material on the auction house that has been canceled or expired on the auction house.
  • Revenue – This is the total income from a sale or sales over some time.
  • ROI – Return on Investment. The income you get back from an investment.
  • Secondary Market – This is a market that isn’t for the primary gold income.
  • Secondary Professions – Are the professions you can pick next to the two primary professions. You can pick them all; ‘archaeology, cooking, and fishing.’
  • Shuffle is when one or multiple materials or items get changed into something else, like crafting.
  • Snipe or Sniping – Buying an item or material for an x price that is just being posted.
  • Soft Reset – Buying all the materials or items of the same kind on the auction house till a particular price gap.
  • Stock – Several particular items.
  • Supply and Demand – The amount of stock compared to the need for the material or item.
  • Transmog – (also known as Tmog or Xmog) is the look of a gear that can change to the piece of gear that he/she is wearing.
  • TCG – Trade Card Game, which once was a popular World of Warcraft cardboard game. Some cards were loot cards for the online game World of Warcraft and could be obtained using the unique keycode on the card.
  • TSM – The addon TradeSkillMaster.
  • TUJ – The Undermine Journal website.
  • Twink – A character that isn’t maxed level but has a very high ilevel for the character of his level.
  • Undercutting – Selling an item or material on the auction house for less than the seller after you.
  • Vendor Buy Price – The price of a material or item you buy from the vendor.
  • Vendor Sell Price – The price of a material or item that you sell to the vendor.
  • Vendor Shuffle – Item(s) can be crafted or changed into a new item with more value when you vendor it.
  • WTB – Want to buy.
  • WTS – Want to sell.
  • WTT – Want to trade.

Up-To-date

I will try to keep this list of gold-making terms up-to-date as much as I can.