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Black market and gold in world of warcraft

With the release of Mists of Pandaria expansion, players got access to the brand new NPC called Madam Goya, who runs Black Market Auction House. It is nothing like the regular AH that you can find in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. Here we want to discuss what are the purposes of this special place, where you can find it, and how you can use it to your advantage. We also want to show you how to make more gold in WoW and what to do with it.

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Where can you find the Black Market Auction House?

Originally World of Warcraft Black Market, also called BMAH, was released along with Mists of Pandaria expansion, which also means that it was placed on the land of Pandaria. At that time, you could find it just beside the Tavern in the Mists, which was in Veiled Stair. This place could have been found between The Jade Forest, Valley of the Four Winds, and Vale of Eternal Blossoms. With the next expansions release and changes made along Madam Goya, who runs the BMAH was moved to the Ring of Blood in Draenor and finally to the underbelly of the Dalaran. It can be found below both the new and the old version of the town.

On top of that, there is also a way to access Black Market through a garrison companion and a unique "Encrypted Black Market Radio" item that can be found on Mechagon Island. It is the best way to access it as you won't have to travel to certain places. Instead, you can just browse offers and place the new ones.


How does it work?

Don't let the name fool you. Black Market Auction House doesn't work like the regular one, and it does serve another purpose. You cannot get items that are sold by other players here, but the ones that are listed by the NPC. The offers are quick as they won't last more than one day. During that time, players can bid on Auctions, which gives them a chance to win an item. Obviously, the highest bidder wins, and when it comes to prices - there are no limits for them on BMAH.


What can you get?

Madam Goya specializes in a peculiar group of items. You can get equipment pieces from her that cannot be acquired from any other sources as they were already "removed" from the game. On auctions, you can even find stuff that comes from World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (TCG), which currently is the set of most expensive items in the game. It is always worth checking out what NPCs offer at the time as auctions change daily, and it is possible to get the rarest items in the game just for the price of gold. Here you can get pets, gear, mounts, and more.



There are some methods of getting wealthy in the realm of Azeroth. Some are easy, some hard, some risky.



Each and every MMO game has its resources farming mechanics. You can go wherever you want and gather collectibles. Depending on the market situation, realm conditions, patch, expansion, and updates, there are things worth collecting and useless. Generally, whatever can get players closer to potion, flasks, and food, is worth collecting and will always sell good, as there is constant global demand on those items.


To farm effectively, you will have to learn and level up farming professions - herbalism, mining, skinning, fishing. The best option here is to have a couple of characters, each specialized in different professions, working for your welfare.


A tip: never sell to vendors. In 99% of cases, it’s not worth it. It’s better to have a bank character and hoard all the gathered stuff than get rid of just like that. Sure, it takes time and patience, but it will repay. Selling to vendors is a fast and lazy way of monetizing items, but for acquiring their real value in your realm, you need to head to the Auction House WoW.



A little more advanced than farming, but it guarantees more profit. Since you can produce more advanced items, you can turn low-value things into something more expensive. There is a list of professions worth leveling and maxing, as they are a pretty sure way of good income in every realm:

- Alchemy - people will always need pots, flasks, and other consumables. It is arguably the most useful profession in the World of Warcraft market.


- Blacksmithing - making rare armors and weapons, in theory, should be profitable, but reality shows that there is usually low demand on those.


- Cooking - raiders, and PvPers will always need consumables. Combined with fishing can make for a good, sustainable source of income.


- Enchanting - theoretically, it can give you money, but most of the time, it's not worthwhile.


- Inscripting - profitable to a point. Every new player needs glyphs, but the competition is high here, and the market is rather small.


- Leatherworking - similar to blacksmithing. Good profit, small demand.


- Tailoring - similar to blacksmithing and leatherworking. Excellent profits, small demand.



If you are strong in the realm, you may want to boost somebody for gold. One hour of efficient boosting can make you decent money.


Buy it

Buy gold… It seems like a joke, but I’m dead serious. There are various places where you can buy World of Warcraft gold. For real money. It is a shortcut for loaded and impatient people.



Thanks to its Auction House interface, World of Warcraft has revolutionized the global MMO item trading system. Usually, what happens after a new MMO game is introduced, many people are grinding, farming, and playing 24/7 to get resources and trade them as fast as they can on specific sites. Here due to Tokens and legal World of Warcraft market Blizzard Entertainment has a share from potential online money makers income.


Trading on the World of Warcraft market is as easy as hitting a button in a browser. You start by going to the Auction House interface and place a bid. If it's accepted, you will receive a notification in your mailbox. Your freshly bought item also comes through the mail box. To place an item selling bid, you need to leave a deposit. You get it back when the item is purchased, but you pay a small cut. You pay it when you cancel as well.


The World of Warcraft market has some minor limitations. It used to be impossible to trade between factions via normal Auction House, and you had to look for Cross-Faction Auction Houses located in neutral zones - the city of Dalaran and Shattrath. Also, there are soulbound items, which become untradeable when certain conditions are met.

It gets tricky when you want to make money on the World of Warcraft market. You need to be cautious, patient, preservant, and not afraid of taking risks.



Beware, when you see items listed very low - think twice. You may think you landed a trade of your life, but in the meantime, you will lose your account. The next day as you log in after the loading screen is gone, you may find your bags empty. And then, at some trading sites, you may browse your items!


Trade Skill Master scans the World of Warcraft market data for you searching for an item listed at an attractive price. But the add-on will not do everything on your behalf. You will have a small window of opportunity, so you need to be online.


Landing one or two good transactions can be more profitable than pumping oil in the Persian Gulf. However, if you are just a regular “johnny” playing the game, hoping to make big money via Auction House, it may be very hard. In each realm, there are people, to whom gold making is a full-time job. They’re spending the whole weeks in the Auction House hunting for best trades. They are aware of the current realm’s conditions and preferences, and trading add-ons are often their only company. They're eating World of Warcraft market data for breakfast, and their mailbox is burning. You have to either fully commit to trading or count on your luck.



Say that you have 500k worth of items collected, and you need 200k immediately as if your life was depending on it. So you list your stash low value.


Of course, this works, but:

- you may lose badly,

- you will not get many friends throughout the realm, especially among gold makers (check your mailbox for death threats),

- aside from professional gold makers, it may also result in ruining item prices in the World of Warcraft market.

So it is recommended to post a message on trade chat, asking whether someone is willing to buy your item lower than in an auction house. There may be someone interested in purchasing all the items you want to sell in bulk. It may be worth giving this guy a little discount. 


Rules of market

These are dependent on trends in the current realm. Now we can divide players into four main categories:

- questers - these heroic guys are focusing their time and effort on completing quests. Naturally, while fulfilling the quest, you’ll farm some stuff on the fly. They rarely buy anything specific; most likely, these would be consumables, which they are using during the quests. They are selling everything they do not consider useful, which makes it pretty random,

- farmers - as befits they are farming. They spend most of the time collecting various trash like rocks or plants and selling them in bulks. It is said that farmers are bringing around half of the total goods listed for sale. Generally, they bring more than take,

- raiders - they bring mostly rare and epic BoE equipment, enchanting materials from their upgrades, but in general, they buy more materials from professions than they deliver. They are also the biggest source of supply for all potions, elixirs, flasks, scrolls, etc.

- PvP - they bring next to nothing to the Auction House and buy almost the same as a raider. They show less interest in consumables, but nearly as much in gems and enchanting materials as raiders. 


It brings us to some conclusion:

- questers and farmers supply more than they demand,

- raiders and PvPers demand more than they supply.


Taking into account the fact, that questers and farmers are generally always active, raiders are going for raids in afternoons on weekdays, and PvPers are doing their thing on weekends, we can come to some more conclusions:

- The best time to sell consumables will be afternoons and evenings,

- The best time to buy things will be early morning when raiders are coming back with loot.


These are pretty much hard data but remember - everything is changing. The new update, a new raid, new expansion, and nearly everything that you knew about the market turns to dust.



WoW Black Market Auction House content gives players a chance to get items that are already disappearing from the game since they cannot be acquired from any other source. It's not a regular Auction House. On the other hand, it also gets rid of tremendous amounts of gold that are currently in the game, making a regular item market more stable. It was a great addition to the game; however, only a few chosen ones will be able to use it as every item sold on BMAH is exceptionally pricy. If you have tons of unused gold and want to use it to get vanity items that aren't useful anymore but might be great for showing off, then this feature was made for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Black Market WoW Auction House?

It is located in Dalaran's Underbelly.

How long is the medium on the Black Market Auction House?

It's between 30 mins and 2 hours.

Is there an AH in Dazar'Alor?

There is no Auction House in any of the BFA towns.

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