When traveling out in the remote regions of Desolace you may happen upon our friend Cork Gizelton and his roaming trade caravan. Now, Ol’ Cork is not good for much beyond a couple of escort quests but he does have a really nice feature for the thrifty WoW trader. At two points along his route Cork and Co. will stop. When he does he opens a vendor robot (vending machine?) from which you can purchase a few cooking recipes in limited supply. Most of these recipes will sell in the auction house of both factions for 10 to 20 times their original cost. That’s a nice profit margin but not necessarily big money. The reason that these recipes don’t usually sell for more than 20 gold is that they are all available from other vendors… except for one of them. The Lean Wolf Steak is available exclusively from the vendor he opens when in the Southern parts of Desolace. And, since this makes the recipe extremely limited in supply, you can make a significant amount of gold by simply buying it from the vendor and putting it up in the auction house for as much as you can sell it for. We typically will sell this recipe for 100 to 200 gold which is a fantastic return on the initial 16 silver we paid to buy it from the vendor. Who pays 200 gold for an out-dated, obscure cooking recipe you ask? These guys.
Here are a few other tips to help you maximize profit should you decide to try The Gizelton Gold Grab yourself:
–For this trick to work you have to control the market. Just one competitor can ruin your profit margins. If you feel your competitor is selling their recipe too low, simply purchase the one that they have listed and repost it or wait for someone else to buy it. It is unlikely that they will have more than one to sell. In this instance, the recipe being both remote and limited in supply will help you.
–You may have better success spamming the trade channel selling the recipe than you do in the AH. Many players won’t actively look in the AH for this item (many don’t even know it exists). Raise awareness by letting players know about its rarity in your advertisement. A few players will ask where you got it. We’ll leave it to you to decide if you want to tell them.
–Note that the vendor that Cork makes available when he is in the Southern part of the zone only sells this recipe. The vendor that he opens in the Northern region sells different recipes. Coordinates are 40, 79 for the Southern vendor, 60, 38 for the Northern vendor bot.
–The vendors do not open at the quest start locations. You may also want to complete the quest as this has been rumored to move the caravan along its route faster (not confirmed). If you do decide to the complete the quest, keep the caravan in sight at all times or you will fail the quest (confirmed, unfortunately).
–Buy all of the recipes available and make sure you’ve got the bag space to do so. They will all sell for more than you pay for them.
–If you find yourself killing time waiting for the caravan to reach the vendor location you may wish to spend that time farming the Big Iron Fishing Pole which can also be a highly profitable item when resold in the auction house. Lower level fishers just love this thing and many a twink will pay a decent amount of gold for it.