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An anonymous comment recently talked about how the best way to make gold in Guild Wars 2 is through crafting. I have to agree, especially with all the tools out there that enable you to track prices and figure out the best items to craft at this very moment. However, I'm still flipping because most players who come to this website need fast gold. They're broke and have but a few gold to invest. I want to help those people out more before I start moving into the really crazy gold making strategies surrounding crafting and salvaging.
If you are going to get into the crafting market, be sure to utilize the tools that I mention in my email series (for subscribers of this blog), as well as understand what items salvage into what materials. In almost all cases, you can salvage weapons/armor into the materials you need at a cheaper rate than buying them outright (provided that you use buy orders to obtain the items worth salvaging).
Let's say it costs 35 copper buy orders for the particular cloth you need to craft with. There also happen to be weapons and armor selling at 25 copper that can salvage into those materials. After factoring the cost of buying the item, the chance of salvaging what you need, and the cost for each salvage kit, you may find that you're getting 70+ copper worth of the material you need at less than half the normal cost.
Be sure to use basic salvage kits when you are just looking at getting basic materials for crafting.
That is the secret crafters are using to make so much gold in Guild Wars 2. They're cutting costs by salvaging and even by using cheaper salvage kits. But I'm still flipping, because I want players to understand this part of the game before they move on to crafting. We'll get there soon enough, don't worry. For those of you ahead of the class, enjoy your crafting profits!
Even though I currently have a handful of crafting methods that are working, I still flip every day for a good 15 to 30 minutes. Why? Because the money is still really good, and it's good to diversify.