Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Spending the Gold Cap #1: 918,167g remaining

Screenshot taken at Wowhead
What else to do once you hit gold cap, other than spend your fortune? In the Spending the Gold Cap series, I account for the money I earned as I spend it on Unclaimed Black Market Containers, and the occasional pet or mount from the auction house. There will be tears.

I chronicled the journey to gold cap, so now I may as well chronicle the journey back to broke. See, not too long ago I hopped servers with several of my most-played characters. The choice to leave my gold-capped banker behind would've been tough had I had to actually make it. But since Blizzard also enforces a cap on how much gold a player can transfer with a character, my money was essentially stuck on the the server. Sure, I could've purchased items from the current AH to sell on the new realm, but I wasn't interested in doing so.

So I've decided just how I'm going to spend as much of it as I can: Unclaimed Black Market Containers. I briefly thought about spending the lot in one chunk with a gold cap bid on a rare mount, should any of the ones I have my eye on hit the Black Market. Weighing the fact it took me about a year to reach the cap through auctioneering at varied levels of intensity, I've ruled that out. I've spent a chunk here and there on miscellaneous items, mostly battle pets I'm too lazy to farm, and also sent 50,000g with one of my transferred toons, but otherwise my fortune is relatively in tact.

Unclaimed Containers will hold any one of at least 200 items that are sold on the black market auction house, everything from a Shimmering Wyrmling to Invincible's Reins. Luckily, the server my wealthy banker plays on is medium-low pop, meaning I can normally snatch up Unclaimed Containers for 10,000g or less. I'm trying to keep it at that threshold, which would allow me to open approximately 99 Unclaimed Containers before my funds ran out.

View a full accounting of my ledger and the contents of the first three UBMC's below.

- 50,000g (sent with transferred toon)
= 949,999g
- 1,832g (pets and misc. items)
= 948,167g

Unclaimed Container #1

Contained: Pattern: Robe of Eternal Rule
Purchase Price: 16,100g
Resale Value: 4,940g

A 496 cloth robe would've been appealing earlier in the expansion. Maybe 16,000g-appealing. But this late in the game, it's not of much use to me. I posted it on the auction house for around 6,000g at first, and it ended up selling for about a grand less after a couple of weeks---I was happy to be able to recoup any of the cost.

Unclaimed Container #2

Contained: Dreadnaught Gauntlets
Purchase Price: 7,770g
Resale Value: N/A

Absolutely, 100% useless to my banker, who is a mage. My secret wish for an upcoming patch is that either A) these items become account-bound so players can at least send them to alts on their server or B) pie-in-the-sky dream has Blizzard creating a true account-wide storage that could be accessed by any character on any realm.

Unclaimed Container #3

Contained: Fishing Chair
Purchase Price: 10,300g
Resale Value: N/A

I think the item itself is cute, but again, I fish with my main character who's not on the same realm. Since it's also soulbound, I'm stuck with it while secretly hoping I'll be able to some day ferry it onto a toon that would actually use it. 

The Tally

(+ 4,940g)
- 7,770g
- 10,300g

Total Remaining Gold: 918,937g


  1. ooooo looking forward to seeing what else you get! :D

    1. Haha thanks! The tricky part is making sure I can win the containers, and for a reasonable price.