Some of ways to get gold are legitimate, others are under-the-table crooked. Personally, I like to make an honest gold coin. Ripping off other players is not my game, BUT, I'm here to deliver you the information. Even if you are an honest player, knowing this info is good because it will keep you on guard against the shadow players that like to scam you for a quick gold.
Here are 4 methods for gaining gold in WoW without needing to do any killing. ALL of these work at this time (15 Mar 05).
Two methods are on this page, and the other two are in the forums. (you must be logged into the forums for the links to work properly).
METHOD ONE: The AH Dupe
METHOD TWO: AH Monopoly
METHOD THREE: The C.O.D Scam - HOT! Get in on this ASAP!
METHOD FOUR: Master Merchant
"A fool and his money are soon parted."
With so many pockets running around the game, it is very possible to scam others out of their money. Not everyone is financially bright, and these methods take advantage of that. First of all, don't be stupid and use your main to do these. Get a mule (a different character), or even better yet, a mule on a completely separate account, to mask your actions.
This works. Plain and simple. It takes advantage of human psychology of repetition. And it can get you a very rapid 100 gold.
What it is:
The AH Dupe tries to 'trick' an auction buyer who is making a BUY-OUT purchase of a routine item that normally sells for X amount of silver, into purchasing it for X amount of gold. the AH dupe uses monotony to lull the purchaser into repetitious clicking, causing them to pay less attention to what they are buying, and inadvertently purchasing the item for gold instead of silver.
How it works:
Have you ever driven a car at night, staring at the white lines zooming by on the road, and suddenly realize that 5 minutes have gone by (or longer) and you have no idea how you were able drive? You dont have a clue what cars have or have not been around you, because you totally spaced out. Your subconscious mind went into 'auto-pilot' and you safely drove your car. This is called 'being human'. Anyone exposed to repeated, repetitious stimuli is subject to losing their ability to distinguish one from another. Can happen to anyone...including a WoW auction buyer.
Look at this list:
The auction buyer sees a bunch of useful consumables (such as stacks of 20 light feathers, or stacks of silk cloths, or free action potions, etc. Anything that is popular with players). he sees a big list in the AH of these stacks, and they are going for the normal buy-out rate. He starts purchasing them like he always does. One after another, clicking through each screen. He doesn't really notice that one says '88 gold' instead of '88 silver' so he clicks it anyway.
What you need to do:
Sell at least 6 or more IDENTICAL items on the AH. Make them for the normal going rate (not cheaper or you could stand to lose money). Put them up back to back in one long list. The buyout on the fifth item is gold instead of silver. Everything else must be identical. There is a chance that the buyer will get 'caught' in your scam. Its not guaranteed, but there are always dummies around that will be duped. This is a scam, and everyone who buys frequently from the AH is susceptible to it.
Yes it does work. Numerous people have posted long rants on the official boards being scammed like this.
I'm just going to quote a post from the official boards that explains this rather nicely. This post is no longer on the forums (they remove posts after a certain amount of days), so I cannot link it, and didn't get the name of the person that wrote it. Fortunately, I did copy it the day I read it, so its not mine, but here it is- it outlines perfectly how to make a fortune by monopolizing the Auction House. Its classic economics 101: BUY LOW, SELL HIGH. Read on:
I cancelled my account a while
back for reasons there's no point in disclosing, so I figured I'd tell
everyone how they can be financially secure forever like I was.