With that in mind, I noticed I never finished getting my Mage to max level tailoring. In typical fashion, I pulled up a leveling guide and got to work. Soon, I found myself crippled. Between level 375-425 there was almost nothing available as far as materials go on the AH. The main material for those 50 levels is Frostweave cloth. What I found on my relatively large server was a major shortage. This stems from the fact the cloth is found in Northrend. With the majority of leveling players are skipping completely over the zone so there are very few players bringing the cloth into the market.
The average stack of Frostweave cloth averaged out at about 40 gold. However, there were probably no more than 10-15 stacks listed at any one time. Certainly not enough to appease a wealthy leveler trying to grind through those levels.
I've devised a few strategies that I'm going to implement in order to take advantage of this shortage. Hopefully, you'll be able to implement these on your server as well.
Adding Frostweave to Scan:
I know things have changed and there may be better avenues for scanning, but I still like Auctionator. I've added frostweave to my list and I will scan for it when I scan for other items to buy at a low price. With my average price coming back at 40g per stack, any stack I can pick up 30g or less is a no brainer.
This isn't farming in a traditional sense. Head to Northrend and fly around some of the higher end zones. Icecrown and Storm Peaks work well. Spam general chat that you are looking to buy Frostweave cloth. See if you can catch some levelers and provide gold on the spot. Most players don't mind you swooping in, cleaning out their bags and giving them some gold.
Own the Market:
Depending on your server, take a stab at this. If your server is like mine, this is an easy market for easy on to control. The supply is limited, so it doesn't take constant supervision. To do this properly, you will need to make sure you're buying all incoming materials and price fix the market. Keep supply artificially low while keeping the prices high. For example, take my server price. At 40g and roughly 15 stacks listed I would purchase all of the stacks, relist 8 of them and mark the price up to 75g per stack. Do this and see how the market fairs. Did you have undercutters come in behind you? Did you sell your posted auctions? Did you price yourself out of the market? Adjust your strategy accordingly.
While I found this to work well with Netherweave cloth, it can also work just as well with other WotLK era materials. This also spans other professions as well. What other leveling bottlenecks have you found? Any luck making them into profitable adventures? Let me know!