Back in the days when I would start a new character on a new server, I had a two-step process to start making gold. First, I would get the character to level 5 and have him learn the professions mining and herbalism. He’d then run around, picking flowers and breaking rocks, then selling a stack or two of each. Once those auctions had sold and I had a few gold to work with, I’d buy certain limited edition recipes from vendors, triple the listed price, and wait for them to sell. Usually within a week I’d be shopping again, pockets flush with that sweet vendor recipe coin.
People are lazy. Why fly around the coutryside hoping the recipe they’re looking for is available, when they can just go to the AH and buy it there?
I don’t know how profitable this avenue would be these days. But, should you be so inclined to give it a try, here is a video from Nicorn who not only outlines what to do and where to go, but also hooks you up with a sweet addon to make things even easier. If you try this, comment below and let me know how much you made!