This is not a new idea by any means, but I put it into practice over the weekend and OMG! Whilst incredibly boring, I now can get a decent head-start on a new server with a new character. Money-wise.
How? It’s all thanks to Death Knights.
The trick is to make a bank alt and send it somewhere that there’s a mailbox. Anywhere will do, I made a troll alt and ran it out the back of the Valley of Trials and went to Booty Bay, but I could have stayed in Ratchet to do this.
Next step is to make a Death Knight. Go through all the questline up until meeting your faction leader and gaining the forgiveness of your faction. By this time you should have between 25-30 Gold. Sell your armour, everything you have, and mail it to this alt. Log out, delete the Death Knight, and either go onto your bank alt and collect the money, or go straight into making another Death Knight to do it all over again.
Now, when I said it’s boring, I meant UTTERLY BORING. I did the same quest lines about fifty times over the weekend, and the only thing I have to show for it is a bank alt on a new server who has a little over 1200 Gold to her name.
Now, you may argue that for a level 80, getting 1200G over a weekend is easy-peasy-lemon-squeasie, but I’m thinking about starting on a new server, and having a low level character who I want to gear up. One weekend’s worth of work and I could afford to make a twink without any higher-level character on that server. Not that I would make a twink, because I don’t like meeting up with them in PvP, but the option is there. Being able to level engineering and enchanting on the one character as they level will put a serious drain on these funds, but it’s doable.
If you are thinking about trying this, I have a tip for you: make your throwaway Death Knights have the same name. That way, you can get your addons set up how you like them the first time, and when you delete the Death Knight and make him/her again with the same name, the addons will already be configured. Makes things slightly quicker if you, like me, dislike the default UI over your custom one.