So, for awhile Alchemists/Enchanters have had a pretty easy racket going on with making Alchemist stones and DE'ing them for the Maelstrom crystal. However, Blizzard changed this so that the level 85 Alchemy stones are no longer disenchantable. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
In any event, let's talk about the Mysterious Fortune cards. A little late for me to be bringing it up, but oh well.
First of all, this is the card in question. Made from Inscription profession, requiring 450 skill points. It's basically like the lottery: flip it over and you could get a card worth anywhere from 1s to 5,000g (when you sell to a vendor). Note that the materials are 1 Blackfallow Ink, and 1 Resilient Parchment. Take the price of a stack of Cataclysm herbs, divide by 4, and you have roughly the price of 1 MFC. Depending on your realm, that's anywhere from 5-10g, most likely. Let's now bring them to the Auction House, and list them for anywhere between 20g and 50g. Yeah, they'll sell. Not only is this a great way to make gold, it's also a great way to level your profession.
The reason is because people who play WoW a lot usually have an addictive personality. WoW is addictive. Gambling is addictive. Gambling in WoW? Yep. There's a chance to get a 5,000g vendor card, and people will go crazy for that. Of course, the chance is very low, but you might get "lucky"!
At any rate, the key to this market (as with any other RP/non-useful item) is advertising. I'm not talking about taking out a billboard ad in Stormwind or Undercity, just post in Trade chat,
"WTS [Mysterious Fortune Card]! Are you lucky enough to get the 5,000g Grand Prize? Now on the AH for XXg each!"
Another tactic I've found that works is limiting your supply at one price, and have the others posted from an alt for about 2-3g more. Maybe post 10 cards at 20g, for example, and then another 10 at 23g. The reasoning here is that people will buy your main's out quickly, and then realize that there's a few for just A TINY LITTLE BIT MORE. More often than not, they'll buy those too. I know I do when I'm buying ores or anything in bulk; if my cutoff is 80g/stack, I really mean 83g/stack because it's worth the extra 3g for me to be in production and have lower profits, rather than not be in production and have no profits.
As always if you have any comments, questions, hatemail or death threats, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.