In our next installment of the "depriving noobs of their gold" guide, I'm going to talk about Enchanting. Back in the day, it was kind of hard to sell enchantments to leveling players. They couldn't be bothered with the cost and sometimes even giving away lowbie chants didn't work! Of course, enchants weren't terribly impressive back then either. We've come along way in two expansions, enchantments have become more meaningful and prices have dropped. Players realize now that enchanting their gear can help them kill faster and level quicker.
Initially I had some trouble finding decent sources for lowbie enchantment recommendations. Apparently there just aren't notable twink guides for every class... who knew? Luckily I stumbled on a nifty site called Armory Data Mining. This helpful blogger mines the Armory and compiles stats on each class, broken down by level bracket. I was able to fill in the holes of my class information with his charts, for which I am grateful.
One thing to keep in mind with all of the recommendations I found is that low-level gear guides tend to be focused on PVP twinking. They're heavier on stamina than the average PVE player tends to be. Unfortunately PVP advice is the vast majority of the information out there, so I'm just going to go with it. A bit of extra survivability never hurt anyone :P
My level brackets are going to follow breaks for enchanting level requirements in combination with the PVP level breaks. The enchantments are broken into Vanilla (1-34), BC (35-59) and WotLK (60 and up). Since PVP bracket are generally done in groups of ten, my recommendations are based on BiS enchants for level 29, level 59 and level 69. For each slot I'm going to list enchants in order of popularity across the ten classes. Whichever enchants are favored by the highest number of classes will filter higher up the list than enchants that lower numbers of classes use. The lists start with the most popular enchant at the #1 spot and works down from there:
LEVEL 1-29 ENCHANTS
Back: #1 Superior Defense | #2 Lesser Agility
Chest: #1 Greater Stats | #2 Major Health | #3 Major Mana
Bracer: #1 Superior Stam | #2 Healing Power | #3 Greater INT
Boots: #1 Greater Agility | #2 Greater Stam | #3 Minor Speed
Gloves: #1 Greater Agility | #2 Healing Power | #3 Greater Strength | #4 Minor Haste
Weapon: #1 Healing Power | #2 Crusader | #3 Agility | #4 Mighty Intellect
LEVEL 35-59 ENCHANTS
Back: #1 Major Armor | #2 Greater Agility
Chest: #1 Exceptional Stats | #2 Exceptional Health
Bracer: #1 Superior Healing | #2 Assault | #3 Brawn | #4 Major Intellect
Boots: #1 Surefooted | #2 Fortitude | #3 Boar's Speed
Gloves: #1 Major Spellpower | #2 Assault | #3 Major Strength | #4 Superior Agility
Weapon: #1 Major Healing | #2 Mongoose | #3 Crusader
LEVEL 60+ ENCHANTS
Back: #1 Major Agility | #2 Greater Speed
Chest: #1 Super Stats | #2 Powerful Stats | #3 Mighty Health
Bracer: #1 Striking | #2 Major Stam | #3 Superior Spellpower
Boots: #1 Icewalker | #2 Greater Fortitude | #3 Tuskarr's Vitality
Gloves: #1 Exceptional Spellpower | #2 Crusher | #3 Greater Assault
Weapon: #1 Greater Savagery | #2 Exceptional Spellpower | #3 Berserking
Boots: Minor Speed for enhanced travel prior to getting a mount.
You may notice in some cases that the best version of a particular enchant is ranked lower than it's cheaper cousin. This is because the data mined from the Armory is based on popularity, not firepower. Clearly there are more folks who prefer to go with an inferior version to save money over a better version. I believe this will continue to hold true with Cataclysm lowbies, I don't see them paying out the nose for the super-rare enchant to put on their BOE green gear. If they splurge anywhere, it will be in the weapon department. This is a good slot to target for nicer enchants if you have them.
Bear in mind that some players won't bother to enchant their gear as they level. But there should also be folks who want to level as quickly as possible and are willing to spend for it. Hopefully this list will help you if you decide to jump in and sell enchants to those people. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and suggestions in the Comments!