Skinning is one of the best gathering professions. Unlike Mining and Herbalism you will have a lot less competition since there are simply fewer Skinners than there are Miners and Herbalists. In Cataclysm, the most sought after trade good from Skinning is Savage Leather. It comes in the form of Savage Leather scraps from low level mobs (80-82) and as Savage Leather from higher level mobs (usually 83-85). If you’re a Leatherworker, you can turn 5 scraps into 1 Savage Leather and 5 leather into 1 Heavy Savage Leather. Each tier of leather sells for a little more than the combined materials to make them. If you’re not a Leatherworker you can usually sell the scraps on the auction house instead. All of these leathers will sell very well on the auction house. They can also be turned into Pristine Hides which are extremely valuable.
Where is the best place to farm Savage Leather? There are actually 4 awesome places to farm. The first two places are in Tol’Barad. Immediately after your faction wins the PvP battle, players will rush to the daily quest hubs and grab 3-5 daily quests. More often than not they will be sent to marshes directly to the west of Baradin Hold. Here they will slaughter dozens of Crocolisks which you can skin and receive a lot of leather. Because there are so many players doing dailies and not many of them skinners, there will be a lot of extra crocs to skin.
The second place to farm is in the northern daily area of Tol’Barad, in The Darkwood. This place is crammed full of spiders that you can slaughter and skin for leather. The bonus here is that there is another daily quest that players will often receive that sends them to kill spiders which you can skin.
There is also a place in Twilight Highlands, the northern plateau is full of worgs, owls and other beasts. These are easy to find, kill and skin. They also respawn quickly enough so that you won’t run out of beasts to kill or skin.
The final place to farm Savage Leather is in Vashj’ir. I added this place to the list because it only requires level 80 to go to. Do at least the first few quests until you have the sea horse mount and then head to the northern area of Kelp’thar Forest to kill crabs, serpents and anything else labeled beast.