In dungeons, I see most people choose 'Greed' for everything they don't 'Need', even for BOP items. If that person is not an enchanter, is it the only option to sell these BOP items to vendor? Can I make any use of a BOP recipe of a profession that I don't learn?

Also it seems there is a rare chance when I select 'Greed' for a blue item, I get it as BOE instead of BOP. What exactly is the condition?

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BoP equipment that you cannot use, can either be disenchanted or sold to a NPC.
BoP recipes can not be disenchanted and thus have to be sold to NPCs. You could however decide to learn the appropriate profession later on and use the recipe then.

Generally, when a dungeon/raid party has an enchanter, people will abandon the 'Greed' roll for BoP items and let the enchanter perform a greed roll; this ensures that people who actually 'Need' it can still get it, without having to compete with the enchanter, whose need is lower. Depending on how the party is organized, the members may also /roll in order to determine who will get the enchanting materials (although I have never actually seen such a party).
Of course, this is assuming the enchanter has made him/herself known to the other party members.

Blue items are not necessarily BoP and neither are Purple items, therefore there is no chance for an uncommon or rarer item to be BoE instead of BoP. They are either BoP or BoE and that's that.

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    The current implementation has an additional roll named 'Disenchant'. This is only available if the group has an enchanter at the required disenchant level for the item which is being rolled for. This allows non-enchanters to select 'Disenchant' instead of 'Greed' and receive the enchanting materials instead of the item.
    – Lyrical
    Jul 22, 2013 at 10:25
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    And additionally, which option you should select is mostly based on your servers economy. If you need gold, sometimes the item will sell for more than the materials generated. If you need enchanting materials, selling it might still be more beneficial if the materials don't sell for much.
    – Lyrical
    Jul 22, 2013 at 10:31
  • Sorry for the 3 comments in a row. For information, Patch 3.3 implemented the disenchant button.
    – Lyrical
    Jul 22, 2013 at 10:43
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    @NickBayley Thank you very much, I didn't know this. I stopped playing WoW somewhere between Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King.
    – Nolonar
    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:04
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    BoE items that drop from trash mobs in LFR/LFD currently only stay as BoE if won by a greed roll. If the item is rolled on as a Need roll, it is changed to BoP automatically. This was implemented to stop ninja looting of items that could be sold for decent gold on the auction house.
    – Ravekner
    Aug 9, 2013 at 18:08

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