Beesknees wrote:Has anyone else done this? I'd noticed before that some new pets, like when they introduced the Direhorn Runt or Lil' Bad Wolf that the market varied depending on the activity of the realm.
Poofah wrote:Beesknees wrote:Has anyone else done this? I'd noticed before that some new pets, like when they introduced the Direhorn Runt or Lil' Bad Wolf that the market varied depending on the activity of the realm.
At this point, I think it's basically required. As more and more people do this, it drains pets from low- and med-pop servers and concentrates them on high-pop servers. The result is a vibrant pet market on the high-pop servers and a completely dead market on the others. I've never seen a Viscous Horror at any price on my med-pop home server (for example); I've seen dozens on my high-pop foster server(s). So there's no good reason to sell pets on my home server, because the gold can't buy me anything I want. It's a vicious cycle that's just going to keep getting worse as people continue to realize how much better off they are by conducting their pet business off-server.
Hootstwo wrote:I certainly fleshed out the pets I was missing (mainly a few TCG pets) by selling any excess pets I had on Illidian, but lately I've been doing pet arbitrage on a few servers. Surprisingly, on some fairly dead servers I've found some seriously underpriced pets. I grab them there and sell them on a server that's high priced for that pet. I do it all directions, simply increasing my gold supply on a few different servers.
Some notable pets that have wildly different prices according to the server you're on are both the Darkmoon Eye and Rabbit as well as the Crawling Claw. The price differences can be huge. Also never hurts to toss out a "Buying xxxx pet, PST" and asking them to name a price. You can get some mighty good deals like that (Crawling Claw for 4k a while ago was a good score for me!)
Graven wrote:Mechanical Chicken is 60k on your realm? Huh? Sure you don't mean Rocket Chicken? 60k for the one you get from the 00X quest is a little bit kinda sorta ridiculous isn't it?
Azrile wrote:I kinda disagree with this.
Poofah wrote:Azrile wrote:I kinda disagree with this.
It seems like you don't disagree with the main point I made though, which is that it's important to do business on high pop servers and not stick to your home server. But yes, you're definitely right that there's additional benefit to finding good deals on the lower pop servers and using those to make money on the high pop servers (ie market inefficiencies). In fact you're doing exactly what I described -- taking high-end pets (Kites etc from BMAH) from a low-pop server and transferring them to a high-pop server. It's similar to brain drain, which is a big factor that keeps poor nations poor and rich nations rich. I think we have a genuine pet drain problem, which puts people on low-pop servers at a much larger disadvantage than prior to account-bound BoE pets.
Just to use Viscous Horror as an example, yes you're right that fewer are generated on low-pop servers -- but not none. But as you can see from the undermine journal entry (scroll to the graph at bottom), Horrors do not exist on low pop servers at this time, except at sky-high prices (150k+). They are concentrated on high pop servers exclusively -- and you can see that many Horrors have hit the AH on lower pop servers in the past (the light shaded gray dots), but they're quickly gone. I'd bet a lot of them were funneled to higher-pop servers to transfer funds like you do for BMAH pets. The result is that it's nearly impossible to get a Horror on a low-pop server unless you massively overpay or get outrageously lucky (or both).
Azrile wrote:The brain-drain you are describing needs to work both ways, if I weren´t able to buy stuff on Illidian and sell it on my server, than I wouldn´t have gold to keep winning BMAH auctions on my own server.
Azrile wrote:The reason I disagreed with you is because I am, in fact, planting a ton of pets on my server that are rarely seen ( tot drops, the carps etc). I am putting 1 rocket chicken on illidian, and puting 15-20 other pets on my own server.
Maizing wrote:I think the only way to eliminate pet drain from low to mid-pop realms would be if the AH was shared by all realms.
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