Ebil wrote:The Undermine Journal does take in account the BMAH on most realms and they let you do a side by side comparison on the normal AH so using it to get a good idea about where the price of items should be is sound. Yes, the OP is going to miss out on the guy in trade selling the latest raid drop for 2k but he will be able to make an average of prices.
It isn´t about trade chat, it is just that on Illidain, there will be 100x´s more guilds killing SoO raid bosses then on low population servers. there are like 15 gooey shas listed on Illidian now, and they are driving down the price down to 8k. On my server, there are none, and never were any listed. You would be crazy to sell one for 8k there. I could easily sell it for 5x´s the amount on my server. Current raid drop pets are always significantly cheaper on high population servers, while farmed pets are usually cheaper on the low pop servers, or at least even. The amount of players killing raid bosses is significantly higher than just what the server differences would predict.
if you get a raid drop pet on your server, and you base it´s price around Illidian, you are going to lose a lot of gold.
There are also things like realms with big pet-collector guilds. I am in one on an alt server.. has like 800 members, all big pet collectors. Guess what? The panda bears and Spirit pets can be bought for 350g because there are so many sellers. Then they are sold on my server for 1500g, or on Illidian for 800g.
Every pet has unique ways to get it, which makes different servers have completely different economics for that one pet. I have broken them down into groups and use about 4-5 servers to buy-sell back and forth, you can easily double your money every turn.
There is a reason the undermine Journal breaks down their data by servers, because comparing prices cross server is meaningless.