Luciandk wrote:high end pet battlers will be throwing big money at the right breeds of kovok. But yes, once supply increases from when flex and lfr wing 4 opens, we should see a gradual lowering of prices. Though Ive a feeling Kovok will remain high for a while.
The past few months I've probably spent more time on pet economics than pet battles.
Basically, the pet market is driven almost entirely by supply. Demand seems to be pretty much fixed: I believe this is because the vast majority of consumers are collectors, so everybody wants 1x of each pet. This is most pronounced for high-end pets (>20k) but is true for basically all of them. And since battle-prowess only affects demand and not supply, as a corollary the battle-prowess barely factors into price. As a case in point, look at the ToT drops: Son of Animus, Living Fluid, and Ji-Kun Hatchling are all basically the same price, even though Animus is quite good and unique compared to the others. Along the same lines, the premium commanded by a 'good' breed versus a 'bad' breed is very very small in most cases.*
The exceptions to this are pretty much all low-end pets: I assume that this market is driven by casual pet battlers who want to do the pet PvE content without too much investment. The Celestial Tournament had a major impact on the prices for many old pets that are especially good versus the Celestials, for example. But this effect was restricted to the low-end pets (Zeppelin, Ion-Cannon mechs, Chrominius, etc.--and especially at level 25). Dragon Kite is really good versus Xufu/Zao, for example, but its price barely budged in 5.4. Maybe this is due to lack of awareness, since Dragon Kite doesn't really appear in guides for the Celestials. But I suspect it's mostly due to the price point.
As an aside: selling to this smaller demographic of 'casual' pet battlers is very lucrative. It's the only segment of the pet market with genuine elasticity of demand, which is what creates opportunities for people like us to profit.
Anyway, that's a long way of saying that we are a minority when it comes to the pet market: there aren't enough people who care about a pet's battle-prowess to meaningfully impact overall demand. And, Kovok and Bombling don't appeal to the casual demographic because they're not PvE superstars, and are slightly above the 'casual' price point. It will take time, but they'll end up in the 5-8k range just like the other raid pets.**
* Darkmoon Rabbit is the only case I can think of where SS actually sells for significantly more than the other breeds. Fiendish Imp is a little bit similar, but I've only noticed this for level 25 Imps and the margin is small.
** Unless, for some reason, the end of SoO is brutally difficult or unpopular in lfr.