Nytemarerulez wrote:So 1us dollar is worth like 1g - 1.25g? in your example of the soul trade costing 160 usd = 160k-200 bit for a pet that cost only say $12 usd is only worth like 12gold? I ask as I see Gusting Grimoire it would cost 12usd for instant buy, but everyone I look its on AH for like 8-10K
Sort of? Edit: I reread your question, woops. No, like the poster below me pointed out, I'm talking in the thousands of gold, not 1 gold. Sorry! Misunderstood.
Like, prices will fluctuate a little up or down, but the general price range remains the same. (I keep using words like "average" and "generally" and "most" because of this. There's no hard line. You're always going to find exceptions to the rule, and because they go up and down in price like they do, MOST people will generally sell at 10k or below, because that's about what people are willing to pay in pets or gold.)
As far as Gusting Grimoire, a) it's way more common, being relatively "new" still, which makes its price fluctuate even more, and b) actually on my server those have such a ridiculously wide range of prices I couldn't even begin to explain them (an example being that often on A-side, people keep trying to sell them for 80k because there's less of a pet market A-side, but H-side has them at more reasonable prices, anywhere from 5k to 12k and it's dependent heavily on how many are up at a time on the AH at all).
See, in general, the problem with TCG that are "low-end" like this one is simply because there's ample supply (but less demand) the longer they've been out. Common loot cards are just that, ridiculously common. So people trying to sell them often end up needing to keep lowering their prices even past the RL cash value if they're hoping to move it on the AH with any quickness. Competition is another factor. Ignorance of their worth is also another.
Supply and demand basically gets influenced all kinds of little ways with these pets.
The older the TCG pet (regardless of whether it's "high" end or not) the longer it's been in circulation, which adds to the likelihood that people either already have one (ala "low" end) and no longer have a demand (placing a glut of stock on the AH in some cases that drives the price down to ridiculous new lows), or less cards exist at this point that are still unused ("high" end, again), and retain their steady demand but with a ceiling placed on them from real life cash value.
Newer "rare" TCG will usually be in higher demand, while the older ones will typically keep their average prices (like, again, Soul Trader Beacon).
I imagine in the Gusting Grimoire's case, there's just a glut of supply on the AH right now and/or people aren't aware of how much they could potentially get, and/or they just want to move them more quickly and used the baseline of 12k (ish) to set theirs as cheapest possible.
Edit2: my advice for trading is to focus on the person you're trading with, as already stated. If they say "well my server sells them for this so it has only this much worth to me and I'm not overpaying" you can either work with that, or say "sorry, I believe these are worth more than what you're offering" (if they are to you). Because server prices are usually a bad influence to use as a hard line for price judgement. (If they are on a high pop server with a flourishing pet market, their prices are likely going to be cheaper and that skews their opinion in that way. If it's low pop, they may believe their pet is worth more than it might be, because there's so little supply.)
Editagain: Oh, by the way, I forgot another influence! BMAH (Black Market Auction House). Sometimes pets show up there, and people can snag them for way cheaper than their usual, accepted price, thus turning a profit if they can find someone to trade/sell with. This is another way Blizzard created to reintroduce stock to the pet market, especially with the rarer pets like Rocket Chicken, Dragon Kite, etc. So even if there are fewer card codes left, there's still a relatively small but steady supply going into circulation. That's another reason there's a ceiling price on them.