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Preliminary Caged Battle Pet Pricing Data
In my continuing effort to understand and assess the feasibility of working in the cross-realm battle pet sales market I've been doing some data collection and analysis. I thought I'd share some of that research with all of you today.
As many of you may know there currently isn't any way to look up caged battle pet pricing on auction house data sites like The Undermine Journal and WoWuction. This leaves it up to each player to collect and analyze the data themselves. Head past the jump for some of the average prices I've seen for certain battle pets.
The battle pets that I have been recording data from come from the post Buy Battle Pets On One Server, Sell On Another where Kaexo shared their picks for battle pets they sold cross-realm most often.
Also if you want to collect data like this yourself you can make it much easier by using this Auctionator Shopping List For Battle Pets.
The data that makes up this pricing average was taken from around 8 different server/factions. The data represented 4 days worth of prices. The servers chosen were servers I currently had enough gold on to be able to work the battle pet market.
I used the help of my Starter Edition level 1 characters to collect a lot of this data. If you'd like to create your own be sure to read Build Auction House Spies With Eternally Free "Starter Edition" Accounts.
As with an sort of data please take the averages below as just one point of data. While they are the average of a good amount of data and give a general idea of what each of these pets may go for there can be huge variations in pricing from one server to the next.
Don't take this data as the "gospel" of pricing for these pets. I am simply providing it as a thumbnail look at what prices I've seen the the pets for on the servers I've been watching prices on.
The Average Prices
Below is the average price for the following pets. Feel free to use it as a rough guide line for pricing for pets. A guide so you don't pay too much or too little when trying to flip pets across realms.
Your server may vary in pricing but averaging multiple server/factions together helps smooth out the data.
So is cross-realm battle pet sales profitable? I don't know yet. I'm just getting my feet wet but I can say that I've been able to find some great deals on pets (3 Pengus for 26g each is one example) by searching across multiple servers each day.
I was also able to look over my data and find the cheapest possible servers to purchase the 12 pets I needed to get the Raiding With Leashes achievement.
(As a side note you can get achievement credit for the pet and then re-cage it and you still get credit towards Mr. Bigglesworth. April and I both got Mr. Bigglesworth from the same set of 12 pets.)
I have to say I've had tons of fun getting into this market. The day may come where the auction data websites will start to work and we'll be able to get pricing data from there but until then we do what we have to do to (hopefully) make a profit.
As with any new market we are all making this up as we go along. I hope the above data helps you if you choose to jump into this market.
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