The Ray Smith Plan
After my last post, in which I was complaining about the unequal economic outcomes of various leveling paths, one of my wonderful commentators rather sardonically wrote
You want to make some gold from pet battles?
Step 1: Buy L1 pet on existing server where you have a bit of gold
Step 2: Level pet on new server where you don’t
Step 3: Sell pet at more than it would have been worth at L1
I don’t do pet battles but this seems pretty obvious to me…
Well, yes. When you say it like that, it does, doesn’t it? The tone of the rest of the comment was a bit more acerbic than that, too, but regardless, beggars can’t be choosers, and I was essentially begging for ideas.
So I wanted to take a moment to thank that commentator, Ray Smith, for the idea. I’m going to be starting a test on “The Ray Smith Plan” to see how it works. I’m going to buy a cheap rare pet off the AH, level it up there, though I’m not sure if 25 is the right choice or not, and then attempt to resell it.
Now I’m in a position, though, of almost total ignorance. I made a point about not wanting to conquer the AH markets on my servers, but perhaps this smaller, niche market might be more my speed. What I’m facing, though, is a starting dearth of knowledge. I know I can always turn to Navi for pet battling advice (as well as many of you other excellent bloggers, but she comes to my mind first), but I’m not sure that the pet market is really that strongly connected.
I’m going to have to do some work to answer these (and perhaps more, as a result of the answers) questions:
What pets are popular?
What pets work well at higher levels?
What’s the level to gold ratio for reselling?
Are there reselling “Sweet spots,” where you can max your price before going into another long leveling channel?
How strong is the buying market for pets?
Will people buy below level 25?
These are just off the top of my head; I’m sure more will come. I’m interested to hear from anyone else trying to work this market or getting some good websites on this information; a lot of what’s out there is too crowded with speculation; I’d prefer hard data, which is what I’ll try to present along the way.
Anyhow, it’s something to do!
Stubborn (Ashstone Core to 15 is my first data point: bought for 125g, what will people offer for it then?)