The Ray Smith Plan Check-In
I have a shorter correspondence today, all about the Ray Smith Plan. If you missed what that was, it was an idea to make money while leveling through pet battles. The player starts by purchasing a cheap pet off the auction house, then works to level the pet up and resell it at a profit.
I started with an Ashstone Core, as it was a relatively cheap rare. My initial plan was to level it to 15 and start trying to resell it, but that was before someone pointed out how quickly one could level a pet from 1 to 25. Unfortunately, that didn’t get the correct character the experience he needed, but a modified version of that power-leveling plan worked just fine. Since I could access every pre-pandaria pet battler on my level 76 dk except for the one in Deepholm, I went around to each of those each day, earned a few bucks for beating them, and leveled the core up pretty quickly.
It leveled so quickly, in fact, that it jumped from pre-15 to 18 or so, so I decided just to hold on to it until it was 25 and resell it then. The last few levels took a little bit longer, but not much, as using two level 25 pets with the 24 core meant two higher level trainers would level the pet.
Overall it only took a couple of “days,” meaning two rounds of the master pet battle trainers. I heroically returned to Dalaran and began posting my pet in trade while also listing it on the auction house.
And that’s where the plan has fallen apart. Either there’s no interest in that pet or no market on the server I’m on. I haven’t gotten a single response either from when I put a price (I’d like 3k) or when I’ve asked people to whisper with a price. Nothing.
I also took another suggestion and upon getting a flawless mechanical battle-stone, offered to turn someone else’s cageable pet into a rare. The going rate for un-familied flawless stones is about 4k, so I offered for 3k – a nice discount. Nothing. No responses. No interest.
This has been going on for about 5 days now, including over this past weekend at peak hours, and still nothing. It’s entirely possible the next time I log on I’ll find a seller, or it’s possible I never do. So while the Ray Smith Plan looked excellent on paper, I’m not sure how viable it really is, even with the battle-stone addendum.
So we’ll see. I’m going to keep leveling and pet battling as I have been, and keep trying to sell the core when I’m in town and via the AH. When and if it goes, I’ll let you all know. Until then, though, we just have to wait.
I’m continuing to level other pets that can be resold, in hopes that perhaps the core’s just not popular. I’m eager to hear suggestions about what the most popular tradeable pets are, as I can’t find a resource with any data on what’s hot at the moment. I’m leveling a phoenix now alongside a sunreaver micro-sentry, so we’ll see how those go.
Stubborn (and working)