With the announcement that Blizzard is introducing a new pet as a way for World of Warcraft players to legitimately make more gold using actual money. Well itÂs split the community but, if itÂs something you want to pursue, how do you go about selling the pets for a profit?
Up until now, buying pets for in-game gold has been at the heart of one of the most common Azerothian scams. Seriously, thereÂs not a day goes by that I wander Stormwind to see people offering Spectral Tigers or other rare mounts/pets and TCG loot for obscene amounts of money. The downside, of course, is that if you do hand over the gold, youÂll probably get given a fake code and Blizzard has never supported reimbursing of such activities.
To some extent, buying pets from the Blizzard Store has made it easier for mount and pet collectors to get their fix. But, of course, not everyone has a credit card, whether due to age or just circumstances, and this is where people become susceptible to scams. The Blizzard Store is safe and allows you to gift pets so this shift to making specific ones tradeable - while experimental at this point - is pretty obvious.
However the process wonÂt come without risks. The pet will be purchasable for around $10 and mailed to your character in the normal way. It will then sit in your bags until you choose to redeem it or pass it on, either to another player or on the auction house. Remember: each toon can only have one redeemed pet and itÂs not bind-on-account either so if you want all youÂre alts to have one, well itÂs gonna get expensive.
Be safe, be smart.
Which, of course, is the whole point. Why pay with real money when you can do it with gold? So if youÂre either going to buy or sell, itÂs worth remembering the risks.
If you can, get the pet from friends or buy/sell within your guild, to people you know and trust.
Check the auction house before you spent your hard earned dollars. Once the pet goes live, thereÂs likely to be an influx of auctions from obscenely high prices which will never sell to the stupidly low that just screw with any profit margin. So, if youÂre going to sell, you might want to wait a little while before starting your legit gold-making venture.
If youÂre going to sell in person, well thatÂs even more risky. Make sure the person youÂre trading with puts the correct money into the box first. Similarly, if youÂre buying, make sure the pet is there before you hand over your money and beware of COD-selling.
Whatever you do, scams will not go away and if it does go tits up - and, at some point, it will - then thereÂs a chance Blizzard wonÂt be able to help you get your money back. The forums are rife now with people whoÂve lost money, gear or worse to predatory players. The stories of woe, posted in vain hope of a blue response and restitution. These threads seldom end with a satisfactory result for the aggrieved party and thatÂs probably not going to change anytime soon.
So if you do want to go ahead, itÂs well worth exercising a little common sense and caution. Think before you part with both your real money and your gold, donÂt rush in and those deals that look too good to be true Â well they probably are. Good luck with your endeavours and let us know how you get on in the comments box.