On Thursday I asked if you bought the in-game non-combat pets from the Blizzard store. 885 votes later, we have this:
At least 30% bought some or all of the pets/mounts, and let’s make it 33% since a lot of the “Other” votes were for people who bought the mount, not the pets, as indicated in the comments.
5% got them as a gift.
13% don’t play WoW.
I own the Pandaren Monk and Lil’ K.T. My family got them for me over Christmas. (Thanks again, family! ) I collect pets, and wanted these for the novelty, to see what all the hullabaloo was about, and to get that much closer to the Lil’ Game Hunter achievement, which I now have. Blizzard was smart, releasing these over the holidays. I’d bet money that Lil’ XT has not sold nearly as well.
I don’t have a problem with Blizzard selling non-combat in-game items like this, and I have no problem with people buying them. But I understand why it could make some feel queasy. As paying subscribers, we want to know that Blizzard is hard at work on improving the actual game play, and not toiling away on profitable extras.
As for the mount, I don’t have any desire to buy it, or ask for it as a gift. I recently completed What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been, so I’m very happy with my 310% violet proto-drake I worked so hard to earn.