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I've been trying to compile a list of the portable vendors and then sort that list by attainability.

I know there is one available to engineers, but the character that I would like it on is skinner/tailor, and I already have an engineer.

I was told you could get a guild herald, but then I found out it has a cooldown; I'm looking for something more 'on-demand'.

There's mounts with vendors, but they are in the 20k+ range, which is more than I'd like to spend.

What portable vendor options exist, and how expensive are they?

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The 108K I spent for the Grand Expedition Yak was worth every copper. More so now that mounts are account-wide, and you only have to buy one of them to outfit all your characters. –  Michael Hampton Jan 3 at 7:20

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There are multiple different types of mobile vendor, with differing features. Some will only buy items off you, some will repair, and some have an inventory of items that you can purchase. The items they stock depends largely on the expansion they were released in.

Pets

  • Guild Page - 300 gold, 8 hour cooldown, requires honoured with your guild to get
  • Guild Herald - 500 gold, 4 hour cooldown, requires revered with your guild to get
  • Argent Squire/Argent Gruntling - 14 gold 80 silver + 10x Champion's Seal, 4 hour cooldown, requires Argent Pony Bridle in order to act as a vendor (an additional 150 champion's seals)

Mounts

The Reins of the Traveler's Tundra Mammoth is a Wrath of the Lich King mount and will only stock lower level foods and drink, while the Reins of the Grand Expedition Yak has the various Mists of Pandaria goods available for purchase.

Professions

  • Field Repair Bot 74A - random drop, requires engineering 300, 10 minute cooldown, repair and purchasing vendor only (cannot buy items from it)
  • Field Repair Bot 110G - random drop, requires engineering 325, 10 minute cooldown, repair and purchasing vendor only (cannot buy items from it)
  • MOLL-E - taught by engineering trainer, requires Engineering 425, 1 hour cooldown, mailbox only
  • Scrapbot - random drop, requires Engineering 425, 15 minute cooldown
  • Jeeves - random drop, requires Engineering 450, 1 hour cooldown, vendor and repair

Overall, it depends how your character is set up. If you have engineering, the variety of repair bots at your disposal can provide you with a fairly consistent uptime for repairs and selling items. If you've already got plenty of Argent Tournament dailies completed then the task of getting hold of an Argent Squire is relatively straight forward, and if you're in a guild and have guild reputation, getting hold of the guild page/herald is very easy, but these do not provide repair options.

The mounts, while expensive, provide a full range of options but can only be mounted up outdoors (which generally rules out using them inside instances as these are usually "indoors"). The prices of the mounts scale with reputation, so for example, if you've got yourself to exalted with the Kirin Tor, the Reins of the Traveler's Tundra Mammoth will reduce in price to 16,000 gold without the bartering guild perk and 14,000 gold with the bartering guild perk.

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It should be mentioned that the field repair bots and scrapbot are consumable. That being the case, I haven't seen anyone drop one in a very long time, at least not since Jeeves became available. –  Michael Hampton Jan 3 at 5:44
    
Might be good to add that not all guilds have access to the guild page/herald, they are linked to achievements. –  Zaralynda Jan 3 at 18:22
    
The argent pony bridle is also character bound, it does not apply account wide, so would need to grind for it on all alts –  Wayne Weibel Feb 17 at 21:02

The three versions of Noodle Cart from Cooking also act as a vendor. They are more accessible than the engineering version since they don't have any profession requirements, but each cart can cost a hefty bit (50-200g per cart depending on server).

Also worth mentioning, since patch 6.0 the guild perk "Bartering" is removed and the mammoths cost at minimum 16,000 gold.

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