Skip to Content
2-15-2010 @ 2:05PM
Just the Tip.................. thats what she said
2-15-2010 @ 2:18PM
I don't even bother with tips any more as most people seem to think that tipping is optional, I charge a fee for my services. 15-20g if the enchant or cut came from the trainer, 25-35g if it was something that had to be bought with shards or the like, and substantially more if it is something that had to be farmed (mongoose or high end vanilla enchants).
2-15-2010 @ 3:09PM
When I'm advertising enchanting, or alchemy, or leatherworking, or lockpicking, or whatever profession my current toon has, I always say, "Tips appreciated, not required." Now, I get dozens of requests a day on each toon, and at least three times a week someone won't tip. And that's okay because: I said in the ad that you dont' have to tip; tips are supposed to be optional, considering that is what makes them a tip. Anything else is just a service fee. My tip-based business operates under the assumption that you're providing the mats. If you want me to craft something for you with my mats, I'm charging you a set amount. I'll still take extra if you want to add a tip on top of it!I bring up a service fee mostly in part of this blurb from the article:"It's okay to even say how much of a tip you'd like. "Enchanting with your mats for 10g a pop by Stormwind Bank" is a pretty simple phrase to throw out on the trade channel. You may find yourself in a pricing competition on the Trade channel, in which case you'll have to be a little more sneaky. But usually, I'd expect that to work out just fine."Saying, "tip this much or no click" basically means, "pay me or I keep your gem/dust/herbs." Call it a service fee and be done with it.When I'm having goods crafted for me (I always provide my own mats), I tip a flat 10g. After all, I'm only having a gem cut. If in the rare instance I need something crafted that I cannot make myself (yet), I'll tip a rather generous 200g. Its all a drop in the bucket, really.
2-15-2010 @ 4:11PM
/trade "XXXX enchant - 500g on AH or your mats (aprox 300g) + 100g fee. PST. Will cast on parchment if desired."Very easy for the average consumer to see the bargin. Sure, it's a large fee but the savings are clear. The customer can varify the AH price easily and many will be drawn by the up front pricing. Lots of players would rather spend more then have to haggle or risk under/over tipping. Make the savings clear and they will buy. Reguarding casting on parchment? Why not. Sure they may just put it in the AH for a profit, but you still earn your fee and they get to deal with being under cut in the market.
2-15-2010 @ 5:20PM
Personally, for enchanters I'll usually tip via extra mats(say, an extra abyss crystal or dream shard or two per enchant). That way I don't really have to worry about how much I should be tipping, as it's always in line with the value of mats, and enchanters often have to dip into their own mat pool for various reasons so some extras on the big items can help them out.
2-15-2010 @ 5:46PM
I didn't take enchanting or jewelcrafting up to make money so i rarely answer those trade Lfs. I took both for the nice extra stats ( took bothup in bc before every class got little extras) and the convience of being able to emchant/gem my own gear without spending forever looking for what i want in trade. For me, I mostly run a friends/guildee only service where any cut or enchant is for free.If i do help trade people out, i feel uncomfortable charging. If i ask for anything at all, it's usually in the form of a one off payment for as much work as they want. Interestingly though, i've found that not charging anything earns me more money, it's amazing how generous people can be when you just help them for the sake of helping them.
2-16-2010 @ 4:15AM
@CorExcept, at the moment on most servers, enchanting scrolls are way, way overpriced. Almost every other profession, barring top tier BoE craftables, everything is selling at barely profitable rates, with the exception of one or two rare/standout things, and epic gems depending on how you're determining the cost of the raw gems. The enchanting mats market has taken a hit on several servers because of the DEing in randoms, and yet scrolls are still selling for 3-4+x markup over mats costs.I'm not sure why this is true, and why people perpetuate it by buying the overpriced scrolls, but yeah.
2-16-2010 @ 2:11PM
If people are "perpetuating this" by buying the scrolls, then the scrolls are not overpriced. . Just because *you* don't agree with the price doesn't make something overpriced.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.