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#1 Oct 27 2010 at 6:09 AM Rating: Decent
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Is there a city that the crafters are more likely to respond to you /shouts for work? Tried Grid and I recieved no response. Maybe I should head to LL or Ul'dah

on the Corneilia server

Edited, Oct 27th 2010 8:10am by apocoluster
#2 Oct 27 2010 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
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Posting in your server's forums may help. I looked through them quickly, there doesn't appear to be a crafting linkshell that's pretty well established, kinda sucks. Crafters don't tend to huddle around one city, but you can try going to the guild for whatever item you're wanting.
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#3 Oct 27 2010 at 9:59 AM Rating: Good
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To be quite frank, and speaking as a crafter, I tend to ignore those shouts :/ I mean, I read them but I never respond :/
Mostly due to gil being more or less useless (to me at this stage of game at least) and due to the fact that I had to talk to you in /tell through a cumbersome chat, run to meet, then possibly wait for your chatacter to load up due to lag, deal with lag in the menus etc. And the exp reward you get for repairing stuff isn't appealing at the least as well.

I had the same problem as you though, until I looked and invested some time into crafting myself ;(

It seems, though, that most repairers end up in Ul'dah, due to storyline or whatever reason. Always run into more or less familiar faces who I know do or have done a lot of repair commissions.
(Palamecia server, dunno how others may be)
#4 Oct 27 2010 at 10:03 AM Rating: Good
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Briker wrote:
To be quite frank, and speaking as a crafter, I tend to ignore those shouts :/ I mean, I read them but I never respond :/
Mostly due to gil being more or less useless (to me at this stage of game at least) and due to the fact that I had to talk to you in /tell through a cumbersome chat, run to meet, then possibly wait for your chatacter to load up due to lag, deal with lag in the menus etc. And the exp reward you get for repairing stuff isn't appealing at the least as well.

I had the same problem as you though, until I looked and invested some time into crafting myself ;(

It seems, though, that most repairers end up in Ul'dah, due to storyline or whatever reason. Always run into more or less familiar faces who I know do or have done a lot of repair commissions.
(Palamecia server, dunno how others may be)


I agree. I hate commissions because I always feel like I come up short. It take forever to locate someone and then often you have to trade multiple times because SE somehow thought 4 boxes was better than 8. Then the person inevitably has forgotten an ingredient OR more likely they didn't think about all the shards it would take to make each part and they ask you to cover them. Its just too much without getting some large reward which no one wants to give. I do it for ppl in my LS but even then somewhat grudgingly. >.>
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#5 Oct 27 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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Gil isn't useless to me... I am still poor... lol... and I will respond to a shout but only if a person is specific about what they want/need and what reward I can expect for it.

I respond even better to /say if you are near me (say in a guild)

I've helped a lot of people - best bet is to go to the guild in question and just talk in say. That way people can just respond in say (/tell sucks because you have to spell the name... and god help you if you have an unintuitive name - I chose Lux Lex with the /tell system in mind)

also then I am not running around wasting my time looking for you.

But if you are not offering a fair reward no one will waste their time on you.
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#6 Oct 27 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Decent
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You could always try the Power Search / Find Crafter options on the AH site, and send them a tell.
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Contact these guys perhaps? link Looks like they are putting together a crafting shell on your forum and would likely be interested in doing some commission work. :)
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#8 Oct 27 2010 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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apocoluster wrote:
Is there a city that the crafters are more likely to respond to you /shouts for work? Tried Grid and I recieved no response. Maybe I should head to LL or Ul'dah

on the Corneilia server


Go to the guild for the class you need and ask around there. If you need an armorer, go to the armory in LL. If you need a godlsmith, go to the goldsmith guild in Ul'dah. That's your best bet to find a group of people who might be in a position to help you out.

I don't do commissions. As others have stated, it's a pain in the ***. I also don't do repairs. I ranked up my crafting classes to be self sufficient and to provide an income for myself so that I can enjoy the game without always feeling behind the eight-ball when it comes to gil and I find that as a general rule, everyone wants something for nothing. There are exceptions to that rule but the people that make those exceptions are rare.
#9 Oct 27 2010 at 10:51 AM Rating: Good
I'll do repairs every once in a while if the tip is decent (btw offering 1 gil is NOT going to get your crap fixed). I will do the odd commission as I don't mind helping ppl out. The issue I run into is ppl that are looking for something fairly rare and don't have the mats. Seriously, use some sense. If I had extra mats lying around I would already be selling what you're looking for.
#10 Oct 27 2010 at 11:08 AM Rating: Good
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what drives me bananas is people offering 1K for repairs for an item that costs 10K at the NPC to get to 75% - and use an item that sells for 2.5 at the npc... ugh yeah - I don't think I'm going to do the repair for the whopping 30 SP
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#11 Oct 27 2010 at 11:40 AM Rating: Good
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apocoluster wrote:
Is there a city that the crafters are more likely to respond to you /shouts for work? Tried Grid and I recieved no response. Maybe I should head to LL or Ul'dah on the Corneilia server

Go to the guild for the class you need and ask around there. If you need an armorer, go to the armory in LL. If you need a goldsmith, go to the goldsmith guild in Ul'dah. That's your best bet to find a group of people who might be in a position to help you out.


^^ This.

The higher level crafters are all hanging out at their guilds because that's where they can access the higher level support needed for difficult synths / those synths that require support in recipe. The following has worked for me when I needed help making R25 items that were beyond mine or my LSs skills.

Guidelines for Requesting Help:
- Visit the appropriate guild to find a high level crafter for your recipe
- When you visit the guild, use /say (not /shout) and ask politely if anyone is willing to take a few minutes to help you.
- Try talking directly to a crafter of sufficient level for your recipe by name - you can use Check on people to see what level they are.
- Know the details of the recipe that you need help with in advance - look it up online first
- Bring all the mats/shards/crystals for your recipe
- Don't pester people who say no, don't respond, or are busy with other things. No means No.
- Tip generously, it generates good karma and goodwill - tipping with shards/crystals is often appreciated.

Thoughts on Requesting Repair:
- Track down your repair items in advance - buy extra
- If you can't buy the item, try and research it's cost
- Offer x2 or x3 of the repair item in exchange for repair, or offer x2/x3 gil for the repair items worth. You need to make it worth the crafter's time. They get very little skill up from helping you, unlike with higher level crafting requests.
- For higher level repairs seek out help in the appropriate guild
- Be polite when asking for help - use /say rather than /shout in the approriate location (guild, camp, or repair guy area) if you are at any of these places /shout will probably be ignored compared to /say

Edited, Oct 27th 2010 1:48pm by NayliaMR
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NayliaMR wrote:
Aurelius wrote:
apocoluster wrote:
Is there a city that the crafters are more likely to respond to you /shouts for work? Tried Grid and I recieved no response. Maybe I should head to LL or Ul'dah on the Corneilia server

Go to the guild for the class you need and ask around there. If you need an armorer, go to the armory in LL. If you need a goldsmith, go to the goldsmith guild in Ul'dah. That's your best bet to find a group of people who might be in a position to help you out.


^^ This.

The higher level crafters are all hanging out at their guilds because that's where they can access the higher level support needed for difficult synths / those synths that require support in recipe. The following has worked for me when I needed help making R25 items that were beyond mine or my LSs skills.

Guidelines for Requesting Help:
- Visit the appropriate guild to find a high level crafter for your recipe
- When you visit the guild, use /say (not /shout) and ask politely if anyone is willing to take a few minutes to help you.
- Try talking directly to a crafter of sufficient level for your recipe by name - you can use Check on people to see what level they are.
- Know the details of the recipe that you need help with in advance - look it up online first
- Bring all the mats/shards/crystals for your recipe
- Don't pester people who say no, don't respond, or are busy with other things. No means No.
- Tip generously, it generates good karma and goodwill - tipping with shards/crystals is often appreciated.

Thoughts on Requesting Repair:
- Track down your repair items in advance - buy extra
- If you can't buy the item, try and research it's cost
- Offer x2 or x3 of the repair item in exchange for repair, or offer x2/x3 gil for the repair items worth. You need to make it worth the crafter's time. They get very little skill up from helping you, unlike with higher level crafting requests.
- For higher level repairs seek out help in the appropriate guild
- Be polite when asking for help - use /say rather than /shout in the approriate location (guild, camp, or repair guy area) if you are at any of these places /shout will probably be ignored compared to /say

Edited, Oct 27th 2010 1:48pm by NayliaMR


Great advice. +1
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#13 Oct 27 2010 at 11:58 AM Rating: Decent
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right right, I did the hang out at leatherworkers guild, And I used my inside voice while there :)

I do have all the mats and shards following the rescipe from the resipe link above :)

Will try agian tonight and this time deatail what i want and what im offering.

Thanks for the advice.
#14 Oct 27 2010 at 12:01 PM Rating: Good
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Good luck...your issue may also be that there is not a high enough level crafter to help you. Some of the gear seems to require a higher level to repair than the initial crafting of the item!
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#15 Oct 27 2010 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
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I think I'm the odd man out here, but I usually respond to people looking for repairs or commissioning an item. It breaks the monotony of grinding synths, and when I tell them my commission is wind shards instead of gil most people are happy to obligde.
#16 Oct 27 2010 at 3:01 PM Rating: Good
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i will do repairs and commissions if the price is right
it helps a lot if you actually say what you need repaired or made and the reward

and if i have to supply the mats for the repair it better be 5k+ depending on the item i need to use to fix your stuff
i have made 10k-80k on commissions but it depends on the people in the item
made a hauby for someone when they were still 150k and got 80k for my time
i'm not greedy about the commissions either but you gotta make the reward worth it.... 1k is not really worth the time of most crafters unless we're bored and being nice..... and i have on ocassion fixed things for free just cause i was in a nice mood that day


but yeah shout at the right guilds, tell us the reward, and the item in question
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#17 Oct 27 2010 at 3:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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One thing to keep in mind is that a crafter might only have a limited amount of time to play in an evening - and finishing several craftleves can take a while. A high-level crafter isn't likely to take a break from crafting in order to break even, or even for a 1k or 2k profit, especially if they're working on recipes giving them 500 exp a shot without burning their own shards! ;p

Baiting with earth or wind shards is an excellent idea. Just keep in mind the market price for the shards and don't come in low...
#18 Oct 27 2010 at 3:28 PM Rating: Good
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Anyone else a bit annoyed you cant offer multiple things in exchange for repairs. I'd love to be able to offer up a replacement mat + some cash on every repair I seek.


Back on topic though, Posting on a forum or contacting a crafting LS/group would be your best bet. The odds are if you're looking for a commission, the item is kinda high level or rare. Meaning its not too likely that you will find someone capable and willing at one time.
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