Give him a break, he's new. I'm sure he'll figure it out.
As Vedis said crystals and shards do drop off of mobs that you'll be fighting quite regularly and they can make you some good money. Crafting isn't a necessity, but it would make you're life easier as well as give you an opportunity to meet other crafters to do some co-benefit crafting. I've found that since I know several crafters and I craft myself we can easily trade items/materials or have each other synth the materials needed for items that we would like to make.
For example I have a friend that weaves and I do goldsmithing. I supply him with silver breastpins FOR FREE and he often throws me a few pieces of new gear when I need it FOR FREE. I've been working on making my crafter friends new gem chokers. I give my armorer friend the silver ingots, he synths them for me to make the silver plates I need for the chokers. I, in turn, gave him one of the chokers I made FOR FREE and synth things he asks for when he needs them, usually for free and without charging him a shard cost.
This game is about a give and take. You don't have to do absolutely everything in order to succeed, but it gives you the opportunity to do as much as you're willing to. If you don't want to craft, that's fine. I have a friend that just likes to play lancer and fish. He supplies fish to the people that cook, they give him free food. He gives his crystals to his crafting buddies, they supply free gear and weapons. If you have a system like this, the game works out very well and you spend very little money. It also doesn't require you to level absolutely everything if you don't want to.
The trick is making the connections you need to get the job done. Be willing to work with people, help them, and you'll find that nothing is out of your reach.
I'll sell my crystals and see what I can get, but I refuse to overpay for an item just because I can, that is partially the problem, people have the money so they over pay for items. I saw it in FFXI and it is happening here.
But I don't think I have issues when I see a pair of 19 weapons going for 100k, that is sad. I can see maybe 50k, but 100k, or I've seen it for more actually. That is wrong. Come on now, have we got so greedy in games that everything must be in the hundreds of thousands or more. Just because money is easy to make, or easier to make than FFXI doesn't mean price gouging needs to go on. Yes I've seen this in other games that just started out too, and it always happens. So don't say I have issues or something is wrong with me just because I refuse to overpay for an item just because I can.
I appreciate the help, but don't insult me at the same time
As Vedis stated it takes a lot to go into each item that you're buying. I would also like to point out that 100k might have been a lot of money in FFXI, but in FFXIV it's not worth nearly as much. Also r19 isn't extremely low lvl in this game, like it was in FFXI. You're comparing apples to string pees; these games are two different games. The worst thing you can do in FFXIV is say, 'well in FFXI it was this way, therefore that's how it should be in FFXIV.' You're severally handicapping yourself when you do that.
That being said, when money is easier to make what it's actual value goes down. One gil in FFXI is not worth the same amount as it is worth in FFXIV. For the most part, people are not price gouging, they're asking for the going rate of materials and time. Edited, Nov 27th 2010 11:29am by Joscerelle
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