All you've done is provide an example from the econ 101 text book on supply and demand.
There is NO WAY to get rich if you give sh*t away. You HAVE to sell things for more than your cost otherwise you go broke, not rich.
No if you read my whole post I go on to tell you about 0 gil prices.
Your thinking to simply about the situation, there is more to the financial side of things than profit.
Any company will tell you that customer service and customer loyalty > one off profits.
Now let me go on to say, in this game you have 2 types of crafters.
Crafter A - A guy who wants to hit R50 because he want a R50 craft so he can make the stuff and repair stuff etc
Crafter B - A guy who is only after profit.
Chances are crafter A is ok with breaking even or even making a loss so is ok selling stuff cheap to get gil faster or to charge 0 and get free SP (as described before)
Regardless of what Crafter B wants or does, he has to compete with Crafter A.
In the real world the ideas and companys that start selling for small profit etc make it big in the long run more often than the ones selling for big one shot profit.
But this all goes off topic to what my original question was. WHY NOT HELP IF ITS IN YOUR POWER, COST 0 AND TAKES NEXT TO NO TIME!?
Regardless of anything else, why not?
Also stop editing your post with a MASSIVE chunk of extra stuff. The mats cost 10million? or 1million or 5million w/e it dont matter. As i have said (read above) lower your costs, farm the mats instead then cost = 0 so then give it away for 1,000 gil. You just made infinite profit.
Also your going off topic, the crafter costs where 0 he didnt need to buy anything, the guy went and got all the mats himself. It comes down to helping people.
You have people who wont do it.
People who will help.
I am willing to help others, i give away things without being asked and all sorts and I still have all the gear I need and millions sitting around doing nothing.
Oh and another note, its not supply and demand but that's cool. Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 2:32pm by wallace87 Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 2:35pm by wallace87 Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 2:36pm by wallace87