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In ffxi, i crafted a bit later in the game and here are some of my experiances. The crafting guild's had several matt's we could use, but they could run out of stock. Sometimes the matts were cheaper to just buy from farmers/gatherers from the AH. I used to buy all my crafting matts from the AH.
I was a leatherworker. The final product i would put like 2/3 pieces of equipment on the AH, and they would sell ocationally. FFXI was a gear heavy game, and lot of competition between crafters.
Peaple used the AH everyday, it was a major part of the game, from buying equipment, foods, crafting meterials, medicines, amunition. I loved how active the AH was in ffxi.
Now my early experiance as a crafter in FFXIV arr. I started goldsmithing and i bought all of my matts directly from the guild shop for dirt cheap. The guild never runs outa stock. I leveld the craft pretty quickly. Ran outa crystal shards though, dont really know how to get more of them. PPL say they drop offa mobs, but i havn't goten any shards while fighting stuff.
I havn't tried selling anything yet, since the AH isn't implemented yet, but i dont think stuff will sell as much on the AH with the way npc's and quest's gives so much gear.
Im beginning to wonder if the crafters and AH will be an importent part of the game as it was in ffxi.
How have ya's experiances with crafting gone?