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psandak
11.20.2012 , 04:35 PM | #2
To me it depends on how much trouble you and the crafter went through to "trade" and what the general profit margin (the difference in value between materials and finished good) on the item is:

If you traded mats for finished good, a good starting point is ~90% of the profit margin (if the margin on the GTN is 10,000 credits, tip 9,000)
If you traded mats and a fee for finished good then no additional "tip" is required. that is what the fee is for (but you might want to compare that fee to what the general profit margin is)
If you had to go to him and it was a bit of a trek, then decrease the tip slightly.
If he came to you and it was a bit of a trek, consider increasing the tip slightly

If you sent materials by mail and then got the finished good by mail, a good starting point is ~85% of the profit margin (if the margin on the GTN is 10,000 credits, tip 8,500)
If you sent materials and a fee by mail, or got the finished good with a COD fee then no additional tip is required. that is what the fee is for (again check the fee versus the profit margin)
If he got the finished good back to you quickly, then increase the tip slightly
If he delayed getting the finished good to you, then decrease the tip slightly