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Best way to make credits with skills?

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Best way to make credits with skills?

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Wren_Atticus
12.13.2011 , 02:24 PM | #1
I've read up on the topic quite a bit through beta, and I know some changes went into place right at the end there. Slicing used to be a big money-maker and then it got nerfed I read. And you can only get blue recipes now if you have corresponding skills. How far does that go? Does that mean you need to have a Armormech, scavenging, and Underworld Trading all together in order to get a blue recipe or just Armormech and scavenging?

Does having straight gathering or taking something like slicing for profit offset the loss of blue recipes? Or are you better off selling those items?

And lots of people will have scavenging and there are droids all over. So are gathering professions like bioanalysis and archeology better? There are fewer skills that require those and chances are those that take those skills will take the corresponding gathering skill.

Do you think you are better off selling mats to start, or actual crafted items?

I know things are just starting and that things will run different from beta, but I wanted to get some people's thoughts on where the best credit making paths are with the crew skills.
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HoldenThunk
12.13.2011 , 03:28 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by Wren_Atticus View Post
Do you think you are better off selling mats to start, or actual crafted items?
Early on you can't make much that's significantly better than drops/rewards. Everyone and their brother will be bulk crafting to level as quickly as possible.

My prediction is that we'll quickly get to the point where crafted items are sold for less than the value of the materials used to make them. Prices of mats will spiral upwards until they stabilize, prices of finished items will plummet until people just reverse engineer instead of trying to sell.

Slicing is decent bonus money ("Hey, I just got credits for clicking this node!"), but my prediction is that selling mats will be the better, more sustainable income. The main thing holding it back initially is that we're in early days; crafting is a credit sink and most people won't have much disposable income yet.

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Wren_Atticus
12.13.2011 , 03:32 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by HoldenThunk View Post
Early on you can't make much that's significantly better than drops/rewards. Everyone and their brother will be bulk crafting to level as quickly as possible.

My prediction is that we'll quickly get to the point where crafted items are sold for less than the value of the materials used to make them. Prices of mats will spiral upwards until they stabilize, prices of finished items will plummet until people just reverse engineer instead of trying to sell.

Slicing is decent bonus money ("Hey, I just got credits for clicking this node!"), but my prediction is that selling mats will be the better, more sustainable income. The main thing holding it back initially is that we're in early days; crafting is a credit sink and most people won't have much disposable income yet.
I'm kinda thinking the same thing to start.

I was contemplating going slicing/bioanalysis/scavenging to start. The bioanalysis and scavenging offer lots of opportunity for gathering simply by questing. And then I can sell of all the mats from those. And then for slicing, I can be sending my companion on quests for that.
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Wren_Atticus
12.13.2011 , 03:35 PM | #4
This also adds to the profit by allowing you to sell your quest items and auction off loot drops which you would otherwise be reverse engineering if you had a production skill.
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Regault
12.13.2011 , 03:49 PM | #5
Biochem will always be profitable since crafted Medpacs, Stims, and Adrenals are head and shoulders above same-level vendor consumables.

Artifice will most likely depend on selling color crystals, rare enhancements, and reverse engineered rare offhands.(Offhands tend to have poor availability from vendors and quest rewards.)

Synthweaving and Armormech will mostly depend on finding a popular but hard-to-get aesthetic armor and selling Exceptional versions with all four mod slots. A lot of Jedi players don't want to get stuck in robes or a dress and crafted customs are their best option to avoid these. I know one of the first thing's I'll do on my Guardian is get one of those Republic Trooper vests.

Be aware that an Exceptional crafted item is defacto better than other gear as long as there's a ready supply of augments.

Speaking of, slicing will make good money from augment missions.

Cybertech's best bet is probably Armoring mods and lucking into a big ticket item like a landspeeder. Lord knows if the blue & white swift speeder is now Cybertech only I'll pay a premium for it.

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GenXCub
12.13.2011 , 04:02 PM | #6
It may be impossible to guess at the market for items at this point. I've been a fairly adept WoW Auctioneer (I was near the old gold cap in LK, but haven't gone for the updated Million cap).

Maybe I can make some assumptions:

Gathering had always been the "sure thing" for money, but it was at a cost of playing time, so I relied on other gatherers, making my gold on margin by buying materials for crafting.

While this has been changed some by allowing companions to do gathering missions, being a pure gatherer puts you at the whims of the Auction House (not that they won't be profitable, but we're back to the problem of not knowing which crafting prof will be the most profitable, therefore, not knowing which gatherer will be most profitable)

In WoW, armor/weapon crafting professions were "just okay" because what you made was only worthwhile for a limited time. You would make some gold, but you were more market-limited on the number of pieces per day you would sell.

The augments in WoW were the most profitable (Jewelcrafting especially, but this also included armor patches/threads) because each week after raiding, nearly everyone had a new item that was ready to be gemmed, enchanted, patched. While the profit margin on each piece was less than on a high level piece of armor, you sold a lot more, and your risk vs. reward ratio was better.

Let's add to this piece the Crew Skills that don't fit the WoW mold. Slicing, for example. It's similar to Rogue lockpicking, but then not really. It's a sure-fire income, with no downside, but has a lower potential high-end margin. I think this is where people will go early in launch, especially Bounty Hunters for Mako's bonus to slicing (2.5 minutes instead of 3 minutes per mission, for example). Treasure Hunting for lockboxes kinda fits here too.

I think that most peoples' instincts are going to lead them to craft their own gear, so the Bathrobe Brigade may all go the artifice/archy/TH, or Synth/Archy/UT, and the Uncivilized Blaster classes will go Armortech/Scavenging/UT, Armstech/Scavenging/Investigation.

This leaves an opening for Cybertech and Biochem to be the least used, and therefore, the most in-demand crewskills.

I think until there's a matured server where everyone is hitting their weekly Operations, there will be wild swings in profitability. I will most likely wait for the dust to settle and get Slicing, Treasure Hunting, and Scavenging (because it is involved in 3 crafting skills), and see where the market goes.

Sorry for the tl;dr and then ambiguous answers. I feel like we CAN make educated guesses on the most profitable (I'm guessing Cybertech and Biochem will be the top), but it may take awhile to reach that point while we generate a market. Of course, I'm probably wrong anyway..
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Wren_Atticus
12.13.2011 , 04:37 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by GenXCub View Post
It may be impossible to guess at the market for items at this point. I've been a fairly adept WoW Auctioneer (I was near the old gold cap in LK, but haven't gone for the updated Million cap).

Maybe I can make some assumptions:

Gathering had always been the "sure thing" for money, but it was at a cost of playing time, so I relied on other gatherers, making my gold on margin by buying materials for crafting.

While this has been changed some by allowing companions to do gathering missions, being a pure gatherer puts you at the whims of the Auction House (not that they won't be profitable, but we're back to the problem of not knowing which crafting prof will be the most profitable, therefore, not knowing which gatherer will be most profitable)

In WoW, armor/weapon crafting professions were "just okay" because what you made was only worthwhile for a limited time. You would make some gold, but you were more market-limited on the number of pieces per day you would sell.

The augments in WoW were the most profitable (Jewelcrafting especially, but this also included armor patches/threads) because each week after raiding, nearly everyone had a new item that was ready to be gemmed, enchanted, patched. While the profit margin on each piece was less than on a high level piece of armor, you sold a lot more, and your risk vs. reward ratio was better.

Let's add to this piece the Crew Skills that don't fit the WoW mold. Slicing, for example. It's similar to Rogue lockpicking, but then not really. It's a sure-fire income, with no downside, but has a lower potential high-end margin. I think this is where people will go early in launch, especially Bounty Hunters for Mako's bonus to slicing (2.5 minutes instead of 3 minutes per mission, for example). Treasure Hunting for lockboxes kinda fits here too.

I think that most peoples' instincts are going to lead them to craft their own gear, so the Bathrobe Brigade may all go the artifice/archy/TH, or Synth/Archy/UT, and the Uncivilized Blaster classes will go Armortech/Scavenging/UT, Armstech/Scavenging/Investigation.

This leaves an opening for Cybertech and Biochem to be the least used, and therefore, the most in-demand crewskills.

I think until there's a matured server where everyone is hitting their weekly Operations, there will be wild swings in profitability. I will most likely wait for the dust to settle and get Slicing, Treasure Hunting, and Scavenging (because it is involved in 3 crafting skills), and see where the market goes.

Sorry for the tl;dr and then ambiguous answers. I feel like we CAN make educated guesses on the most profitable (I'm guessing Cybertech and Biochem will be the top), but it may take awhile to reach that point while we generate a market. Of course, I'm probably wrong anyway..
I appreciate the feedback. Like you, I was weighing all the different factors and wanted to get other's input. It is hard to say at this point what the money makers will be. But I like reading people's rationale on what they think. I've changed my thoughts on what to get several times in the past day alone.
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Pain-
12.13.2011 , 04:39 PM | #8
There does not seem to be much of an auction house usage yet... maybe as we progress.
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illgot
12.13.2011 , 06:03 PM | #9
in every MMO I have played, potions were the most reliable money in the game.

Sure I could get some epic armor drop and sell that for millions once or twice, but potions were a steady stream of revenue.

I'm thinking of going that route if only for the permanent stims

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Kines
12.13.2011 , 06:17 PM | #10
Heh, yeah I'm gonna be playing a healing class, Jedi Sage and Sith Sorc so I'm thinking Biochem for stims and healing packs, I often heal everyone else and forget about myself until 'oops i'm dead.'
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