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Making Gil From Crafting in FFXIV

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So, having leveled some crafters thanks to the magic of the Ishgardian Restoration, it's time to figure out how to make money! Now, I am a newbie in this field, but I feel confident in saying:

Do not sell finished goods!

Unless you are an experienced crafter, armed with knowledge, willingness, and heavily-overmelded gear, I think it is best to avoid selling finished goods for profit, and instead sell intermediate crafting materials. These are crafted items whose main use is as ingredients in other crafts, such as lumber, nuggets/ingots, circles of leather, cut jewels, etc. I think selling intermediate materials has many advantages:


1) Intermediate materials are easier to craft, and do not demand high stats. In fact, some ARR/HW/SB materials still sell well, and can be easily crafted even without any endgame gear. So, you won't have to invest in melding a lot of expensive crafter materia. Conversely, current battle/DoH/DoL gear, raid food and potions all require very high stats to craft and HQ successfully, and only the HQ versions are valuable.

2) If you sell finished goods, such as a housing decoration, you can only sell it if someone wants the exact item you are selling. On the other hand, if you sell intermediate materials, sometimes the same item can be used in over 100 different crafts, so it is more likely that people want to buy it.

3) Selling crafting materials in small stacks allows you to compete even against others who can produce the item for cheaper. Let's say you want to sell some lumber, and the cheapest listing on the market is a stack of 99 for 1,000 gil each. You can sell a stack of 5 at 3,000 gil each and still get sales, because there are people who only want a few of the item. On the other hand, if you sell a piece of battle gear, the only thing you can compete on is price.

4) The penalty for making mistakes when crafting intermediate materials is much lighter. If you are not confident working with 200k worth of materials where 1 wrong button makes your money go up in smoke, it's best to stick to low-risk items.


...Of course, if you do want to craft finished goods, one thing you can do is to craft collectibles and exchange them for white scrips, then buy white scrip items to sell (Sublime Solution sells well as it is used in a ton of crafts, though there may be heavy competition on price).

In order to maximize profit margin, ideally you will also have leveled gatherers to gather the items you need - MIN for BSM, ARM and GSM, and BTN for CRP and CUL. ALC is weird, and their alkahests, glues and solutions can require both miner and botanist items, as well as monster items. If you are LTW, make sure to have lots of combat retainers and ventures to supply yourself, because going out and actually killing monsters for skins is not efficient. It's best not to rely on the market board for supply of raw materials. However, it's worth checking it from time, since occasionally people dump huge amounts of items they don't want anymore at a low price.

When choosing things to sell, I would suggest looking at things with ingredients that are annoying to gather - items that require materials from legendary nodes, hidden items, materials purchased with poetics and GC seals, etc.

Good luck!
Comments (8)

Yoru Kuro

Phoenix (Light)

I have one question: why ?

Why would you take time to make gil in game while you already have to work in real life ?

I do craft in game mostly for myself, then I sell every spare materials. I agree with some points: better to sell some intermediate material to make quick money; better to sell them in relatively small chunk.
It is good to have spare materials: if you fail you can retry and if you succeed you can make a bit of money.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

I need Gil to buy crafted gear, raid food and dps potion when the next Savage tier launches. But that is not what you are asking, am I right Yoru? The implied question is: "this is a game, and a game is meant to be fun. Working for Gil is not fun, so why do it?"

And I can sympathize, I really can. However, it is unfortunate that activities we like often also have some unpleasant parts or prerequisites.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

If you want to enjoy ShB story for example, you must survive the boring 2.x quests. If you want to play the dps job you like, you must deal with longer queue times.

And if I want to be among the first wave going into battle on the launch of E5S, I must be able to afford proper gear, food and potions, and cap tomestones every week until I have the tomestone gear needed.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

In real life, there is a steak house that I really like, but it's expensive and a long drive away. I still go there for special occasions. It's not possible to ask "why drive 20km to this restaurant when you already drive 15km to work every day". Because the good comes with the bad, and we take them together or not at all.

If you wanna eat, you also gotta do the dishes! Lol.

Yoru Kuro

Phoenix (Light)

OK, you are not making gil for making gil, but for a dedicated purpose. That's a bit different for sure.
I do not raid and I craft my stuff myself. It takes days though, to grab all the materials, especially the one purchased with scripts.

Panda Pls

Sargatanas (Aether)

Sadly depending on how hard you are going, the average cost to have week 1 penta melded sets are roughly 50 mil after melds typically. At least that was my average cost in SB

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Yoru, that's true, if you do not raid, then there is no real time pressure. Unfortunately, because it takes a long time to clear the whole tier, I would like to get started early - hence the rush.

I did consider making my own gear, but it is quite challenging. I think I'll just make money at a casual pace, save up some Gil, and when the new tier arrives, pay others for gear and potions and focus my attention on fighting.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Panda, I think it will be cheaper this time round! Have you see the price for Materia VII? It is much more affordable than Materia V was in SB.

Nevertheless I do not intend to have full pentameld. That is for the elite players who have the strength to reach the last boss in week 1 and face the tough dps checks. I don't have the strength to advance that fast, so I will just get full i480 and overmeld what I can afford.
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