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Is it safe to "borrow" other people's crafting professions?

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#1 blewberd


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

I'm curious cause in WoW if I didn't have smithing but I needed some armor made I could trade the mats to someone with smithing and they would make what i needed and trade the item back to me for a small tip maybe. It was an honor system and i wanna know if, in GW2, I gave someone some ancient wood and orichalcum and ectoplasms and asked them to make an exotic staff for me would they really do it? Or would most people just run away with my mats?

I guess in WoW even if the person you were asking wasn't the honorable type, Blizzard took scamming reports so seriously nobody would try to pull anything. Does anyone know if Arenanet is the same? Cause so far their response in almost everything that isn't related to bots seems...lackluster.
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#2 dawdler


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:53 PM

Dont think Anet has any control over it. My advice - join a guild and do it. At least they are less likely to screw you over.

But as a sidenote, its not that expensive to level up an entire profession to 400.

Edited by dawdler, 28 November 2012 - 08:54 PM.

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#3 ghostpants


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:54 PM

There is no way to tell if someone is going to run away with your materials.
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#4 Danael


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:35 PM

I do this for my guild mates. They give me the mats or the gold to buy them (eg runes for bags) and then I craft the items they want. If I have enough of the needed mats I take a small fee and that's it. I wouln't do it for someone outside of my guild.
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#5 BrettM


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

ArenaNet has never struck me as being especially worked up over players scamming each other. It would certainly be safer to trust a guildie or other friend you know than to rely on strangers, though I'm sure there are many trustworthy people out there who would be glad to craft for tips. I've crafted for guildies and friends and had them craft for me, but we've all known each other for years from GW1 and another game before that, so there are no trust issues. (I'm not even sure how you would find a stranger to craft for you, other than spamming "Crafter Wanted" messages in a city or hanging around a crafting station and buttonholing everyone who approaches that station until you find a willing person of the right crafting level.)

If you want to take a chance, though, I have characters that are level 400 in any discipline except jeweler and chef. I assume you need an Artificer, since you mention a staff, and I'd be willing to help you out. IGN: Brett Okh Uru.
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#6 Reason on Cooldown

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

Is the staff available on the TP? If so, I would compare the cost to the price you could likely get for selling the materials on the TP. If they work out (or put you ahead), I would buy it on the TP and sell the mats there. Or if you can't afford it, fund it once the mats sell. Beyond that you're only as safe as you are able to trust people in general. I wouldn't trust in ANet to be your safety net. They may not do much simply because they don't want to become everyone's safety net. Especially if they don't have the manpower to follow all the likely claims that Blizzard might have.
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#7 Vysander


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

From what I've seen of the population here, it is more trustworthy then pretty much any other MMO I've played.

Of course, with that being said, i still wouldn't trust someone with any significant amount of gold unless they were a guildie or someone i knew otherwise.
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#8 typographie


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:50 PM

I guess in WoW even if the person you were asking wasn't the honorable type, Blizzard took scamming reports so seriously nobody would try to pull anything.

I don't recall there ever being a general sense in the population that Blizzard was intently watching our behavior. Actually, I remember a lot of the same complaining that "<Insert company here> doesn't do anything about <insert grievance here>!"

The reason crafters didn't often scam you in WoW, in my opinion, is the same reason they probably won't in GW2 either: they want to provide you and a lot of other players a service, and they don't want to risk their reputation and ability to do business and play the game over a few gold worth of materials. And of course, you can easily report them for scamming.
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#9 ReMarkable91


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Because of the forge ppl are getting like 80 exotic armor and weapons for a cheaper price (like 3 lowers/cheaper exotics + mystic forge stone) or 4 rares if lucky. So it is better to sell those items on tp and then buy the items u wan't of the tp.
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