News Flash : The Enchanters Union has declared that Enchanters are going on strike. Experts predict that Jewelcrafters and Mages will soon follow.
As self appointed president and sole member of the Dath’remarian enchanters Union I declare that Free Enchanting services will no longer be rendered to the general public. Requests for enchants in Trade – In General – in Yell will be ignored until a correctly worded request accompanied by offer of tip is detected. (Free Services still available to friends and guildys)
I’m often in and out of cities often, and so I see the Enchanter wanted posts in trade all the time. Some are people who don’t even say what enchant they want – even as mentioned by Random Ravings ( One F word in that post in case u have filters/work restraints.. ) “Looking for high – level enchanter PST” Seriously why would I respond to that?
I watched one guy spam for an hour looking for the Dodge to cloak - While on my alt I suggested he would get a better response if he offered a tip.”Why should I?” He replied back – “they could get a point out of it” In the end because he belonged to a guild for which I had positive experiences with I logged over to my main and did it for him.
I know tipping has been blogged about before and there is no right answer to how much an enchant/Item crafting/Gem Cutting is worth. I have along the way been collecting as many of the rep enchants as possible. Some of these came at a great cost to myself in time and gold. Leveling high enchanting is not cheap or easy – and its not like people are queuing up at your door for the enchants that will help you level. A tip is a gesture of goodwill.
I don’t expect tips from friends or Guildys… I utilise their skills for Gemcutting – they utilise me for enchanting – we have a common bond, we are building/maintaining a relationship.
If you think that you shouldn’t offer a tip because they ‘Might’ get a point out of it.. well.. I don’t need points, nor really do I need gold. I need your acknowledgment that effort went into this skill at a cost, and that I am providing you a service, stopping what I am doing, linking you the enchant so you can check the mats, waiting for you to get the right mats from your bank/AH – and most of the enchants that people want are the ones that level 375 enchants have, and they don’t need any more points. So you need to make me want to help you. Be it through incentive, or that its easy to do. Enchanters do not stand in cities all day waiting for someone to help.
and Yes I enchant peoples stuff in citys all the time for free, I also ignore twice as many requests on trade, because its not worth the effort / conveniant to reply – a lot of people ignore requests all the time.
however…. when the expansion comes and enchanters are looking to level their enchanting again – you will find an abundance of crafters in all forms offering free /cheap services for those points, and there will probably be in increase of people paying you to use them to enchant.. ( I’m going to try and stock some mats for the enchants that aren’t grey so I can get the skill up) But until then..
1. know what enchant you want and the Mats – a request for the enchant mats link will most often be answered
2. Offer a tip / to tip
3.Offer to come to the enchanter where possible / or identify where you are.. ( so I don’t have to shift click or work out how to get to you)
3. don’t spam it. ( I know using the trade channel for legitimate reasons is a rare thing ) but there is a reason why people disable trade channel)
4. Don’t ask for someone “to make my weapon glow red or blue”
EG: LF Enchanter in SW for [ Enchant weapon - Mongoose] have mats will tip.
if you do the above you will find that you will get more / quicker responses to your request.