Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Outsourcing, and saying Thankyou

Oh, sooo many potions.

Outsourcing is a great way to improve gold making. For some people it allows them to tap into markets they otherwise couldn't... but for me it meant I could access all three alchemy specialisations. My first alchemist was an elixir master, purely for the purposes of efficiency when making flasks for my guild. My second alchemist was a transmute specialist, which was fantastic for all those inferno ruby and shadow spirit diamond transmutes (as well as the daily Truegold transmute). I have just finished leveling alchemy on a third character, so I finally have the potion specialisation covered off...

Until now however, I have been outsourcing all of my potions. For an entire expansion, my buddy Kalus and his shaman Hydona have been cranking out a bazillion potions on my behalf. Today a couple of things triggered simultaneously to give me a newfound appreciation for his tireless efforts. Firstly, I grabbed his latest batch of potions from the mail, it is pictured above (minus a stack of conc pots for him and Jondy). That's a LOT of potions. Secondly, I sent my first batch of potions to my new alchemist alt to make... IT'S A LOT OF POTIONS, and it takes quite a bit of bagspace and time to produce them all.

So for everyone that is happily outsourcing some of their gold making activities, it's time to have a think about just how much work we unload onto our dear friends, and say THANKS! If you have a blog, naturally you can put your friend up in lights and say, "Thanks Kal!". Of course, if they happen to represent an aggressive estimate of 10% of your readership, that might not be quite enough.

So... How would you express your thanks for someone who has made an expansion worth of potions?

1 comment:

  1. As a rule, with all gifts, find out what matters to THEM, not what you think is cool.

    On the assumption that you're rolling in dough and willing to spend some of it on your main supplier and friend:

    - Crafted mounts like mechano-hog or vial of the sands are usually a neat gift to receive, if they don't already have them.
    - Get them a costly/rare companion that they might like but haven't done the grind for/can't afford.
    - Are they into titles? Spend some gold to hire a group to take down the boss that gives it.

    These things will not go away or lose their luster when another expansion comes along.

    On a more expedient note, you could ensure that they have all the bagspace they need - hyjal expeditionary or illusionary bags. You already noted how much bag space this took up. :-)