I work hard for a living. You can start humming the tune if it’s now in your head.
Have you leveled Inscription? Have you done the 79 (or thereabouts) days of Northrend and minor Glyph research to learn every glyph you can that way? Have you purchased or farmed the 57 Books of Glyph Mastery? Have you trained all 143 trainer glyphs and purchased the few you buy as a technique? I have. Those books, when you can find them are expensive. Farming them is worse than the cost you might pay at the auction house. I’ve endured a bit of metaphorical pain to know every glyph that’s out there.
Do you scan the auction house on a daily basis and compare herb prices looking for deals? Then purchase monsterous amount to mill? Did you know that milling herbs is not automated. Even using an add-on you’re clicking a button 4 times to mill just 1 stack of herbs. That doesn’t make ink, that makes pigments. Pigments make inks. Then it’s 3 inks plus a particular parchment for your glyph. It gets mailed to my glyph toon and posted with every glyph so it’s sitting there waiting for you whenever you happen to decide you need it. For close to 350 glyphs it’s there. In order to get sales I’ll often have to spend a good amount of time AH PVP’ing competitors to be there just at the right time for a sale. I deal with undercutters that’ll bring the market right down to less than the cost to make a glyph.
You buy that glyph for the life of that toon. You will never buy that glyph again. If you have several 85′s you have the money to pay for that glyph. Just because you don’t value the learning process for glyphs and the time put in to bring them to you doesn’t mean I don’t value my own time. I spend less time doing dungeons than perhaps I’d like. Sure I make a bunch of gold. That’s the cost of my time.
I don’t advertise it much but if you approach me with a request to lower my prices I don’t say no. I ask why. If I see that you’re a level 37 toon just new to the game and you convince me it’s not just your 10th alt on the server; I won’t let you pay for a glyph. If you tell me you normally would pay the cost but you just changed your spec and you need all of them at once you won’t pay full cost. If you just power-leveled alchemy to cash in on transmuting volatiles I won’t let you pay (but an IOU might be in order). If you tell me you have limited time and can only get on to raid and do enough dailies to mend your equipment you’re not paying. To date, as far as I know, no one has abused this system. I consider this paying it forward.
There’s a small cost built in for dealing with the following as well:
Idiot: Fuck you
Me: Is there a point you’d like to make or should I just fast forward to adding you to my ignore list?
Idiot: You price things too high so I though a big fuck you is in order.
Me: Is there a reason you’re unable to pay that cost? I’d be happy to work something out.
Idiot: Fuck you
Me: Right, ignore it is… enjoy your shopping experience.
Idiot2: I hope you die a horrible death
etc. etc etc
Oh and for the guy that just spent 23k or 12k on VP boots that will be replaced with tier 13 gear on a drop… and will spend 500-1200 for a chant on both sets. Just STFU
Have a great day