I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate doing dailies for cash.  I’ll do them for rep to get a dye recipe.  I’ll do them for crystals so I can buy presents for my idiots, but not cash.

So when I need cash to purchase the latest fashion (I’m lookin at you, Jedi Strategist outfit), I go forth to the GTN and craft and sell dye kits.  This has kept me reasonably supplied with cash.

No, you can't craft this dye kit, but seriously, do I really need an excuse to continue to embarrass Quinn?

No, you can’t craft this dye kit, but seriously, do I really need an excuse to continue to embarrass Quinn?

Here’s why crafting and selling dye kits is a good idea:

(1) They are consumable.  There will always be customers because you can’t reuse your kits.

(2) They are a pain in the ass to make and people would just rather pay, even if the price is way out of whack compared to the cost of mats.

Now, boys and girls, here’s why I say making (and selling) dye kits is a huge pain in the ass:

(1) Unlike most things you want to craft, you will need low level materials of just about every tier.  Even with the stacking changes, this adds up to an entire cargo bay devoted to it.

(2) The materials themselves are also a fussy nuisance – both in the gathering and the sheer variety.  Typically you will need 3 different color crystals from the same tier for any given dye kit.  However, at any given time, there is only one color crystal mission for each tier.  And that color crystal mission may bring back the color that you don’t need.  I find that having multiple toons with archaeology is the only way to keep up with my color crystal needs.

(3) You need reputation to get recipes for the “good” ones.  If any old artificer can make them, the prices are way low.  If the recipe requires rep to get, the kit fetches a better price.  I even repeatedly went to Voss, to get a recipe.1  Now, if you’ve been playing the game since the beginning, you should have enough rep with all the relevant factions to buy the recipes you want – or only be a few quests short.  But if you started playing just recently and skipped certain quest hubs, you might have to go back and start the painful process from newcomer.

An example of a default from-the-trainer dye. You do not want to be making this one. Bleh.

An example of a default from-the-trainer dye. You do not want to be making this one. Bleh.

White and Light Gray, direct-from-trainer, is pretty. However, it is generally selling for super-cheap because everyone can make it, and it's a higher tier of mats that everyone has.

White and Light Gray, direct-from-trainer, is pretty. However, it is generally selling for super-cheap because everyone can make it.

(4) You have to keep a variety of kits on hand and can’t just cheat and make and unload the same kit over and over.  Some idiot will inevitably flood the market with a given kit, and selling the kit in competition with that moron is useless. On the other hand, you may have kits that don’t happen to be on the GTN right then, and you can quickly unload them (for exorbitant prices).  If some idiot has flooded the market with something, I wait a few days and try again after all his auctions have been snapped up or expired.  I generally keep on hand 3-5 of each kit to put on the market when conditions are good.

Have I talked you out of making dye kits yet? Yes? Ok fine, go run the star fortress again, see if I care.

  1. Previous dye shenanigans are here, here, and finally here.

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Making Cash With Dyes — 4 Comments

  1. I used to be making crystals and sell them for cash, with some of the reputation dyes on the side. The prices have dropped insanely hard the past couple of months, though, so I’ll have to go look for something else to craft – probably indeed the dyes. I hate navigating through that huge dye list, though. I know, I’m lazy. :$

  2. Perfect reverse psychology … psyching me up to think dyes are hard to make so you can hog all the profits! I see your mind Njessi, you would take the dye profits to Sauron!

    Wait, shit, wrong genre. Also, reading about making dyes just exhausted me, so I doubt I’ll be crafting them any time soon.

    • The hardest part is managing all the mats. My method is “I want to make Dye X. I cannot craft it. Which mat am I missing? Send out idiot for that mat.”

      • This is why the Legacy Vault is the bestest. I stuff all the crystals in it and you can craft while running around and killing stuff. I have several archaeology toons and they all dump their crystals in that legacy vault. Of course, now that I have all that level ten awesome armor from the crate drops I am having some competition for space in the Legacy vault. 🙁 >shakes fist at Bioware< Why must expanding the vault again cost sooo much!