In other rough news, I spent 1.5 million on materials for Chaser to skill on. A million in gold ingots (4 stacks) and 500K in other stuff (iron ingots, wood). Unfortunately I'm going to need a bunch more iron because I broke so darned much of the stuff last night (only 20 levels over cap! 9.9). Half the purchased materials gone and she got .7 skillup, bringing her to 74. If I could squeeze out a full level from the remaining stuff I'd be happy. Sort of.
It took me months and months to earn that money, and it'll be gone in two days, leaving Chaser so very little closer to being done. Assuming GSing will continue to cost about a million a level (very unlikely, it'll only get worse), that's 26 million more to get her to 100. So daunting.
On one hand, the economy is only getting worse and worse, so the raw materials to skill will keep falling in price. On the other, the profit she'll make will also be falling. How long will it take her to get to 100? Years? Will she ever make it? Am I just throwing good money after bad? (Also, as the cost of materials keeps falling, it will be easier for other people to get to gold 100, too.)
Bah. I really can't decide. If I stop leveling goldsmithing now, that means I wasted about 20 million for nothing. If I continue to skill it, I'll just be bleeding more money into it. Say it takes 46 million total to go from 1 to 100 (20 already spent, rough guess of 26 more), will I ever have a chance in hell of making 46 million in profit at level 100? With more and more people hitting GS 100 every single day?
On the other hand, there's something a little satisfying in skilling. (It'd be a lot satisfying if it didn't cost so very much.) Plus what else would I do with my time/gil? (Though I feel a tad guilty I didn't spend it on HQ staves for BRD instead...)
So while I strongly suspect it's the wrong decision, I suppose I'll keep plugging away at it. Keep chocobo digging and doing whatever else I can for profit, and do a little skilling when I make enough money to cover it. I just wish that didn't feel so strongly like the wrong thing to do. I guess it's a lose-lose situation though: Lose the initial money or keep throwing good after bad.
Such a cheery post!