Scugger left a comment on my previous post that I wanted to address today:
I need an opinion. Since the 4.3 patch dropped I've been aggressively selling gems, belt buckles, leg armor, mining and LW bags and some BS rods. My guildmates hae noticed and I have taken my gold holdings from 50K to about 250K. Now my guildmates are mad at me accusing me of forcing them to buy high priced gems and complaining that they cannot list anything themselves to make gold since I keep undercutting on all the goods I'm selling. What is the best way to handle this? I tried to explain that there were 20-25 other JC's competing and driving prices but the message did not seem to register with my GM.
This seems like a pretty unfortunate situation to find oneself in, and one that might not be too foreign to a few people.
People who win the lottery tend to complain that they have family members coming out of the woodwork looking for money. Likewise, if people feel their friends or guild members have a lot of gold they may feel entitled to some of it for some reason or another. It's your choice whether you want to give handouts, I'm going to assume you're someone who does not for the purpose of this post.
Avoiding the Issue in the First Place
The best way to avoid these types of people is just to avoid being a known gold maker. So, step one is don't write a gold blog. <_< If you do write a blog or post on a forum like the Consortium use an username that's not affiliated with your character or server so that people don't stumble upon the fact you're a gold maker.
This applies in-game as well. Roll alts with unrelated names and create your own guild bank so that people won't see their friend selling them a 400g Inferno Ruby. Avoid having people who aren't close friends on your RealID friends list to keep your alts secret.
Playing Nice with Friends and Guildies
If you are public about your gold making, as I am, or if you are "found out" what happens will largely depend on your relationship with these friends.
To avoid my friends thinking I'm Ebeneezer Scrooge unwilling to help others I offer services for free to friends and guild members. I'll cut gems, do enchants, whatever, for free. While it may cut out a potential sale it's a small amount in the grand scheme of things and often the good will ends up being reciprocated somehow.
That said, I don't give items away regularly. If Inferno Rubies are 400g and Mr. DPS didn't stockpile Inferno Rubies that's his problem, not mine. Think about living with roommates; while you may share a living space, generally speaking, your food is yours and they aren't entitled to it. If they can't make rent one month they may be able to rely on you for a bit of support but you're not their mother/father and you're not there to pay their way.
Do be kind, courteous, and within reason generous with offering free crafting. If you feel comfortable and confident doing so you may even offer to help them learn to make gold, or direct them to gold making resources. Never feel obligated to give away gold or items to those who are less market-savvy than yourself. If your friends are claiming they are entitled to your wealth or its products they are not your friends.