On my server a blacksmith willing to craft something can be hard to find. Oh you can get blacksmiths leveling their trade, but I can see people adverting on trade for days at a time for 245/264 patterns. Apparently either few people have them or few people are willing to respond to calls.
My husband went out of his way to get every Ulduar, ToC and ICC pattern… spending thousands of gold on the AH getting the patterns early for our guild. He responds to trade adverts sometimes, but he also specifically ignores certain ones. After spending 30 minutes waiting for a guy to get mats for two of the 264 pieces, then being given a 50g tip, he has a list of “do not craft for”. He expects in the neighborhood of 100g for 245 pieces, and 150 plus for 264 pieces and 50g for 226 pieces [Guildies – free]. Those are round numbers and falling a little short isn’t a sentence to the “DoNotCraft” list. Some of it depends on attitude. But I also know that the guy who gave my husband a 300g tip on an item will get an instant response should we see him needing something on trade. The guy who gave 50g for 2 of the 264 items? Not so much.
“Well, it’s my mats! Why should I have to tip you at all?”
Quick answer – you don’t have to. But neither must we use our skills for you.
See, tips aren’t mandatory – but neither is responding to requests on trade. I am amused when I see someone who we felt stiffed us on a tip sitting in trade for days begging for a blacksmith’s help. It’s also amusing to watch the tip offer start at 20g, to jump up to 50g a couple days later.
This really applies to any of the professions but Blacksmithing is the one I have the most experience with watching. It is absolutely your right to not pay a tip to a crafter. And yes, they could insist on a fee. Some servers are that way… while ours has a culture of tipping. But it is also the crafter’s right to not use their skills to your advantage.