How could I have forgotten the +10 Accuracy Bonus of the Jack-o-Lanterns? Good thing I picked up cooking when I started this game.
Back during the Halloween holiday event in 2004, those things went as low as 50gil on the Auction Houses (AH). I bought a few for my EXP PT, but stopped when the prices went back up to 2000gil. Currently 2500gil in Windurst’s AH and 3000gil in Jeuno’s AH.
With cooking at level 30, to successfully synth Jack-o-Lanterns (JoL) safely, I need to have it up to 37. So I begin with skilling up my cooking skill with Black Bread, then tried synthing JoLs at 34, successfully synthed 12 of them without a break and got 0.9 skillups.
The recipe for a JoL is 1x Fire Crystal(380gil), 1x Beeswax (1250gil) and 1x Ogre Pumpkin (100gil), prices rounded. A production cost of 1730gil. As long as I sell them in my Bazaar, I could save up on the tax costs in putting them up on the Auction House. There’s 10% tax automatically imposed on Bazaar stuff. But it’s the buyer who pays the tax and where that tax goes to, I have no freakin clue. And so I put them up in my Bazaar for 2700gil. With tax, the buying price is 2970gil. At least 30gil cheaper than what’s on the Auction House.
I estimate the profit from selling all 12 to be at 11,640gil. At the speed these things sell, I figure this could be my new gil-making scheme. I could even save up some gil cooking them for my own use at EXP PTs.
Now armed with JoLs, I have more confidence in joining an EXP PT again. Well, hopefully someone invites me tonight. Until I reach level 65, it’s gonna be hell of a tough time getting invited into EXP PTs.