So, is it just me, or are Sapphire Shards scarce/overpriced? What or where do they come from? A craft process? Are there alternative ways to get them (drops)?
Observations (I have only been at this a couple months now):
I completely appreciate the node system and how it works. I don't see a problem with "harvest the common stuff to get to the good". What I have experienced on Arkenstone with both my 20th lvl GRD and 22nd lvl HTR is this- while using the Auction House frequently, it appears that as a crafter, one needs to gather and "put back in the system" via the AH, all the convertable "stuff" one gathers and doesn't need for the betterment of all players online.
For instance, my GRD is a Weaponsmith. She gets a lot of flax, umber, salts, opals, etc, etc. Now, for a while I would gather and sometimes auction off these unwanteds, but when in a hurry, I might just sell them to a store NPC.
What I am wondering is whether doing this puts a damper on "free trade" (as it were) on a given server or not? I mean, selling opals to a NPC doesn't turn them into a polished opal that I DO need, so am I essentially cutting my own crafting throat here by not auctioning them for some Jeweler? I guess somebody out there is doing it, but assuming doesn't really accomplish much. Maybe this is why certain things are less common than they should be?
Or maybe I am just WAY off base... replys wanted regardless!