The Credit Factor

As most people should know by now, I am awful at earning credits (or any currency of any game/site really). There’s several reasons as to why, but the #1 reason has come down to the fact that in general, I am “too nice”. Whether that is true or not, I don’t know, but I am a goodie-two shoes if you couldn’t figure that out either for some reason.

So, let’s go over the ways people tend to make money:


If you have ever looked over at my Characters page, you will see I have given every single character one of the crew skills (with the exception of Roseria who has just ones to get her through flashpoints quicker and regardless, there’s only 6 different crew skills so). Two of them are actually at 400–Marilea who has 400 in Synthweaving, Slicing, and Underworld Trading and Amidaia who has 400 in Cybertech and Scavenging.

Due to the fact that I do not raid on Amidaia, she doesn’t actually have the ability to make anything anyone would care about. And I find nobody ever really wants anything my Synthweaver can make (besides Augments I suppose). Besides that, I do not think of crafting as something that just runs in the background and thus, do not use it unless:
A. I need something.
B. I know someone needs something and can make it for them.

And then I just give it to them. The idea of running it constantly and selling things doesn’t dawn on me at all. Part of this is probably because it is the first game I have ever crafted in. That isn’t to say I’ve never made things in games (MySims comes to mind), but it was in that format–make something as I need it and that was it. I never made it again.

Not to mention I know with Amidaia, I can send her some stuff through Legacy, but besides wondering if that is even supposed to work that way… I don’t take extras. I will always feel really bad if I take extras because:
1. Someone may need it more
2. I’m just…not a big crafter

I would hate to take something away from someone who really wanted. I don’t care if it’s about the roll. Being “fair” doesn’t always justify breaking someone’s art and crushing their soul.

So, that’s something I just can’t really wrap my head around. And when it comes to figuring out prices for things…well, we’ll cover that more in one of the other sections.

Dailies, Weeklies, Flash Points, Operations, and Space Missions

Also known as…the repeat until you want to smash your head against walls and never have to think about things again.

Now, a lot of people do their Dailies and Weeklies every day. This gets them several hundred thousand credits every day and even more with the weeklies each week. I am, obviously, not one of those people.

But why not? I just…can’t do the repetition. It’s a bit of an odd situation as I am a very organized person, I tend to put myself on a schedule, I often go around in circles (not literally–more like I tend to do the same things every day), so what is my issue with repetition in game?

It’s not so much doing the same thing…it’s the thing not changing and/or it being the same thing over and over that kills me. I have a very good memory so it’s like a permanent phase of deja vu whenever I do something and then I just can’t bother to pay attention. In fact, that is the hardest part with my alts right now because I’ve SEEN the Republic Storyline. I’ve SEEN the Imperial Storyline. And no matter what I do, I can not get enough experience to skip those things completely, so here I am half listening to cutscenes because it’s just killing me. It isn’t new.

However, I will state right now the games that do the randomness for something are not any better for me because the end is still the same. What happens when you finish does not change–just the way to get there and maybe you take a right instead of a left and I hate those things because I get lost enough as it is and do not like not knowing where to go to get out of this horribleness as quickly as possible because once I do it once, I am done and if I have to go back, I will cry.

I have already mentioned several times my issues with the difficulties so I’ll skip that for now.

Another thing is, I have issues with many of these.

-Dailies: Just too repetitive. And Belsavis has scarred me for life.
-Weeklies: Need people. And…I’d rather not do some of the things for weeklies ever again.
-Operations: I enjoy KP a lot, but will admit I am starting to (finally) get burnt out on it. Regardless, I am willing to help people out with it. However, I need a new mouse before I can do the puzzle again ๐Ÿ™ and can’t afford one right now. I hate EV though. Just…please don’t ask me to do EV. please please please please don’t. I hate saying no. It makes me feel like such a jerk, but I just…I can’t. I can’t take doing EV at all. It has just been so permanently ruined for me that it would take me quite a long time to get over this. And each time I do it, it just makes it worse. Eventually I’m going to completely zone out doing it and everyone is going to die. As for TfB and EC…well, I have a lot of rotten memories for EC so it is another operation, like EV, which has just been completely ruined for me. Also like EV, I hate the first boss. Regardless, at least you get credits for mobs and I do still need a mount which makes it less horrifying. But I will admit everytime I do end up doing Explosive Conflict, I feel pretty depressed. Finally, TfB I’m just kind of annoyed with. Why couldn’t the Wriggler drop on Story Mode? Why? ๐Ÿ™ Overall though, it’s fun, but the pet stress is starting to kill me. I can’t really say why this bothers me more than the M0-GUL Thrall Droid did, but I would guess it’s partially because it only drops on one mode (just imagine how I’ll be with NM EC) and it’s one mode I can’t just…try and grab people and go.

I’m a shy person and no matter what it is, I hate asking people for help. In fact, unless you offer, I will most likely never ask. If I do finally ask, it’s really really REALLY important to me and when someone does say no, I usually get really sad and start blaming myself which is part of why I try not to ask in the first place. Even something as simple as asking someone if they have a schematic makes me really nervous and I just can’t do it.

Flash Points – Besides, you know, killing the chests and other things… I do not care for many of them. They were fun the first time (well, most–some were not, I’ll get to them shortly), but not so much and no, the harder difficulty means absolutely nothing. In fact, I find more fun going through the lower difficulty, not because I don’t like a challenge, but because it gets done with even quicker.

I hate Teral V, Directive 7, Kaon and Lost Island. The first two due to just…incredibly bad experiences (My first HM Teral V took about 5+ hours and my first Directive 7 (not even HM) involved us repeatedly dying to the first boss because one of our DPS kept messing up) while the latter two are due to my fear of zombies. Transformation sequences like the one at the end of Lost Island and earlier in Kaon if you don’t kill the guy really creep me out and the mutant humans were my biggest issue with the Rakghoul event and just make me start gagging. Besides that, both of them constantly make me fear for my life and I panic with healing worries.

I would say my favorite flashpoints are Esseles and False Emperor. The former due to being the first flashpoint I ever did and the latter being my first HM Flashpoint where I received my first Columni piece. They are both nostalgic for me so I am slightly less annoyed doing them.

Regardless, there isn’t a “Only do Esseles and False Emperor” weekly and doing them every day would ruin them for me so maybe it’s better that way.

Finally, that brings us to Space Missions. I can’t aim worth crud. That is pretty much the reason. I can barely do the easy space missions. I had to have my boyfriend finish them for me. I’m terrible at them. Really really terrible. The amount of time it would take me to earn any credits as I fail mercilessly on space mission after space mission is not worth it.

Play the Market – Use that GTN

I am pretty good at Math and I love numbers, but when it comes to trying to figure out pricing of something, that goes out the window. Whether it be in real life or online, I’m not great at bartering. I never know what to ask so I always ask people to offer out of fear I’d accidentally overprice it and scare them off or underprice it and rip myself off. With Markets like the GTN, that is my constant fear and thus, I usually end u just putting nothing or giving it away to someone who needs it if I do have an extra. or just selling it to a vendor to get it out of my inventory ASAP because OCPD away~

Of course, I could just look at the market and price it below someone else’s… but by how much? That is the question that plagues me. And what happens if someone prices lower than me? Then what do I do? And then I just worry and it doesn’t go well at all. And if something doesn’t sell, I can’t help but get sad and take it personal because when it comes down to it, I take everything personal (P.S. I also can’t tell when someone is joking).

Finally, I just…feel bad. Here’s something I am making for free and I’m supposed to go sell it? Not to mention the idea of buying stuff up to put it back for sale at a higher price just makes me feel so guilty. And thus, we head back to the first paragraph of this giant post.


PVP is the one exception of repetition due to the fact that the matches can be so crazy and it can be a easy win or a giant battle until the end. So in the sense of repetition, I don’t mind PVP.

My issue with PVP is PVP itself. I do not play fighting games against people. I do not battle Pokemon with people. The reason for this is I feel bad, personally, if I have defeated someone (which is rare as I get VERY nervous and usually screw up) because they worked hard.

So when I get killed in PVP, I get upset. Every single time I die or something targets me or attacks me, I get really really upset. And if I know you? I usually will want to cry (if I wasn’t already). Way to break my heart, jerk. <-- kind of a joke. sort of. Not completely, but I know it's a game and you don't mean it...hopefully ._. Thus, my issue with PVP is it essentially breaks me. It breaks my spirit and makes me really upset and I hate it. I also hate to lose and give up so just… PVP and I don’t get along in the fact that I’m not okay with what it’s all about.

I just can’t enjoy playing against another player. Whatsoever. It isn’t fun for me. (slight exception for party games and some board games though)


The last way to earn credits is to ask for tips. Whether it be as I pull people various places or guide people to pets, most people would ask for some compensation. I’d feel like a jerk as it’s no trouble for myself and it’s not like I was doing anything anyway (and even if I was or wasn’t even planning to get on, I’d probably still do so if you asked and needed help).

…yeah, this is where that first paragraph comes up again.


So there you have it. Why I will probably never find a good way to earn credits. Unless being a walking pet guide starts becoming a paying job.

…kidding, I’d feel bad if that happened too since I just like helping people ๐Ÿ™ blah.

12 thoughts on “The Credit Factor

  1. I’ve found the best way to make credits is to RE blackhole gear. Max out artiface and cybertech, then you can RE any armorings/mods/enh. Send them to your alts through bind to legacy gear. Worst case scenario, you get high level mats(molecular stabilizers, energy matrix), which you can sell for a very good price. Or, best case, you can learn the schematic and sell the lvl 61 enh/mods for a decent price. Although you can’t learn schematics from slot-bound armorings, you still get 1-2 molecular stabilizers and an energy matrix by RE’ing them.
    Another trick, you can buy lvl 63 crafted mods. Once you equip them(in legacy gear for example) and remove them, they are now “learn-able”, with a 20% RE chance. If you’re lucky, you will learn the schematic and have a somewhat rare mod/enh to craft/sell….
    That’s how I’ve made an aweful lot of creds in the game. All starting with Artiface(which folks said was a dead craft).
    BH comms are fairly easy to come by and once your main toon is geared up, I think this is a pretty good use of the comms…


    • Yeah, I know a few people who do that. Unfortunately, right now I need the BH Commendations for the horribly overpriced implants. Regardless, I still feel bad about selling or needing on something to Reverse Engineer (even if that is what it’s up for) ๐Ÿ™

      And don’t really have the money to gamble either X-x


      • I totally hear ya. If the stats on the new implants weren’t so bad for sents, I would be saving for em as well. As far as needing on stuff to RE goes, I just clarify it with the OP group before the roll. If everybody has gear and they are going to roll for an RE, then I don’t feel bad rolling as well.
        One thing not mentioned above: Space missions….Yes, they are boring and tedious, but the reward is lvl 8 crafting mats, which sell for a lot on the gtn….


        • PS- As a random player that found your blog through the forums, I have to give you props. Your blog has a unique perspective and shares info not found on other sources. So thank you for the time you spent making the awesome pet guide and for your coverage of the mysterious cave! If you were on The Harbinger, I would absolutely donate credits!


          • Aww T~T Thank you. Part of having a not exactly professional blog gives a bit more freedom so I can write about what I care about while looking into things that excite me which makes it more fun ๐Ÿ˜› But yes, You are very welcome and Thank you again! T~T <3 I appreciate the thought <3 <3 <3


        • Yeeeeah. The implants have the exact stats as my current one, but to be completely honest, the increasement is:
          +6 Endurance
          +4 Willpower
          +5 Power
          +3 Alacrity

          That is it. Is it worth 350 Black Hole commendations? No. Not at all. However, it is still an upgrade so when it comes down to it… :/

          Our guild has it so they do main characters, alts, and then reverse engineering. The thing is I know I’m just not very good at that stuff (like I said, first game I’ve done this kind of crafting in) and I really don’t have money to pull all this stuff out and do all these legacy transfers and etc. that I’d feel bad about taking it from someone who is ready to go.

          Main issue with Space Missions is, well, like I mentioned…I can’t aim XD so I’m painfully bad at them. Not to mention I’d probably end up using my commendations for the other two space parts I need and on those stupid boxes I can also use Corellia Commendations for so I can get the Czerka Crate-o-Matic already. Of course, that is pretty low on the priority list just because I have such rotten luck and thinking of farming Corellia Commendations and/or Fleet Commendations makes me want to smack my head against something X___x one day, Crate-o-Matic…one day.


          • I don’t understand the logic of actually getting those implants though, you could just wait a few months for something better to come out, or for them to be added in a future raid drop table.


          • Because they are still better right now. There will always be new gear that comes out–with that mindset, why bother getting anything? I’m not in a rush to get them. I definitely have other goals much higher than them, but it’d be silly of me to put BH Commendations towards anything else right now.


          • Don’t even get me started on the Crate-O-Matic! I want it so bad…… I heard it also dropped from high lvl treasure hunting lockboxes. I’ve spent millions on treasure hunting missions and gone through thousands of lock-boxes….nada ๐Ÿ™ Couldn’t they make it just a little bit less rare? pretty please?


          • Yeah… Stupid Crate ๐Ÿ™ First I heard of it coming from Treasure Hunting though. I know some people said they got it from Mobs on Ilum…I thought about just camping the mob but I think it’d slowly drive me crazy.


          • Yes, but the benefit of it is so minuscule it will not effect your ability at all. It’s like there’s no need to break the bank (get it as it comes) for the 63 stuff either, because what actually is an upgrade is too small to matter in most cases. By the time you reach the 700 comms needed, there’s likely going to be something much better, that is much easier to get (especially with increased level cap in the near future too).


  2. I don’t Need on stuff to RE, I’ve gotten a decent amount through Greeds and randoms and I don’t do EC all that regularly.

    As for playing the Market, start out high. If it doesn’t sell you get your deposit back so there’s nothing to lose. Just figure out your minimum to make a profit and make sure others are making at least that much. As for undercutting, you may occasionally want to undercut enough that people “notice” but usually that’s like only 5% off, and quite often you can get away with selling 1 credit less.

    Just avoid Ice Scrabbler Jerky, the people selling that stuff undercut by 80% for no damn reason, it sells just fine when everyone prices higher ๐Ÿ˜›


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