Today at work, i was most bored.

So i decided to invest a little bit of time in creating a cost analysis for synthing squid sushi.

Costs:

Earth Crystal: 1000 (12)

Tarutaru Rice: 3000 (12)

Gigant Squid : 3000 (1) (x12 = 36000)

Rice Vinegar : 120 (1) (x12 = 1440)

Wasabi: 1945 (1) (x12 = 23340)

Water: 10 (1) (x12 = 120)

Total cost for 12 synths:

64900

This brings each synth to

5408.333

- Breakdown of possible results:

NQ = 6

HQ1 = 2 (+1s)

HQ2 = 4 (+1s)

HQ3 = 6 (+1s)

So to produce 1 stack of NQ needs 2 synths.

Assuming the spread of HQs is equal over all 3 results, the average HQ result is 4 sushi.

NQ Cost = 10816.67

HQ Cost = 16225

Now.

I am skill 100. This is a Lv70 synth. This brings me to 30 lvls over cap. However, irritatingly to break into Tier II requires 31 lvls above cap, and so my current HQ rate is 10% while in Tier I. (I'll recalculate for Tier II after)

- Breaks

Assuming a fixed break rate of 5%:

Using my Tier I of:

NQ = 90%

HQ = 10%

The adjusted break costs are

NQ = 4.50%

HQ = 0.5%

due to their frequency.

The cost of breaks results in:

NQ = -243.3

HQ = -27

Bringing the cost after breaks to

NQ = 10573.29

HQ = 16179.95833

__The Auction House__

The price on the AH is 9000 for NQ, and 21000 for HQ.

__Margins__

This brings the margins to

NQ = -1573.29

HQ = 4802.04

So using the NQ/HQ split, brings the respective profits to

NQ = -1415.9625

HQ = 480.2042

So the toal profits after 12 synths is

-935.75g.

**Before**AH tax.

The cost for a stack is 0.5%, with an initial tax of 200g.

Woo...

So.

Lets now assume that i'm skill 100+1, pushing me into the Tier II.

Now i'm adjusting several values, but i'm obviously i'm keeping the costs the same.

The NQ/HQ% has now shifted to

NQ = 70%

HQ = 30%

My break % has now shifted to:

NQ = 3.50%

HQ = 1.50%

This brings the cost of breaks to:

NQ = 189.29

HQ = 81

Bringing total after breaks to:

NQ = 10627.38

HQ = 16143.875

This shifts my margins:

NQ = -1627.38

HQ = 4856.13

The split profits after is:

NQ = -1139.1625

HQ = 1456.8375

Bringing the total profits over 12 synths to

317.675g

__Slightly__better.

Oh wait.

-0.5% AH tax and the fixed -200g.

Ah.

This shows what a thin line the crafters ride on who buy everything from the AH (& NPC).

The whole reason for me making this detailed analysis of squid sushi, was because i'm now fishing, and i've started to catch Squid, and i was investigating what sort of profits i'd make if i were to synth it. And the results aren't promising. I'm almost better off just selling the squid to hopeful crafters looking to squeeze such a tiny profit margin.