As a habit, I don't bark my Jewelcrafting services to random folks on my server. I leveled up for myself and my guild, not to be a trade channel spammer (no offense to you folks who like to operate that way). On occasion I will hear some poor sap begging for a JC to cut something, if I'm not busy and they aren't getting a response I may offer to help. In general I don't expect tips, for my guildies I refuse tips altogether. I don't want to make money off my friends and compadres, it just doesn't feel right to me. Plus the fact that Krystella already has more money than she needs :)
Last week I was puttering around the Auction House when someone started asking for a JC to cut 4 Bold Living Rubies for him. I was thinking "Wow, that's quite an order" to myself. I waited to see if he got a response, and when he spammed again I sent him a tell "are you tipping"? I figured if he was going to get four gems cut, he should probably be offering a tip. Again, not that I need the cash, but I don't want to ruin the market for the other gem-cutters on my server by doing cuts for free. So he he messages me back and says he's offering a tip of 4 gold.
My first thought is, that seems really low as a tip. The uncut gems are worth at least 40 gold each, after I cut them they will be worth 50-60 gold each. So he'll be sitting on an easy 200g if he sells them, and he's tipping 4 gold. Now I know with enchanters that the standard tip is 10% of the value of the mats. If you are asking for an enchant that's worth 100g, you should be tipping 10g. If we apply the same calculation to Jewelcrafting, I think that would be 4-5 gold per gem for Living Rubies. So by the 10% service fee model he should be offering a 16-20 gold tip for 4 gems, right?
Of course, this guy wasn't going for that and I noticed a few minutes later that he started whining in Trade chat about crafters always wanting tips for a mouse click. Thankfully, he pretty much got flamed for being a cheapskate by the other folks in Trade who understood that a lot of money goes into leveling a profession and purchasing the various recipes. They tried explaining all this to the cheap little dweeb, but naturally he wasn't impressed. I stayed out of it, heheh. At this point it was obvious that helping him would have just perpetuated the low cost/no cost service myth for the next guy he tried to work with. Luckily now he knows what to expect, even if he doesn't agree with it.
So I guess my question is, do you guys consider Jewelcrafting comparable to Enchanting in terms of service fees? I know many folks just let their customers tip what they like and I think that's a reasonable way to go. Mostly I'm curious what you think a reasonable tip would be for gem cutting? Is it the same 10% that enchanters typically get or is it something else?