Why? I enjoy labourers, you enjoy gathering. You spend your time gathering, I enjoy my money in laborers.Oh WOW! You have to spend time?! Man, when I'm out gathering, time just freeze!It's not a great system, people that have funds, either from swiping or from playing a while can easly setup a empire of labours that give them great return.You know why you can do that? Because to setup the labourers you need to spend silver, and then to use them you need to spend TIME.Is a great system wich makes the economy be way more vivid than plain crafting.You can legit buy books - give to labours and make profit. Labours was a mistake.Eh...How do I explain this: You havev to fill books EVERYTIME you craft. This is not an "optional step". Labourer mechanics are what makes crafting profiteable in the first place.The market adjusted itself to rely on Labourers + Focus crafting to make profit, so, if you remove one of those parts from the equation, the market values would just adjust at the new reality, making everything look exactly the same por crafters: variable margins around 6-20%.When people understands that "if you gathered it yourself, IS NOT FREE" "If you refined it yourself, IS NOT FREE", "If you crafted it yourself, IS NOT FREE", "If you farmed it yourself, IS NOT FREE", "If your labourer brought if back, IS NOT FREE", maybe market will stop having such weird anomalities. Why I say "Is not free" so much? 2 things: 1. Oportunity Cost: Every item you have in your hands that can be sold has a COST, that if you sell it, can earn, or you can use it and hopefully get it be worth more. Focus applies to oportunity cost too: Is a limited resource that has POTENTIAL VALUE. 2: Time cost: I don't know about you guys (not answering the quote here, more of a generality) but, if you spend hours gathering to say something is free, or hours giving away journals/planting seeds/transporting resources, repeat with me "Is NOT free", since a. You spent your own time, and b. Your time has potential value too, since instead of gatherting T4 for 1 hour for 300k profit maybe you could have farmed essence for 600k an hour.Labours was a mistake.
When i used to do labours, and i didn't do a lot, only 15 in 2 cities, I got a bunch of resources, each day, for "free"
Now imagine people doing this with 100, 200, 300 labours.
This and people legit having multiple alts for refining and multiple alts for differente items to craft while spam crafting, is why the market is what it is now, it's a shame.
Honestly think they should remove labours from the game, or change how they work.
So, TLDR: "IS NOT FREE"
Further on that, sure it takes time, but so does EVERY OTHER ACTION IN THE GAME, and labours are 100% Easy safe non-gankable with return of investment.
It shouldn't be better to have labours then it is to gather simple.
And the point is "It shouldn't be better to have labours then it is to gather"
You really think it's healthy gameplay to have labours being better then just going out to gather? When gathering is unsafe and high risk?