Stopped for a moment in Ironforge, right in front of the bank. Apparently, mages who stand still in front of large crowds means “I’m open for port business!”
[Someguy]: Can I get a port pls?
To [Someguy]: A bit busy atm, so 6g.
[Someguy]: Bullshit. You’re just standing there.
After the break: rudeness, advice, loss
To [Someguy]: I’m actually in the middle of a few things at once. Otherwise I’d charge slightly less.
[Someguy]: You’re a cheap ass you know?
To [Someguy]: 5g is standard in this realm. Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you’re the cheap one for not wanting to spend 5g?
[Someguy]: So what? You don’t think that 90s for reagents is good enough? You’re a terrible mage. I’m going to look for someone else.
I’m not giving him strike three, at least not until he continues arguing with me, wasting time that could have been spent looking for another mage.
To [Someguy]: Who the hell are you to say that I’m terrible? Mages need to make money too, you know? You don’t even know me!
[Someguy]: You mages are so greedy, it’s hilarious.
Okay, I’ll give him strike three here.
To [Someguy]: Good luck finding a mage to port you with that attitude of yours.
Someguy is now being ignored.
A straightforward tip to all non-mages: when you ask for a portal, be polite. There are a few reasons for this:
- The mage is more likely to respond, rather than ignore you completely. (Duh!)
- Even if you feel that he’s charging a bit much for your taste, you’re more likely able to reason with him or her, and negotiate a deal.
- You don’t look like a complete ass and get called out on the mage’s blog.
Furthermore, when a mage charges a certain amount of money for his services, there are a multitude of reasons, not limited to the following:
- The mage is just doing business. He doesn’t care if you accept his deal or not.
- The mage is busy. If he’s highly in demand, he’ll want incentive to stop whatever it is that he’s currently doing. Especially if he’s in the middle of an officer’s meeting moments before a guild disband.
- The mage needs money. Since said guild is about to break up, he needs a nest egg for his repairs for all the PuG raids he’s about to embark upon, most of which will end up in wipefests and complete wastes of his time. Without a guild, he no longer has a guild tab to help mitigate expenses caused not only by repair costs due to inevitable pug failures, but also for spending his ENTIRE savings into gearing up a druid healer alt that he had spent a great deal of time to level up, and was prepared to switch mains on, but will no longer be of use to that guild, and thus wasting time potentially spent on gearing the favored mage instead.
In short, do realize that you don’t know who the hell this mage is, or what the hell he’s going through at any given moment. Kindness does go a long way, and it leaves an impression on the player when he logs out from a night of general stress.