This is a good move from an economic standpoint because Oort is the only item in the game that has a solid sink, so Oort holds its value the best.
Here’s my economy update for players looking to get ahead. My advice will be to people who aren’t yet at the end game and are still collecting their first full set of coils.
If you were relying on selling monster drops to high level players for income, they probably won’t need you soon. Slingbows last longer than hammers so the need for high level crafting mats will decrease. The focus on hunting will also mean those players are now stockpiling monster drops. They likely have huge gem reserves at this point, enough to give everyone still playing the game a backpack full of gem tools. There’s officially nothing to sell them except Oort. You could sell to other mid tier players but they are in the same boat as you and should take my advice and not buy from you.
Self-sufficiency is key. If you can’t do something yourself, roll an alt who can do it. Alts can become masters of their field much quicker than you can gain even 5 levels on your main character. Getting to level 50 is not a priority with a stable of alts so don’t focus on it right now. Only go for 50 when one of your chars is leveled so much you can make an alt redundant.
This is the time to take advantage of all the empty mining spots. The high level players continually optimize their own gathering strategies and those also happen to be fun to build so more and more farms/mines will pop up.
Don’t buy gems from high level players unless they sell to you for under 100c each. Topaz and sapphire should be worth about 50c now, diamond and ruby 85c, and amethyst and emerald 100c. Alloys are all the same and you shouldn’t pay more than 35c for them each. Many players will think these prices are too low, but they are trying to take advantage of an information gap to accumulate wealth. The alloy and gems are infinite and effortless to collect. The coin is not. The materials they are selling you are worthless to them so stand your ground and their prices will continue to fall as they’ve been doing for the past 3 weeks. I don’t know where the bottom is but we aren’t there yet.
If you need coin, use an alt slot to do all the starter quests, then transfer that coin to your main character via request basket and delete the alt. This is probably the most reliable way to get coin in the game right now, short of selling some end-game forging. You will get enough coin from one alt to buy a fancy gem hammer and return to mining. This coin comes out of thin air so it’s better than crafting and selling anything. Sell nothing. Horde everything. One of your alts will need it someday.
That’s your core loop. Mine as effectively as possible and invest in your coils. Print some money for a hammer and repeat. You can set up workbenches, fill them with rocks, and use mass craft to level up all your alts without spending more than a few minutes playing them.