For the same reasons that the loot varies in price, so should the flowers. And fungus, or whatever. Do you have any boulders? The same for them…
I know it seems like it’s the same to gather any one, from a certain perspective. One hit of a gem shovel and you have it, doesn’t matter if it’s a stardrop or a desert sword. But this casual “at a glance” perspective is the luxury of a more advanced player and it doesn’t play out in the markets because really, there are players that want those loots that can’t even get to those flowers.
It’s not just about the axe, it’s about the skills you have, the travel required to get there (again sort of hidden by portal networks, but it’s time …) The ability (skills and/or resources) to survive in the open on a high tier world, etc…
Don’t sell yourself (or others) out. The only reason that a bitter bean is worth so much more than a spicy bean is because they are harder to get. It’s not harder to get the bean, once you have the flower in hand. It’s harder to get the flower.
A long time ago when I was a daily gatherer I wanted to be in this business, but at that time it was no business at all. There was always someone who just made some giant run selling plants for less than they were reasonably worth, to the point that i finally realized I should just buy all those 5c nox and break them for 30c (at the time) leaves.
It’s why I still have a fairly large number of plants and boulders at in stands at high prices, I haven’t touched in forever. It’s the same as the forgers who think everything is too expensive, and then burn out of the game in 6 weeks trying to forge to demand. You have a hobby that not many people can AND WOULD afford the time to do, and most of us just take the loot when we do that stuff.
Don’t be afraid or ashamed, whatever there’s a whole “feels bad” vibe, to ask value for the product of your efforts.
A trumpet root is NOT the same as a desert sword. There’s a reason I chose to post the pioneer achievement rather than the chieftain, even for a knowledgeable player, you need to be getting past level 30 or more to be safely surface gathering at T6. Look, 5% of players.
IDK I guess I could hammer the point Don’t rob yourself.
A 150c, if you can get bulk stardrops it’s going to be worth it for a do-nothing coin hoarder. Trumpet root, builders only. This is not something random. It’s a fact that the community has set the value of acquiring these plants at certain prices with a couple of years to develop and firm them up.
At the moment of acquisition, it
doesn’t shouldn’t matter whether you decide to hit it with a shovel, or an axe.