Fishing Floccinaucinihilipilification, Part 2: Woodcutting Floccinaucinihilipilification
Or: Floccinaucinihilipilification without Alliteration
Yesterday I ranted a little about how fishing is overrated for money. (See previous entry here.)
Here is where I take all of that and extend it to woodcutting.
Really, I could just copy and paste the whole thing and replace all the fishing references with woodcutting references, and it would still be totally accurate. As far as I'm concerned, fishing and woodcutting are two iterations of the same skill. They're pretty much exactly the same, except one of them is faster xp and the other is wet. When I got 99 woodcutting, it was basically my way of getting 99 fishing a second time. (Or a third time, depending on how you look at it, since I have enough xp for three 99's between the two skills.) Hey, what can I say, I just like training fishing.
Look, obviously I like the skills as much as the next guy, but I was never under any illusions--they're not good skills for money. And this is even more true for woodcutting than for fishing.
At least with fishing, you need to think a little bit to come up with a superior moneymaker. If you're a newbie, you might not be able to name a way of making 250k gp/hr off the top of your head. But woodcutting...I don't even need to try. You can't throw a stone in Runescape without hitting something that's more profitable than yew logs, the go-to "money tree."
Picking flax. Spinning flax. Mining essence. Collecting snape grass. Collecting blue dragon scales. Mining iron. Mining clay. Doing slayer tasks. Telegrabbing Zammy wines. Killing dragons of any kind. Killing giants of any kind. Killing chickens. All better than yews. Anyone can do this crap, so why are yews supposedly such a great way to make money?
Okay, you can go to teaks or magics or eucalyptus and make more money, but not much. Magic logs are the fastest money in the skill and they top out around 150k gp/hr, which barely beats flax-picking at the best of times.
Don't even get me started on maple trees.
GAH WHY DO PEOPLE EVEN CONSIDER CHOPPING THESE THEY'RE TOTALLY WORTHLESS IN EVERY WAY AND IT'S COMPLETELY OBVIOUS EVEN IF YOU ONLY TEST FOR LIKE FIVE MINUTES. (Now, see, THAT'S floccinaucinihilipilification.)
My theory for both these skills is that people look at them and their minds go: no money in + positive money out = $$$. And then I guess they just don't bother to go the next step and say, "Wait, wouldn't I make more profit doing X?" I dunno, that's the best explanation I can come up with. I know that some people legitimately like the activity, which is great, but there are thousands of other people who do it because they think it'll make them rich. And that's just inaccurate.
Well, that's my public service message: woodcutting and fishing are not good moneymakers. They're slow and terrible moneymakers. If you train them, you should not be doing it for the money.