That is, unless the survey report drop rate is higher from higher level writs. Does anyone know? Have gone through the last 3 years of patch notes but there is nothing regarding survey report drop rates.
If the RNG on survey reports is the same on level 1 as level 10, then, for example on a clothier writ:
level 10 : cost of around 40 ancestor silk/rubedo leather for a reward of 15, so a net loss of around 25 of a mat that is currently going for around 40g in guild stores > 1000g
in addition you'll get 10 of a lesser mat and about 700g, so a smaller loss, but still a loss, plus your time to do this writ when you could be doing many other things in game.
the trade off of course is the chance of a survey report for a chance to get from 72 up to 160 ancestor silk for eg (assuming max CP into "plentiful harvest" perk for the char you use to do the surveys)
Level 1: cost 15 jute for eg for a reward of 20 jute and 5 flax for eg. a net gain of mats - granted not overly useful mats - but still a gain, PLUS 545g
plus the chance for a survey report.
So it seems to me you're FAR better off saving 10 skill points (per craft!), and your top level mats, and just waft around the crafting tables on level one and just wait for the survey reports to drop for your (max craft levelled) farming char to harvest your top level mats from, UNLESS they have a lower drop rate.
(I'm ignoring hirelings in this discussion)
Am I missing something?