Really? Why does/should it matter to you if anyone makes a profit?
I'm pretty sure, I'll never convince you one way or another but lets take: ORE : Bars : <craft>
I've been buying an insane amount of ore at 29g a stack, but I needed to re-supply bars for my transmute master's cooldown. I looked up the pricing of bars and they were selling for 110g. That made no sense to me as I could just buy another 5000g @ 29g a stack of ore which would put the bar price at 58g. So, I bought 7500g worth of ore and smelted it to bars. I took 1/2 of it and sold it for 75g a stack and wound up selling most of it before I even logged off.
That makes sense.
In your case you claim you "farm your own mats". Lets say you have an herbalist on your character list. You can sell stacks of herbs, unmilled all day every day at 34g a stack. You can not list enough herbs to over populate at 34g a stack.
According to my TSM, at around 34g a stack of herbs that puts an average price of ink of about 6-7g per ink. For the sake of argument we'll say "6g". Even if we eliminate "old herbs" as the example above, and only crafted inks that need "ink of the sea" or Panda inks...you need 3 inks per glyph (that's 18g 'cost').
So back to you, you spend all your time flying around herbing during your play time. Then you have to be logged in "x" time to mill it. Milling has an EXTREME time cost. Then you have to go through your catalog to make 3-6 glyphs of each glyph of that ink.
Why would you go through the process of farming, milling, & crafting to turn around and sell the glyph for "17g or less"?
I simply can not wrap my head around that. Are you that good of a guy that you'll go through all that hassle? Why not just go straight to the AH and list the herbs at "30g" and sell them all before you even log off?
Even if you don't "need' gold or don't feel inclined to "make gold". You still have to have some self worth, you are spending time on this...you devalue yourself? your time?
Right now, the glyph mkt has, i think, 4-6 "big timers" and another 2-3 of us "wannabe". I'm still making gold on it but the amount of time to list, relist, and get them out of my mailbox has made it not worth it. I have set threshold pricing on my glyphs so I don't even list glyphs for less than their cost. I now have 3 full inscription bags full that I don't even list at this point because people are selling glyphs that have a cost of 18g+ for 50s.
My favorite story of the last week only made me a handful of gold. A few weeks ago, when i first started this thread, I bought a METRIC TON of Iodine's auctions. I hung onto them for a few weeks, and then they simply weren't reselling. I finally got fed up with having as many as 5 bags that weren't listing that I created a new auction group and listed them at 1g. I sold 100% of that entire batch, but laughed my tail off when I saw the buyer was Iodine. Granted it was MAYBE 140 glyphs or so and at a 50s profit i made a whole "70g" in two weeks...but I still found it funny that the person I bought a full bag of glyphs for at 50s or less (some as low as 10s), I turned around and sold them right back.
I guess that's the advantage/disadvantage of using an addon like TSM, because you often buy and sell blindly. Which leads me to your point about absurd pricing. A LOT of us use Auctioneer or TSM to mass list and sell. A lot of times I can't tell you the value I'm selling any given glyph or gem but I can tell you I set thresholds and never sell bellow. When I notice a particular kind item is stacking up and not selling, I quit producing it.
I hope you continue to be a good guy. I'm not a big enough fish that I can do this with crafted gear, but I'm in the 250k gold land just on Glyphs, Ore and Bars and I'm ok with that. I can buy anything in the game and not have to actually "work" for it.
I just don't understand why people would purposefully sabotage their own bank account. Ore can be sold all day long at 29g stack. Herbs can be sold all day long at 34g a stack. You have to put some value on your time (i hope), but if you want to continue spending time gathering and then significantly undercut just to live up to your name...there are a lot of us that will just snatch up you auctions and just re-list them. I personally can't do it with "gear", but crafting materials I have spent as much as 25k on a single spending splurge and I'm a small fish.