Buying Formulas

How much do formulas typically cost on the market? A sample has identical function and costs 2x the base price of the item. Should a formula be the same price?



I would recommend charging 1/2 the base price of the item, e.g. the cost savings of one item. An actual item would be 2x base price; a formula is much less useful than an actual item.

Reading your reply, Alex, makes me realize that perhaps I’ve been operating under an incorrect assumption regarding samples and magic item research. I’ve looked and can’t find a definitive answer in the rules to the following question: Is a sample magic item (potion, wand, ring, etc.) used up in the process of creating another magic item when used as a template? I have always assumed it was and rendered useless during the process, but reading your answer made me realize that this might not necessarily be the case.

No, a sample is not used up. 

In retrospect, I can see why you'd think it would be the case, but no, it's not.


Very good to know. Thanks.