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Here are two of the most popular speculation ideas I've seen online that appear to be death traps, especially if you're pouring your life savings into them. Take what I say with a grain of salt, and maybe in the end you'll make a more informed decision.
Too Many Sprockets!
As many of you know already, there is a new, infinite mining pick which has the chance to award you with sprockets while mining. This is in addition to whatever normal loot you find on the ore. Thanks to this change as well as the restriction of only being able to sell sprockets on the Trading Post, I do not see sprockets climbing to the same heights as Pristine Toxic Spore Samples. That being said, they should still sell higher after the current event is over, just not as high as they could have.
Seriously, without this change I saw an opportunity to buy up thousands of Sprockets at the end of the event with the hopes that prices would double or triple over time.
Another speculation disaster involves cooking materials. Odds are that jewelcrafting is going to be a part of the next update (see this post on what to buy). Investing now in cooking might be way too soon; which will obviously cut into your profits later on by tying up funds now. Hold out on to cooking items speculations and focus on jewelcrafting instead.
Have you heard of any other crazy speculations? Any logical ones?
Don't forget to read up on our forum where we're discussing speculations on a daily basis, as well as my crazy ideas section for ways to "print" money.