Generally speaking I enjoy crafting my items instead of praying for lucky pulls or testing my patience in the Auction House.
But when I was a newcomer a fellow guild mate advised me Cannith Crafting was extremely expensive and difficult and that I should sell my Essences instead. It worked out big time, I really enjoyed all the extra plat falling from the sky at the time. I was new. I had nothing. And suddenly boom.
I haven't tried it ever since but also haven't sold my essences in a while, mostly because they don't make that much of a difference anymore, they're selling pretty cheap in large numbers in the AH for an average TR standards. I'm still poor but I'm more knowledgeable in this game than I actually need, including where to get plat and buy my own essences xD
Still, I don't want to spend DAYS and DAYS raising my crafting levels and I won't spend Turbine Points buying crafting pots because I'm fine without crafting either way.
So, how long and how much will it take for my crafting skills to be useful? I'll TR so I won't need Greater Banes right away but I would like to have them by level 14 or so.
Honestly I just wanted to have optimal equipment in all levels and I learned the AH isn't the best way to do that.
It would also be fun to open a side of DDO I haven't explored.