The only time I have ever purchased gold was in WoW. I used it to purchase a Krol Blade right before Burning Crusades came out and the first kill in BC replaced it (lame green weapon). I think about that every time I want to purchase gold.
It's tempting trying to fully meld crafting gear, crafting materia on my server is insane, 200k+ for Control IV for example. Dealing with <20% chances, even on cheap materia of ~10-20k, adds up VERY VERY fast.
But then I see the thousands of accounts being banned for RMT every couple weeks and realize it's just not worth it. --- Helpful Social Final Fantasy XIV Free Company - Ultros Server sss.darkjedi.org