Well, I mean I am just a noob on this server and understand the whole competition and money making involved in a game like FFXI. But it really takes the fun out of it when you are a newbie trying to get by, maybe make some money too or decently gear up so you wont show up on the gimp thread :p lol and you see most lowbie NMs being camped by several 75s fully geared or even merited. Life is not fun when you have to farm/grind on end on beehive chips or fire crystals to buy a piece you could get in a few hours of "fair competition" but nope. Just my newbie opinion.
Dude, buy some 12gil distilled water, and make that beeswax! You got the chips and crystals, it will level your alchemy, and the wax sells for much more than just the chips, crystals, and water. You can also make a killing in Dangruf Wadi and solo to 15 off gobs and make a good amount of gil that way. Ive ran across some low level stuff that ppl are putting on the AH that NPC for more. You could make more gil than you think.