Bricks cost more to make than they do to buy when you just consider the raw materials used - and even when you have an educated worker [img]<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/sad.png[/img]/emoticons/sad@2x.png 2x" title=":(" width="20" /> However, when you produce your own clay and furnace fuel, do you really need to consider how much you could trade them for? There's also the advantage is that once it is producing bricks, you don't have to worry about whether your merchant is going to bring any bricks to buy.  Having an Industrial Trader helps.  Once I have plenty of extra laborers, the chance of accidental death is something I've really never worried about but I can see your point.