I've mostly played fantasy based games and the in game currency was always gold or coins or something. There is Fallout, where currency is bottle caps, but I'll ignore that for now.
Part of my game of Eve is my quest for ISK. I've said before that I just desire to be a ridiculously wealthy player for no other reason then the fact that I want to be. I don't want to PLEX my accounts. I don't want to buy a Titan. I just want to have a hoard of ISK because I can.
I also want to earn that ISK in game. I could drop some IRL cash, buy some PLEX, and poof I'd be a billionaire in a few clicks. That isn't my thing. I don't feel that it would feel the same to do it that way. It's one of my in game accomplishments.
Anyway, I picked up the skill book accounting a few weeks ago. It is a 4.5 million isk skill book. I was buying skill books then that I wanted to use as place holders to remind me what to train. I got accounting when I first started selling stuff on the market in an effort to reduce my fees. However, I needed to get trade to level 4 and at the time I was distracted by working on my drone skills. Anyway, I never got trade to 4 until today. I said 'fuck it' and plugged in the eight hours. I've been doing so many 4+ day skills that eight hours is a blink of an eye now. So, I woke up with it learned. I then proceeded to forget to plug in accounting for the next two hours. When I finally remembered, I plugged it in and went and made dinner.
The end effort is that with accounting to level 2, I now save 20% in taxes for each transaction. Not a bad investment and I wish I had remembered to do it sooner. Taxes start at 10% of the transaction cost. So, today I sold 75 mil in tags in one sale. That means 750k is lost in taxes. That sucks. No one is getting that, its one of the isk sinks of the game. Maybe they get the taxes out in 0.0 in player owned stations. I don't know, I don't sell out there and frankly I don't put a lot of my current learning energy into 0.0 rules. Because, I can easily sell a hundred million in salvage (today I am up to 1.75mil with more to go) the 4.5 mil for the book is paying itself back quickly.
Today has been a good salvage day. We chewed away at the missions for a few hours and I had a pretty successful time and was able to salvage and loot all the wrecks for every mission. I had to go back to a few in between down times with the missions themselves, but it worked out nicely. Sometimes, I have to leave them on the field but early morning low sec was full of Russian players doing level 5s while American pirates slept or were at work. I have one module that I may have to drag to another trade hub to find a buyer for. According to the market they are selling for around 6 mil but there are no buy orders for it. I'll move it to another trade hub and try again.
I'm not deep into trade with buy low and resell high. Sometimes, I'll put things up for a market order. However, the bulk of my salvage I just sell straight to buy orders. When I'm moving things like ships and implants, I do sell orders. I consider myself a dabbler. If the buy orders are too low, I just reprocess and sell the minerals. Even without perfect reprocessing skills the value for the minerals is still greater then what I would have gotten for the item.
I wound up taking the second half of the salvage to Hek. I've been selling in Rens but the market there is a bit weird sometimes. Hek proved to be nice and scoped up some of my low offers from Rens up with a double or triple offer. I think next salvage run will go there.
However, as I wandered out I was targeted by a Tornado. Tornado's a great suicide gank ships. A T1 hauler rolling in or out of a trade hub is a fantastic target. It would only take a second to see that I was a newer pilot which increases the chance of my having expensive stuff on board with no tank because I'm an idiot noob on autopilot.
Happily, I didn't fall into any of those categories today. However, it just upped my determination to plug in my blockade running skills as soon as cloak IV finishes. Blockade runner + special ops cloak = win.