In most games, I find whomever is the 'shopkeeper' and go to them. I spam dump my items to them and I buy whatever they happen to have for me. I'll flip through stats and decide if they have better things or just useless junk. I am only equipping myself. I may want some apples and healing potions, maybe something for endurance and something for magic and some spell ingredients Once done, I tuck things into my pouches and go forth to conquer the hoards of lions roaming the plains.
In Eve, I go shopping at a station. I may go locally or I may go to a trade hub. I then look for what I want. If I am silly I will stroll through the hundreds of thousands of items and my brain implodes from the overload. Normally, I will use the search bar. When I add in my poor spelling and some of the crazed item names I get a lot of confusion and some random search responses.
It sucks. However, items are lovely and have links. You can drag items into chat, click on them and show market information, and poof the market details appear for just that item. This is the fastest and most effective way to shop if you do not have a quickbar saved. I've only just ventured into the usefulness of the quickbar for my store. When buying stuff all of the time, the quickbar becomes exactly that. A list of items that you placed on it. You can even drag your items from cargo onto the quickbar and it adds them. It is glorious.
The obvious problem here is not shopping for myself. It is shopping for other people. Eve is full of acronyms and shorthand technical speak. Naughty has a beautiful example of it in her bio where Diz is giving a list of items.
"Diziet Thomas >2 lse 2 invul med cap booster mwd nos 3 med nuets sm nuet cdfe egress port rcu pd"
Now, what Diz listed was:
- 2 Large Shield Extenders
- 2 Adaptive Invulnerability Fields
- 1 Medium Cap Booster
- 1 Microwarp Drive (probably 10mn)
- 1 Nosferatu (medium or small I don't know)
- 3 Medium Neutralizers
- 1 Small Neutralizer
- 1 Core Defense Field Extender (probably medium)
- 1 Egress Port Maximize (probably medium)
- 1 Reactor Control Unit
- 1 Power Diagnostic Unit
I have to type all of that in. Or, as is more wont to do, I type in a bit and have to search for the exact thing. I may have to ask T1? T2? Which meta? Did you mean Adaptive Invulnerability field, adaptive nano membrane energized adaptive nano membrane, or...? Argh!
This terrible frustration can be easily alleviated by linking the modules wanted.
Of course I may be overly picky. I could also cut people off and no longer be helpful. Or I could charge people for my time. Maybe stomp my feet while swinging my hair around and pouting. Or whatever else. It'd just be a lot nicer if people took the time to give a proper shopping list.