The problem with having a project like TCS is that it fascinates me and not most of the people that I talk to. It is hard not to share all the wondrous new information I have discovered. Only I seem to find the random quirks of the market amusing.
When I last looked, Molden Heath had two Talos on the market in two random systems that happened to be the #3 and #4 cheapest Talos in the game according to Eve Central. The rest of the top 10 cheapest Talos were all in Solitude. This proved to be a problem for me because the people in Molden Heath saw the two extremely under priced Talos and wonder why the Talos I buy are so more expensive. I explain and their eyes glaze over. "Why don't I just buy those Talos?" "Why don't you?"
Moving ships in low sec, especially through active systems like Egbinger brings with it a lot of Risk. I can ask an entire fleet to form for me to move these ships or I can take chances OR I can not take the chances and allow someone else to if the price is that appealing towards them. It is very easy to tell someone else to take a risk. Thankfully, it is just as easy to tell someone no.
Instead, I went to Amarr and purchased Talos for two million under Jita for my shop. That let me reduce the price of my Talos on the market. Something that pleases me but I'm the only one that sees what I did. Other people simply see the price. The natural response is to assume that the entire price goes into my wallet. The problem is I am reselling. I only get a fraction of that price into my wallet. My average profit on battlecruiser and battleships after sales costs is 500k to 1 million isk. About 100k on frigates and 1 million on cruisers. Hulls are an incredibly tight market. Frankly, it sucks. People want their hulls cheaper and the complaints irritate the hell out of me.
I bite my tongue. I whine here where at least I understand the trials that I go through. My stocking situation is improving to the point that I'm able to put up a bit more each time. It is still easy to clear me out and I am still making runs most days. However, there is enough excess liquid now that I'm starting to make a little bit of a stockpile. My TCS employees are graduating their Accounting V and Broker Relations V meaning they can take over more of the market management freeing up my trade alt to just move items and not manage orders as well.
I also used some of my haul from the wormhole theft to stock the store. I sold all of the T1 hulls. The drakes sold like wild fire. I also split the ISK from liquidating the shiny assets between my personal wallet and the store. This allowed me to invest about a billion ISK in battleships. Depending on how(if) they sell will see if I maintain them on the market. About a third of the stores ISK is tied up in ship hulls at any given time. Because of the slow rate of hull movement that ISK is more static and my over all flexibility is decreased when it comes to buying and stocking.
Diz has taken to giving me his junk loot. It is very useful and I relist it because someone always needs the stuff. Not everyone can fly pure T2 fits. My own loot goes the same route and I have noticed that some sell orders for 1 or 2 items have popped up right under the price of my stack of items. This says to me that people are listing their loot as well.
It makes me happy. I'll admit I have taken my project seriously. I want to bring a decent, quality, reasonably priced market to the area. It is a quality of life thing. I can't make everyone happy. I accept that people won't fill out my lovingly made form. But the general flow is good and I'll continue to ride that.