Wednesday, May 8, 2013
TCS: Making a Difference
Over in my public chatroom, in game, I was called out for my ideology with my market. Instead of working under the raw power of pure capitalism I use capitalism as a basic rule book to stop myself from losing ISK. My ideology is to bring stuff to low sec and improve low sec in the little ways that I can. To do this, I puzzle many people by not working towards greater profits. I could make more. Perhaps, a good bit more. But to do that would be to pull that ISK from not just random strangers but those closest to me.
I’ve never considered myself an idealist, but on reflection of the topic I can see how I am. I consider myself a fairly transparent person. I may hold back an opinion when I wish to but I tend to state my opinion when I state it. I am what you see is what you get as a person. It is one reason why propaganda bothers me so much. Say what you mean and mean what you say. It is this guide book that causes smack talk to confuses me. I may often fail at it but I do try to make sense of what I do and say.
TCS is an experiment in ideology. My entire gaming is, to an extent. But, that is the fun part of the game. I can indulge these aspects of my personality fully while using the levels of rationality to level me out a bit. Glass houses are fragile and all.
The hardest part is getting feed back on it. Am I making a difference I've picked up some feedback here and there. I can use my stores and over all stability of the store as measures However, today, I was working on refilling orders (a task that involves double checking Bosena to what Eve Mentat tells me) and I accidently clicked the price history tab.
I saw this.
I stared at it and realized that I was seeing my own presence on the market. I was ridiculously excited. As in I started to show it to people that didn't give a damn because I was to excited. This was me doing what I had planned to do. I'm assuming I am reading this properly.
TCS started March 13th and the abrupt downward slope spiral is visible from that point on. This particular item was requested early on by Naughty. My first days of restocking were mostly cruiser and battlecruiser sizes. I upped my frigate stocking after this when I realized that the entire frigate market was seriously out of line with the trade hub. I immediately sought to fix that and started putting a lot of pressure on the market for PvP fits.
I also got gank fits as well and stocked them heavily. I can't compete in frigate hulls but I do stock a steady supply of them just over the high sec price. I, however, stock T2 frigates under the high sec price. With some changes small neuts are also more common on cruisers and battlecruisers due to the nerfs and tucks from ship re-balancing.
This is an area where I have very much been catering to my selected market (low sec residents) with some of these items. These two graphs represent, to me, that my pressure on the market has taken effect and I have forced down these prices through sheer tenacity. Even if high sec is not decreasing its prices people are not having to buy in high sec.
Anyway, I'm thrilled and sharing. This is the stuff motivating me to spend hours working on this stuff to the confusion of some over what I find some appealing that causes me to invest my time into all of this work. While others are wheeling around I'm kicked back, skimming orders and market transactions and doing buys.
Why am I doing this? The graphs say it all. For others, they might want these gaphs to go in the opposite direction. For me, I cannot explain the glow of pleasure this brings to me.
Which is a reminder to myself, to toss someone an e-mail to buy some things they were so kind as to offer to sell to TCS.