Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TCS: Admitting Mortality

Sard approached me the other day with a proposition to help with my market project. Sard Caid is the CEO of Gunpoint Diplomacy and a Solo PvPer with an adorable following on his twitch stream that leave him hearts and love him to death. He started up the trade hub in low sec Molden Heath last year and ran it for a while, successfully and productively but it burned him out a good bit. He has wandered back into the area to indulge in our new populace from Planetary Conquest and he has offered to help me with some of the low turnover but highly needed items.

I took him up on the offer.

It is very, very easy to be greedy and possessive with TCS. I also feel that it is a fatal error to do so. TCS is not just about me and my wallet. It is a community project that has already proven its worth by improving the general living environment of the residents of Low Sec Molden Heath. I have competition these days in both low sec and high sec. It has thinned out my sales a little bit but at the same time it speaks for a healthy vibrant and a functioning economic pulse in the region.

Sard and I talked and we kept confusing each other a bit on what we considered certain things to be. It is interesting how much lingo you can share with someone and still not effectively communicate. I made the simple decision. I convinced him to try Eve-Mentat and I gave him TCS's API keys so that he could flip through my items and tell me what he wanted to do from there.

It is strangely exposing to hand over an API key like that. The paranoid, secretive side of me wanted to say no and demand that we communicate ineffectively. I pushed that aside and gave him the stores API keys. It made life a lot easier. He may not understand with or agree with everything that I have listed but it will allow us to sync our project better and improve the market in Bosena for everyone.

Its a matter of mortality. I'm not perfect. I miss things. I cannot do everything. I have to admit those things if I am going to improve. I normally have a pretty solid grip on things but sometimes things filter past. My tools and myself are not perfect.

I had to face this just now as I was fitting up Anathema's for exploration after the patch. I needed small gravity capacitor upgrades. These are scanning rigs. I was just going to snatch some from the local market or hop to my own and grab some because I know I stock them. I noticed that the ones in Bosena were A: almost 500k and B: priced with a bunch of nines and random .01 ISK amounts. I researched a bit and realized that this rig which costs around 30-50k must have been purchased from TCS and re-listed for higher and I missed it.

I felt rather bad and a bit ashamed. I'm not perfect. I know this. But I do try very hard to not let these things happen. I sell a lot of scanning frigates and I'm a bit horrified that I didn't notice that I had lost control of this particular module. I ran over to Rens and purchased some slightly marked up ones 60k over 30k to shore up the market until I could do a decent buy from Jita. I figure that paying 60k or 80k is better than 500k. It is a reminder to filter smaller stacks as well on these very, very cheap modules when the surrounding area sells them for so much more.

I must atone for my sins. I suspect this happened around Fanfest. I fell out of my normal rhythms and I have only been able to get everything back and functioning smoothly in the past few weeks. I had a similar problem with shuttles happen. I had to do an emergency restock of shuttles until my build came out of the oven. The flip side is that I'm making sure to build some extras and list smaller stacks. Its a learning environment for me with things that are probably obvious to others who play the market in a more aggressive fashion.

I am fortunate that someone purchased all my faction deep space probes a week or so ago. Why, I don't know. Perhaps they had not kept up on the Odyssey changes. That is one less problem for me to worry about.

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