In television, an often seen plot is to some how have the cast interact with a dimension or world where everything is the reverse of what it is in the real world. The good guys are evil and the evil guys good. Governments that are free are oppressed. Sometimes the landscape and scenery are different. Sometimes the technology. It is a well used and ancient plot line. And one that I found myself in. Or at least, it felt that way when I realize that I was in a discussion about how my TCS alts had swamped the market with cheap goods. Goods so cheap in comparison to the area that the person I was speaking with thought that my TCS employee was making all of the items herself.
I explained that they were just a bit over Jita prices. I often comment that this is well under regional prices and that is still true, a lot of the time. Although, it is more and more common for me to see lower prices on more and more items these days. Slowly but steadily, TCS is pushing the region's general price down across many areas. While that means less ISK in my pocket as people can shop at more places it means better health for the region. Plus, TCS sales are picking up for the most part so something must be going right.
I spend very little time debating my profit margins with TCS. When I say very little I mean, for the most part, none. My goal of bringing reasonably priced items to low sec is the primary motivator for what I do. I'm still standing fast on not losing ISK but I have no problem with earning less ISK when the time comes for it. That is why my profits are so low on items like hulls.
However, I make my ISK by volume. It is the greatest strength that I have. My base profit on a stack of items will sometimes be only a hundred thousand ISK for a stack of low end modules such as T1 probes and cargo expanders.
The other area that I make my ISK off of is creative diversity.
My latest venture is T1 haulers. I listed a few Iteron a month or so ago because I had them in Chella's hangar from when she started and I never use them. They sold quickly. Very quickly. With T1 haulers being so cheap I decided to invest in a few of each type and see if they sold.
Haulers are one of those things you sometimes randomly need to have and don't tend to have hanging around. After all, when a carrier is tackled and killed the modules are really, really big and one needs a hauler of some sort to get them out. Or so I think.
In general, sales are going well and turn over is pretty steady with a solid increase of late. Things are fleshed out well enough that people are buying full fits + ammo the bulk of the time. I've added some pirate frigates into the mix and the occasional Cynabal as well a Sisters Probe Launchers sometimes. I don't actually make more off of the more expensive things. I'm just trying to have that variety out there.