Friday, July 26, 2013

TCS: Market Movement

It has been an unexpected side effect that at times, people have begun to seek my opinion on a low sec market. I am not sure if the idea is a common one that many do not pursue or if it is just a side effect of my attempts to share my market with others.

It may not be the smartest idea. Detta pointed out that someone may decide to come rain on my parade or stalk my haulers or in some way interfere with my process for amusement if not for simple dickery. I accept those possibilities and continue to babble in my poor, half stunted manner without proper graphs or charts or percentages.

The below image is item movement for a popular item.


I picked Navy Cap Booster 400s for several reasons. They are a commonly used item. They sell very well. I am also undercut in the cap booster market fairly regularly because it is a very easy market to drop some ISK into and make some ISK. The same goes for ammunition and common modules. I am often under cut by people selling their personal excess or doing some manufacturing or LP conversions of their own.

But what I want to point out is the movement of sales. This is a very common item that I go through quickly but the movement is not swift by the standards of trade hubs. It is also not rhythmic. Unlike a high sec trade hub where people are flowing in and out for hundreds of thousands of reasons a low sec market is focused, primarly, around its residents. Because its residents live in low sec that focus is going to base heavily around PvP.

PvP is not a static activity. While we may define it as spaceships blowing up spaceships that is a narrow sighted view for a market. Cap boosters are used in particular fits. If cap boosters are not being used that fit is not being flown, at the moment. But PvP fits are like changes of clothing. Some people have a style they always fly but most people have different outfits they like to wear depending on their mood.

That is why when people tell me they are entering a low sec market I tell them that they need to be patient and focus on complete circles of items if they want to see productive movement. While low sec is not composed and fed by doctrines as null sec is a particular amount of fit knowledge will help the investor go a long way in keeping and managing productive stock.

It is to be remembered that everyone loves a bargain. My motto of buy in Jita sell reasonably has caused me to reject offers of cornering my local market with other people. Instead, I just focus on carrying items. Letting them sit is the hardest part but as I have let them sit so have they started to sell more.

If one is searching for fast and best influxes of ISK a rapid market is the goal. A low sec market is a volatile place with ebbs and flows and heaves. It is a long term ride that pays steadily, daily, if tended and cared for. It is an easy thing to look at what Bosena has turned into now vs remembering what it looked like in March. In March there were a handful of scraps there.

Now, it is a market that is thriving enough that people are dumping their stocks locally for convenience because the sales are steady of not swift. While one side of me wants to stomp the competition and absorb all of the ISK and glory for myself, my further reaching thoughts still my hand of undercutting.

Eve is often about what you make of it. What you make of a situation, a moment, a task, an event, a goal, and of time. If one only searches for immediate gratification the results may often be rather more shallow than expected.

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