Friday, August 2, 2013

TCS: Picking Up the Pieces

I like projects. I really do. I'm glad about that. If I didn't and wasn't I'd be a bit more stressed and somewhere on ugly side of angry. Sometimes thought a project is daunting. When staring at a large undertaking its size is enough to freeze the mind into a state of, 'urp'.

I tend to hate cute little saying chirped by people to their children or passed down as wisdom. But, when it comes to projects I do take the simple approach of one thing at a time. Pick up a box and move it. Take a step and then another instead of worrying about the thousandth one. Or, in this case, start at the top of the list and start buying modules.

It seems that Sard has decided to pull the bulk of his presence out of Bosena. I noticed a surge in my sales volume in items that I know he had up. I still had some up from when he returned in May and seeing them start to sell I investigated the market to discover that almost all of his orders were gone.

Well.

That left me in a bit of a quandary. Our agreement had given him the meta modules, frigate hulls, most rigs, and various items that sold slowly. He was burned out still from starting the store at the end of last year. The goal was that between the two of us the market would be very complete for everything under capitals. With his extraction from the market I was left with a very large task in front of me.

I have to rebuild everything. What makes it ever so slightly more complex is the fact that I still had some orders on the market that were due to expire because I had not pulled them down.

At the moment, everything is a bit of a mess. Thankfully, I have a list of what he stocked so now it will be a matter of stocking them. I expect the restock to take me most of the next week due to my having to work this upcoming weekend. I was also not prepared for it. Thankfully, I've become comfortable enough with tending the market that structuring and filling the hole is not a big deal.

Often people ask me how do I stock and buy and such. I hope that they do not think there is magic to it because there is not. There is time. What I use is my alt channel. If you have alts accounts and don't have an alt channel, get one. I have one alt in Jita and one in Bosena. The alt in Bosena pulls the items and does a market search to see what the area prices are and if anything is stocked by myself or others. Then I drag the icon to the alt channel. The Jita alt then has a nice list of linked items that I just go down the list buying. Having multiple screens helps with displaying the information but its doable with alt tabbing. Its just time and organization and checking. I have no idea how to do it faster. I just work through my list item by item.

It will be quite the project but once it is up and on its feet I expect it to churn along nicely. Hopefully the interruption for the locals is relatively painless as I explain the situation to those who have asked. What I have learned is not to share. The next time someone wants to come in and pick up a market share like this I guess I'll have to accept the fight instead. At least I'll deal with the effects at the start instead of unexpectedly, months down the road.

And as long as RvB does not gank me in Udema in a freighter for lulz, I'm good.


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