It has been eight months since I started running a low sec market.
Being the extremely terrible market goddess that I am, I don't use a lot of the eve resources out there. Each one is a new wonder to me. I've heard of Eve-Market Data but I've never looked at it. I don't trade and because I don't trade a lot of the tools out there are not necessary for my activities.
When encouraging people to enter the task of running a local market this is very helpful. The massive weight of the Eve Online market is enough to send the wary screaming. Anyone that has tried to sell things, casually and without thought in Jita, has fallen under the combined blob of .01 ISKers. The ones that will even eve-mail people and tell them that they are breaking the market by not .01 ISKing items.
Khori was the one who showed me Bosena's and Molden Heath's Eve Market Data report. I squealed in pleasure as I looked at them. For one, it tracks Bosena nicely and I could name all the peaks and drops in the stocking amounts.
To see Bosena go from a station with a handful of listings to a steady five hundred plus was amazing.
STATION HISTORY FOR BOSENA V - MOON 1 - REPUBLIC FLEET ASSEMBLY PLANT
While others will not be able to know the reasons for the peaks and dips, I can. I could even see the peak when Sard returned for a brief while in the summer and the drop where I allowed my orders to deplete on lesser used items to free up market orders for the move to Solitude/Syndicate and starting a secondary market for my corporation.
Bosena is also the #4 station in Molden Heath for market movement. The systems in front of me are all high sec. Not bad, not bad. I'm rather pleased.
My game plan moving forward.
We return to Molden Heath in a week. We will deploy again. What I am going to do is reactive my inactive TCS employee. All of her items have delisted. She also has another combat character trained on her account who I've never done anything with. Over the next 30 days I will have to trained into a proper cyno character and move her and the other alt off that account and consolidate those accounts. With the ability to train all characters at the same time I've been condensing my accounts.
Molden Heath has a new life in it. I'm going to get the items that have delisted, relisted and my market alt that travels with 7-2 will drop all of her Bosena related market responsibilities, completely. I meant to do this a long time ago but I never had a reason to make that last push until 7-2 reactivated its deployment goals. Suddenly I needed moar market orders.
Bosena functions well with the three trade alts in TCS. I will do a major push tonight to push the market orders fully onto them. I also want to feed the tender new growth of Molden Heath. One must tend ones hunting grounds after all.
I'll work back through my lists and just restock across the board. One of the hardest parts about stocking for me is keeping track of what people undercut me over. What normally happens, such as with the case of the Armor Rep Rigs is that they eventually delist and I notice a stack of 10-20 items in my hangar. Then, I relist them.
It isn't a perfect system. I'm not a perfect market runner. I work under the general idea that I try and people will appreciate the bulk of my effort and forgive the flaws that I might display. People who can't do that may not be worth my time.
Do I find this to be satisfying game play?
I really, really like running my market. When I start talking about it I get all passionate and energetic. One of the most common topics in my chatroom is market stuff. People will drop in and ask me a question or an opinion. I'll ramble at them until they run away.
It is hard to express how interesting, fulfilling, and complex I find it to be. From my Market PvP wars in Syndicate to dragging down Teon's prices, it is an adventure. There is a lot to do as well! My own logistics and coordination coupled with 7-2s has me occupied nearly the entire time I am in the game. It is fantastic.
But, what makes it satisfying for me is that my corporation understands, supports, and appreciates it. I've said before that what seems to burn out logistics pilots more than the actual work load is the feeling that they don't count and don't matter and no one supported them. They often wind up feeling used and that builds resentment and irritation.
Focusing on the market on multiple levels and beyond the corporate level helps relieve those pressure valves. But, the satisfaction of the boys saying, "I can fully stock here," or randoms in local gasping at the availability of things, makes a lot of it worth it in my mind.
I like the fact that it makes ISK. But, the ISK still goes into itself. The sheer size and ISK consumptive ability of this project staggers me. Yet, there is such satisfaction too. Kicking the market relisters in Solitude is satisfying with their shitty habits of marking everything up by thousands of a percent.
Hello there. I'm Sugar Kyle. I play Eve Online. I'm a Pirate Queen, a Market Goddess, and a blogger. This is my Eve. What about you?