Sunday, December 22, 2013

TCS: Looking for ISK

I noticed that I was not selling Procurers. I noticed because I sold three. When I saw that Procurer bundle sell I went, "Huh, I haven't sold those in a while."

Since I started selling Procurers back in the spring or summer they have sold well and steady. Better then Retrievers. The reason is that I could be more competitive. Procurers sold for 11 million in JIta. I sold them for 13 million. They sold in Teon for 15 to 16 million. That 2-3 million ISK jump was enough for people to buy their procurers from me.

Teon now sells them for 13 million. So does JIta. Obviously that says something about the Procurer backlog that happened last year when they rebalanced the mining barges. Maybe some of the stock has been chewed through. However, it said to me that my days of selling Procurer for a profit were over. I now keep one in stock in case someone wants to buy one as a nice bait boat. After all, the main goal of the Cougar Store is to provide the residents of low sec with what they need.

That happens to be haulers at the moment.

I've discussed before that Bosena is drives down Teon's costs. Teon and Gulfondi being the main production hubs in high sec Molden Heath.  When prices even out I stop selling things that are better off purchased in high sec. When there is a big price gap, I sell those things at a steady rate. Eventually, the gap thins or Teon starts to undercut me and I stop stocking it if it is a nonessential item. My sell orders are important.

I stopped selling haulers before their rebalance. They sold well for a while and then just stopped selling. I ignored them with the rebalance. Recently, I decided to relist them and noticed that hauler prices in Teon had soared across all of the various types. I spent handful of ISK and stocked half a dozen of each type. They are currently selling fast. I expect this will happen for a few more weeks or a month or two before Teon's prices drop and my hauler market stagnates. Until I do it again.

Finding  market holes is lucrative as any trader knows. With all I have learned I could buy and resell at hubs. But, I don't. I am rather occupied with my store and keeping it from capsizing on me as a project. I may learn slowly but eventually, I normally get there.  What is nice, is using that same type of trading in my already established market. It takes time but the time invested is starting to show pay off in a lot of interesting directions.




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