Thursday, January 23, 2014

CIMM: From the Ground Up

The Calamitous-Intent Mobile Market (CIMM) goes online today. I love how I write that out. It should have fireworks and sparkles as well.

I've started with a clean slate. TCS is completely split from the CIMM. I moved a buy alt for TCS to Jita and she will now handle the purchases. I will move items (or red frog them) still but the markets and wallets are separate. I took the time to do a bit better with corporate management and set up the buy order alt to have her own wallet to pull from. The same with the listing alts. The goal is to decrease the amount of typos I make and the ISK the broker fees and taxes burn up when I miss-list or miss-buy. As well as the fact that everything purchased and sold are all within TCS now.

For the mobile market I decided to liquidate six of the PLEX from the writing competition. That gave me a start of 3.7 billion ISK to create the mobile market. Chella and Sugar sell my boosters which keeps that ISK separate.

The mobile market, unlike the Cougar Store is a somewhat different market project. What I am doing is creating a market that moves with my corporation. It is put up and pulled down and jumped in with the goal of still making a profit. The main reason is that it interests me. The second is about spreading my cult of reasonable prices and in general documenting this type of activity for those that wish to venture into it.

It is to easy to limit yourself in this game. Limit yourself in activities, access, and options. I became very bitter about the way corporation and alliance members treated each other on the market. I may be overly attacked and to in love with the concept of blue and purple and the ideas of loyalty. However, my idealistic sense was deeply outraged at the market PvP corp members did to each other. Hence my boosters, my market, my logistics goals for others. It is just a matter of doing things how I want them to be done.

As for the results, people can take from it what they may. Instead of telling people what is and is not worth their time I'd prefer for them to come to their own conclusions. The casusal vs hardcore gamer argument has come close to home the more I try these projects. I'd consider myself a serious gamer, creating a subclass to define myself properly. I'm not hardcore and never will be but I'm more than casual. Thus, serious because everything must be labeled.

We are close to Jita. Six jumps close. We are also in Caldari space. It makes things interesting.

Caldari Space is populated. The most populated part of the game. That means the high sec market pressure is much greater than over in Molden Heath. My listings are sometimes the lowest and sometimes not. The biggest area of contrast is in mutually needed PvE items compared to PvP items.

Consider rockets. Rockets are an item I find that are chronically overpriced by relisters such as myself. However, light missiles, a much more commonly used item by the PvE players (especially the newest ones working through their first ships) make mine purchased in Jita and relisted seem obscenely high in comparison. The rig market is chronically over priced away from the hubs as always.

So, I purchased, and purchased, and some 200 orders later started to list.

In the first few hours my fears that nothing would move vanished. I have that worry every time. That my items will just sit and sit and sit. Over the last few days since we moved in, my corporation represents roughly 50% of my sales. From what I'm moving currently, I could set up a TCS style store here and have it flourish. But, I'll not. TCS requires a lot of attention to maintain and for two I need to spend some time doing the me things. Fleets, PvE, all the silly fun stuff it seems that I don't do as much anymore.

More gas frigates. Etc.

And in 30 days, we will see how this project prospers at reasonable prices. Along the way, I'll have to think about having less ISK for these ventures. Three billion plus is pennies to some and hoards to others. To me, its a lot of ISK. i'm happy to have it to wave around but I won't be saying, "I wouldn't notice that ISK being gone anyway."

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