As is my wont, the other evening I logged in and did all of my buy orders for my store. I bundle them up in packages just under a billion ISK and write contracts to Red Frog. I keep just under a billion ISK in the wallet that does the buys. This way I do not accidentally over buy and over contract. I have once screwed up on a collateral and ate the loss for it. It was a lesson learned and I try to be careful.
Imagine my surprise, when I checked the next day to find out one contract had been accepted and the second rejected. I had a sneaking suspicion that prices had changed. I went to Red Frog Freight's website and sure enough, my run that used to cost 12.5 million now costs 17.5 million.
They sent a very polite Eve Mail to my corporation CEO linking me to their price change notification.
This quote caught my attention:
"Since the launch of Rubicon expansion, we have been closely monitoring the situation, to avoid any harsh and quick decisions. As you are probably aware - Rubicon has introduced some warp mechanic changes - that in most cases made the freighter trips even longer and effectively requiring more time to dedicate from our pilots. "I remember complaining about this and being told, "Oh the changes are not that bad. It's only a mild difference. I doubt Red Frog will raise their prices." I'm not surprised by the change nor am I upset with it. These are the ripples of a game mechanic change. I now stress over my jump freighter leaving high sec. The boys have basically abandoned battleships for anything other than support fleets or preplanned ops (if we ignore Floor's Vaguer obsession).
Maybe we shouldn't be rolling around in battleships. That may not be the Eve that CCP sees. Still, it's sad to look at them, sigh and sell off ships that they no longer want to fly. I wonder if some of this will be looked at again. I hope so.
For now, I'm back to doing my own trucking. I wrote a contract to PushX that has not yet been picked up. The prices are good but I am used to the swift turn around that Red Frog tended to give me. My route is a bit off the normal travel lanes. After twenty four hours of sitting, I decided to go and move it myself. I'll have to figure out what will be the best way to handle this. I normally write two to three contracts to Red Frog each time I do a buy for TCS. That is a lot of hauling for just me to do in between everything else.
I have a second account who can haul. I may have to start dual boxing these trips. It means the investment of another freighter. While inconvenient, it is not a terrible problem. I may accept the price increase. I'm sure I waste that much ISK doing other things. I could jump things down but that would become pricey quickly and my limited cargo hold would still cause me to move hulls across high sec empire.
Ahh well. Such is the aspect of Eve. I'll figure out this little speed bump soon enough.
P.S. Public contracts:
I got so excited about doing my interview I forgot an entire piece of the blog!
My problem with public contracts is that I worry they will not be done fast enough. It is something I am going to have to play with to see how quickly they are filled.