Part of running a cult is the pleasure of initiating people into the inner circle. While that is one of the creepiest sentences I have ever written, I do amuse myself with my 'Cult of Reasonable Prices' concept. Instead of approaching the market from a pure business standpoint I approach it from a more social and interactive one.
It may not surprise anyone that I've met a lot of people recently. Some have asked me about my market and I've settled down happy and begun the first steps of converting people to my method of thinking. My most recent conversion, evil PvPer of great skill was somewhat restiveness. When I tell people that they will giggle in glee within a few days they are doubtful. After all low sec? Pirate infested systems? Who will buy from them?
The answer is, anyone. Right now, low sec is starving for stuff. I've experienced it on my own and now I am experiencing it through other people's efforts. There may be a day when I have become the Church of Lowsec but until that time, every little market that opens is an Oasis in a desert. Have a pirate infested station full of -10 PvPers that kill everything? People will still slip in and out and buy your stuff.
Yesterday I was discussing how I'm looking at T2 manufacturing. Markets, like industry projects, are things that you set up and then maintain. They have periods of hands free time. Right now, I'm neglecting Bosena more than I normally would. That means it is getting updates 1-2 times a week. It means that Altean guilt trips me on how he had to travel to Teon to buy missiles. But it also points to the sustainability of the market. You do have to maintain it just as you do an invention line, but you don't have that immediate right here results.
The trade off is that ISK comes over time depending on what you put into it. NPC Killing directly injects ISK into your wallet. A market (of reasonable prices) will pour a steady turn over of ISK into the wallet. And it will reward you over time and reward you for the efforts you put into it. For some of us that is fine. There is a lot of pleasure to direct ISK injections but the market plays to the slower movement of Eve game play. Where we invest into projects for returns over a period of time.
I think it is fun to flip through all of the things that sell everyday. Those converted have noticed the same thing. Every wallet flash is something selling. Seeing the things moving is something I can only define as fun. It is not classic go outside and play fun but it is enough to make you smile and get excited and want to list a few things more. And a few things more.. and next thing you know it makes perfect sense to learn Wholesale with your main.
This is how the cult converts someone. Fun with markets. It is a real thing. I promise. It involves the stuff selling. Hence, one embraces reasonable prices. Then fun comes. Even for bitter, old pirates. Bitter old pirates who suddenly discover the glee of watching Nanofibers sell. Nanofibers! Amazing. What else sells? Invuls?
Lowsec. It's the gateway market.