Monday, April 20, 2015

To Click and Click and Click Again

There was a time when I stocked TCS every other day. Now it is a weekly task. That comes from both my increased volume that stays on the market and the time that I can give it. Often, I do my buys over several days and then ship them to myself. I then do the jumps and get builds going and the market stocked. In many ways I regret the ability to respond as quickly as I used to be able to. On the other hand, Sujarento is doing quite well.

It is just a matter of time. Restocking is a lot of clicks. Clicks take time. With other conversations and things to write, it can take me a day or two to get everything restocked. Then I like to get up and take pictures of my garden or start prepping dinner and poof, the time is gone. Often, on my days off I start early in the morning and finish later in the day. It is one of the times I do enjoy voice coms as a primary mode of communication. It keeps my hands free.

I'm also becoming more adventurous. I often say that I'm not much of a market person and I'm not. I can never make calls and take risks like the big profiteers make. Instead, I'm huddled over my keyboard staring at the figures and taking a big breath to make an investment. This time, an Eos. GASP! AHHHHH Command ships are so expensive.

(Let me fan myself and calm down before I continue.)

I also have more competition in Suj. On one side, the aggressive and possessive me starts muttering about how previous the market is. On the other, I kind of wilt in appreciation because I cannot do it alone. A market is healthy with many people putting up wares. It is why I don't try to chase people out if they undercut me. I keep listing at my price and that way I know that if the other person stops listing my stuff will be available. The goal has always been to keep people supplied and out in space doing what they want.

I also have irrational thoughts like the buyers will like the other sellers more then me and not buy my stuff. Or, if people price under me that I'm a terrible and bad creature for having higher prices. It is very, very silly but I will get caught in personal feedback loops where I panic and flutter around over stupid things that don't make any sense.

The market goes. I'm trying to explore and expand a bit when it comes to my selections. Snuff has exotic tastes. The warzone has a pulse unlike Molden and it is one that I am still learning. I'm well off enough to start taking some risks. But the little, sensible voice in me still goes, "Gasp! Fifty million on that? Are you sure?"

Maybe I will out grow that one day. Until then, I'll still be shocked at those big numbers. I kind of like it that way.

5 comments:

  1. Greed is my biggest foil. I can make billions stocking a BNI system, but I won't bother to undock unless I can assemble a ship within 15% of jita normal. It's like a disease that I have. Overall, it's the number one reason to train into T2 modules. It's much easier to have those competitively stocked than any meta items. The ability to invent meta would only deepen my self-indulgence.

    The obvious answer is to JF things in from alt logistics, but I only assemble a care package about once a week. Someday I may actually learn to think that far in advance, but by the time I've updated 300 market orders, and researched the ones that are behaving strangely, it's time for bed. I think it's likely that we market people are a little messed up in the head.

    Putting some limitations on the individual, and giving vastly greater economic power to corporations would serve to limit my self-destructive compulsions. Sunder Jita to the far corners of empire and it would be a coup against not merely the symptoms, but the underlying disease.

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    1. This may well be one of the most fascinating comments I've read in ages.

      Anonymous, sweetie, we’re immortal capsuleers, veritable demi-gods astride the little people. Self-indulge as you see fit. If it doesn't interfere with real life, carry on and dread naught.

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  2. Huh! This is what I noticed most:

    "The goal has always been to keep people supplied and out in space doing what they want."

    Well, here's bad news. The goal of most traders is... not that.

    Your goal is a pure goal, what I would call a "system goal." If you were to design a system that had the goal of facilitating the person to person transfer of goods at the optimal price where honest supply meets honest demand.

    And this:
    "I also have irrational thoughts like the buyers will like the other sellers more then me and not buy my stuff."

    You are torturing yourself on matters that make no difference. The buyers do not care. Price is the only factor. Harsh as that is. That said, the market matters. And the market needs to be honest and open.

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  3. "The buyers do not care. Price is the only factor. Harsh as that is."

    This is exactly why Sugar's markets succeed. She punishes the price gougers. In fact she does it with a ferocity that makes me giggle.

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  4. In my market, I price things so that people will competitively undercut me. My goal is to have items available in Berta for my students, not to make money. I see getting bought out as a sign that the demand volume is too high for the supply.

    Your goal of reasonable prices might come into conflict with one of available products because of the time you have available to spend on the market. Find the balance. My suggestion, let others do the work and be thankful that the market is healthy.

    /hugs

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