I grabbed half a dozen of my BPO’s for smaller ships that I knew would be half popular, and worked out at current mineral prices what I could make them for. I then looked at what they were going for on the market. A number of the higher volume ships were selling for just under my build price – with one example of a bulk sell order of rifters (deep in low sec) selling for 20% under what I could make them for. I expect it I take the time, I might find a few good examples where it is cheaper to buy items well under build price, and refine them for the minerals.
In the end I found a couple ships with profits of 15 to 40% on good turn over, and kicked off some manufacturing jobs. I won’t be logging in enough to play the 0.01ISK wars, so I am selling them away from any major trading hub, and somewhat close to a school system. I put up some buy orders for the same ships at around 80% of the build price, a tactic that tends to work ok. I limited this to 4 jumps – to keep collections easier, keep them out of low sec, and to lessen the chance of 0.01K ISK wars with the other buy orders (which were currently priced at around 40% of build price, but were region wide).
If I can balance the stocks and effort required, this approach can add another small income stream which adds up over time. I just have to be careful not to get burnt out trying to maintain too many product lines, as I have done in the past.
I also revisited my PI planets, and on one introduced a new Extractor and Basic industry Facility, to create a different Processed Material. I then setup an Advanced Industry Facility to combine the two Processed Materials into a Refined Commodity. Again there was no great thought placed into what I was making, I was just using what was available to me to. Next I will put down a High Tech Production Plant (one is a Barren Planet), and after buying some extra Refined Commodities, build myself some Specialized Commodities. I’ll have to go through the process of getting goods from the Customs Office down to the planet. If that all works out ok, I’ll have to see if any of this is worth doing from an ISK point of view, and if not, is it possibly worthwhile just to stock pile POS fuel. I also have to remember I have multiple characters who can do PI, which adds options in how to make the process worthwhile.