My EVE time continues to be sporadic and much interrupted. We got two cats at the start of the year, and since then our three year old daughter’s behaviour has been absolutely dreadful. She is unduly fascinated, and basically torments them though excessive attention. The battle to keep her separated from them (and the resulting frequent tantrums) requires constant attention and very hard work.

I am thankful that I am both in Empire, and not in a player Corp at the moment. When I have been able to log in, at least I can do my PI or trade updates without guilt.

My Main and Main Alt have mostly been docked up and quietly training. They have both been concentrating on Drone Skills – making sure they have Combat Drone Operation V, Drone Navigation V and Drone Sharpshooting V (for the various T2 Drone Ship Modules), and also Repair Drone and Mining Drone Operation V. My Main also picked up an Ashimmu, Cruor, Phantasm and Succubus to play around with, but hasn’t got far with working out fits for each of them.

My Industry Alt finished off her Destroyer and Battlecruiser training, and handed the process off to my Covert Ops Alt.

I haven’t had the opportunity to look closer at the Corp and Alliance options – so no change there.

The POS is basically sitting idle – so no change there either.

Robotics have been turning over quickly and at good prices recently, so I am making between 80 to 100M on them each week. That is enough encouragement to keep the PI runs turning over for the moment.

Trade – despite more competition than normal, continues to do reasonably well.

Almost my entire stock of Station Containers has cleared from Empire – while in Low Sec around 30% have sold. I haven’t manufactured more – and probably won’t, but with patience the whole thing turned out to be relatively profitable.

Destroyer hulls continue to flip fairly well. It is small change – but has always added up over time.

While not a big area, I continue to make ISK on Faction Tags. I basically buy a small number of them, and once every couple of months I move everything to a trade hub for sale to NPC or player orders. I usually get margins of 40-50%, but it requires a lot of patience.

I also flip a selection of T2 Modules. I’ve had a lot more competition in this area of late, but since I am in the opposite time zone of most of them, I manage to pick up enough stock while they are sleeping to make it worthwhile.

The most profitable area continues to be mining hulls – particularly Retrievers, Ventures, and even Procurers are flipping well at the moment.

My effort to buy Battlecruisers before Retribution 1.1 was a failure – they just don’t turn over in my area. I did pick up one – at 10% of my buy order price. Someone missed a zero when putting their hull up on the market. I checked to make sure they were not a newish player – I’d have reimbursed the difference just to be nice, but they were old enough to know better. Profit for me.

I have put up buy orders for T1 Industry hulls – in preparation for their rebalancing. Every man and their dog had the same thought, so I don’t expect much volume there. I will manufacture them I think.

I have more recently started putting in buy orders for various T2 hulls, and even for Orca’s. These sell on only very low volume (as little as once a month) – but the margins tend to be between 30 and 70%, assuming I move them to a trade hub to flip them. It locks up a fair bit of collateral in escrow, but my trading has got to the point where I can cover this more comfortably. I picked up two hulls over the last week – which will make me a bit over 100M in profit when I move them to Amarr.

Another small area of reasonable profit is in implants. This is the flavour of the year, but I only do this in small and selective areas. There is a lot of competition is all the commonly used head gear, often with prices barely higher than in Trade Hubs. I target less common, low volume gear that turns a good profit, but walk away each time I get any real competition.

The last trade grouping gets lumped under Miscellaneous. These are things I generally manufacture when I see a gap in the market. As I have previously mentioned, I only tend to get a few weeks of profit before others move in on them. I’ve had nothing new added to this group recently, and the last item I added (survey probes) are no longer turning over.

An area I haven’t looked at recently, but I should – is flipping minerals and fuels and such. You can make good profits on these, but it can take a lot of 0.01ISK order updates, which I am not always in a position to do.

Anyway – that is the thing about trade, even when you are flat out and busy in real life, you can still touch on lots of different areas of the market, and more easily step in and out of it as required.

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  1. Good to see things are going well.

    Wonders why the POS is idle? Probably could make a post about that maybe even for a blog post filler.

    Robotics are surely up in price, could do well also with everyone switching to making NRP as the thing of the moment, while profiting on prices in Robotics with others distracted.

    As far as the Survey Probes, I don’t make them though I got a BP somewhere in my hangar i believe. But you did mention some while back that you were making them and that they were selling good. Just saying… others may have gotten the same idea. Who knows…
    Know I read a few places as well i believe others also were making them also. So who knows, but competition drives prices down when people know whats profitable and word gets out.

    However Minerals and Ice can be profitable trade though it takes allot of effort and patience. On most days traveling thru several regions i casually tend to commit prices to memory from one area to another. If the price looks good in one area vs where I’d like to sell some in a particular good area i’ll maybe buy some in another if its what I consider a good buy price and time to get it move considered in. Often buy it in a reasonable huge block and move it to where I want it and let it sell over time. Profit usually good. I may also get it move to Big Hub (Amarr) for a fast flip and dump if market has run up there over other areas for a fast profit as pass by there often enough to see the prices. Over time you notice the price swings and kinda know when prices are low or other wise and maybe buy stock and sit on.

    Right now Isotopes are seemingly or somewhat at the bottom end. I figure I’d buy some and park my money in it for a little while about a Billion ISK of a certain kind. Some point market will run up again for some event soon this year. I wont have to bother trying to buy it then playing 0.01 ISK game on Buy Orders, but i’d have my stock ready to go to sell for profit of course in the right place I know it sells well.

    But on most days you can buy and flip Mineral or Ice for profits, just takes time and patience with lots of competition also.

    • The POS is idle as I haven’t had any time to work out what T2 gear I want to start manufacturing.

      Good point about the NRP and the supply of Robotics. I had penciled in a blog topic though on when was the last time anyone ever came across another player at an empire customs office. I haven’t in 6+ months. Maybe the general supply of PI has dropped off.

      Other people definately moved into the Survey Probe area.

      I don’t actually trade across regions – I still just operate within 4 jumps of my home station for most of my turnover. I do use price check alts in Amarr and Jita. Often it is just a case of checking the prices at the right time and being able to exploit the local market before it catches onto changes.

  2. I came across a player at not just one but 2 Customs Office in the same system. A first thought it was odd wondering if he was following me. But appears we were likely picking up stuff from Customs at same time. He was in a faster Bustard and I had a slower Orca doing a big pickup.

    For some PI Commodities the supply in my region is quite low for stuff like Biomass, Silicon, Industrial Fibers, Precious Metals, Oxidizing Compounds, Proteins and such mostly. Others in varying quantities. But not as much on the market when as usual thus prices are higher for those still selling. Likely less players doing PI or more people likely and demand is now up for many those products. The products that are harder to extract in Empire are always the highest in prices as few people extract them and very few sellers of them on the market.

    • Oh man, I read “He was in a faster Bustard and I had a slower Orca doing a big pickup” and I freaked out – then I remembered that this was high sec (I hope so). Years in WH space have trained me paranoid even when I am not logged into the game client 😉

      And don’t laugh, my alliance lost an Orca that way – he was picking up PI with an Orca full of ships and gear. A single bomber took him down…

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