The latest Dev-Blog is out – detailing large increases to in-game sales taxes and broker fees.
The maximum taxation you will pay in NPC Stations with no standings or trading skills has increased from 5 to 10 percentage points. That is not a subtle difference.
The degree this will impact you will of course vary. Your trade skill effectiveness will increase (by almost 19%), but overall at a minimum you will pay an extra 2.25 percentage points taxation in NPC structures (from 3 to 5.25, up 75%) and an extra 1.25 percentage points taxation in player owned structures (from 1 to 2.25, up 125%).
The feedback thread on this is interesting.
Just what is CCP trying to achieve?
Some point out that the biggest percentage point impact will be on alpha and low skill characters, however I don’t really buy that argument. Technically it is correct – but what is a couple percentage points on the price of a standard T1 frigate?
It will impact traders. It will impact players when they buy and sell items worth hundreds of millions. It will impact those buying and selling PLEX in volume.
Are they trying to push more of us to use Citadels instead of NPC stations for our market sales and purchases? How did that work out last time? If it did work this time, wouldn’t that risk giving more money to the Perimeter cartels?
Personally, I never sell out of a Citadel, and I never buy unless I am docked there. This won’t change my mind. In fact, the cries to change or remove the asset safety mechanism see me even less inclined to do so.
Is this just an effort to take more ISK out of the game?
Do we have our next weekly “Ooo Chaos” change?
Who knows? CCP didn’t think it important enough to provide context.