Figured I’d pass on some experiences…
Last night I bought one of the faster Amarr frigates, the Inquisitor, and loaded it up with cargo pods to use as a fast mover of bought items and for an attempt at trading.
Trading is a big challenge! In the course of about 30 jumps (all up) I made about 600k buying and selling minerals, but boy, what a challenge to make a good buck.
I decided that instead of running around buying and selling it would be better to look for items for sale cheap, buy them up over time, then move them to where they sell better. For example, in my region tobacco was going for 12 (next to some station-only blips), but 4 jumps away in another region tobacco gets bought for 59.
I’ve placed a big buy order covering a 5-jump radius for tobacco at 12.5. I’m hoping I can collect a lot of it over the next week and so fairly passively make a good ammount of cash.
I’ve done something similar with dog tags. The NPC Pirate dogtags can all be recycled for a minimum of about 350 isk, but there is never anyone buying them on the market. I’ve put in buy orders at 50 isk each for a thousand of each basic type and I’m hoping that again, over time, I’ll end up with a stack and some relatively easy cash.
Maybe one day I’ll ply the spacelanes looking for profitable trades, but for now, I’ll just muck around on the fringes of that part of the game. For one, there should be a service to load all those market info .txt dumps and that then works out optimal routes and purchases from your area to wherever. Whoever made that could charge some fantastic isk for real world profit I reckon! There’s one at www.battleclinic.com but it doesn’t let you specify regions or ‘any product’. A smarter tool would lead to very, very rich traders I suspect!
But anyway, anyone else doing anything interesting?