Confessions: The Biggest Bastards In Eve

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Confessions: The Biggest Bastards In Eve

New Article Up On Eve News 24 Confessions Of A Trader: The Biggest Bastards In Eve As with life, Eve is filled with all kinds of people. And as with life, ultimately, very little is ‘fair’. There are few rules in Eve, and the strong have every opportunity to prey on the weak. With this in mind, I present my latest piece for EN24… who are the biggest bastards in Eve? (click here or the image below to go...

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The “ONLY” skill to train to become an Eve Billionaire

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 | 0 comments

The “ONLY” skill to train to become an Eve Billionaire

Yep.  You can ignore every other skillbook in the entire game and still only need to train one skill up to level five to become a billionaire, and in all honesty you can actually do this without even training it to level five. But make no mistake, reaching this skill at any level will absolutely enable you to become an Eve Billionaire. This is a pretty hypey claim though, but as usual with my Eve trading guides (cunningly disguised as blog posts) I always clarify my claim before launching into the juicy bits of information you can use. This trading guide title assumes that: You are gunning for one skill to get to level 5, and this also includes any and all pre-requisite skills required; Every single other skill in the game is ignored; There are no other limitations; Training this one skill to the exclusion of everything else will allow you to become an Eve billionaire. [one_half width=”250″] Let’s start with some hints then. Well first of all, you’re on a website that is devoted to making isk in Eve, primarilly through market trading.  So if you’re already thinking it’s a skill from the “Trade” category then you’d be heading in the right direction. OK so let’s work on an example:  let’s say that I buy five Medium Core Defense Field Purger rigs cheaply from Jita for 3.5 million isk, and I go to a mission hub and sell them for 5.5 million later that day.  Assuming that every Trade skill is trained to five, how can each effect this particular transaction:[/one_half] Transaction Cost Skills Accounting and Broker Relations both reduce our transaction costs, so if we have one of these maxed out (remember we’re only talking about one skill trained to level 5) then for sure we’ll get some benefit.  If standings towards station owners aren’t considered you would choose Accounting as it will have the greater effect on reducing the transaction costs. Contracting Skills They don’t have any effect on this transaction. Remote Effect Skills Daytrading, Marketing, Procurement, Visibility – have no effect on this transaction and can’t really contribute in any meaningful way to make the scenario more profitable. Margin Trading Can be extremely beneficial in station trading, although on it’s own trained to level five it won’t be hugely helpful in any trading scenario.  And it’s definitely not going to increase your profits on this trade example. Market Slot skills Trade, Retail, Wholesale, Tycoon.  Now we’re talking… You train Tycoon up to level 5 and not only can you sell those rigs once, you can sell them in 305 different places simultaneously!  Or (more wisely and practically) you can use the 305 market slots you have to sell all kinds of items in the one place.  Ultimately, Tycoon (and to a lesser extent the other pre-requisite skills) are the skills that will unlock an obscene amount of...

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Stock Tracking – Steps to getting it right

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 | 2 comments

Stock Tracking – Steps to getting it right

It seems like every week there’s a new thread popping up in the Eve-O or various related forums with questions on how to track orders, profits, best-sellers, which software to use, etc.  And fair enough, I mean we all want to get as rich as we can as quickly as we can and the more thoroughly we can track and benchmark our progress the better. So I figured I’d run through the basic steps I use to keep my orders and stock levels in check and ensure that I’m always bringing in the most profit in I can. Although my methodology may surprise you… First of all, here’s my personal take: To date I’ve made so much more isk than I know what to do with, without using third party tracking software, that I my care factor for such software is essentially nil; As you’ll see below, my benchmark for tracking profit is waaay more simple than what a lot of people might expect; I’m no spreadsheet hero and don’t have that particular super-ultra-fine detail OCD itch to scratch like some people do; All I’ve ever used, and all I’m about to teach you, relates only to in-game tools. It’s not that I wouldn’t use such software to track my trading, but in my experience: …trading software = bugs/lack-of-development = tedium = ragequiteve Now don’t think that I’m just generally crapping all over the software that’s out there, I’m sure there’s one or two programs that might work well for you and there’s been the odd one that’s caught my eye for all the right reasons.  But if you’ve read my other articles you’ll know my time available for Eve isn’t huge and so making trading software work for me over the long term, given the isk I already make without such software, doesn’t rank highly on my list of things to do. These are the only windows/tools I use Market Window Orders/Transactions Window Web browser window so I can read evenews24, themittani, or one of the few market related blogs out there (not really mandatory, but keeps me entertained…) Learn To Love The Quickbar Once you hit your trading sweet spot you’ll find that you tend to sell the same items over and over in generally the same places, and the quickbar makes it a no brainer to keep these things organised.  The quickbar allows you to create folders, and you simply list all of the items you sell in that location in a folder named after that location.  If you have fifty or so excellent selling items in the Ordion system then just make a folder named Ordion, bring up the item in the market window, and drag the icon for that item down to the Ordion folder in the quickbar.  Alternatively just right click the item in the Browse list and “Add To Quickbar”, then manually...

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