Though i was away Eve for slight over 2 weeks in April (again) my wealth increased by 10.9bn ISK to 103.7bn ISK, which is an average of 362m ISK per day. As ever, I had expected nearer 7bn.
This month my holding in Plex generated 440m of the 10.9bn growth in my wealth. My Plex holding is now 64 Plex worth 45.1bn.
I expected February, March and April to be slow given real life commitments and May is not going to be any better.
Therefore, during these months i am only selling the T1 items i manufacture and only trading other items where i make at least 15m ISK profits and 20% margins - though in the week here and there that i am around i am willing to drop my profit target to 10m ISK.
My strategy is to focus on low volume but high margin items that i either manufacture or buy (off sell orders) in Jita to sell in Dodixie / Hek / Rens / Amarr.
I don't have any standings of note. To reduce my costs of trading i have trained all my alts that post sell orders to Broker 4 and Accounting 4.
For those able to devote much more time to Eve, one way of reading this blog is to see how little time is required to generate sufficient ISK to plex your own account.
I have 2 accounts with 6 alts in total.
- One one account: I have a trader at Dodixie and a trader at Hek which sell items that have been hauled there from Jita; and I have a manufacturer in the Lonetrek region that sells items in Jita and sends items to the traders in Dodixie, Hek, Amarr and Rens to sell.
- On the other account: I have a buyer in Jita that is is only there to buy items in Jita to send to the traders in Dodixie, Hek, Amarr and Rens; I have an alt that is skilling up in Invention which currently sits in Amarr to sell the items manufactured by my Lonetrek manufacturer; and i now also have an alt that sits in Rens to also sell the items manufactured by my Lonetrek manufacturer.
I am now buying 1 Plex a month to finance my two accounts. So, 700m ISK per month costs going forwards. I do occasionally benefit from some kind soul upgrading their account having used the link to the right >>>>>>>>>
Plex: As of the end of April i held 64 Plex at a cost of 43.3bn ISK which at 705m per Plex was then worth 45.2bn ISK. In other words, my holding in Plex has made me 1.8bn since i started investing in Plex at the end of February.
My biggest headache was that i was sitting on too much ISK which was not invested in the market. I had up to 35bn ISK in my wallet which was dead money. At most i need to hold 10bn ISK to finance my business, the other 25bn or so is surplus to requirements.
I know two things about that ISK. Firstly, it will be there tomorrow with no chance of making a profit (or a loss). Secondly, there is inflation in Eve so in effect it is not keeping up with the cost of living in Eve - in other words, its value to me in the future is lower than its value to me today.
So far, Plex is the best item i can find that (in the medium to long term) is the best asset to keep up with inflation in Eve - as i hope to detail in my next post. I expect to continue to invest all profits made each month into Plex from here.
Dodixie trader: Life remains good and consistent
Items for sale fell back from 20bn ISK to 18bn ISK which more reflected that i was away for the last couple of days of the month and so did not replace the sales i made.
I sell T1 manufactured items that my manufacturer makes in Lonetrek, and any item i can find that makes profits of over 15m ISK + has a profit margin of over 20% + is a slow seller. I.e. ship equipment, implants, ship modifications, a few skillbooks and a few blueprints.
The alt is currently using 76 of the 141 trading slots.
This alt pays 0.80% broker fees to post an order and a further 0.90% sales tax on a successful sale. No longer training.
There are no medium term goals for this alt – for now i will focus on the manufactured items from my alt in Lonetrek and selling expensive items hauled from Jita.
Hek trader: Life remains good and consistent
Items for sale rose to fell back from 15.6bn ISK to 15.0bn ISK.
Much like the Dodixie trader I sell manufactured items that my manufacturer makes in Lonetrek, and any item i can find that makes profits of over 15m ISK, has a profit margin of over 20% and is a slow seller. I.e. ship equipment, implants, ship modifications, a few skillbooks and a few blueprints. Other than the manufactured items, there are very few common items i sell in Dodixie and Hek.
I use 74 of the 129 available sell slots.
Pays 0.80% broker fees to post an order and a further 0.90% sales tax on a successful sale. No longer training.
Amarr Trader: Best month ever
Only really fully started up in mid December and focuses solely on items manufactured by my alt in the Lonetrek region. During February this alt's sales were 11.0bn ISK vs prior months 4.8bn ISK and i suspect the profits were 4bn ISK vs prior months 2.4bn ISK.
The increase is because i also sell one or two highly priced items i haul from Jita and i made some sales or T2 items i manufacture
Items for sale at the month end fell back from 10.9bn to 7.5bn which more reflected that i was away for the last couple of days of the month and so did not replace the sales i made.
I now use 23 of the 45 available sell slots - when i have time i am looking for a few other items to sell in Amarr.
Pays 0.75% broker fees to post an order and a further 0.90% sales tax on a successful sale. During the month i increased Accounting to Level 4 and Broker Relations to Level 5 to reduce those fees / taxes.
Rens Trader: fourth full month and though slower
Started just before xmas and also focuses solely on items manufactured by my alt in the Lonetrek region. During April this alt made sales of 2.7bn vs prior month of 4.5bn ISK and i suspect profits of 1.4bn ISK vs prior month of 2.2bn. Items for sale at the month end were 9.1bn ISK, up from prior month of 7.7bn.
Rens is a slower trade up so i did not expect to see great things - but being able to earn enough to buy two Plex per month is no bad thing.
I have no plans to expand into selling other items - i will stick to selling the items my manufacturer produces.
I trained this alt to give me 53 open sell slots and currently i use 39 of them.
Pays 0.8% broker fees to post an order and a further 0.9% sales tax on a successful sale.
No longer in training.
This alt sells its items in Jita and contracts to Push Industries to haul items to the traders in Dodixie / Hek / Amarr / Rens to sell.
I have a list of 59 items i focus on to sell, currently selling 27 of them in Jita and 40 in Dodixie, Hek, Amarr and Rens - though perhaps less now in Amarr given competition has increased. The other items that i watch have too low a profitability.
I own 44 blueprints worth over 1bn ISK, most of which have already comfortably paid for themselves.
This alt may have plateaued at 6 to 8bn ISK sales per month for now. During the month it made sales of 7.8bn (vs 6.7bn ISK in the prior month) and estimated profits of 3.9bn vs prior month of about 3.3bn ISK. It currently has 8.3bn of sell orders, up from the prior month of 7.3bn ISK.
And all this takes is 15 minutes update time a day.
I have seeded a new market in Lonetrek - lets see how that goes. It is slow at present though April was less than March with Sales of 600m ISK and profits of about 400m ISK. I am hoping May will be much better though for now i can't think of a reason why that should be.
Outlook: May is going to be busy for me in RL (again!), hence i suspect i will be back to making 7bn ISK per month.
- Plex x1 = 0.7bn ISK
* I take a 20% provision against the items I am selling. Eve calculates wealth by adding up the value of the sell orders hence it is possible to increase your wealth by buying an item for 100m ISK and putting a sell order for 120m ISK (in this case your wealth would increase by 20m ISK). For me, I want my wealth to be calculated at cost until i finally hold it as ISK. I know that the value of my sell orders will likely fall over time as I update my orders downwards as competition reduces their prices before my items are sold. Hence the 20% provision is my best guess as to what cost is or at least the maximum reduction I would need to make to my sell orders as a whole before they are sold.