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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Month end update - March 2021

At the end of my seventh full month, my wealth is 62.5bn ISK after paying 1.3bn to upgrade Omega for another 30 days.  My wealth increased by 15.9bn in March.

A strong month almost throughout March.

Average sales per day was 2.9bn and average trading profits per day was 550m.

Made up for a weak February.



Review of the March aims

1) Plex the account - done

2) Increase sales in Dodixie - done

3) Increase sales in Amarr done

4) Expand further into Invention - missed

5) Investigate reducing 'costs of sale' - missed



Onwards (deferred) to the next aim

So, my aim this time in Eve was that i did not want to purely focus on trading by having characters in each trading hub.  I wanted to experience as many of the isk making ventures in Eve that i reasonably can.  I was going to wait until i made 10bn isk per month after buying plex before expanding into other business ventures.

Two things getting in the way for now.  1) real life is proving to be busy; and 2) the coming industrial changes make things a bit more uncertain.

So, i have decided to open an Alpha account and put a character in Rens and see if i can get that up and running as a trading character.

Once real life calms down i will take another look at Industry and Invention.


Reminder of my Current Business.

I operate with one account with three alts and now another (alpha) account with one alt.

The main alt is a seller in Dodixie and the other alt is a seller in Amarr, two of the main trade hubs in Eve Online.

The third alt sits in Jita and buys from Sell Orders, has these items couriered to the alts in Dodixie and Amarr who then put them onto these markets for sale.

I focus on slow moving but high margin items.

For this side of my business, lets call it Merchanting or inter-regional trading, i want to generate income of 10bn isk per month after paying to Plex my account.


Analysis of Trading Profits

In total i made 90.8bn of sales in March which made me item profits of 26.9bn isk.  An increase of 64% on February and an increase of 16% on the Christmas enhanced December.  That was fantastic.

Dodixie sales were up 20% on February and Amarr sales were up a massive 83%.  It looks like i am starting to make Amarr work..

When i say "item profit" i mean the pure profits of buying from Sell Orders in Jita and putting up for Sale in Dodixie and Amarr.  So before all fees / taxes etc.

This therefore was an item margin of 29.6% (26.9/90.8) vs my target of 25%.  Since September 2020 the item margin range has been 28% to 32% with one low outlier of 26.6% in October 2020.  That is good news, i am comfortably beating the 25% i really need to make this all work (see below).

From this I then need to take a whole series of costs off before i get to my Business profits:

Courier Fees: i aim to pay 2% of sales value to the Courier = 2% x 90.8 = 1.8bn

Sales tax cost me 2.1bn ISk (=2.3% of sales) - both characters are level 5 in Accounting

Broker Fees costs me 5.9bn (=6.5% of sales).  Now, i can break this down into the initial listing fee of 3.50% (because i am Level 5 Broker Relations on both characters) and therefore the rest is the cost of changing the price which is 1.14% a shot.

So, i know the listing fee = 3.50% x 90.8 = 3.2bn and therefore the price change fee is 2.7bn (5.9 - 3.2). This 2.7bn is 3.0% of sales.  So, not too a competitive month.

This takes my 'Business Profits' to 17.1bn isk for March vs 9.7bn in February.  This is what 45 minutes a day in March gave me.

Worth noting that this is an increase of 76%.  So, sales rose 64% but profits rose 76% - this is because i increased my skill levels in Broking and Accountancy.

So, the post-tax margin is 29.6% - 2.0% - 2.3% - 3.5% - 3.0% = 18.8% (=17.1/90.8).

Fees and Taxes take 10.8% off my margins (2.0+2.3+3.5+3.0).  That is a big hit.  I can take action to reduce this which i may investigate in the medium term.

18.8% is very respectable, i would normally aim to get a respectable 13 to 15%.  In fact, 18.8% is the second highest i have achieved so far.

And then from those 'Business Profits' i buy Plex for 1.2bn isk to extend the Omega by 30 days.

That, therefore, is the roadmap from making 90.8bn of sales and seeing my wealth increase by 15.9bn as a result.


Items i am selling in Dodixie and Amarr

I sell blueprints, skill books, implants and ship equipment.

Two changes in March.

Firstly, I am ramping up harder on implants and selling less blueprints and ship equipment.

Secondly, i am moving into higher valued items.  For now, i only sell items that sell for more than 100m in Jita.  And i am quite happy to be buying items from Jita Sell orders for 1 or 2 billion Isk.

I am trying to focus on these items of higher value to keep the number of items for sale down and so make life easier.

For blueprints and skill books i focus on items that are not seeded in Dodixie (or Amarr for the Amarr seller).  It is a nice source of sales, varying from 100m to a few billion on a really good day - players will pay up to avoid travelling to Jita to save isk to buy that blueprint or skillbook.  This has slowed down more recently with competitors willing to take very slim margins.

Rigidly sticking to the 25% margin target.  Courier fees and taxes can take a whopping 12% of that to leave me with 13%.  This is the one line i can't really cross.  If i took the margin down to 20% then after costs i am looking at 8% profits which leaves no room to change prices too often!

The items i sell in Dodixie and Amarr are often very similar but not always.  They remain two distinct markets with Amarr being the most competitive.


Dodixie Seller character

This remains my main character and is the biggest seller.

I have now trained all the relevant skills to Level 5.

The skills relevant to Trading that i have are:

Accounting: Level 5; means i am charged 2.25% of the sales price on completed sale vs the normal 5%

Broker Relations: Level 5; means i am charged 3.49% to list an item for sale

Advanced Broker Relations: Level 5; means i can reduce the cost of changing the price of items i already have for sale. I decided by train this rather than go all for Plex.  With no skill i would be charged 1.89% to change every price.  Level 5 has brought this down to 0.94%.

Trade: Level 5; increases the number of items i can list for sale by 4 per level.

Retail: Level 5; increases the number of items i can list for sale by 8 per level

Wholesale: Level 5 (increased by two levels in January); increases the number of items i can list by 16 per level

Marketing: Level 3 (increased by one level in January); this allows me to set up Sell Orders in stations other than the one i am in; it also allowed me to look to increase my Contracting skills which i will need to sell my BPO copies from invention

Given the level 5 Trade, level 5 Retail and level 5 wholesale, i am able to post 145 items for sale (5 + (5x4) + (5x8) + (5x16)).  With no Trading skills you can post up to 5 sell orders

As i write this i am using 101 sales slots up with an average selling price per item of 470m.

I may have to train Tycoon which will give me an additional 32 slots per level.


Amarr Seller character

Started in November and has grown very quickly.  I gave my initial views in a prior post.

I have now trained all the relevant skills to Level 5.

The skills relevant to Trading that i have are:

Accounting: Level 5; means i am charged 2.25% of the sales price on completed sale vs the normal 5%

Broker Relations: Level 5; means i am charged 3.49% to list an item for sale

Advanced Broker Relations: Level 5; means i can reduce the cost of changing the price of items i already have for sale. I decided by train this rather than go all for Plex.  With no skill i would be charged 1.89% to change every price.  Level 5 has brought this down to 0.94%.

Trade: Level 4; increases the number of items i can list for sale by 4 per level.

Retail: Level 5; increases the number of items i can list for sale by 8 per level

Wholesale: Level 2; increases the number of items i can list by 16 per level

Marketing: Level 2; this allows me to set up Sell Orders in stations other than the one i am in; i don't use this really

Given the level 4 Trade, level 5 Retail and Wholesale Level 2, i am able to post 93 items for sale (5 + (4x4) + (5x8) + (2x16).

As of right now, i have 45 items up for sale with an average sales value of 650m.

This market is much more competitive so it is harder to find items to make a good sale.


Courier Contracts

Each night, i get home from work and determine what i need to sell in Dodixie and Amarr.  I tend to focus on one location per night unless i need to courier over 1.5bn isk of items to both locations.  So Dodixie one night, Amarr the next.  Keeps my time on Eve to a manageable 45 minutes which includes looking for potential new items to sell.

To look up prices in Eve I am using Eve Tycoon which seems to have more of the latest items in its market browser.  I used to use evemarketer but i just got used to Eve Tycoon.

Each night i courier about 2 to 8bn isk of items from Jita.  The total cargo volume is 10-250m3 per shipment.  So small but valuable items.  But this allows the couriers to use small, fast ships with much less chance of being ganked.  So there is always someone willing to pick up the contract quickly.

I pay a generous 1.5 to 2.0% of collateral as fees.  I am more interested in getting my items onto the market quickly than penny pinching on distribution costs.




Nothing, yet, todo with my Eve Business ventures but just noting that in December i set up a website site eveeconomy.com which takes the monthly economic data provided by CCP and visualises it in chart form.

Loads of charts and more i can add.

I need to work out how to render the charts faster - right now they are accessed from a google drive given that is the way i have worked out how to update multiple charts at once quickly.

Let me know what you think and what else i should add.



Outlook

April will have four aims to it.

1) Plex the account - aim number one all the time

2) Increase sales in Dodixie

3) Increase sales in Amarr

4) Push forward with setting up a trade alpha character in Rens
 
The daily sales in March averaged 2.93bn.

If i assume i need to make 10bn + 1.4bn income per month (=11.4bn) and i assume i can achieve 15.0% margin then i need to make monthly sales of 76bn and so daily sales of 2.5bn.

So far i have achieved this in December, January and March.  I suspect i will do so in April also.


Current wealth is 62.5bn ISK made up from:
  • items in hanger for sale 0.4bn ISK
  • Buy orders on the market 0.2bn ISK
  • items for sale 76.3bn ISK
  • less a 20% provision 15.3bn ISK*
  • ISK in wallet 0.9bn ISK

When i add up my wealth, I don't count assets I use in the course of my business such as ships, fittings etc nor do I add back any expenses such as skills purchased etc.  The wealth I disclose is made up of items that are ISK or are in the process of being converted to ISK or are used to generate isk that can be readily resold back onto the market.  Any ships or skills or fittings etc i buy are counted as expenses in that month.

* 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.  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 the maximum reduction I would need to make to my sell orders as a whole before they are sold.  In an ideal world I would value my sell orders at the value which I bought the items for.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Cheap Office Rental

At the back end of Eve, at a place i occasionally go to pick up some blueprints that are seeded there, i noticed that the current office rental fee was a mere 47k isk per month.  Never seen it so cheap.
















Increasingly, as a i travel there through low sec and null sec i am seeing less and less players on the route.


What is an Office in Eve Online?


A headquarters is just a designation and does not come with anything tangible.

Offices though is an actual physical location in Eve in a npc or player station.  With this comes corporation hangers where all members of the corporation can access and so is part of the process of making items available to all or certain players.  For example, for production.

A corporation can rent as many offices as it wants though only one per station.

NPC stations are limited to 24 offices, player build stations are limited by type.


How are the fees decided?

The rental fee moves with demand.  If all offices are taken up, the rental fee rises by 5%.  If one office is available the price is flat and if two or more are available the price declines driven by how many are available.  The minimum rent is 10l isk per month.

So, if all the offices are taken up all month then a monthly fee will rise by 354% (5% every day for 31 days).

Rents are paid in advance.  No payment then the office is lost.

As far as i am aware, you can't remotely check the office rental fee.  You have to be in the station.

In player built stations, the owner decides the fee.


So, why is that office at the back end of Eve so cheap?

Because, for my corporation to benefit from it i would need my corp members to be there relatively often.  And that is never the case.  And i suspect it is only the case for a few corporations that operate in that part of Eve.  But certainly not 24.

I can see it falling to 10k isk per month at some stage.