Hauling Trash

Since my great experiment with production as a means of income in EVE Online, I have let those operations dwindle to almost nothing. Some things, like mining crystals for strip miner IIs, are still worth producing, at least in small numbers, because they do not seem to drop from NPCs.

The market, however, is flooded with ammunition from NPC drops, so if you want to make money in the low end arms market, you are better off buying from the general, mission running public than manufacturing it yourself.

Fortunately, in EVE, this is pretty easy, as long as you have some starter ISK. You open up the market, place a buy order for the item you want, set how far you want that order to extend, and you are set to go.

Of course, there is a downside to such an order, especially if you set the order to extend beyond more than a couple of jumps. Items you buy do not show up in the mail or appear magically in your inventory. No, you have to go pick up the stuff yourself.

You may be surprise at how many systems are within, say, five jumps of your location. Or how many stations there can be in a given system. For example, I had something waiting for me in every station in the Nonni system, which ended up being 22 stations in all. That is a lot of running around just in one system.

And you may also be surprised at how many low security systems end up being within, say, five jumps. I ended up with quite a bit of stuff waiting for me in low security systems. And that got my paranoia going.

Jumping through low security systems does not bother me much. But stopping at stations in low security is a different story, especially since EVE seems to “forget” to dock me about one time in eight. So I am not keen to take my fully fitted and rigged ore hauling Mammoth to low security stations just to pick up 100,000 ISK worth of antimatter charges.

Fortunately, Potshot left a Badger sitting around in the corp storage hanger, so that has become my new trash hauler.

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I put a pair of warp core stabilizers on it along with a pair of shield extenders, in the hope that those might give me a few extra seconds to get out of trouble, but otherwise I am banking on simply not being worth the effort.

So far it has been working.

It is not as lucrative as mining, where I could make 10 million ISK an hour, nor mission running, but it does have the advantage of being mostly hands off. The buy orders take care of themselves as do the the sell orders, if you have found the right system.

You just have to go move your inventory to that “right” system and you’re set.

5 thoughts on “Hauling Trash

  1. Debes

    Several things you can do here. You have two accounts, so make an alt on the second account, and use it to scout you. No skills needed, so you don’t lose training time. Second, work on evasive maneuvering and consider putting nanofibers/inertial stabilizers in the lows instead of wcs once you have a scout so you just move faster. For small cargos, consider training for an interceptor. In anything outside of 0.0 or war, (and even there) they’re damn near impossible to catch. Recons/covops work as well, and will get you through 99.99% of 0.0 too, but they’re not quite as fast as ceptors.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    The only problem I see is that you are both suggesting solutions measured in millions of ISK to support an income stream that is only measured in thousands of ISK. The reason I went for the “look cheap” route is that it fits the economic model of selling the crap I am selling.

    Still, I might look into blockade runners. With the amount of stuff I have been hauling, an interceptor would require a lot more trips.

    On the second account scout option, I let my second account lapse back in December. Mining got dull.

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  3. Debes

    All of my solutions open up new parts of eve in addition to solving your problem. Would your income increase with safer lowsec transport? Thousands of isk how often?

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  4. Gormn

    Blockade runners are a fantastic ship to be able to fly… Although one of the new heavy dictors will still always be your worse nightmare.

    Also for low sec hauling (small amounts) a covert ops ship is fantastic…

    I would suggest however buying and selling ammo isn’t the best bet, there are way more profitable things you could trade.

    Try this http://eve-central.com/home/ the trade finer is a good tool that helped me a lot when I was a trader.

    Alternatively, it’s time to consider a move to 0.0 I would suggest.

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