Daily Archives: September 26, 2008

The Path to a Freighter

Crossing the one billion ISK mark in EVE Online, flying a freighter became one of my more immediate goals in the game.

Clearly, with my distributed network of buy and sell points, having 750,000 cubic meters of hauling would be an advantage over the 29,000 cubic meters of hauling I can currently muster.  I have a number of commodities that I could use to exploit regional differences with that much hauling space.  Heck, I wouldn’t even have to build Badgers exactly where I wanted to sell them.  I could deliver.

But to economically exploit that much hauling, I would need enough ISK left over to increase my buying and selling.

So how much is a freighter going to cost me?

The freighter itself will be around 850,000,000 ISK.

Of course, that is never the whole equation.

For example, if I am going to pour that much ISK into something, I had best insure it.  I don’t know how much the platinum insurance plan is on a freighter, but lets call it 100,000,000 ISK.  Somebody will correct me if I am wrong.

And, I will need to be able to fly the freighter, which means buying skills!  I will need Advanced Spaceship Command for 45,000,000 ISK and Caldari Freighter for 67,500,00 ISK.

All of which brings us to around 1,062,500,000 ISK.

And, truthfully, to support any expansion in my sales operations, I will need to increase the number of sales slots I have.  I currently have 129 and that will increase to 145 once the 20 day crawl to Wholesale V finishes, but that will not be enough.  I can fill up 145 slots with my current operations.

No, I will have to invest in one more skill, Tycoon, which sells for 90,000,000 ISK.

Which brings the total up to 1,152,500,000 ISK.

That number, give or take a couple million ISK, is about what I have in the bank right now.

So, really, I need to get out there and earn some more ISK if I want to buy a freighter and some skills so I can get out there and earn even more ISK!

And here I thought having a billion ISK made me rich!  To buy and exploit a freighter I need closer to two billion ISK.

Back to the Mammoth I guess.  Back to exploiting regional differences on a small scale and feeding that hunger for kernite.