You also have to factor in that botters/multiboxers don’t typically pay for their subscriptions with real money but with PLEX they bought with ISK farmed in game, and they are buying more of it than anyone else.
Some of that PLEX even gets sold for real world money illegally, which together means not only are they not paying subscriptions but they are also recycling PLEX back into real money and all of this just leads to more and more PLEX being bought illegitimately in game, even less for real money from CCP because they will again instead be buying PLEX for a lower cost for real money through RMT that was bought back in game with ISK, further decreasing the profits from PLEX overall by those same players buying the PLEX they already sold but at a lower RMT cost instead of buying it from CCP directly and injecting more PLEX into the market that wasn’t already there and acquired illegally even if bought from legit players who purchased it from CCP.
You see, players do still buy enough PLEX to keep the PLEX market sustained, that much is for sure known, the gap in regular prices vs the new inflated ones was grown by those players who bought the supply of PLEX in game illegally rather than those who played and put their time and effort into it to be able to afford.
Thus diminishing the overabundance of PLEX that would remain in game until legit players could buy it at what would be a considerably lower cost then what it is worth now, by magnitudes even. You might say if it wasn’t for the growing gap of trillions of bot farmed ISK every month buying up excesses of PLEX over the past PLEX prices might still be what they we’re 3 or 4 years ago and less than half of what they sell for now because of a larger quantity of supply and people still selling them that which was not bought overtime by bots.
…Let me try to explain that differently:
imagine if the game had no botters and only the legit players bought PLEX with ISK they farmed in game, imagine how much more PLEX would be still on the market competing to be sold if we didn’t have thousands of accounts each month buying up that extra supply that would have kept prices down and supply abundant.
The dream of an average player actually being able to afford to PLEX their accounts would be within reach, but the reality is everyday the botters get closer and closer if not already outnumbering the actual players struggling to continue playing this game in a way where they will ever be able to afford to buy PLEX with ISK they earn in game when successfully and everyday another botter buys up a future stake of PLEX that a legit player could have bought for cheaper in the future.
At this point a legit player without a max skilled clone for PVE income has to at least be multiboxing to even come close to being able to afford PLEX with ISK…but what about in another 4 or 6 years when PLEX prices double again or go even higher…can the game even sustain like that? I know everyone will buy more PLEX from CCP for sure but who the hell is buying it in game other than bots at 7-8 billion or even as much as 10 billion ISK for 500 PLEX in the future.
All this just leads to less PLEX used by players and more of it being bought and used and sold in the future buy bots at a profit to them and a loss to players and the decimation of the stability of the PLEX market long term.
It is so god damn convoluted to even explain but it is definitely having an effect the end result with which being PLEX prices will always soar with the growing gap of exploitation in game.
The only reason PLEX prices ever really drop for sure temporarily is probably because of the thousands bots accounts that get banned in the different waves of activity from CCP security that is a 24/7 full time job, a never ending process of bots getting banned then forced to buy back into the game whatever way they need to
$ from RMT profits for PLEX from CCP,
ISK for PLEX from other Players (on the market the regular way),
$ for ISK from RMT,
Then bang boom and they are back in business after replacing another account as a cost of doing business when they get banned again.
They aren’t going away, this is literally a job to them that costs revolve around replacing banned bot accounts with previously made profits.
Banning them is just an inconvenience, like not being able to work on the weekend would as a robot.