Warning: As of writing CCP only returns 20.000 contracts for “The Forge”, thus there are some missing. This may change in the future at the grace of CCP (see #1014).
With the release of the contract endpoint the obvious use is to determine if there are any profitable contracts out there. That is exactly what A4E is doing.
Listing of profitable contracts w/o BPCs in HighSec (link)
For this A4E determines the value of the items offered by the contract against “The Forge” and thus Jita price or takes the average contract price from A4E’s contract price history.
Please be aware that by default already some filters apply like the limitation to HighSec. The list without filters would simply put a lot of stress onto your browser, but feel free to remove or add any you need. And since all parameters are passed via the URL you can bookmark your ideal settings.
The evaluation of BPCs still needs some more history in order to work fine thus if you allow contracts with BPCs expect to be fine tuning the filters in order to filter out the “scams”.
In general you still need common sense to evaluate a contract. Ships mostly have the rigs fitted. Laser crystals may have decayed, event boosters expired, …
So what’s included in a contract that looks juicy?
Contract ID 137252690 details (link)
The contract details page shows you what is being supplied if you accept the contract and what you need to deliver. Same for the ISK received and to be given. And based on these values the minimal and maximum profit, dependent if you buy/sell from/to buy/sell orders.
OK, I found an interesting contract. How do I open the contract ingame in order to review it there and accept it?
Well, A4E wants to avoid user logins, since I want to keep the visitors anonymous regarding their ingame identity and keep myself free of the potential accusation of using private market information. Here however a login would really help, since ESI offers a UI function to open the contract window ingame via a 3rd party application like A4E.
Currently I opted against an implementation of a login and described a manual workaround using ESI to open an interesting contract. If some Patreons however would raise an interest in a one-click solution after login, there might be an exception for this use-case.
View contract history of capsuleers
Contract history of capsuleer ‘Akira Nalliery’, 3rd place in total m^3 offered (link)
The contract listing also allows you to view a history of the public contracts of a character, corporation or alliance and thus reviewing their past business conduct.
As always, eager to get feedback or further suggestions.