I would like to disagree with this as a general statement.
A bot can only do the things he was trained for. In most cases, this is a very specific task the machine excels in. Like adjusting market orders for 0.01 ISK every 5 minutes. That is what you are probably thinking of. And you are right. Bots can be very good at this. Because it’s merely repetitive work, which is only “hard” for humans because it is mundane and boring to do the same things over and over again. If this were RL and not a game we play, it would make even sense to automate that.
But like most kinds of automation you have a set of fixed rules a bot works in. It can not or is not allowed to go beyond those rules. No bot will work without a human putting the effort into the bot that makes it work in the first place.
The tool is only as good as the craftsman using it.
And then someone finds out, sees the single mistake you made while setting up the rules for it and exploits your bot while you are asleep, making you poor in the process and then reports you and you get banned for violating the EULA.
Go To Jail Go directly to Jail. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200
Back to the trading topic.
I remember to have seen some Youtube videos about people doing station trading more ore less professionally. So looking there might be a good idea.
Personally I do it on an alt which I login maybe once or twice a week. I did it once for a week straight on my main character and needed a long break from it after that. ^^
But here is a little list of things that might be useful to know:
- You can increase/decrease the price in the buy/sell-dialog by 0.1 ISK using the arrow keys of your keyboard or the mouse-wheel.
- You can have your own orders have highlighted by ticking a checkbox in the market options.
(there is a little gearwheel in the upper right of the market-window to geht there)
- You can now safe tax by setting up your orders in a citadel. But you need to adjust the range of your orders – it might require some logistics when you sell the stuff later.
- You can see the fluctuation and prices of an item. In an extra tab. It’s right beside the one which contains the orders.
- Be aware, that you only see the regional market in the game. To see the whole picture you want to use websites like eve-marketdata.com, evemarketer.com, or others.
- Items of daily need, that are consumed and then gone forever are good ones to start. (e.g. Ammunition or Drones; Skillbooks are good as imports into market hubs)
- You can safe items by dragging their icons the tab called “Quickbar” and order them by creating folders. Also you can add text by right clicking on the saved item.