just means you need to get better at industry then. it is a mostly passive income stream and doesn’t even strictly require you to undock (you can get minerals delivered for you) also unlike ratting its something that you can run 24/7 on as many characters as you have. even with just one acct, you can have 33 manufacturing lines, 33 R&D lines, and 33 reaction lines running 24/7.
lets use your example here and your numbers. so your industry character makes a “few” hundred k per 3 hrs, lets call it 300k or about 100k/hr. this theoretical ratter makes 75k every… lets be generous and say 20 minutes.
so thats 225k/hr. obvious win for lvl 1 missions right?
now lets take it to the per day, even assuming that this is some nolifer who can spend 10hrs per day running lvl 1’s. thats only 2.5mil/day. meanwhile our industrialist can keep his lines running 24/7. if he only runs 1 character on his acct thats 100k/hr * 11 = 1.1m/hr * 24 = 26.4m/day. all that while still being able to go rat/mine/jerk off do whatever else they want to supplement that income.
hardly seems imbalanced to me that you can earn (conservatively) 10 times more than someone ocd running lvl 1 missions for next to zero effort.