We’re all familiar with services like PushX or Red Frog Freight, that can move stuff you already own from Point A to Point B. But what if you want something you DON’T yet own delivered to somewhere outside the usual trade hubs? (And don’t want to go through the tedious and annoying “request items from buyer” interface in a contract!)
The instinctive thing–which I assume most people do now–would be to log in with an alt sitting in Jita 4-4, buy what you want, and then use a courier service. But I wonder if there’s a viable business model that can combine purchasing and delivery into one step.
PLEASE NOTE that everything below here is all just thoughts in my head at this point.
THIS IS NOT A LIVE SERVICE, just a proposition I’m asking for input on.
Since most things in EVE are ships or go into ships, I envisioned this as a Made-To-Order ship delivery service. You send the corp a fit, we build it (if we don’t have it in stock already) and deliver to your station of choice fully assembled and fitted. Pricing would ideally be structured in such a way as to be cheaper than the previously-mentioned Jita alt + courier method.
Obviously this wouldn’t be geared towards the big null-sec alliances since they already have their own dedicated logistics wings that supply their fleets with doctrine-fit ships. And I admittedly don’t have first-hand experience running a corp in EVE. So here’s where I need your help:
Question 1: Does this already exist somewhere that I just haven’t found yet?
Because that is totally possible. I doubt I’m the first player of this game to have the idea of “Amazon in space.”
Question 2: How many corps/players would be interested in this service?
I imagine that if you’re not a big null-sec group that has its own logistics team pumping out ships constantly your corp’s ship needs lie somewhere on this spectrum:
- Our pilots supply their own ships, possibly with reimbursement from the corp
- We build or buy ships infrequently, usually just enough to have backups in case of emergency
- We build or buy ships regularly to supply a Ship Replacement Program
Where on this spectrum do most corps lie, and how attractive would a fitted ship delivery service like this be to them?
Question 3: What would make this service most attractive?
How fast or cheap or large would orders have to be to seem worthwhile to customers? Basically, is it even possible for an outside corporation to offer a better alternative to whatever the average corp or player does now to supply themselves with ships?
For instance, for an individual player who likely doesn’t know what ship they want to fly and then needs it now, this service would likely be too slow or expensive to be worthwhile. But to a corp that knows that X ship or Y fit is always in demand, I imagine being able to send a fit via EVE mail (or maybe even a 3rd-party tool if I could get someone who could do that) and then having the desired quantity delivered to your home base and paid via contract would be a major time-saver.
TL;DR I want to make the EVE version of Amazon/GrubHub/UberEats/PostMates, where you order a ship (fit to your liking) and have it delivered to the station/Upwell structure of your choice. Good idea or bad idea?