I play Eve for the challenges of the marketplace. Over the past 9 months or so, I have found it harder to turn a profit. At this point, everywhere I look I am finding finished goods (ammo, ships, what have you) to be selling for less than the cost of the materials that go into making them.
For example, at Jita prices Covetor costs roughly 64M to buy and the minerals that go into making it cost almost exactly the same. Why bother building it? A Hulk costs 318M and the materials 307M leaving only a 3% profit margin. This is nuts!
The problem seems to have suddenly gotten much worse. I was 2/3 of the way through a Charon build at the beginning of the week, then everything changed. Suddenly, the cap components require new PI materials making them more expensive and the Charon BPC itself requires additional, VERY expensive components. Admittedly, it requires fewer of the original cap components, but the cost of the new stuff is staggering. If you have a lot of ISK in pocket, buy freighters because their market value is going to explode! Again, this is going to make manufacturing them for profit far more difficult and less rewarding.
I feel like I am being pushed out of the game. PvE missions are much more profitable and lower stress. Mining and building, buying and selling, the entire indy game play model is getting sucked down the vacuum tube.
So, am I missing something?