I have never paid a penny for this game, and I rely on plex to go omega too. However, with an alpha vni (or alpha gila since those are about to be nerfed), you can pretty easily pull about 45m/hour. With max skills omega, you can get 60-70m/hour. Since the cost of plex is only about 2000m, you can plex in just 44 hours with an alpha, or 28 hours with an omega. This doesn’t even include any additional 150m 10/10 DED sites you can sell, or faction drops. Basically, if you went ratting for about an hour a day with an omega you could easily get enough isk to plex, or if you ratted for about 1.5 hours a day with an alpha you could also plex.
However, this doesn’t take into account SP training. On average, an omega not mapped specifically for a skill can make about 1.5m SP a month, or roughly 1.5 billion off passive training. Omegas also have access to PI, which at it’s most basic level of fetching stuff off a planet once a week can yield about 300m/week. That’s 1.2 billion in a month. Reactions and industry are further sources of passive income, and they can generate a ton of money too.
So obviously, even if you were only running an alpha account you could pretty quickly get an omega and plex for PI, SP training and reactions/indy.
Now, let’s say you have a carrier account. It takes about 15b to inject and buy a ratting thanny with basic fighter skills. The lowest hourly rate in a carrier would be roughly 150m, with t2 fighters and faction dda’s pulling about 200m/hour. That would mean you could plex in 10 hours, or about 20 mins of ratting a day every day for a month. If you choose to save and upgrade to a super, which require basically the exact same skills with heavy fighters as the only other skill you need, you could plex with just 6 mins of ratting every day.
Should plex prices really remain this low? Of course not, and they’re obviously going to grow. As more and more people skill into carriers and supers, the average wealth will continue to go up, and more and more people will have larger sums of isk. Of course, this pushes out the smaller VNI’s (which are already going to be nerfed anyways), but they’re just collateral damage.
However, CCP is directly interfering with plex prices. CCP has been regularly doing plex sales, and there hasn’t been an omega sale (using plex) for a while. The plex faucet is too large, and there’s not enough plex sinks to make up for it.
plex prices need to be higher