Most of my time I am manufacturing either faction stuff or Triglavian items, so just to try something new, I decided to take a look at T2 ship manufacturing and oh my god…could anyone please explain to me, how are people making any profit on this? Almost every T2 ship on the market is being sold like 15-20% of what it actually costs to produce it. Example - Damnation component cost vs Damnation Jita price
Even if you put on a sell order and it actually sells, instead of getting buried under dozen of other orders within an hour you are still loosing around 60m per ship.
Can anyone please explain to me, how are players actually making profit in a reasonable amount of time doing this??
Which is still an opportunity cost loss.
That’s no different from “minerals I mine are free”.
More likely it’s stockpiles from before the change to moon mining or some other recent mining change where in order to maintain turnover they sell below current cost but above the manufacturing cost of the items at the time.
Some people build ships because they want to. They are treating Eve like a game rather than a business. Others are selling stockpiled ships or using stockpiled materials - they’re working from a different cost base. As long as those who are concerned about profitability choose not to build these products, the low cost supply will eventually dry up. A war, such as the one just beginning, should help!
There are lots of profitable T2 items - focus on those instead!
For myself it really isn’t profitable enough building stuff in my opinion because of a ton of nerfs and while some still managed to get some profit it’s better (in my opinion), to just build what you need for yourself and just pull profits from other activities.
I built some Manticores before I realized that their prices were dropping like a rock. I decided to sell them at a set price for 90 days and see what happens. Part of the fun of the game for me is making money on the market, so this just goes with it.
Some people play for the economic simulation - harvest, produce, sell. Others play for the military simulation - consume, destroy, buy. The game needs both, it’s a virtuous cycle.
If you had some Muninns available to put on the market right now you might think differently and the spike in demand was 100% predictable for one of the most popular fleet doctrines at the start of a war!
You don’t buy T2 components at Jita sell prices to build T2 ships or of course, you won’t be profitable…
The best way to make money with T2 ships is to start from moon goo… Buy the moon goo at Jita sell prices (Of course Jita buy price is even better but for some moon goo, the price difference is not much) and build all the chain (simple reactions -> complex reactions -> T2 components -> T2 ships)
Better build them in NS or at least LS with rigged stations and you will make great margins.
It’s a lot a hauling, skill intensive but it is worth it if you are an industrialist.