People sometimes talk about extracting skill points and selling the injectors on the market from their accounts to keep themselves active in game instead of buying Game Time. Sort of like treading water, where they’re not gaining any further Skills each month but at least they’re able to play.
Yet, I did the math, and that… just doesn’t seem to work.
To explain, at current market prices, that’s not a sustainable cycle. I’ll describe it below, and then ask the question – is this merely an urban myth or is there some unique way to accomplish it that I’m just not seeing?
Large Skill Injectors are currently selling at 840 Million ISK apiece in Jita right now. So, let’s consider that as the potential income.
You can generate 3 Injectors per month on your character if they have +5 Implants and an optimal neural map.
PLEX cost 3.68 Million ISK each right now.
So each Injector, on the market, is worth about 228 PLEX (840/3.68).
Skill Extractors cost 140 PLEX each.
Here’s the Math: Each Month, a Pilot trying to do this would buy 3 Skill Extractors from the New Eden Store at a cost of 420 PLEX. He would then extract and sell the filled Injectors for 684 PLEX, a net profit of 264 PLEX for the month.
264 PLEX is far short of the 500 PLEX needed each Month to keep your account Omega.
Not to mention the loss of SP from any time the character is not sitting in the +5 Implants. Or Taxes. Brokers Fees. Etc. It also doesn’t work if you swap it around and avoid the New Eden Store, buying your Extractors on the Open Markets using ISK.
What am I not seeing?