When I first got started trading in EVE I was doing station-flipping and calculating ROI using the very basic formula: (revenue-costs)/costs
and similarly for margin: (revenue-costs)/revenue
I was setting the costs as the buy price+broker fees and the revenue as sell price - broker fees and tax
But I’m getting into some cross-region trades and I’m realizing that one could take a few very different approaches to determining costs and revenue even for simple flips.
For instance let’s say I buy an item from a sell order at one location, pay a courier fee to move the items, and then list the item for sale elsewhere at a higher price. Now it seems reasonable that the courier fee is a cost, and the sales tax at the second location decreases my revenue but isn’t included in costs. But should the sales broker fee be counted as a cost, or as a decrease of revenue? Calculating this one way or the other can introduce quite some swing in the final ROI. One could even argue that sales tax is a cost as well…
Now, I realize that it doesn’t really matter which way I do it internally so long as it is consistent but I’m curious how other people are doing this kind of calculation since you often see trading advice using margin or ROI as a benchmark, e.g. “look for items to trade that have >10% ROI” or similar.
I’ve been hesitant to ask this because it seems like such a basic/obvious answer but for whatever reason I keep getting stuck on it so any advice is appreciated.