The changes to market order rules and to market related skills have done what CCP set out to do: empty my wallet of excess ISK.
Obviously we are all targets in CCP’s crosshairs when it comes to reducing player ISK reserves. That it should happen so fast to me was something I didn’t anticipate.
I had forgotten just how much market leverage I’d gained from all those months spent skilling up my main on all 14 Trade skills. (This task completed in the days when there were more than two clone types and the idea of buying skill points off the market was like having a wet dream without the mess, because in dreams was the only place buying skill points was ever going to happen.)
The ability to place large buy orders with only a fraction of the cost placed in escrow meant I could target several of the most profitable market items and win my share of sales. This worked well over the 3 month lifespan of a buy order.
Fast forward to now and I’m forced to place smaller buy orders in order to keep a finger in every pot. Smaller orders can sell out faster, so I have to keep an eye on things or risk loosing out on purchases that I can turn over for a profit.
This isn’t as bad as dealing with .01-ISKing of course, so I suppose this is a good thing. But the urge to outbid hasn’t gone away. I’m left wondering if having two or three active buy orders for certain items is the better way to go when dealing with other players that outbid me.
What is taking some getting used to is the idea of being “all in” on every buy order. , That, and not having excess ISK has reduced my ability to remain agile on the market.