A corpmate of mine was writing a player fic over a year ago, and I was operating as his beta reader.
We ended up having a rather heated argument about the buying power of Baseliners in eve online. at the time I couldn’t come up with a good argument to convince him otherwise, so he ended up having a shop in his story where just the fact the prices were listed in ISK meant they were WELL out of a Baseliners grasp.
For some reason the argument popped into my head today “so what if a Baseliner wants to buy a burger?”
I’m making four assumptions here:
The cost in time worked to burgers able to be purchased is about equal between EVE and IRL
If Baseliners could produce the PI good Livestock more cheaply than Capsuleers could, they would flood the Capsuleer market and lower the price.
you can extrapolate back from the average burger that the cost in hours worked per pound of ground beef you can buy would also be about the same
Livestock is at least primarily beef, probably ground up lab grown beef.
Ground beef sells for about 3$ a pound wholesale (~50% retail price) in America.
Livestock sells for ~10,000ISK for 1.5M3 in Jita as of writing this. assuming this is only usable as ground beef, a 1.5m3 cube of ground beef weighs 1.03g/cm3 and sells in Jita on the wholesale market for about…3ISK per pound. if we assume hours worked per pound of beef are the same then the minimum wage in America in $ is about the same as minimum wage in New Eden in ISK
TL;DR minimum wage in New Eden, at least in space, is about 7 and change ISK per hour. My corpmates stupid “high-end” dresses were literally worthless.