So I wanted to figure out why the Pi market is what it is and I think this table (possibly in error, I haven’t fully checked it) summarizes why.
Assuming most Omegas have only 5 planets per toon because level V takes like 16 days to train…
6P3 requires one Omega with 3 toons each at level IV.
1P4 requires a minimum of 2 or a maximum of 3 Omegas with all toons at level IV.
So the cost to produce P3 or P4 is luxuriously high. Imagine working 29 planets just to earn 1.9million isk an hour. (1.9m isk/hr)
Now most people don’t realize these costs because they don’t try to go for a fully buffered, production line that knows no downtime. They either sit on producing a p1 for a few days, or make p2 from that for a few days, etc.
But, unless my basic inputs/outputs are wrong, this chart shows the costs pretty plainly.
Which is good, it means Pi is designed to be a mix of harvest, factory, and trade among Pi producers.
I want to note at the end of this: the planets needed is determined by what is needed to run a single cycle of P3 in an hour, so don’t try to line everything up from the sheet, some of the work was done in my head but not shown.