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.
A few years ago I was making MTUs in Nullsec and created this chart:
1 high-tech plant making 24 wetware mainframes a day requires:
2 advanced processors making supercomputers each requiring:
2 advanced processors making coolant
2 advanced processors making water-cooled CPU
2 advanced processors making consumer electronics.
2 advanced processors making biotech research reports each requiring:
2 advanced processors making nanites
2 advanced processors making livestock
2 advanced processors making construction blocks
2 advanced processors making cyroprotectant solution each requiring:
2 advanced processors making test cultures
2 advanced processors making synthetic oil
2 advanced processors making fertilizer
It was quite profitable - MTUs were selling for 10 million at the time, but it wasn’t “passive” income - it took a lot of time to manage the colonies and it wouldn’t be practical in Highsec - you need rich deposits to keep the processors fed and low export/import taxes.
In Highsec, P2 is profitable and low maintenance. I make Robotics and Guidance Systems for personal use - I doubt that it would make economic sense if I was selling them, more profitable to simply sell the P2.
I have 1 account with all 3 doing 6 planets each, producing 2 different p3s, making 3 to 4b isk per month. It takes me about 30min per day but it totally worth it to have max planets, it allows you to diversify p0s to make the most out of the planets.
Nope. You can doubt an affirmation without affirming the opposite.
Also your position is not the contrapositive. contrapositive of “most people who do PI have less than 5 planets” is “most people with 5 planets do not do PI”.
Without a source, that’s not logic.
That’s just a baseless affirmation. And it makes whatever you are trying to do, a waste of time because based on empty air.