I did the work on an excel sheet with the market data from https://eve-marketdata.com/rank/items?sort=total_isk&direction=desc
The purpose of this is to demonstrate that:
- There is a sweet spot where those items can be traded in large enough volume, and might have a margin.
- Anything less than the sweet spot probably can’t earn much isk because the values traded and orders outstanding are too small.
- Any item above the sweet spot probably has too small margin because of how few traded orders there are. For instance a Keepstar sold for 280B. But this item only had 1 sale per day on average…such an item has nearly NO trading margin.
- Lastly, trading is not hauling, so this does not take into account differences in regional markets (nor should it).
Everything past this point is my stream of consciousness about the subject and some of the raw numbers at the conclusion.
There are only 397 in game items that trade at any volume over 1000 units a day, and 1Billion in value of trade a day.
I think even 1000 units a day is too liberal, it might need to be 10,000 units a day to even get a few sales…
So there’s a very SMALL pool of tradeable items per day to earn even close to 1B a day. In my estimation.
If we cut it off at 10,000 orders a day, there’s only 145 tradedable items that moved 1B isk a day.
There’s only 66 items in the game that have more than 10,000 orders, and more than 10B in daily trading value.
If those 66 items are not of a greater than 5-8% margin between sells and buys, then the margin trading method won’t really be an option there either.
Basically. let’s say you need to move 10B in product a day to make your margin trades…
Well we don’t have a big enough pool with the 66, and they probably are close in margin anyway, so let’s generally say we want MORE than 1,000 but less than 10,000 orders, and MORE than 500m and less than 10B in daily value.
We’ll raise the cap to 20B daily trading value. Because I assume anything over 20B in trading value and under 10,000 orders is going to already be pretty tight margins.
There are 145 Tradable items in this category that you can POSSIBLY make money on.
There’s a total traded value of 832Billion isk per day in these items.