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Friday, January 16, 2009

T2 stuff time again

As the 1MN MicroWarpdrive I max run BPCs come out of the oven, I realized that I had neglected to go and fetch the datacores necessary from the agent ahead of time. Queue the Benny Hill music as I head on over to my research agent and pick some up.

This time I look at the price of the Metalevel 1 and 2 items corresponding to this item, they are expensive enough that it does not look like the increased success chance offsets the increased cost of invention so these go into the invention slots without meta items.

Once they come out of the invention slots I get 3 out of 5 successes so a good run. I proceed to run the numbers and find out the manufacturing requirements for a 10 MWD run and then proceed to go out and buy the missing moon materials and Morphite.

As I go ahead and manufacture the components and later start the actual final manufacturing run (I had remembered this time to manufacture the necessary T1 versions ahead of time). I get into a conversation with a fellow T2 manufacturer who goes on to say that he buys his components as it would barely be advantageous to manufacture those himself. Surprised at this statement I proceed to check my manufacturing calculations against the market prices.

Turns out that for some modules, it's currently better to make your own components (even with an un-researched BPO) but for others, they are currently on sale for under manufacturing costs. Digging further into this phenomenon I spot the reasons. A quick price history check confirms it. Things like Plasma Thrusters or Ion Thrusters are cheaper to make yourself than to buy pre-fabricated (provided you have the requisite science skills). Plasma Thrusters in particular cost 49k -ish in the Metropolis region but only cost 33k -ish to make if you own the BPO. However Antimatter Reactor Units are actualy selling about 10k under manufacturing costs. Brilliantly I find this out AFTER buying all the moon materials and manufacturing my own.

Turns out that Fermionic Condensates are a component of the reactors, but not of the other two. Infact the price of Ferrogel stabilized downward but the price of Fermionic Condensates went up a second time. The component market is obviously lagging the advanced materials market. Remember both of these materials would have been affected by the POS moon material scandal. Which is why their prices have launched upward from their old points.

As usual the lesson is don't be lasy when checking things out. Don't assume that what you knew last week applies this week.


Jenni Concarnadine said...

So what *were* you doing hanging around the [***CENSORED***] gate in a pod ?

Letrange said...

it's called moving ships 29 jumps. High sec. Autopilot. No implants in that clone. Feel free to get Concordoken.

Jenni Concarnadine said...

Hey -- I was just *wondering* :: I thought you'd got ganked,and was ready to offer a hand if you needed it.

I'll know better.

Karox Lominax said...

I still tend to just make all my components since it's easier logistics, but nice call - might save me some money on my next batch of shields since the shield comps need ferrogel.

Letrange said...

@Jenni - thanks for the offer, but I was fine :)

@Karox - yep just check before you buy any fermionic - the ferrogel stuff should be fine. There have been some rather noticable price jumps with the high end advanced materials. So double checking is worth it.