Not much to report in terms of the EVE market experiment, other than that slow traffic might have been an understatement. The new buy/sell orders had a grand total of zero activity for the entire 24 hour period, which is a bit disappointing to say the least. In what will be perhaps a final test, I placed a bunch of new sell orders, mostly salvaged stuff and some tags on the market, with somewhat aggressive prices. If those fail to move, I think it will be time to rethink location.
Part of the possible problem is that my location is two jumps away from a major trading hub. My initial thought was I would provide a place to buy/sell for those too lazy to make the two jumps. People would run missions at the station, want to dump their stuff, and run another mission. At the same time, people in the trade hub would see my sell orders with slightly lower prices, and make the two jumps over to buy. It would seem neither is happening…
So, assuming the current location does not pick up, I think I basically have two choices. One is to move to the trade hub and try to compete there. At best, it would mean lower profits and more micromanagement, at worst I could end up losing both ISK and time. Option two would be to set up shop in a more remote location, to perhaps draw from a larger number of systems without having to compete with a trade hub just a few jumps away. The obvious concern here is traffic, as it might be even worse than my current location.
As someone who has very limited 0.0 and low-sec experience, would setting up shop one jump away from low-sec make sense? I mean would people who deal in low-sec and 0.0 use that location to resupply and sell? Would setting up shop in low-sec itself work, or would the risk of a gate camp nullify anything gained? What about the first system of 0.0?