Goonmetrics

Long have we had the busiest market hub in nullsec, but not the proper tools to support it. Some people use terrible third party tools, struggling along and eventually giving up on stocking the market. Others roll their own private market tool and use it to force out competition. Relisters have a field day as it takes too long for us to react. People needing to build complete ships from the market often find it cannot be done without buying parts at fuckgoons pricing. Various remedies have been tried, such as the oft-ignored "stuff we need in Deklein" thread, or having a cabal of superjews from gs_isk and elsewhere police the market. Now we have a better solution: Goonmetrics.

What is Goonmetrics?

Goonmetrics is a technical solution which gathers data from many clients (you) and processes the data on a single server. The server then produces reports on market activity in VFK, including recommendations on import opportunities based on Jita/VFK price differences, markups in VFK, weekly volumes in VFK as compared to available stock, and total profit opportunities. It takes 95% of the effort out of market research for nullsec importing and market stocking.

How do I use the client?

It's similar in spirit to the eve-central or eve-marketdata uploaders. Click the Client link on the menu bar to download it.

  1. Download, install, and launch the client. Add/modify paths to EVE clients if needed.
  2. Start EVE and login to a character in either Deklein or The Forge (Jita).
  3. Using the In-Game-Browser ('IGB'), go to the Goonmetrics Market Scan page and click on a link to start scanning market data.

The client will automatically detect and upload any order or price history data in your client cache, including stuff you click on manually instead of using the Market Scan page. We conform to the EULA and don't do anything underhanded, but feel free to verify this on your own if you wish. The methods used are similar to those used by several other public tools.

It doesn't matter if you start the uploader client before or after starting EVE.

How does this help make me ISK?

The product of all the client uploads and database backend is presented on the Goonmetrics Importing page. Here you will see several reports, including:

  • >= 25% Markup: Items at 25% or greater markup above import cost, default sorted by total profit per week.
  • <50% Stock: Items which VFK may be low on, based on current stock versus average weekly volumes.
  • Top Markup: The most profitable items to import and sell, if you could monopolize the market at current margins...
  • Top Total: The heaviest ISK volume items in VFK -- these may or may not be profitable to import, often items like Maelstroms top this list. Maelstroms are often built locally after being imported as compressed minerals instead of being imported as repackaged hulls.

You can use these reports to spot under-served items in the market, relisters, or other shenanigans. Find something profitable and import it, while developing your own long term market plan. If data has not recently been updated for an item, there will be a little warning icon or calendar icon next to it. Hover over it to see if it's the Jita or VFK data which is outdated and by how many hours. You can then help fix that by running the client and loading that item's order and price history data.

Importing Tips

  • Don't import an entire week's volume at a time, import 40-50% instead. This increases the chances of your items selling in a reasonable timeframe and doesn't leave you too much out of pocket if Jita (or other source) prices spike/crash.
  • Don't put all of your ISK into importing. It can take weeks to move items, especially if there are few op broadcasts or heavy competition.
  • The 20% markup figure is only a recommendation, list for as high or low of a markup as you like, just be aware that eventually someone will come along who is happy to take a reasonable profit.
  • Relisters can and will buy out your entire stock and list it higher. Don't panic! Import another chunk of items and list them again. Eventually they'll realise that they have several weeks worth of volume and you're not going to stop importing, or they don't and you happily continue to take them to the cleaners.