I understand the fallacy that mining and producing your own minerals is not free. They are only free if you ignore the time it took to acquire them from the asteroid belts, and the ISK they would generate if you sold them at market values. You see a lot of items priced so that once material prices are taken into account, the profit margins are minimal or even non-existent, even with well-researched blueprints.
So why is the Minmatar manufacturing an Astero this weekend, from minerals I’ve mined myself, when it would be cost-effective to just buy a finished hull from the market?
Well, essentially just for the fun of it, and so I can say, I made this whenever the Caldari is out exploring in it. I got a pretty good deal on a contract auction for the BPC, and the Minmatar has been on a huge mining kick recently, so I can spare the minerals.
|Winning bid on auctioned blueprint copy||66,000,000 ISK|
|9x Zydrine||3,924 ISK|
|40x Nocxium||21,400 ISK|
|467x Isogen||54,573 ISK|
|2,822x Mexallon||2,822 ISK|
|8,044x Pyerite||8,044 ISK|
|24,022x Tritanium||130,199 ISK|
|2x Megacyte||1,422 ISK|
|Manufacturing fee||8,001 ISK|
|Total cost||66,498,649 ISK|
The going rate for an Astero in Jita is about 73,400,000 ISK, so I’ve actually made a saving of about 690,000 by manufacturing, plus the warm fuzzy feelings of having made it from scratch and doing the content this project generated — mining for a purpose, identifying a good contract, ferrying the materials about. I’m pretty pleased with that.