The landscape has changed dramatically with the introduction of Citadels. In these, we have structures to assist in better controlling our surroundings, and added game play options for previously isolated activities. This week, I engaged the market using one of the regional Fortizars in the Forge. Let’s go over the basics of this grand tool.
The Fortizar is the large Citadel. Unlike its little brother Astrahus, the Fortizar is the first new structure to allow the owner to set up a dockable market hub. The installation cost is tremendous, but the potential revenue in transaction taxes more than compensates for that.
In order to quickly find these Fortizars, it is best to use the Structure Browser. You can access this window by going to NEOCOM => BUSINESS => STRUCTURE BROWSER.
Now that we know how to find the Fortizars, how can we best exploit its new features? First let’s go over its behavior.
- The owner sets the market tax for the structure. This tax, if charged from an NPC station, would have simply been removed from the economy as a sink. However, the market taxes charged from Fortizars are paid to the owner.
- In order to only be charged the market tax set by the owner, buy orders must be placed while docked in the Fortizar.
- Now that we are only getting charged the market tax set by the owner, we must use the trade skill VISIBILITY in order to set the buy range of our order to the appropriate level. Using myself as an example, I would need to only have VISIBILITY Level 2 in order to accomplish this. With the orders that I have set from the Fortizar, they will be matched as long as the order is being completed within 5 jumps of the Citadel as described by VISIBILITY skill at Level 2. In short, I can place a buy order from the Citadel and pick up the item from my Market Deliveries in Jita.
- The market tax set by the owner ignores trade skills that otherwise would have reduced broker fees. This makes buy orders from Citadels a viable option for new traders to get ahead of the competition.
As you can see from the screen shot, the broker fee information found in your wallet interface does not automatically take into account the market tax set by the Citadel owner even if you are physically docked in the Citadel.
There is a tremendous amount of meta gaming surrounding this new feature. In the future, it would not surprise me if Citadel market hubs become the premier method of injecting ISK into alliance wallets.
Unfortunately, I am not able to provide a detailed description of how the sell orders would work in the Fortizar. Currently, I do not have a good enough sample size of Jita-based sell orders to use as an example. Also, I am not confident about the current state of this mechanic as a catalyst to promote such activity.
Learn what you can about this new feature and don’t be afraid to use it yourself. With their availability in the Forge region, there had better be a good reason why you’re not using them, because you can guarantee that your competitors are.
Now let’s see how well we did this trade week.
Coupled with our imported goods bought at a discount, I saw increased activity in Rens and Hek. The Minmatar Militia appear to have finally found their footing, and managed to keep the Amarr Militia consistently at tier 3 this week.
Apart from the usual weapons and weapon upgrades that I have consistently traded, I also found success in the form of engineering and tanking modules. This may be tapping more into the PVE customer base of those market hubs.
This week, I also managed to be more active in the realm of T2 and T3 production. At this point, my intention is to continue producing goods that will find their way into the less-well-seeded low-sec market hubs, while I focus on testing the waters with increased volume in Rens, Hek, and Dodixie. I think this will give me the best balanced industry portfolio in line with the observed market capabilities of those hubs.
Thanks again for reading; good luck and happy trading.