The dev blogs explain all the coming changes in great details, therefore I am not going to repeat what’s better written by CCP developers.
What I’d like to talk about are the basically endless opportunities for EvE traders of all kinds.
There are changes that will affect logistics, mineral costs and reprocessing efficiency, there are changes that will impact on finished items prizes and on blueprints characteristics.
The number and impact of those changes is staggering. Many industrialists have expressed their concerns about the changes, some times it borders fear.
Traders have to ride the changes. Change is another name for “opportunity”!
Bar few items, some months past each expansion, EvE markets become relatively flat or ranging. The next expansion is going to change that, a lot. Considering traders are currently not scheduled to have a lot of changes in their operating costs (in example, the broker fee), they are going to get a lot of benefits from the situation.
EvE markets profitability is based on a simple “buy low, sell high” principle. Usuallly EvE traders who have a medium or long investment time frame have to squeeze out all the juice from the limited price swings that happen over time.
We may consider EvE events as phenomenons creating ripples on a calm water surface. Traders have to ride those market price ripples or “swings”. The next expansion is going to be an huge warhammer smashing on the “calm water” surface. Prices will totally go crazy for a while, the swinging creates price differences and trends. Both of them may be readily exploited by EvE traders to their advantage. Sure, the first question that comes to mind is: “how are we going to know that our favourite market” (I randomly mention my much favored ices and mineral markets) is going to rise and not to fall? The answer is… we can’t know for sure nor we are meant to care. By following the simple strategies I have explained over the years on this web site and on the sister EvE thread, it’ll be quite possible to learn the new price trends and jump on the rising markets bandwagon!
Remember: traders don’t fear, they evilly cackle at those epocal changes!