I know in Sins theres a way r trick to controlling the prices in the black market.
I wanted to ask how is it done and does any of the 3 races better at it then others?
I think an update that made the black market more random kind of nixed that...
Sometimes, if you sell resources once, it will cause the market to crash...then you can buy a ton of that resource after the market bottoms out...problem is, it's not easy to do it on demand...the market simply has to be at the right place at the right time...
If you buy a bunch of resources in rapid succession, the price will rise. If you sell in rapid succession, the price will fall. The mark-up on the black market is absolutely massive, so in practice there is no way to abuse this. Even at the low-point of the market you'll pay 400 credits to buy 100 metal or crystal, whereas at the high point you'll only get about 250 credits for selling 100 metal or crystal. Bottom line is that even if you buy low and sell high you're still turning a loss.
Use the black market to correct resource imbalances you may have. Don't try to play around and try to make a profit; the prices are fixed and you always lose. You can try waiting for favourable prices, but usually I find it's not worth it.
Another viable thought uncontrollable strategy would be buy when prices are low and place on the market for other players to buy when price is high.
If players are buying frequently enough for you to do this, the price will virtually never be low. Selling to other players is a great strategy, but I don't think the margins are good enough to merit buying from the black market to sell to players.
Mind you, I find the favored client discout research to be incredibly helpful, and i allways smack myself when i find i havent bought it yet when ima in pocket and i am going for purvasive econ.
Selling just enough crystal to cause a crash, then buying *#$%wads at the low prices and then sticking them on the blackmarket might be feasible with favored client... but prolly not otherwise.
I haven’t tested it but you might be able to make money on the black market if:
1. Player one is TEC with favored client discount
2. Player two does not have favored client discount
3. Both players have 0% upkeep
4. Player one buys metal or crystal
5. Player one gives metal or crystal to player two
6. Player two offers metal or crystal on the black market for 100% price
7. Repeat steps 4-6
This is of course without the variable of changing prices, and I don’t think it’s very practical in a real game.
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