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It had been about 2 years since I last tracked my spending vs returns in Entropia Universe even though I have been playing and skilling on a daily basis the entire time.
Chatting with friends in and out of the game as well as reading different forums motivated me to track again for a month and see if the beleifs I had formed years ago were still applicable with the systems today.
My belief before and after this project was that over an extended period of time and spending you will get 90%(give or take a few % ) of your TT (base value) back. My former return tracking projects had all been hunting on a range of levels which agreed with what I tracked this time.
The log and spreadsheet was all tracked with PED based on tt value only with no markup on equipment or ores found.
$1usd = $10PED (ingame currency)
Total Spent Including all Probes, Amplifiers and Tool Decay: $24,214.90PED ($2,421.49usd)
Total Value of Ores Found: $22,448.41PED
Total Value Lost vs TT Value: -$1,766.49PED ($176.65usd)
Total Lost vs TT Value: 92.70%
This looks bad, as though I had lost over $175usd playing last month.
While this is true according to the base value, it doesn't take markup into consideration.
Markup is the price above base value that a player will pay you for your resources or that you pay for your equipment. Markup is all based on player to player transactions either face to face or though the ingame auction.
The average price I paid for Amplifiers was 115%
When averaged in with the unlimited tools that I could repair with out paying markup I payed 112.5% of the base cost for my mining. (every 400ped I spent actually cost me 450ped)
I also profited from markup though when selling my ores.
50% of the Ores I found I was able to sell for 130% (actually sold some for 140%)
25% of the Ores I found I was able to sell for 123%
25% of the Ores I found I was able to sell for 108%
The weighted average for the markup of all ores I found was 122.75%
.927(average return rate) * 1.2275(average markup) = 1.1379(average return rate after markup)
1.1379(return after mu) - 1.125(expenses after markup) = 0.0129 (1.29%)(profit)
Since I cycled $24,214.90PED and had a profit of 1.29% my profits for the month were $312.37PED (or $31usd)
For a majority of this I was using Level 8 mining amplifers which cost me 5ped per search. An unamped finder will only cost you 1ped per search. A rookie finder costs 0.10ped per search. All of my markup expenses were from the Amps I used to 'cycle' faster, unamped with a normal or a rookie finder wouldnt cost you any markup at all.
If I had cycled the same amount of ped without the burden of markup on the amps I would have actually made ((.927*1.2275)-1)*24214.90 = $3339.05PED (or $334usd)
If I had cycled the same number of drops (basicly same amount of time spent) unamped with a regular finder I would have actually profited ((.927*1.2275)-1)*(24214.9/5) = $667PED (or $66.7usd)
If I had cycled the same number of drops (basicly same amount of time spent) unamped with a rookie finder I would have actually profited ((.927*1.2275)-1)*(24214.9/50) = $66.78ped (or $6.68usd)
The most interesting thing for me to see here was that for the same amount of time spent I could have profited more mining unamped. I still had a ton of fun though and for the 6hrs a day 5 days a week (I did group activities with my society on the weekends) I am happy with the results.
Good Luck and have fun