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Jester’s Trek: What’s it worth to you?

So, today, CCP is releasing a rather interesting sort of holiday gift.  It’s a choice between 23 different potential gifts.  Here’s the full list:

  • Amarr Destroyer/Ammo Package, including Destroyer skillbook, 3 Coercers, and 24 of each Small Imperial Navy laser crystal;
  • Minmatar Destroyer/Ammo Package, including Destroyer skillbook, 3 Thrashers, and 10k of each Small Republic Fleet projectile ammo;
  • Caldari Destroyer/Ammo Package, including Destroyer skillbook, 3 Cormorants, and 10k of each Small Caldari Navy hybrid ammo;
  • Gallente Destroyer/Ammo Package, including Destroyer skillbook, 3 Catalysts, and 10k of each Small Gallente Navy hybrid ammo;
  • a Zephyr;
  • a Primae;
  • an Echelon;
  • a Hardwiring – Genolution Core Augmentation CA-1;
  • a set of all five Basic Attribute Implants (+3 bonus to each attribute);
  • an Attribute Remap;
  • a set of four Standard Boosters: Drop, Exile, Blue Pill, and Crash;
  • a set of five Quafe Zero Boosters;
  • a set of 1000 of each of the four new POS fuel blocks;
  • a set of one of each of the BPOs to produce those fuel blocks;
  • 10 of each Medium Imperial Navy Laser crystal;
  • 5 of each Large Imperial Navy laser crystal;
  • 5k of each Medium Republic Fleet projectile ammo;
  • 2.5k of each Large Republic Fleet projectile ammo;
  • 5k of each Medium Federation Navy hybrid ammo;
  • 2.5k of each Large Federation Navy hybrid ammo;
  • 5k of each of the four Caldari Navy Heavy Missile ammo and Heavy Assault Missile ammo;
  • 2.5k of each of the four Caldari Navy Cruise Missile ammo and Siege Missile ammo; or,
  • 2000 Aurum.

It’s quite an impressive and varied list!  Kudos to CCP for taking this approach.  You can choose the gift you want to go with by visiting your Account Management page at the CCP website.

A few interesting questions arise, though.  Which gifts are worth more?  Well, I sat down and worked it out.  All of these values are approximations, but probably fairly good approximations.  You can, of course, make your own approximations of each as well.

Amarr Destroyer/Ammo Package 59.775m
Caldari Destroyer/Ammo Package 58.175m
Gallente Destroyer/Ammo Package 58.175m
4000 Fuel Blocks 55.000m
Fuel Block Blueprints 52.000m
Minmatar Destroyer/Ammo Package 46.175m
Basic Attribute Implant Set 42.450m
Faction Medium Missiles 40.000m
Faction Medium Hybrid Ammo 38.000m
Faction Medium Laser Crystals 36.000m
Faction Large Laser Crystals 36.000m
Faction Large Missiles 35.000m
Quafe Zero x5 30.000m
Faction Medium Projectile Ammo 30.000m
2000 AUR 27.932m
Hardwiring – Genolution Core Augmentation CA-1       ??.???m
Faction Large Projectile Ammo 25.000m
Faction Large Hybrid Ammo 25.000m
Four Standard Boosters 22.000m
Zephyr 15.000m
Primae 5.000m
Echelon 2.900m
Attribute Remap ??.???m

How did I come up with these values?  In most cases, I just checked the market or EVE Central.  I did not look up the values of every little type of ammo.  Instead, I picked a couple of popular types, then averaged them with a couple of unpopular types, to get their values.  A few of the items deserve special attention, however.

The Zephyr, Primae, and Echelon were all past holiday gifts.  Their value is set based entirely on their rarity.  The current values are more or less accurate and reflect — quite frankly — the number of those ships that have been destroyed.  The Echelon, for instance, is nearly worthless since very few have been destroyed.  As more of these one-release ships are destroyed, the value of the remaining ones should go up.  The Interbus Shuttle is a good example here.  While one of these ships could initially be purchased for 20 million ISK or so, over the years, their value has escalated.  Quafe Zero is also a product with a limited number of examples in the field, and as they are consumed, the value of them is also going up.  Currently, Quafe Zero is selling on contract for between 5 and 6 million ISK per unit.

In much the same way, the value of the Genolution implants is going to vary based on the number of people who get podded while using them.  Still, I expect the value of these implants to settle in around the 25-30 million ISK mark over time, consistent with the other comparable fitting implants.

The cost of fuel blocks is currently in flux.  The new blocks don’t go into production until January 24.  In the meantime, though, the aggregate value of the products that go into most of the fuel blocks is about 12,500 ISK per unit, with the exception of the Gallente blocks, which use Oxytopes and are therefore worth more.  The fuel block blueprints, similarly, are currently selling for about 13 million per unit on the market.

I chose the value of Aurum based on the excellent analysis done at the White Rose Conventicle that I referenced the other day.

As a result, the value of the bulk of these holiday gifts is between 30 million and 50 million ISK for most of the gifts.

Which leaves one gift… an attribute remap.  And this… is… interesting!  What is the value of an attribute remap?  It is completely worthless on the market, of course.  CCP has made noises in the past of selling “remaps for PLEX”, a plan that was shouted down by the players and by CSM5.  And yet here it is again, this time as a free gift.  Surely, players can’t complain about a free gift, can they?

I have absolutely no doubt that it’s going to be one of the most popular gifts.  So, no, players are unlikely to complain about a free gift.

Is an attribute remap worth 30-50 million ISK?  If players could buy remaps for this price on the market, would they?  Absolutely!  In droves!  And yet they can’t… except that this year, they sorta can.  😉  Very coy, CCP.  I approve.

And that concludes my 500th post on Jester’s Trek.  :-)  I’ll have more to say about this milestone a little later this week.

Ripard Teg

About the Author: Playing EVE Online for more than four years, play under the main Ripard Teg. Currently afflicted with the much maligned “Bitter-Vet” disease, Ripard Teg travels through the New Eden landscape in search of a cure… and hopefuly a good adventure to share with his readers.

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20 Comments

  1. Krelian Lann

    By the way, the implant is currently 80m on Contracts in Jita, so it is worth more than the Amarr package.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:19 am Reply
    1. Yeah, I think that implant — *in the short term* — is going to be the most valuable. Long-term, though, I think supply and demand is going to take hold and the price will go down. I think what's happening with that implant right now is speculation. I'd want to see that they're actually *selling* for that price, though. Good comment!

      December 13, 2011 at 3:51 am Reply
  2. Skullair

    Isk can be made to buy any of thouse iteams… Skillpoints are priceless so I would like more remaps personly…

    December 13, 2011 at 3:35 am Reply
    1. anatlasgoon

      Priceless != Valuable, but frankly, 50 mil doesn't mean a lot to me.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:22 am Reply
  3. dumbfcuk

    will be picking the aurum

    December 13, 2011 at 3:37 am Reply
  4. 0.0 pilot

    I think the vast majority will be picking the remap. It's kind of a no-brainer.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:00 am Reply
    1. Cynic

      All-right, who tipped off CCP into removing the remap?

      December 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm Reply
    2. raiden guy

      more like a RE brainer.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm Reply
  5. Imigo

    I would say the hardest thing to get would be the remap, and therefore this has the most appeal for me.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:02 am Reply
    1. With enough remaps you could max out your hard to spec for sets like navigation and drones, but still have one left over to bring you back to the core or offensive skills.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm Reply
  6. anatlasgoon

    "Happy Holidays! Your gift will be available on December 22, 2011."

    FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    December 13, 2011 at 4:15 am Reply
  7. YoDawg

    You're calculations are somewhat wrong by the way, in the sense that immediate value wise (Selling to buy order rather than creating your own sell order) the destroyer packages are worth way less then the 50m~ you stated. If you redeem it and sell straight to buy you'll end up around 20m or something. The fuel blocks or the implant are probably the best instant isk wise atm rivaled by the CA-1 implant that you could hold onto for a while.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:37 am Reply
  8. Sold

    What retard price you using for those fuel blocks? They sell for around 25k ea, except the Gallente ones, which go for nearly twice that. That is well over 100M isk. Hell, using the going rates for the components, it costs almost that much just to make them. The fuel blocks are easily the most valuable gift on the list.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:34 am Reply
    1. Sold

      doubel post: Sorry, I just noticed the plex number up there. 2000 Aur at 27.932M? A single PLEX give 3600 Aur. So 2000/3600 is apx 55% of a PLEX, or 247M isk. So much fail…

      December 13, 2011 at 5:39 am Reply
      1. Weltz

        Still… Aur is worthless tbh

        December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm Reply
  9. Blazde

    Interbus Shuttles were only given out to new accounts created with boxed EVE if I remember right (I have the box but no shuttle cos I added game-time instead). So their rarity is much, much greater than ships that have been given out to every single account

    I can't think of any free-for-all gifts that have risen in value decently over the years. Quafe Zero is the only one that might rise signicantly, being both useful and consumable and limited. But with so much given out originally and so many people rediscovering it sitten in a forgotten hangar every now and then, and as the price rises more will hold onto it, so it's value increase is going to tail off

    Snowballs were in a similar situation before they were melted

    December 13, 2011 at 6:01 am Reply
  10. VitterBet

    Aren't the genolution implants a once off type thing? So their price should go up as they get destroyed?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm Reply
  11. Zeroniss

    Just a headsup – at this point in time it looks like the free remap option has been removed. Oh well

    December 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm Reply
  12. Akrasjel Lanate

    those values are out of ass

    December 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm Reply
  13. Goon

    Welp…Apparently CCP removed neural remap as gift, so whoever is late, you are late 😀 troll CCP is troll

    December 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm Reply

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