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Salus Novus
United Front Alliance
Posted - 2008.02.13 21:31:00 - [1]

why so high?

Aria Jenneth
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2008.02.13 22:45:00 - [2]


It's a capital ship.

It's huge, mostly due to the basic fact that it's a mobile ore-processing facility capable of the compression and transportation of truly staggering quantities of harvested material. It is, in fact, so large that it cannot use standard jump gates and is obliged to use a jump drive and remote cynosural field for transportation between star systems.

The quantities of tritanium required alone are probably enough to run the price into the hundreds of millions, though I'll admit I haven't run the figures. The research necessary to reduce the construction time and material use, and thus get its cost down to a competitive level, is doubtless quite lengthy.

What's more, as a capital vessel, its construction is a multiple-stage process involving quite a lot of individually researched and assembled components.

Not that I'm an expert, but it really seems like that would about do it.

Any other questions, pilot?

Becq Starforged
Minmatar Ship Construction Services
Posted - 2008.02.13 23:16:00 - [3]

The answer to the question of "Why does X cost so much" almost always involves supply and demand.

In this case, I imagine that the demand for Rorquals outstrips to supply of Rorquals due to, among other things, the cost of the blueprint license, the large investment in terms of time and construction materials, and the great deal of training required to assemble them. Many people want to buy them, but fewer want to go to the effort and expense to buy them. Thus those who *do* build them increase their asking price.

At this point, one or both of two things happens. One possibility is that many of the prospective buyers might decide that they really don't need a Rorqual that much, thus causing demand to shrink. Alternatively, more builders might take note of the increasing prices and decide to enter the market, thus increasing supply. Either of these will lead to the market price decreasing. These market forces will eventually lead to the market price stabilizing at a level that balances supply and demand ... at least until outside influences (such as mineral prices, for example) shift the balance.

Hope this helps.

RONA Corporation
RONA Directorate
Posted - 2008.02.14 09:29:00 - [4]

When I searched for my Rorqual, the number available on the market was... rather small. In fact, I had to travel 9 regions to find one (I avoided Caldari space). They are costly, but worth every ISK.


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