Trade Hubs

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Trade Hubs are centers of trading in a region of space, usually found in a solar system with many gates that serve as a main pass-through center. Volumes of goods traded in trade hub systems far exceed goods traded in other systems in the region, marked by high availability of goods in one place. The volume of goods increase customers to the system, attracting more sellers, increasing volume, and stabilizing prices. In busy regions such as The Forge, a large fraction of trade takes place at the hub, such as Jita.

The convenience of "one-stop shopping" is such that buyers are usually willing to pay a slight premium just to get the items at the hub rather than elsewhere in the region (this can usually be seen by examining the sell orders of an item). However, in low-population regions where the hubs are not as developed, there may be no premiums charged on goods and often the range must be increased on buy orders in order to reach more sellers.

Trade hubs are created in certain locations for a number of reasons, including location (choke points, proximity to mission hubs or different regions) and available facilities (research facilities, manufacturing lines etc). These factors cause players to use particular stations and systems over others, and once a station is known as a trade hub then players are more likely to use it, cementing its status.

If your corporation is at war (as EVE University often is), be cautious around trade hubs, as your enemies will often be lurking there, hoping to catch you hauling valuables unawares. It's highly recommended to create an out-of-corp hauling alt character to avoid unnecessary losses.

Major Trade Hubs

Jita - The Forge - Caldari Space

  • Population: 33,501 [1]
  • Total market offers value: 119.4 trillion ISK
  • Location: Jita IV - Moon 4 - Caldari Navy Assembly Plant

Jita is the center of trade in New Eden and is by far the largest hub in game, often having over 1000 players in system with consistent traffic in and out. Trading in Jita is extremely competitive due to the high level of activity. This often results in fairly low profit margins, and is harder for players with low ISK to succeed in due to the richer able to shrug off the low margins by trading in volume. However, players new to trading will be able to turn over smaller orders more quickly, and therefore learn what to do/what not to do sooner. Be mindful of low volumes as well, since if you do find products with decent profit margins (say above 20%), these items flow a lot slower than those with narrower margins.

Amarr - Domain - Amarr Space

  • Population: 7,856 [1]
  • Total market offers value: 693.3 billion ISK
  • Location: Amarr VIII (Oris) - Emperor Family Academy

Rens - Heimatar - Minmatar Space

  • Population: 7,856 [1]
  • Total market offers value: 137.9 billion ISK
  • Location: Rens VI - Moon 8 - Brutor Tribe Treasury

Dodixie - Sinq Laison - Gallente Space

  • Population: 5,865 [1]
  • Total market offers value: 91.4 billion ISK
  • Location: Dodixie IX - Moon 20 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant

Secondary Trade Hubs

The following trade hubs are consistently in the top ten in market value for orders EVE-wide:

Hek - Metropolis - Minmatar Space

  • Location: Hek - Hek VIII - Moon 12 - Boundless Creation Factory

Oursulaert - Essence - Gallente Space

  • Location: Oursulaert - Oursulaert III - Federation Navy Testing Facilities

Tash-Murkon Prime - Tash-Murkon - Amarr Space

  • Location: Tash-Murkon Prime II - Moon 1 - Kaalakiota Corporation Factory

Agil - Khanid - Amarr Space

  • Location: Agil VI - Moon 2 - CONCORD Logistic Support

Empire Space

Major trade hubs in bold, other notables in italics.

Amarr Empire

Aridia

  • Sakht VI - Moon 7 - Genolution Biotech Production [2]

The Bleak Lands

  • Tuomuta III - Ducia Foundry Mining Outpost [3]

Devoid

  • Esescama VIII - Moon 3 - Imperial Armaments Warehouse [4]

Domain

  • Amarr VIII (Oris) - Emperor Family Academy [5]

Kador

  • Dresi I - Moon 18 - Emperor Family Bureau [6]

Kor-Azor

  • Ordion VII - Moon 16 - Amarr Navy Testing Facilities [7]
  • Zinkon VII - Moon 1 - Caldari Business Tribunal Accounting [8]

Tash-Murkon

  • Tash-Murkon Prime II - Moon 1 - Kaalakiota Corporation Factory [9]

Ammatar Mandate

Derelik

  • Berta VI - Moon 19 - Ammatar Consulate Bureau [10]

Caldari State

Black Rise

  • Ichoriya V - Caldari Navy Logistic Support [11]

The Citadel

  • Motsu VII - Moon 6 - Caldari Navy Logistic Support [12]

The Forge

  • Jita IV - Moon 4 - Caldari Navy Assembly Plant [13]

Lonetrek

  • Nourvukaiken V - State Protectorate Logistic Support [14]
  • Sobaseki VII - Caldari Navy Logistic Support [15]
Bordering Jita - The Forge
  • Torrinos V - Moon 16 - Home Guard Logistic Support [16]
Bordering EC-P8R - Pure Blind

Gallente Federation

Essence

  • Oursulaert III - Federation Navy Testing Facilities [17]
  • Arnon IX - Moon 3 - Sisters of EVE Bureau [18]
Home of The Blood-Stained Stars (Sisters of EVE Epic Arc)

Everyshore

  • Halle VII - Moon 6 - Federal Intelligence Office Assembly Plant [19]

Placid

  • Orvolle I - Federation Navy Assembly Plant [20]
  • Stacmon V - Moon 9 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant [21]
Nearest trade hub to the Low-Sec Campus headquarters in Uphallant (2 jumps)

Sinq Laison

  • Dodixie IX - Moon 20 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant [22]

Solitude

  • Boystin V - Moon 6 - Federal Intelligence Office Assembly Plant [23]
Headquarters of Project Solitude

Verge Vendor

  • Clellinon VI - Moon 11 - Center for Advanced Studies School [24]
  • Sortet V - Moon 1 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant [25]

Genesis

  • Apanake VIII - Moon 8 - Sisters of EVE Bureau [26]

Khanid Kingdom

Khanid

  • Agil VI - Moon 2 - CONCORD Logistic Support [27]

Minmatar Republic

Heimatar

  • Rens VI - Moon 8 - Brutor Tribe Treasury [28]
  • Lustrevik VII - Moon 9 - Brutor Tribe Academy [29]
Popular mission hub
  • Pator VII (Kulheim) - Republic Security Services Assembly Plant [30]
Second closest trade hub to Aldrat (5 jumps away)

Metropolis

  • Hek VIII - Moon 12 - Boundless Creation Factory [31]
Closest trade hub to EVE University's home in Aldrat. On the way from Aldrat to Hek you will pass through Eystur (part of the Heimatar Region), which lets you check prices in Rens to see if you can get a better deal there

Molden Heath

  • Teonusude III - Moon 1 - Republic Fleet Assembly Plant [32]

NPC Nullsec

Curse

  • XX9-WV VII - Moon 3 - Salvation Angels Trading Post [33]
  • G-0Q86 VII - Moon 1 - Guardian Angels Assembly Plant [34]

Delve

  • 1-SMEB V - 1-Sort gives us the best gifts [35]

Geminate

  • BWF-ZZ V - Welcome to camp [36]

Great Wildlands

  • E02-IK VIII - Moon 1 - Thukker Mix Factory [37]

Outer Ring

  • 4C-B7X VIII - Moon 1 - Outer Ring Excavations Mining Outpost [38]

Stain

  • 4GQ-XQ IX - Moon 1 - True Creations Shipyard [39]
  • LGK-VP V - Moon 3 - True Power Assembly Plant [40]
  • TG-Z23 III - Moon 8 - True Power Logistic Support [41]

Syndicate

  • PC9-AY III - Intaki Commerce Trading Post [42]
Headquarters of the Nullsec Campus
  • VSIG-K VIII - Moon 1 - Intaki Syndicate Bureau [43]
  • X-M2LR VI - Moon 8 - Intaki Commerce Warehouse [44]

Venal

  • N5Y-4N VII - Moon 20 - Guristas Logistic Support [45]

Claimable Nullsec

There are huge trade hubs in Nullsec, but almost all stations are owned by alliances and are restricted to members of that alliance and their allies.

A notable exception is the Scalding Pass region, which contains freeports [46] (everyone is allowed to dock; there are no docking fees; and all services may be used). The owner of most of these stations is The Gorgon Empire (-GE-) alliance.

Scalding Pass

  • 4-CM8I VI - 4-C0EL0M8 4 LYFE [47]
A growing trade hub of the alliance Phoebe Freeport Republic (PFR)

References

  1. ^ a b c d EVE Quarterly Economic Newsletter
  2. ^ Historical Rank for Sakht VI - Moon 7 - Genolution Biotech Production in Aridia.
  3. ^ Historical Rank for Tuomuta III - Ducia Foundry Mining Outpost in The Bleak Lands.
  4. ^ Historical Rank for Esescama VIII - Moon 3 - Imperial Armaments Warehouse in Devoid.
  5. ^ Historical Rank for Amarr VIII (Oris) - Emperor Family Academy in Domain.
  6. ^ Historical Rank for Dresi I - Moon 18 - Emperor Family Bureau in Kador.
  7. ^ Historical Rank for Ordion VII - Moon 16 - Amarr Navy Testing Facilities in Kor-Azor.
  8. ^ Historical Rank for Zinkon VII - Moon 1 - Caldari Business Tribunal Accounting in Kor-Azor.
  9. ^ Historical Rank for Tash-Murkon Prime II - Moon 1 - Kaalakiota Corporation Factory in Tash-Murkon.
  10. ^ Historical Rank for Berta VI - Moon 19 - Ammatar Consulate Bureau in Derelik.
  11. ^ Historical Rank for Ichoriya V - Caldari Navy Logistic Support in Black Rise.
  12. ^ Historical Rank for Motsu VII - Moon 6 - Caldari Navy Logistic Support in The Citadel.
  13. ^ Historical Rank for Jita IV - Moon 4 - Caldari Navy Assembly Plant in The Forge.
  14. ^ Historical Rank for Nourvukaiken V - State Protectorate Logistic Support in Lonetrek.
  15. ^ Historical Rank for Sobaseki VII - Caldari Navy Logistic Support in Lonetrek.
  16. ^ Historical Rank for Torrinos V - Moon 16 - Home Guard Logistic Support in Lonetrek.
  17. ^ Historical Rank for Oursulaert III - Federation Navy Testing Facilities in Essence.
  18. ^ Historical Rank for Arnon IX - Moon 3 - Sisters of EVE Bureau in Essence.
  19. ^ Historical Rank for Halle VII - Moon 6 - Federal Intelligence Office Assembly Plant in Everyshore.
  20. ^ Historical Rank for Orvolle I - Federation Navy Assembly Plant in Placid.
  21. ^ Historical Rank for Stacmon V - Moon 9 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant in Placid.
  22. ^ Historical Rank for Dodixie IX - Moon 20 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant in Sinq Laison.
  23. ^ Historical Rank for Boystin V - Moon 6 - Federal Intelligence Office Assembly Plant in Solitude.
  24. ^ Historical Rank for Clellinon VI - Moon 11 - Center for Advanced Studies School in Verge Vendor.
  25. ^ Historical Rank for Sortet V - Moon 1 - Federation Navy Assembly Plant in Verge Vendor.
  26. ^ Historical Rank for Apanake VIII - Moon 8 - Sisters of EVE Bureau in Genesis.
  27. ^ Historical Rank for Agil VI - Moon 2 - CONCORD Logistic Support in Khanid.
  28. ^ Historical Rank for Rens VI - Moon 8 - Brutor Tribe Treasury in Heimatar.
  29. ^ Historical Rank for Lustrevik VII - Moon 9 - Brutor Tribe Academy in Heimatar.
  30. ^ Historical Rank for Pator VII (Kulheim) - Republic Security Services Assembly Plant in Heimatar.
  31. ^ Historical Rank for Hek VIII - Moon 12 - Boundless Creation Factory in Metropolis.
  32. ^ Historical Rank for Teonusude III - Moon 1 - Republic Fleet Assembly Plant in Molden Heath.
  33. ^ Historical Rank for XX9-WV VII - Moon 3 - Salvation Angels Trading Post in Curse.
  34. ^ Historical Rank for G-0Q86 VII - Moon 1 - Guardian Angels Assembly Plant in Curse.
  35. ^ Historical Rank for 1-SMEB V - 1-Sort gives us the best gifts in Delve.
  36. ^ Historical Rank for BWF-ZZ V - Welcome to camp in Geminate.
  37. ^ Historical Rank for E02-IK VIII - Moon 1 - Thukker Mix Factory in Great Wildlands.
  38. ^ Historical Rank for 4C-B7X VIII - Moon 1 - Outer Ring Excavations Mining Outpost in Outer Ring.
  39. ^ Historical Rank for 4GQ-XQ IX - Moon 1 - True Creations Shipyard in Stain.
  40. ^ Historical Rank for LGK-VP V - Moon 3 - True Power Assembly Plant in Stain.
  41. ^ Historical Rank for TG-Z23 III - Moon 8 - True Power Logistic Support in Stain.
  42. ^ Historical Rank for PC9-AY III - Intaki Commerce Trading Post in Syndicate.
  43. ^ Historical Rank for VSIG-K VIII - Moon 1 - Intaki Syndicate Bureau in Syndicate.
  44. ^ Historical Rank for X-M2LR VI - Moon 8 - Intaki Commerce Warehouse in Syndicate.
  45. ^ Historical Rank for N5Y-4N VII - Moon 20 - Guristas Logistic Support in Venal.
  46. ^ The Mittani News Website on Freeports
  47. ^ Historical Rank for 4-CM8I VI - 4-C0EL0M8 4 LYFE in Scalding Pass.
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