i didn't read all replies only the question. and it seems that you don't know how the bot worked.
i traded food, raw and from time to time weapons on market all the time the bot was active in the past. i was active in different countries (germany, netherlands, japan, bolivia, thailand, belarus - i had also the licence for russia but russia had no active bot & bolivia had often trade embargos with my homecountry russia but not always)
the buybot was only active in countries with low citizencount/bad economy/no demand i think - at least it was not active everywhere (so for example it was active in thailand but not in russia). in some countries it was also limited to certain products if i remember right but i am not sure about that...
however i am sure about:
the buybot on market didn't bought every second but only once every hour.
it was different time for different countries if i remember right for germany and netherlands it was at the beginning of the hour (~XX:05) whereas for thailand and bolivia it was the end (~XX:50). i sat there multiple times and waited for the exact second the bot bought in the different countries (refreshing my storage some seconds before i knew bot would buy and then a second later).
and the buybot only bought a specific amount of products depending on how near your price was to the maximum bot price* and what product you tried to sell.
if it was a price way lower => bot bought much
if it was exactly the max botprice => bot bought less
if it was more expensive than botprice => bot bought nothing
if it was cheap stuff like raw => bot bought multiple hundred units every hour
if it was more expensive stuff => bot bought less than hundred or even just 10 or 20units every hour
so if you post now stuff and it is gone in an instant -and this for multiple tries- then it is most likely not the bot** but a guy who was just looking at the market. and also the bot would flood the game with too much currency even with prices now so i think admins try to not use him.
however i think that the bot might be active for food-raw as it was not really demanded (in the past) and often hit the 0.01cc mark but then gone up magically to 0.02cc... (problem with price hitting 0.01cc is that while food could still fall in price food-raw couldn't go lower accordingly. this would make foodraw more expensive in relation to food**)
* newbie-info: botprice was usually higher (and partly much higher) than the lowest offer on market - otherwise it would have not made sense to sell to the bot/would not have been selling to the bot.
so if marketprice for q5food was at 1.50cc and many units were offered from many people
then you could post a offer at 1,60cc that wasn't even shown on the 1st page on market
but once every hour the bot would buy 50-100units even though there were still many offers on market with a much lower price
** however if admins changed the bot to buy every second (i don't believe that) then it could be the bot
*** example you have foodraw at 0.01 and
a ) at the beginning q5food (needs 5raw) can be sold for 0.20cc
difference would be 0.15cc (profit before tax)
b ) later q5food price falls to 0.15cc [foodraw can't fall lower so it still is 0.01cc]
so now difference would be only 0.10cc
=> investment of foodraw would get more expensive even though foodraw-price is the same
and i think to prevent that admins might buy foodraw at 0.01cc - but i am not sure
Edited by eisenmutter2, 23 September 2013 - 04:34 PM.