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What is Trade Dangerous?
TradeDangerous is set of powerful trading tools for Elite Dangerous, organized around one of the most powerful trade run optimizers available.
The TRO is a heavy hitter that can calculate complex routes with multiple- stops while taking into account the profits you make along the route.
The price data in TradeDangerous is either manually entered or crowd sourced (e.g. http://www.davek.com.au/td).
What can it do for me?
You're at Mokosh/Bethe Station with 5000cr, room for 8 cargo units and a ship that can go 8.56ly per jump fully loaded. At a command prompt we enter the following command:
trade.py run --from Mokosh/Bethe --credits 5000 --capacity 8 --ly-per 8.56
or in abbreviated form:
trade.py run --fr Mok/Beth --cr 5000 --cap 8 --ly 8.56
In return, TD will give us a 2-leg trade run that'll may more than double our money:
1: MOKOSH/Bethe Station -> GRANTHAIMI/Parmitano Colony: 2: MOKOSH/Bethe Station: 8 x Mineral Extractors, 3: V774 HERCULIS/Mendel Mines: 4 x Gallite, 4 x Rutile, 4: GRANTHAIMI/Parmitano Colony +6,340cr
Line 1 tells us the start and end stations for this route.
Line 2 tells us what to pick up at our first station.
Line 3 tells us the first hop of our run. When we get here, we sell all the cargo we are carrying and pick up a new load.
Line 4 tells us the last hop of our run and how much we gain when we sell our remaining cargo here.
But how do I get to V774 Herculis? There's a command for that!
trade.py nav mok/beth herc/mendel --ly 8.56 System JumpLy --------------------- MOKOSH 0.00 LTT 15449 6.23 V774 HERCULIS 4.90
But we could also just ask TD to give us more detail with our trade run ("-v"):
trade.py run -v --fr Mok/Beth --cr 5000 --cap 8 --ly 8.56 1: MOKOSH/Bethe Station -> GRANTHAIMI/Parmitano Colony: 2: Load from MOKOSH/Bethe Station: 8 x Mineral Extractors (@491cr), 3: Jump MOKOSH -> LTT 15449 -> V774 HERCULIS 4: Load from V774 HERCULIS/Mendel Mines: 4 x Gallite (@1663cr), 4 x Rutile (@223cr), 5: Jump V774 HERCULIS -> LTT 15449 -> GRANTHAIMI 6: Finish GRANTHAIMI/Parmitano Colony + 6,340cr => 11,340cr
Lines 2 and 4 now include the expected buying prices so you don't get herped by out of date price data.
Lines 3 and 5 tell us our jump routes between legs.
(For even more detail "-v -v" or "-vv" or "-vvv")
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