Posted April 25, 2020
Another thing you can do to make looking for crafting material easier:
RawSteelUT: It's fucking nearly impossible to get crafting items, and even normal trading is a lot more tedious. The biggest issue is that crafting items can't be searched for in the map, so you have to dock at every station and go to the trader and HOPE they have what you require.
1) Research Teleportation Technology.
2) When you get some disposable income, go buy a bunch of Elite Vanguards as they are relatively speedy and the cheapest ships (about 185k/ea, don't recall the exact amount).
3) Dock them in stations around the HQ or your prefered home base location.
4) Teleport from one station to the next and visit all the Trader Corners. With the basic teleport research complete you can teleport within the current system and up to +1 outside the current system. Finishing the research allows you to teleport anywhere in the gate network.
You can even daisy-chain a few ships early on to reach stations you want. I recommend the Teladi Trading Station near the PHQ as I think it has multiple Trader Corners (3-4?). I also try to leave a ship docked at each Black Market I unlock to quickly teleport to and search for components for EMP Bombs to make unlocking modules much easier. I know the traders roll their stocks over, but I don't know how often. I think it's once every half hour and only when you leave the current system.
Lockboxes can be good, but save before you open them. Some of them can contain a bunch of tracker mines instead of loot.