It's entirely player-driven. If nobody's put up any T-points for sale yet at or below the price in Dilithium that you were asking for, you won't get anything. You have to wait until someone puts T-points up for sale.
I’m thinking that the only real way to benefit with the Dilithium to C-Point exchange is to look for the smallest amount of C-Points being offered for a reasonable price and go after those to build up your C-Points slowly over time.
This is it on the nose. I've thinking adding up slowly on a per day basis (the holidays are right around the corner after all )
Using Mr. Jonathan_Kent's 500 Dilithium = 1 CP as my base case here ie a formula.
the daily cap is 8,000 Dilithium so how much is the daily cap worth?
lets get our formula in a 1 to 1 ratio by dividing both sides by 500
1 Dilithium = 1/500 th of a CPoint
Multiply the new equation by the daily cap
8,000 * (1) = ( 1 / 500 ) * 8,000
is equal to
8,000 Dilithium = 16 CPoints (I did a maximum "money" to Dilithium as well using the $7 = 500 CPoints where selling 8,0000 Dilithium for 25 CPoints per day would yield the most "money" but to keep things on a 1:1 ratio this would be it)
And since everyone here is getting a nice "headstart" with Dilithium on ALL Characters, it would be quite easy to make CPoints.
Assuming 1 VA:
8,000 = 25 CPoints per day * 30 days = 750 CPoints per month (For Lifers add 400, = 1,150CPoints per month)
For people looking to get their hands on Dilithium for the smallest possible CPoint purchase, this will be their best bet. For $7 people get 500 CPoints, and for 25 CPoints they basically get 1 extra refinement daily cap in the hands. They would only be paying 5% of their 500CPoints for 1 Extra Refinement. IMO, as a future Dilithium buyer (thank you LTS) These are the sales I will be looking for as I can maximizes my monthly stipend.
Sorry how this sounds of me, But I would never let a CStore point I paid real money for go for less than 1000Dil.
If you go through and take my above equations a few steps further you'll see 8,000 Dilithium = 25 CPoints which is approximately $0.30 per 25 CPoints. out of the $7 you're spending for 500, you're only spending 5% on 8,000. This gives you 20 transactions ( 100% / 5% ) giving you 160,000 Dilithium ( 20 * 8,000)
But I can understand people not wanting to spend any. The point is there are tons of options when dealing with Dilithium and people just have to look and get a feel for the numbers
I'd like to see that we should have armor/weapon/etc...damage and we should pay for it in Dillithium. Also, there should be a fee to upkeep/maintenance of starship. Also, this should be paid in Dillithium.