Why do the requirements increase for the projects every tier? I just reached Tier 2 Omega and already the EC cost is getting kind of silly. The mark cost going up makes a bit of sense, cause I have tons of those as it is, but again, why is the EC cost so high?
I wouldn't mind the reputation system so much if the commodity requirements didn't go up, or there where more ways to earn the requirements rather than buying them.
If course if you buy this from your own replicator it's expensive, but if you get an invite on a freighters or go to the commodities sellers, it's fine. Actually i earn a lot more EC a day with regular play so i don't notice that...
You must be unbelievably lucky then with random drops. I tend to get 2-3 consumables (batteries) and 1-2 white or green items that vendor for 6k. about once a night I will get a blue or purple that I can auction for 30k or vendor for 12k-20k.
Total after running 3-4 STFs tends to be about 60k or less.