Nice catch and great report
. Here's what happens. You take the contract and the game adds the goods to your cargo hold. These are not noted by the Galactic Traders Association (GTA) as it's not trading. Then some cargo is lost and new is bought. Now that is noted as it is trading as it's a standard buy action from a market. Then you deliver the contract and the game subtracts the contract amount of cargo from the hold. That is not trading, so from GTAs point of view you just have lost the goods you earlier bought.
So it kind of works as it should in this situation, but it's a bit harsh. The main problem naturally is the fact that contract goods are not separated from the ordinary goods. It's a bit complicated case to solve satisfactory. I'll need to do some thinking and testing, but I'll cook something up. In the meanwhile the key in the save file is
and the threshold value for Magnate is 2500000 decicredits.
Thank you, spara. I'm still not seeing how I get to -500,000 creds-trading when the contract payoff
, which doesn't count as trading profit, was still insufficient to make up the difference/loss, which would have been -800,000 swing... in order to lose that much, I would have needed to buy
that much and I never had that much cash. Pretty sure I spent less than 100,000 creds while replenishing the gold consignment; I figure I lost one TC worth of gold(had it been more, I doubt I'd have met the contract deadline picking up ~8kg gold per stop), so 500kg at 42c(worst case gold buys) means 21000 in the red---in order to lose 800000, I'd have needed 39 TC of gold in the hold to be destroyed and all
of it needing replacement... that's far from what happened. The initial consignment was a little more than 2500kg; replacing all of it max price would only have set me back around 100,000 creds (which does
seem about right). Sorry to go on at length when you've provided a solution that'll work for me; I'm hoping it helps rather than annoys.
Anyway, time to break out the calculator and guesstimate things more accurately so I'm not padding my Trader stats. Thanks again.