But you aren't really directly competing with other humans in this game.
Yes, you are. Whatever it may "feel" like is of no relevance. You are still competing against others with the same resources available to you. Having time as a resource is certainly helpful, but just like with challenging encounters it does not guarantee that you will win the competition.
No, I'm not over-simplifying anything.
Now, that's funny, as earlier you were touting that by pressing enter anyone can get rich, and now finally you are going back and humbly admitting that it's not that simple, as research and using the resources available to the best of your ability is what matters, not how fast you can press Enter.
BTW, do you even play the game?
Of course, now that the economy is finally recovering from complete stagnancy.
Well, you need people who can fight to do that.
Duh? As I previously mentioned, with my concrete example of lowmanning Gods, fighting can be a means of acquiring more wealth. It doesn't even have to involve HNM's as you once again tried to oversimplify the concept. You see, if I said "run a HNM LS" that would be inaccurate which is why I did not say it. You can, for example, lowman Gods and other NM's that provide items that, for a large group are not worth much effort but when you can lowman them the value increases significantly. You can also, for example, look for other events such as ENM's and realize that while it is not worth your while to do some of them with the recommended number of people, if you could somehow reduce that number it would allow you to significantly increase the value of the event in question. Say, Toreador's Ring ENM in Promy-Vahzl that you could solo and that way obtain rings and sell them.
Beating HNM's is such an ancient concept too. You can, and people certainly did, offer their linkshell's services to obtain gear that was previously unobtainable with money as they could not be traded. Many linkshells did this sort of thing when it came to, say, acquiring limbus gear. Ah yes, do you know how valuable it is to go lowman an apollyon to get ABC's to sell and divide the gil between 1-3 people? Homam set was sold for million a piece, and demand was there. Effort/reward ratio is pretty good I'd say, at least when compared to going to Sauromugue and killing tabar beaks for hours. Dynamis and Salvage were also pretty, pretty nice when it came to things like this.
That said, everything can be used to acquire more wealth when you have the skills to do so. Simplifying the process to fighting HNM's is why it's getting little boring to continue this argument, as you clearly don't have the skill it takes to see the opportunities that other people make good use of, and as such, get ahead.
You just said it yourself: I can look it up to find out but then I could be wasting my time.
It doesn't take long to figure out which item is worth your while and which isn't. General idea can be figured out in no time, assuming you have the skills it takes, which you clearly do not.
How are you going to determine the optimal selling price?
How did the skilled people determine what a r/ex's value is worth? Regardless of what you think, these people succeeded and will succeed here while you keep failing. I can see why you would undermine the skill it takes to do all this and succeed, as you are oblivious to all the opportunities and, quite frankly, suck at making money as demonstrated here. It is quite sad, though, how you try to make it seem like just because you are incompetent and can't see the plethora of opportunities they somehow don't exist. Is it so hard to admit that you just don't have what it takes?