IMO we can wrap our heads in circles. We know the simple facts. If Electricity was 100% free to you, you’d be the best miner in the world.
That is the big variable factor. The 70K machine … who cares about machine cost either it returns or not.
So before we even address this, Are you living in Eastern Washington or Idaho operating your mining farm from hydro electronic? If not , are you sure this topic of conversation is worth having? If your preferred location is a variable, it kind of jacks the business equation. I would rather be selling bottled water in the desert than the bottom of the sea.
So lets assume you have mitigated your electric/location cost as well as you can. Your profit margins should be very easy to calculate with the giant variable being BTC’s price. And yeah, I’m probably like everyone here that it took me a little while longer before my projected ROI came back.
Are you mining for yourself or using a 3rd party miner like NiceHash ? that right there is a couple-few % right off the top. Are you being paid in what you mine? Nothing is for free, if you mine some other coin but get paid in BTC/ETH you should expect to pay premium transaction fees of 0.8%, that will add up if you get paid daily.
The only way to mine is for yourself and into you CLI or Core Wallet. This would be compared to someone doing a bank Vs one being paid in cash. Anything else is extra steps, extra fees and a waste of your time. Transfer fee’s alone can kill you. A LTC CLI transfers for .0001 LTC , Kucoin transfers for .001 , Tradeogre for .01. Notice the differences- Ku 10X to CLI standard, tradeogre is 100X the CLI standard. So a transfer with tradeogre just cost 100X more than needed. that 99 parts profit gone.
I’m not trying to sound ill. You are expressing what we all feel. I’ve mined strait through since I started. Try mining in 2018 when BTC was 4K, then come talk with me, lol.
Of course as I say all this, I’m reminded of what a crypto pal told me, I’m in this for the glory while others just want to make a buck. Mining is not “how much it cost” it is “how much native fiat did you put into the crypto’s production which is doing your part to steal your nations adherent wealth and place it into crypto for the entire world to use in opposition to your government funding a war machine and convincing little kids to cut their junk off to satisfy sexual deviants”. Potato / potatoe
Another thought, what you do with your mined crypto is a giant variable. Did you hodl until April of 2021? in that case that person would have been spot on, did they sell all their coins when BTC was 9K Vs. 45K ? Does the mined crypto go into/through a DeFi cycle before cash out?
We have come a long ways from just swinging our picks and walking into town with nuggets. They now expect us to melt the nugget down and have them checked for purity at our cost and they will only buy set amounts. I know metaphors are a joke but they do apply, in a way.
I’ve also just considered using gas as a source of energy. In the US (where live) the idea of using a gas generator myself is nearly at the point of being the more profitable choice. 10 gallons of gas might be cheaper in many cases than daily electric cost.