“Free RMs from keycards... which take no RMs to make. Bug maybe?
- Maha Michi
Depends how you look at it, I suppose. Are we saying that entities that exist but were not Produced should not be recyclable - or just Keycards? If it's the former, that includes all those wrecks from the Red Scenarios, all the CP ships, etc.
I don't view it as THAT crazy a loophole in any event. Look at it in comparison to mining:
4 hours to create + (6,000 credits + 4 hours to recycle) = 9 Rudic + 3 Mel - Keycard. So 6,000 credits + 8 hours, with 2 button pushes for 9 Rudic and 3 Mel.
I think Mel was around 70 credits per unit "at cost" and Rudic was around 700 per unit. That's 6,495 credits via Mining using an average Yield for Mel of around 19,000 units and Average Yield for Rudic of around 4,500 units.
Yeah, so you save 495 Credits, but in order to get 4.5K Rudic by recycling keycards, you'd have to recycle 500 Keycards. To get 19K Mel, you'd have to recycle 6,333 keycards.
I don't see it as a reasonable undertaking unless you have a massive amount of EVS's sitting idle in one place along with a ton of Keycards.