Are you familiar with the term "upgrade treadmill"? The upgrade treadmill is a term in consumer electronics for when you buy a device, and then a week later the company comes out with version 2 of that device with twice the capability at half the cost. You would have been better off waiting a week for the new one, except that if you had, then a week after *that* there would have been an even *cheaper* and *better* version 3. This makes the consumer feel cheated, like they are having to buy the same device over and over just to keep up.
That's what this game feels like. When I buy a new ship, all my hard-earned upgrades become useless, and I find out that I have to buy them *again*. When I open the elite market, the normal market becomes useless because nothing in there is worth the slot anymore. I assume the black market will render the elite market just as much a waste of money, but I'm getting off the treadmill now, before I find out.
Its a shame, you went to the trouble of making a store and three dozen or more upgrades, but between the six slot limit and the "losing everything between ships", it feels like the only way not to get ripped off is to avoid the store entirely until late game.
Maybe give us a few slots *per store*, or a better ratio when selling things back, I don't care, just something to make me feel like I didn't waste all my money the first time I see the elite market. If you have to sacrifice the realism of limited slots for better gameplay, do it. And please PLEASE don't make us buy everything a second third and fourth time when we upgrade ships! What did we ever do to you? Why do you hate us? :'(
Also, the wormhole for the special store keeps moving even while time is stopped, and powerups should disappear/change/color or give some other instant indication when the are picked up, otherwise it is hard to tell whether or not I hit them.