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Cortair

Newcomer's Guide Part 3 - Trading

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Cortair    26

Welcome to the Newcomer's Guide part 3!

In this guide I will focus on all the major ways to rake in cash ingame, from Trading Guilds to stealing from NPCs. Having a lot of gold can solve many issues in the game, like upgrading gear or buying your Best-in-Slot items for your build.

There are a many ways to make gold in ESO, like selling your junk to a vendor, posting your items in Guild Stores of Trading guilds or stealing from NPCs and selling those items to a fence.

Vendoring junk items isn't as profitable as trading with other players, but if you have been farming a certain area and your bag gets filled up with junk, you can vendor it for a tidy sum. There have been times when I sold those unusable junk items totaling 7-8k gold, so you shouldn't underestimate it. The easiest way to do this is download a junk marker addon like Dustman.

The next, a bit more profitable way to make gold is stealing from NPCs. Most NPCs in the world can be pickpocketed and most containers can be stolen from. These items in turn can only be sold to a Fence, or can be laundered, also at the Fence, so you can sell it to other players, if the item is especially valuable. There are special areas in the biggest cities in zones called Outlaw Refuges, where Fences can be found. There are several passives in Legerdemain and Thieves Guild skill lines that make pickpocketing easier and more profitable. The new motifs in Vvardenfell can only be gained through stealing or trading with player characters. Be aware though, if you are caught stealing you gain a bounty and if a guard catches you, you have to either pay your bounty to them, use Clemency from the Thieves Guild passives or run away. If you pay your bounty to a guard or if it kills you while you try to escape all your stolen items are confiscated and in the case of dying your bounty will be automatically taken from your inventory. Be cautious if you take this path.

Now the most profitable way to gain gold, as always in an MMO, is by trading with other players. There are multitudes of items that are valuable to people like raw materials, motifs, gear etc.

Where is the Auction House?

A lot of veteran MMO players new to ESO ask this question. The answer is there is no server wide AH in ESO. Instead there are Trading guilds - player-made guilds specialized for trading, with built in guild stores who can hire Guild Traders. These Guild Traders can be found in every zone in the game and trading guilds vie for these traders as you "rent" them for a week then when that week is done they compete with other guilds for the spot.

The easiest and most relaxed way to gain gold is by joining a trading guild (or 3 :P) and posting your items in their guild store. You can join up to 5 player-made guilds in ESO and its up to you how many of those slots you want to dedicate to traders. Although most of these trading guilds either require a membership fee or a weekly quota of sales so they can sustain their guild and keep hiring guild traders at the best spots. While managing the quota of 1 guild can be relatively easy, depending on the guild, doing the same with more guilds can take up a lot of time, joining 3-4 trading guilds can lead to you using all of your play time to meet the quotas of the guilds, so choose wisely. Prices constantly change so to make pricing a breeze download one of these addons:

Master Merchant - this addon scans the sale history of your guilds and makes an average price based on those sales. It tends to become more accurate the more guilds you are in.

Tamriel Trade Centre - this addon on the other hand is fed information from a website of the same name. It scans all items at all traders on the megaserver and makes an average price for the items based on for how much they are listed instead of based on sales. It's an accurate addon, however it also counts listings that are ridiculously overpriced.

Whichever addons you use is up to taste really, both are accurate and both have their pros and cons.

Popular items that will definitely sell quick

  • Raw materials - The unrefined versions of materials sell for higher than their refined counterparts, simply because in the process of refining you might get legendary materials and those can sell for a nice sum.
     
  • Legendary materials - These are needed to get your gear to its top potential or craft the XP Boost Drinks and will always be in demand, these usually sell in the first hour, unless you overprice them.
     
  • Motifs - There are a lot of aspiring crafters and they all want motifs to add to their collections, the prices on these vary depending on how rare they are, from the common racial style books which go for about 100 gold/book, to the Buoyant Armiger of which each chapter easily sell between 100k-150k gold.
     
  • Crafted items - Sets like Hunding's Rage and Law of Julianos can sell between 10k-15k gold/piece. Also glyphs, food and potions can sell relatively high if you mass produce them.
     
  • Recipes - Certain rare food and furnishing recipes can sell for really high amounts, especially epic and legendary ones. Dwemer epic furnishing recipes in particular are quite high priced because of their relative rarity, each selling between 30k-60k gold.
     
  • BoE sets - Some of these sets are quite popular, making them an easy cash source if you decide to farm them. If you get an infused weapon from one of the popular sets consider that you hit the jackpot, for example an Infused Necropotence Lightning Staff can sell between 200k-300k gold. These sets include: Necropotence, Plague Doctor, Spriggan, Spinner, Akaviri Dragonguard, Queen's Elegance.
     
  • Cosmetic items - These are relatively few and always are contained in runeboxes. They can be mementos from past events, costumes, pets or polymorphs. The especially pricy Xivkyn polymorphs from the Imperial City bought with TelVar Stones can sell for well above 300k.

That's all the advice I can give for now, use these well and you'll get rich (eventually :D ).

Happy trading folks! :)

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Gelmir    83

Very thorough! Thanks mate!

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