The Path to Good Deals: A Simple POE Trading Guide

Trading has become an MMO mechanic that’s deeply rooted in the genre. It has become not only a catch-all term for player to player transactions, but an art. Now, there are do’s and don’ts in this particular activity, which varies for every game. If that’s the case, then what are Path of Exile’s (POE’s) trading rules?

2 POE Trading Tips for Buyers

If you’re a buyer, these points should help you out:

  1. Get to the point: yes, it may seem a bit cold, impersonal, and demanding, but it’s important to be clear and concise when talking to a seller. After all, sellers are not full-time dealers; they have lives just like everyone else, and some do all sorts of in-game stuff. Instead of wasting their time by having them figure out what you want because of lack of communication, just send them a message with the following info:
  • Item name
  • Base item type
  • Buyout price (if listed)
  • League (if applicable)
  • Price suggestion

Why a list? Well, the seller will know from the get-go whether a trade is doable. When you and the seller are sync, it should be straightforward to work an agreement and seal the deal.

2. Be a go-getter: the conventional route is to go to a clerk at a store. Same applies to online goods for POW. Keep in mind that you’re the one in need. Ambition outweighs hoping for something significant to happen. You want something, go get it.

Bargaining and Lowballing

It’s okay to negotiate, but avoid lowballing. Items are priced the way they are for a reason. Some depend on supply and demand. You can negotiate the price with flexible sellers. For example, if an item is selling for ten Chaos Orbs, try to get the price lower by asking for nine Chaos Orbs, or maybe eight.

So, how about two Chaos Orbs? Well, that’s lowballing, and that’s not okay because sellers need to make some profit. Plus, it can make you look desperate or as a cheapskate. Spare yourself some dignity and just don’t. At the end of the day, it boils down to individual preference on what they define as the price is right.

How to Be A Good Seller

There are etiquette rules for buyers and sellers. If you’re a seller or plan to be one, take note of these POE trading know-hows:

  1. Price your items: to ensure that they get sold faster because buyers are looking for priced items right from the start. Also, so people don’t think you’re putting up an item for sale so that buyers can make an offer. Depending on your perspective and morals, this is a no-no.
  2. Don’t ask buyers to make offers: it’s not wrong to ask for an offer on an item that’s for sale. In fact, there’s an advantage, as this allows you to sell the item to the highest bidder. However, making buyers compete against each other isn’t wise. Plus, from a business perspective, it can be bad despite the possible profit that you can gain out for it. Besides, it can also lead to disagreements with buyers.
  3. Make counteroffers: if you encounter players who bargain, negotiate back instead of giving them an outright no. For example, if you have an item worth 25 Chaos Orbs that you want to get rid of, and along comes a player that wants to buy it for 20, play your cards right. Rather than breaking off the deal and waiting for the next offer, add a price range of 22 to 23 Chaos Orbs. You can make a profit, and the buyer still manages to get a discount. The buyer and seller both get a piece of the pie.

It’s challenging for someone to become a great exile alone. It’s important to learn the ropes on the proper way of doing POE Trading with other players. Keep these helpful hints in handy, and you could be one savvy buyer or seller.

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