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Written by Jayhawk.

Anything worth doing or worth knowing starts with an entry level position and learning how to be effective on the Trading Post is no different. Yes, there are quicker paths to the top but that requires more understanding than most people initially have. Most of that understanding isn't even about the game and the markets, it's about yourself and the way you look at, act on and think about trading.

I am a rather conservative trader. I want "sure things" and want to do that sure thing as much as possible. I branch out occasionally and sometimes find a new "sure thing" to add to the list however I have been burnt far more when I acted outside of my nature -- trying to get the "quick flip", speculating on markets and trying to time the patches and holidays right. I realize I'm just not that guy.

You need to find out what kind of trader you are and the best place to start is by being conservative, doing the entry-level flipping and branching out from there. In short, the best place to start is by "Flippin' Burgers".

Take a look at a month view of Hamburgers from GWSpidy2.com

You'll notice that we can buy Hamburgers for 2c and sell them for 15c netting us 10c profit after fees. (http://tpcalc.com is a great resource to do the math for you).

You should also notice that Hamburgers have been over 30c at least 3 times during this month view and consistently jump over 20c. So, what's your "sure thing"? What's your risky? What's your crazy-aggressive?

HOMEWORK: Buy 300 Hamburgers at 2c or 3c and sell 100 at three different prices that you would label "sure", "risky" and "crazy" and see what you feel most comfortable with. Make at least 1 gold in profit from flipping burgers and then post in the comments for this article what your prices were. Then, tell a friend how easy it was to make 1 gold and send them to this blog. If there's enough interest, I'll come up with another easy and profitable "assignment".


What to Do With Stockpiles of Mithril


Written by Jayne:

What do you do with a hoard of mithril?

Most of us who’ve been playing the game for a while will have a huge stockpile of mithril ore cluttering up our materials tab, and possibly even a few bank slots. With the ore itself selling for less than 30 copper at the time of writing, it seems largely worthless, right?


If you have your armorsmithing discipline levelled to 325, there’s some money to be made from that apparently worthless metal.

18-slot fine boxes may not seem the most lucrative of markets, but they’re fairly consistent in pricing. They tend to shift within a couple of hours of listing, although if you want to avoid undercutting it’s best to list them in small clusters of two or three. The two you want to be paying attention to are the 18-slot equipment boxes and the 18-slot safe boxes, which require the following:

1) 10 Mithril Ingots 2)  1 Greater Rune of Holding (bought for 2g from the armorsmithing vendor)
3) 3 Large Scales or Piles of Incandescent Dust (currently 3s 35 and 1s 33 respectively from the TP)

A word of caution – the scales and incandescent dust can fluctuate in price (sometimes rising as high as 4 silver per unit!) so be careful when buying and remember to adjust the numbers accordingly.

Using the prices at the time of writing, you’d need to list equipment boxes for a minimum of 2g 47s and the safe boxes for 2g 40s to break even after trading post fees. They generally sell around the 2g 60s mark - that’s a profit of between 10-20 silver per box, and I’ve seen them sell for more than that in the past.

A side note for leatherworkers – this also works with 18-slot oiled packs, which require thick leather squares and 3 large bones (3s 38 each) in place of the scales and dust. They’re currently selling for 3g 30s, which gives you a nice 70 silver profit per bag!

So, if you’re looking for a way to de-clutter your collection of tier 5 salvage materials and make some money in the process, there’s plenty to be made in crafting.

Real Players Paid to Play GW2


Hello everyone! Thank you so much for visiting this blog. Recently I have taken a serious interest in creating my own video games (namely on the xbox360 but now also for steam). While this means that my attention is driven away from the Guild Wars 2 economy temporarily, I don't want to reduce the content production on this blog.

Several writers have come forward and submitted articles, as well as gotten paid for them! The articles have earned between $10 and $30 each, and I really hope this incentive creates a greater number of people to step forward and write for this blog.

Speculation, current strategies, gold making basics, etc. All are good fits for this blog and you don't have to be rich in game! Common sense is not so common for the newer players, and so I often post basic information with a new twist for the more experienced demographics.

Please go here to see rules for submitting articles. You can always ask me questions as well.

If you could show support for my latest game, One Night Two Crazies, that would be awesome!

Try for free on XBOX360.

Please vote yes on Steam.

Hilarious compilation video of people playing on youtube.

Thank you all,


Understanding Black Lion Weapon Spikes


Daniel asked:
"Hi Markco,
The patch today got me wondering about a trend with Black Lion Weapons. When the Chaos skins were pushed up to 5 tickets and the new Tempest weapons were introduced, the Chaos skins went up in price by a few dozen gold. I'm thinking this is probably the case whenever a patch with weapon skins comes out, but how long does this spike last? Does the value of the weapons continue to increase or is it just a temporary thing? Thanks."

Good question Daniel. Allow me to answer by providing the timetable for almost all price "spikes" in the game: Guild Wars 2's News Cycle.

The faster players find out about new skins, the sooner they will buy them. So when a new patch goes live on a Friday, odds are most people will have found out by Sunday afternoon. You will then have until around a week to two weeks before everyone has bought the skin they wanted and moved on to the next thing they're chasing.

Only a small fraction of players pay close attention to the Guild Wars 2 home page, news related sites, patch notes, videos, etc. The sooner you discover that players WILL WANT SOMETHING, the sooner you can take advantage of the situation. Predicting what will happen after an unknown (like a patch) comes out is very tricky, but spotting a news story as it's occurring or about to occur is easy provided that you pay attention to the Guild Wars 2 News Cycle.

Even with holiday events, I find that the buzz surrounding new items dies around a month later. Luckily, GW2 is always adding new items and features to keep people chasing the proverbial carrot on a stick. What's cool about the devs' process is that they keep reusing old materials instead of always reintroducing new ones (like world of warcarft did with each expansion). This allows you to play long term markets like silver ore, leather, etc because you can realistically expect the devs to eventually raise their price with patches.

Small Tips for Big Halloween Profits


(Written by Draco)

Happy changing of the seasons to everyone.  This time of the year (as you can all see) mean only one thing; Halloween Time. For GW2 is almost time for new events and hopefully a lot of new fun items for us all. This means to the speculators that we should be buying some items in preparation for these events.

Here is what I have been stocking up on all summer:

1- Pieces of Candy Corn - I have a strange feeling that these are going to be needed for something new ANET is going to offer for this event and it will center around this item. Not sure if it’s a recipe or trade in type of deal, but I have been buying a lot of them expecting something interesting. Buy them now and watch the price rise over the next 30 days!

2- Chattering Skulls - Possible some interesting new recipes using these.

3- Plastic Fangs - Loved them as a child, those wax teeth you can chew till the sun came up. Just wish there was more flavor. Well, I'm hoping ANET will put some extended flavor crystals or something in these as well to make them an interesting speculation to hold a few stacks of.

4- Nougat Centers - not so big on, & I could be wrong. Grabbed a few stacks just in case.

5- Trick-or-Treat bags. I think these are going to go crazy price wise because of the potential drops this will give out. I think there will be some great treats ANET will be giving us for this Halloween event. Buy them now. If ANET does what I think they will do and offer some awesome stuff, we will be happy we have these in hand.

6 - Pristine Toxic Spore Samples - Lower on my list of speculations, but these might have something going on as well. Grabbed a few stacks just in case.

Once you have all these set aside in your storage, don't forget about them while you're having a blast with the Holiday events!

Make sure you have a bit of room aside for the next round of holiday items as well. Start watching them and try to buy them on the cheap. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. -Wintersday Gifts - Small and Large are my picks,
  2. -Snowflakes - Pristine and Flawless Flakes
  3. -The Ugly Three! That’s right, the SOCKS, HATS and SWEATERS only a mother can love seeing anyone in. I have these from shortly after last year at 3 copper each for socks and hats, and 9 copper for the sweaters.  If you see good prices, grab them now.
  4. - Choir Bells - for the amusement and enjoyable Christmas Carrols in the cities.
  5. - Drop of Magic Glue - might want watch these. This with a few other items made minis last year.

Hope you all have a fun Halloween Event season all.

[Personal Post] Eternal Nightmare XBOX 360 Game


I've created my second XBOX 360 game and have two more on the way. I am having so much fun creating these games! If you have no interest in learning about Eternal Nightmare, please take a look at the latest Guild Wars 2 Post: Farming Low Level Items.

This is probably the most difficult game I've ever made, but it's also the most fun! Up to four people can play and die together (you get bonuses to team damage and lives for multiplayer). I hope that at least a few people get to experience the end boss, as I put a lot of work into all his different attack patterns. Overall the bosses are a highlight throughout and I'm constantly changing the types of enemies you face so that you cannot get comfortable. Probably the coolest aspect of this game is the leveling system, which enables you to create very different characters by the end.

Game Description:

"You're tired of having your hand held and mindlessly stomping your enemies. What if a new game came along that required a mastery of both your wits and reflexes? You long for shooting, platforming, leveling up, epic fights and a real challenge. These are your thoughts as you fall asleep, unaware that an evil nightmare is slowly creeping into your sub conscious..."
Go check it out if you have XBOX 360 under Indie Games New Releases, and please rate Eternal Nightmare.

Big money farming low level areas


This is a time sensitive post. Get in while you can!

(written by Draco)

Slabs of Poultry Meat are going for about 9 silver at this writing.

You can get this drop from low level areas. Fast kills equals fast drops and move on to the next ones.

How to get them:

  • Crimson Moa's
  • Green Moa's
  • Golden Moa's
  • Blue Moa's
  • Raptors
  •  Light Treat Bag
  • Bag of Pilfered Goods
  • Small Icy Bag
I find a decent drop rate of these in level 1-15 areas.

Grab them now before the price starts to drop!

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