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This post is your gold guide to the Guild Wars 2 Trading Post. You can read it, love it, use it, and never worry about gold again in the game. This gold guide is just that good.
It is exactly how I easily make 2-4 gold every night while I sleep. Anyone can do this, and it's so mind numbingly easy that your head will spin for not thinking of it. Obviously it isn't the only way I personally play the Trading Post, but it is the perfect place to begin for anyone who isn't making 2-4 gold on autopilot.
Instead of pointing out individual markets like I have in the past, I'm going to instead give you the exact rundown of how I play this strategy. I call it, the Trading Post Game. During this gold guide to Guild Wars 2, I will be assuming that you only can play the Trading Post Game once per day, so there is a 24 hour gap between sessions. You don't have time to watch markets or baby sit postings, and you still want to make lots of gold every day. Well then, this gold guide is for you.
Step 1: Collect Winnings and Cancel Buy Orders
|Collecting Gold from Trading Post|
|Lots of Buy Orders Completed|
Step 2: Damn that "Match Lowest Seller" Button
Now it's time to start pricing items. The key here is to take a moment and actually look up what items are going for across the board. When I say this, I do not mean mindlessly clicking on the "Match Lowest Seller" radio button. In 99.99% of cases I do not use the price that Match Lowest Seller gives me.
|Curse You Match Lowest Seller Button!|
There are two ways to go about doing this. You can either right click on the item in your bags to then click "buy on trading post", OR you can type the name of the item into the search bar on the trading post's main tab. I prefer to just right click on the item and ask to buy more from the trading post.
|Posted Listings of an Item|
Step 3: Finding Markets to Place Buy Orders On
Time to place bid orders for tomorrow's selling fodder. I'm going to show you one series of items you can do this to. I will assume that you will use all the other strategies covered on this blog as well as find a few more of your own. The primary goal here is to show you how to quickly and efficiently find a large number of profitable markets, instead of trying to do the math and picking out near break even items that will make you just a few copper. Don't do that, unless you're going to baby sit the market and flip copper ore as I already showed you how to do.
I mentioned a series of items, and I'd like to explain what that means now. Most people are looking for individual items that flip really well. I personally do not do this when utilizing the strategy you're reading now. There is a time and place for charting prices, but here today we want to make you the most money while taking into account your limited play time.
A series of items would be something like all rare runes or sigils. I've covered that market already, so let's look at a different series of items today. Go to the trading post, and search for level 15 to 20 Masterwork Weapons. You'll see something like this image below.
Click on the first item.
Look at the buy instantly price.
Click place a custom order.
Compare the highest price per unit to the buy instantly price.
If the price per buy order is close to half the cost of the buy instantly price, then place a buy order. Move on to the next object until you've placed a good number of buy orders. I do this because 24 hours later item prices can sometimes shift dramatically and unexpectedly. This will help prevent you from losing money and make it so you don't have to look up what you spend for an item. You make so much profit from this method that you don't even have to care about such things.
I want you to think hard and come up with other item categories to place buy orders on. There are dozens in the game, if not hundreds once you start looking at all the possible items you can sell.
Did you try just now to think of anything? This is a crucial juncture for your trading post career. If you don't stop right now and think of a different market besides the one I just gave you, then you will most likely not repeat the same success that I've shared with you today. There's a few hundred people who will be copying my advice blindly, so please don't just use the one item set I just gave you. In fact, it's better if you don't try it and think of something else... like adding a few levels to the bracket, rare quality instead of masterwork, change weapons to armor... shoot I said too much already! Do some thinking please and not just reading.
Step 4: Go Play the Game!
Go play the game, or take care of your children, or exercise, or do whatever the heck you feel like. You're going to wake up, or come home from work, to a shower of gold and items ready to sell the next day.
The whole point here is to make it so you don't even have to worry about fees, nor do you have to worry about what the items are that you're flipping. All you care about is making sure that you can earn a profit at the current moment, and that you will actually sell something in a 24 hour period. Your buy orders just gets cancelled, and anything that doesn't sell you leave up hoping that it will eventually. This is a no brain required kind of strategy, but it teaches you a great deal about the Trading Post Game. Hope you enjoyed the gold guide, and please do share this with lots of people if you liked it!
I made an additional 2 gold while placing my buy orders during Step 3 and writing this post. Obviously it took longer than normal because I was writing while playing, but that still shows you just how easy the strategy is. 15 minutes of game time giving me just under 5 gold? Not many people can compete with that when we're using novice strategies such as this one. What's really cool is that the money just kind of builds upon itself, because you're able to spend more time bidding the more gold you have.
Oh look, I'm about to hit publish and there's another 36 silver waiting for me... ah this is the life!
For those of you looking to improve your skills on flipping or go beyond it, definitely check out the awesome forum that we have here at Guild Wars 2 Trading Post. Hundreds have joined and are sharing their best kept secrets for our secret group! Will you be next?