The price of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin depends on a few factors: its quality (float), rarity and StatTrak™ technology.
What is Float?
Every CS:GO skin is classified using five different levels of wear and tear: “Battle-Scarred”, “Well-Worn”, “Field-Tested”, “Minimal Wear”, and “Factory New”. These levels basically reflect the quality of the image on an item.
A “Battle-Scarred” skin will have lots of scratches and an overall worse condition. However, the same skin of “Factory New” quality will barely have any scratches at all. Consequently, that affects the price.
Every level has its float value:
- Factory New (from 0.00 to 0.07)
- Minimal Wear (from 0.07 to 0.15)
- Field Tested (from 0.15 to 0.38)
- Well Worn (from 0.38 to 0.45)
- Battle Scared (from 0.45 to to 1.00).
You can find the exact float in-game or on cs.money.
In our opinion, the optimal quality is Field-Tested. Skins of this quality boast the most accurate image and still are relatively cheap unlike the Minimal Wear and Factory New levels, especially if you find a skin with a minimum float of 0.15, which visually won’t look worse than Minimal Wear while still being much cheaper.
It’s noteworthy that there are certain skins in CS:GO: the image has no scratches at all, but the color is brighter or darker, depending on quality. Examples of these skins are AK-47 | The Empress, AK-47 | Orbit, AWP | Worm God, AWP | Mortis etc. You can get these skins even in “Battle-Scarred” conditions.
Skins that use StatTrak™ technology are the most expensive skins in their category. This technology adds a counter that shows the number of enemies killed with this weapon. A StatTrak skin can be significantly more expensive. Also, these weapons feature an orange frame in your Steam inventory.
During CS:GO Majors, viewers can get souvenir cases while watching streams. Inside these cases are the very same skins but of “Souvenir” quality.
These items feature a yellow frame in your Steam inventory. The special feature of these skins is that they have four gold stickers:
the first is the name of the tournament, during which you got the case;
the second and third are the names of the teams you were playing for;
and the fourth is the MVP player of the round in which you got the case.
The most expensive souvenir skin at the moment is Souvenir AWP | Dragon Lore.