Trading is an exchange of things in CS:GO. You can trade to make some money. It is as easy as 123: buy low and sell high. Here are some tips and tricks to start trading.
You cannot start without the initial capital. The more money you have the easier it will be to promote your trading. The minimum amount you can have is about $5 as with cheaper skins you can face a dead-end situation in which no-one will want to exchange anything with you.
Skins to pay attention to
It is much better to trade popular skins like AK, M4A4, AWP, USP-S, Glock, and Deagle. Knives and gloves are also very popular, but those are relatively expensive inventory to start with.
Which skins are valued higher
The main feature that defines a price for most of the skins is float. It is a numerical index of the extent of a skin’s deterioration and denominated from 0 to 1. The lower the float index the higher the quality of the skin.
Knives and some skins also depend on patterns. For example, the value of Case Hardened skins gets higher with more blue color. The pattern can kick up the price of a skin many times.
How to avoid fraud
Any exchange may be made directly between users or via an escrow service. The main risk when exchanging directly is fraud. To avoid frauds you can use an escrow service. An escrow agent is a trusted person who can guarantee a successful and smooth deal for a fraction of the skin’s price.
You can also exchange at dedicated sites that act as an escrow service and charge a fee.
How to make a profit
To get a profit you need to follow the standard concept of trade – “buy low, sell high”. First of all, do not pay too much for skins. It is much better to wait for a bargain offer, then buy, and make a profit.
Second, you have to watch the price dynamics of skins at the platform. The life cycle of a skin begins with a high price period, then the price drops, then it starts increasing a little again. It is not worth paying a lot for a new skin and holding new skins in your inventory. Usually, that leads to material losses.
Third, there is a real person on the other side. Be polite and keep calm!
NB Discussing prices to gain a few extra points is a must. A few extra cheap skins are a nice bonus.
Trading at exchange sites
Another option to make a profit trading is to buy and sell skins at third-party sites. Despite a week’s worth of an exchanging restriction when it comes to new inventory, a skin bought with a 35%+ discount = profit.
Let’s summarize: it is better to purchase a few more or less expensive skins for the most popular weapons to start with. During a deal, you have to pay attention to nuances that certain types of skins have. No matter what happens, be polite and calm and try to negotiate prices so that you benefit.