While the trading of virtual items may seem like a silly metagame, it's taken very seriously by a very dedicated community. If you're not familiar with the way the TF2 economy works, you could find yourself being preyed upon by scammers looking to take advantage of you.
There are certain items in this world that have "real" value; some as low as $5-$10, and others with values upwards of $100-$300. Be educated. Don't be a victim.
If you want to get a good estimate of the value of your items, use this spreadsheet. It is a prediction of fair market value for hats, "genuine" and "vintage" quality weapons, paints, accessories, etc. Remember that value is in the eye of the beholder, but this will make sure you don't get ripped off in a trade.
Before You Start
The purpose of these quick guides is to show common trade practices and scam prevention techniques. Please read these guides prior to making your first TF2 trade or sale on
SourceOPNeoGAF in order to highly reduce the chance of being scammed.
- Beginners Guide to Trading/Selling
- Paypal Trading Best Practices
- Trusted Seller Database
- Scammer Database + Scammer/Trusted ID finder
Essential TF2 Links
You should bookmark all of these if you intend on getting into the trading scene.
Use this database to find trusted traders and known scammers.[*]TF2B Backpack Viewer
This is the simplest way to check your items from outside the game, and to share your inventory with other players.[*]TF2 Items
An alternate backpack checker that also shows item history.[*]Official TF2 Wiki
The best place to go to when you want to know what an item is/does.
Use these to find other players to set up trades with outside the game.
- TF2 Trading Post
Very popular TF2 Item Trading website. Extremely slow to load. No cash/game trading.
- TF2 Outpost
TF2 Trading site popularized by LIVE trade feed. Allows cash/game trading.
Largest TF2 Item info/trading/buying forum)
If you're lucky enough to acquire an "unusual" hat (it will be titled with the word 'unusual,' appear in purple in your backpack, and have some sort of unique visual effect in-game), use these resources to make sure that you get a fair price for it should you choose to trade.
If you've ever wondered how some members of this forum have so many items for trade every weekend, this is how they do it.
Are you jealous of that sweet unusual hat that your friend has? Are you tempted to start buying keys and opening crates?
Run yourself through this simulator first. Uncrating items is much like playing the lottery; this flash game will let you experience what can happen when you start opening crates without you having to actually spend any money.
TF2 Crate Simulator
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