To trade can have three meanings in Guild Wars:
Prices have a lower limit (the same price that you would get if you sell the same good to a merchant, but are open end).
If you click another human player, the "Trade" button will appear next to his name in your target monitor. Clicking that button will start a trading session.
During a trading session you can offer gold or/and up to 7 items from your inventory. You submit the offer and the other player will send back his or her offer in gold or items. Both sides can modify and re-submit their offers until they both accept the deal or cancel the trade session.
Note: To remove an item from the trade screen, modify offer and double click on the item you wish to remove.
Note: You cannot hold more than 100 platinum. If a trade would result one character having more than 100 platinum, the trade window will simply close after both players have accepted the offer.
Note: Characters on Accounts created within the first 24 hours cannot trade with other players. You will briefly see a message telling you this if you try to use the Trade function, or if you try to trade with a character with this restriction.
Beware of scammers while trading with other players!
The trade channel is a chat channel where most players attempt to sell their items to other players, or attempt to buy items from other players. Words spoken in the trade channel appear pinkish-red in the chat window. Common abbreviations for the trade channel include:
Note: Using WTS or WTB in the local channel will automatically switch you to the trade channel. It is generally considered annoying to advertise wares in the local channel. However, in trade districts (e.g. LA Dis1) its sometimes seen that players type "W T S" or several alike spellings instead of "WTS" to prevent this process, to make their offer steps forward the others, because of the different colors of the font of the different channels. Also, you can be blocked for trading in local chat if someone reports you.
A trade is a personnel move in which two teams swap players or other assets in order to strenghten their respective teams. Uncommon in Europe, trades are, along with free agency and Entry Drafts, the major way for teams to acquire new players in North America.
Trades tend to be balanced, both teams giving what they agree to be of equal value in terms of players, draft picks or money. It often happens however that in the short, mid or long term, trades end up being lopsided as some players develop beyond expectations in their new environment, or on the contrary, plays well under their potential or the level at which they played for their former team. The trade that saw Markus Näslund being dealt from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vancouver Canucks in 1996 for Alek Stojanov is considered a good exemple of this; neither player really stood out before the swap; however, Näslund emerged as a league leading scorer with Vancouver, while Stojanov only played 45 more unsuccessful NHL games before being demoted for good to the minor leagues.
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Trading involves buying other players items for an equivalent amount of items or gold.
To trade with someone, players right-click him or her and select the "Trade with" option. The message "Sending trade offer..." will appear in the the chat box, and "Player1 wishes to trade with you" will appear in his or hers, in which "Player1" is replaced by the players' character names. Then that person must click on that message and the trade window will open.
However, if the person players are trying to trade is trading with someone else, using a bank, has equip window open, etc., then "The other player is busy at the moment" will show in the chat box instead of "Sending trade offer..." Wait for him or her to finish what he or she is doing.
The trade window has 3 main parts: your offer, trader's (other person or opponent) offer, and scale. There is also an accept button, decline button, and slots left box.
Your offer is on the left. It contains everything you are willing to exchange for what is in your opponent's offer. To offer items/coins, click on the item/coins in your inventory, or right-click them and select an option if you wish to offer more than 1 item or coin. Remove them the same way, except click on them from your offer.
The trader's offer is on the right. It is what your opponent will give for what you offer. They will offer things the same way you do.
The scale, on the bottom, calculates the Grand Exchange values of all of your items, adds them together, and compares the total value to that of whoever your trading with. The difference (x) is shown as "Wealth transfer: x coins worth to me" if your opponent's (Player2) offer is worth more than yours, or "Wealth transfer: x coins worth to Player2" will show instead if your offer was of greater value. This text will be in red if the trade is too unbalanced (See Trade limit). If the trade is completely balanced, meaning that the total values of both offers are exactly the same, then "No net wealth transfer" shows on the scale instead.
Once you are satisfied with the trade, click "Accept" to proceed. When your opponent has also clicked Accept, the second trade window appears.
If you do not wish to trade with the player anymore, click "Decline" to close the trade window.
NOTE: When an item or coin is removed from an offer, a big red flashing exclamation point will appear where the item used to be.
The second window is to confirm your trade, so both players have a final chance to agree to the terms. It has lists of both offers and the accept/decline buttons. The red exclamation mark still flashes by any items that were replaced, decreased, or removed. It is advised to look through your opponent's offer carefully before clicking accept. When both players have clicked accept, the trade is completed and you will receive what was in the other player's offer.
Examine the table below before reading this article OR merchanting items by trading with other players. Note that free-to-play trade limits are limited to 10,000 coins no matter how many quest points they have.
|0 to 10||5,000|
Due to a recent update, it is now possible to trade more to people who have been on your friend's list for set amounts of time. It is based off of how many months you have been friends, and your max trade limits. If both you and your trade partner have been listed on each others friends' lists for a month or more, your trade limit will be x2; for two months or more, your trade limit will be x3; for three months or more your trade limit will be x4. BOTH players must have been on each others friends' lists for this period to receive the maximum trade multiplier. For example, if Player X has been on Player Y's friends' list for two months, while Player Y has been on Player X's friends' list for one month, they will be considered as friends for just one month. They will receive a x2 multiplier to their trade limit.
Varrock's Grand Exchange has the most traders in free to play and pay to play RuneScape.
The Grand Exchange is hard to work with because messages disappear very quickly. Also, most players trade around the west bank. It is best to put your public chat on HIDE when going into that area, as the text can overwhelm your screen. The Grand Exchange on Worlds 1 and 2 is crowded at peak times, but it is probably the best trading opportunity in RuneScape.
Although this is still true to some degree, the addition of the Grand Exchange in Varrock has shifted much of the trading in Varrock to the grand exchange, and reduced the numbers of people trading face to face.
Official trading worlds:
Free worlds: 1, 3, 4, 5, and 105
Members worlds: 2, 27, and 100