To purchase an item using the Steam Community Market you will need to go to the Community Market page.
When you're on the main page you will see a list of available items for purchase as well as a few options on the side bar. If you're interested in an item for a specific game you can click the buttons located on the right side to filter your results.
In this example I will be purchasing a Dota 2 item. Once I have clicked on the Dota 2 button I can now begin searching from the many items available for purchase.
You'll notice that in the search bar there is now appid:570
. This code is the game ID for Dota 2. To begin searching for an item specifically in Dota 2 we will need to type what we're searching for after that code. The screenshot below will show you how to do this.
Once you click enter your search results will show up. In the screenshot below you'll see that there are 27 'Genuine Inky the Hexpus' available and the cheapest one is currently $4.70
Once you click on the icon of the item you want to buy you will see a page which has the item name and description and a chart which gives you the prices that the item has historically sold for. It is important to pay attention to this information so you can make sure you're getting a fair price. If the average sale price of the item is $2.00 based on sale history and the cheapest on the market is currently $10.00, you might want to consider bookmarking the page and trying again at a later date.
You can view the information on the graph by running your mouse against each point. It will display the date the item sold, at what price and how many were sold.
Based on the information provided I can see that the Hexapus usually sells for just around the $5 mark.
If you scroll down further on the page you can see each individual listing and the set price for each seller. If you hover over the icon on the left side of each listing you can see if the item has any Name, Description or Gift tags, this will vary on each listing and it's always worth checking. Name and Description tags can be removed, but Gift tags cannot.
You can also narrow down the listings by using the search bar underneath the price graph. For example, by typing in 100
it will display a list of Hexapus' which have the word 100 in their item tooltip. This can be used for searching for a specific crate number, or couriers with a certain amount of games viewed.
I'm quite happy with paying $4.70 so I'm going to go ahead and click on Buy Now
located on the right side of the listing.
Once you click on Buy Now
you will receive a popup which will give you a breakdown of the item's price. In this example you'll see that the seller listed the item for $4.09 and Valve added $0.61 to the price in transaction fees.
Because I don't have enough Funds in my Steam Wallet I will need to add some. To do this I can click on the Add Funds
Button located on the bottom of the popup.
The next page will be very familiar if you're used to purchasing items on Steam. Add as much money as you'd like and follow the prompts to enter your payment details.
Once you're done adding funds to your Steam Wallet you will be taken back to the previous page. Should you agree to the terms
, accept the Steam Subscriber Agreement
and click Purchase.
We're done! If I look at my Steam Inventory
or load Dota 2 it will show that I'm now the proud owner of a Genuine quality Inky the Hexapus.