VoidExpanse

VoidExpanse

Not enough ratings
Basic Trading Primer
By loudent2
Trading from the start is pretty tricky. You're better served prospecting at the beginning. There is no risk to that. This is a guide for building yoru inital nest egg into big money. Using this method I turned a few K into a few hundred K in one sitting (not sure how long).
 
Rate  
Favorite
Favorited
Unfavorite
Basic Trading Primer
Basic Trading Primer
By loudent2
Trading from the start is pretty tricky. You're better served prospecting at the beginning. There is no risk to that. This is a guide for building yoru inital nest egg into big money. Using this method I turned a few K into a few hundred K in one sitting (not sure how long).

For ships I recomend the endeaver < freighter < stingray < stingray MK2. The freighter has more cargo space but the Stingrays can serve double duty is you want to do some pirate hunting

So the Key is to head to one of the capital systems (order, fanatics, freedom). There should be 3 stations in there and relatively weak pirates. Depending on the size of the galaxy there are 2+ other systems directly connected also with weak pirates.

At the beginning you should continue mining to fill up your holds until you have enough to really lay down some serious dough for a run

So here's how it works: Prices adjust every 5 minutes or so. The key is to fly between stations until you find something at the right price (there are 5 stations within 30sec of each other in capital systems). When you hover your mouse over a cargo item look for the "Default" price. Then look at the current selling price. You're looking for something that is selling roughly 75% of default. Sometimes I go as high as 95% for the more expensive goods but if there isn't anything that looks attractive just head to another station. Ignore the ores and focus on "goods".

Once you find something that meets the price (with 5 stations close by and a 5 miniute reset it's actually pretty easy). You buy as much as you can and then head to the other 5 stations. Everytime you land you look for a selling price above the derault (any amount over) and you dump it there. If you don't find it move on

Any time you land and you have cargo space and money you should always look for those 75% deals and buy as much as you can and if you have cargo selling over defautl, sell. If you have cargo space when you're about to dock, it never hurts to mine some ore.

Iniitially your runs might not be that great. You might only be able to buy a few items, but you're making 25% + on your money. Every once in a while you'll hit a gold mine where something is selling for half default price. For me, in the latest game, it always seems like it's medicine but ti can be anything. You buy as much as you can and you're doubling your money. There are also times where I've purchased something at half price and sold it for 50% over. These are the runs that go into big money. But even without them, you'll be building up your money.

Anyway, that's how I did it my last run around and I'm sitting with highest level ship components + backups and other hulls and 700k at last sitting.

A couple of Mods(they are on steam and the nexus) that might help:
1) Cargo Pods - A mod that allows you to add cargo space
2) Select Station Quesst - This mod allows you to select the station quest. May not seem relevant but if you're always doing a bit of mining you have prenty of glepsite so you can always select the prospecting quest and turn in 150 glepsite for 1k and several hundred xp
3) Stingray Model E's - same as the regular stingray's but it specializes in energy weapons,
< >
5 Comments
bearhiderug Mar 17 @ 4:20pm 
Good to know, thankyou.
loudent2  [author] Mar 17 @ 3:11pm 
Just so you know, this guide is a bit out of date. They tweaked the economy so you can't just hang around a couple of systems and rake in massive profits.
bearhiderug Mar 17 @ 2:17pm 
@But I'd really love to see some pictures here.

lol!
It is a basic guide. Straight to the point. You can not screw this up.
Silberspeer Jul 16, 2015 @ 2:46am 
Thanks for this guide! But I'd really love to see some pictures here.
Ridiculan May 23, 2015 @ 3:56am 
Thank you. Does certain stations excel in any type of products, being an agricultural world, producing food items and so on?