Trading Etiquette

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Here are some “unwritten rules,” for trading with others in PoE

Step 1: Choose a resource 

  • There are several resources that are typically used for trading
    • Primary Resources:
    • Secondary Resources:
      • Trade chat (such as /trade 1, 2, etc.). Lots of spam, here.
      • In-game noticeboard (default key, to access: ‘s’ on your keyboard > public parties). Requires being in the right place, at the right time, to see whatever you’re hoping to see (probably not ‘out there,’ anyways; on ANY town’s noticeboard (just go to trading website – much easier)).
      • The official poe forums. Its a lot like emailing someone, if you try contacting a seller. Could take a while, before your message gets seen. Many players do not even acknowledge logging into poe’s official site, that often anyways, so… Again, probably best to just go to a trading website.

Step 2: Contacting a seller, on trading websites

  • Once you find the item you’re looking for, and the seller of the item is online; you can then click the copy whisper button, then – in-game – press enter to enter the chat console > paste the whisper > wait for an invite to the seller’s party (then accept it (if you get one)).
    • NOTE: Spamming the seller...
      Probably best to just avoid doing this. Many times, your whisper yields no response, of any kind. Maybe they’re afk/DND mode/offline/price fixing/etc. Whatever the case – the end result, is the same – if you do not get an invite, they do not want to (or cant) trade with you at that time.
      Spamming them, pasting your whisper 100 times will not change the result…
      If they’re afk, assuming they’re actually going to sell it to you/someone, they’ll read your messages probably, when they return. Spamming 100 times almost certainly will not make them return sooner.
      If they’re in DND mode… Contact next seller – nothing to be done with your 100 spams (won’t be seen).
      If they’re offline, but the website says ONLINE, with one exception, this can be caused by a slight delay between their actual login status and the trading API acknowledging it. Whatever the case – like DND – not much to be done here, if they’re offline (can wait, or set alerts if you wish for that exact person’s certain item… that’s about it).
      If they’re price fixing – spam them 100 times… the result won’t change (they have no actual intention on selling you the item).
      TLDR: It is important to limit the number of times you paste the message. Send the message once (MAAAAYBE, twice; three times TOPS, for sure (even then – space a few minutes between the whispers, if you MUST paste the message multiple times)). Otherwise, they’re likely to add you to their /ignore list (now, you can’t buy ANYTHING from that person, ever; until they take you off their list (or clear their ignore list, entirely)).
  • If you receive and accept the invite, the next step is pretty ‘key.’ That is: The BUYER is to enter the HIDEOUT of the SELLER (not the other way around; generally, not in a town either).
    • TIP: Grab your currency, before you go!
      Since you have NO clue where that person decided to stick their stash within their hideout, its usually a good idea to grab your currency for the trade PRIOR to going to their hideout (ie- if you’re in town or your hideout, prior to receiving the invite… just grab the currency from your own stash, before going to their HO. This makes things much smoother.
  • Once in their hideout, you (or them) will right click the other person, in the party list > click ‘trade’ > put your items/currency in your respective trade window (after the trade request to whichever person is sent, and the other person accepts it) > mouse over the stuff your receiving > click ‘accept.’
  • At this point, the trade is complete! Congrats and enjoy your new, shiny things.

Recap/Summary of the process…

  1. Go to your website of choice
  2. Copy whisper
  3. Paste whisper in-game
  4. Wait for invite (move on to the next seller of your item of interest, if you get impatient (rather than spamming that person))
  5. Accept the invite
  6. Grab currency of yours, while you’re still near a familiar stash (ie- a town or your own hideout)
  7. Go to the SELLER’s hideout
  8. Send/Accept trade request, once in seller’s hideout
  9. Put items into trade window > mouse over > click accept
  10. Done!

Armed with this info, you’ll make for a good player to trade with… Ahhh, if only they were all so smooth!

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  33. I feel Like this is missing a few steps…

    A more actual representation of how trading is would be more like;

    1. Go to your website of choice and search for available items
    2. Copy whisper
    3. Paste whisper in-game
    4. Select a new seller from your website of choice
    5. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until someone finally responds
    6. Wait for invite
    7. Accept the invite
    8. Grab currency from your stash
    9. Go to the SELLER’s hideout
    10. Accept trade request (never send the request, let THEM do it)
    11. Put items into trade window
    12. Mouse over and INSPECT the item and make sure it is the one you ACTUALLY tried to buy (Because Scammers Exist)
    13. Click accept
    14. LEAVE PARTY after trade is complete, Other people in the party are likely to be their friends who are waiting for them.
    15. Leave Their Hideout. No one likes people who linger past their allocated time for a visit.

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  35. poe.trade, in my opinion, is a bit nicer to use for searching/pricing items, but it has drawbacks- it doesn’t always know whether an affix is a prefix or a suffix(they’ll be marked as ‘??’,) and their online/offline/sold status can take half an hour or more to update. This means for high volume consumables like divination cards, oils, catalysts… you MUST use https://www.pathofexile.com/trade or you will be messaging a lot more people who have already sold their item! It also means that you can get screwed trying to trade for an item to put a crafting mod on for extra value- that %rarity could just as easily be *two* %rarity and ruin your clever plan.

  36. I’ll be happy to add explain in detail whats NOT in your instructions. To be fair, none of the blogs or videos do the same. How about telling how to accept a sale if you are the seller. Everything I’ve seen or read tells how to set up the store, stock it, advertise your items BUT never a word about what the seller does after receiving that whisper…Maybe you could write about that part of “Trading Etiquette”?

    • As seller, you get the whisper and decide if it is worth going back to your hideout or not. If it is, you portal back to hideout and invite the buyer to a party. If not, don’t respond or say “Not now” or whatever.

      Assuming it is worth it, you then go to your stash and grab the item they want and then wait for them to come to your hideout. Right click and Trade when they get there. Done.

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