In the last month or two, Steam released a new program that allowed you to sell your random Team Fortress 2 consumables to other players for Steam Wallet funds. At first I completely ignored this trading post of sorts because I hadn't played Team Fortress 2 for the better part of a year. But then boredom took hold and I decided to look at it.
Isn't that how all great adventures start though? What I found on this website was an easy system for making money. It wasn't a lot of money mind you, but it was free money nonetheless. Want to know how I got that free money? Want to know how much I got from my little market exchange? Well then keep on reading; you're about to find out.
Starting Off Small
The numbers you'll be looking at bringing in during your first hour or so can be quite daunting. They're just so small! You'll be scraping at the bottom of the barrel here with sales of one or two cents at a time. These are your crate sales. No idea why, but people buy crates all the time on the website. Just throw them up for one or two pennies each and wait until you sell a few. You want at least eight cents before you go onto the next step.
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That next step is crate buying. This might seem like the complete opposite thing you'd want to do after wasting so much time trying to make those eight pennies, but hear me out. The thing about crates is everyone is just throwing them up onto the sale page without actually looking to see what they have. Most of those crates will be worthless just like yours, but not all of them.
What you want to look for are crates with series numbers eight and lower. The closer you get to series one, the rarer and more sought after they'll be. They'll all still be in that one to two cent range, but you can then turn around and sell them for between fifteen and twenty cents each. We're in gumball territory now! Also, if you get a series one crate,those sell for about a $1 each so keep an eye out!
Working Up The Totem Pole
I'll be honest with you, a majority of your time will be spent trying to buy and sell those series 8 and lower crates. They're the most easily found resource in the trade market. But now that you've got a dollar or two in your account, you can start spending a little extra. Keep buying those series crates of course, but now you need to keep a look out for consumables like paint buckets, nametags and Mann vs Machine tickets.
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These things will run you between twenty and eighty cents depending on which ones you start buying, but if you keep an eye on market prices you should be able to spot the underpriced ones with relative ease. Things work just like with the series crates you've been buying; you'll just be dealing with larger sums of money now. The going will be slow, but you're fast approaching the endgame.
Congratulations! You've Reached The End
Are you still buying those series crates I told you about? You better be. Those are the easiest money makers you could hope to get. But now that you've been at this for a few hours you've probably made a few dollars for yourself. Congratulations! You can buy Ghost Master during the next Steam sale! Or you could go into the end game and start getting the good money.
The big money can be found in key sales. Once you hit keys, you aren't working in the realm of cents anymore. Now you're spending actual dollars! I'm so proud of you. My little man or lady is working the market! The amounts of money you'll be gaining in profit are still relatively small, usually only thirty to forty cents, but it'll build up quickly.
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Now here's the bad news. At the moment, Steam will only let you sell 200 items before they cut you off. This might have changed since I did my buying and selling, but it is certainly a number to keep in mind since you don't want to waste all of your sales on low ticket items. After a while with keys, you should hopefully have just around $20. This is where you make your final stand.
Once you hit the twenty dollar mark you're going to want to look for salvaged crates. They're rarer to find on the market place, but they sell between $15-$40 each. It might be a whole lot of money, but try to get the ones that are below twenty dollars. If you're lucky, you can double your steam wallet with your last few sales. When it was all said and done, I earned a profit of $40 in Steam funds. A small amount for all the work I did, but certainly nothing to scoff at seeing as I went in with nothing at the start.
I wish you the best of luck if you try to use the Steam marketplace for your own adventure, and as always, I thank you all for reading.