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The Neopian Times Week 80 > Articles > Tricks of the Trade: Selling in the Trading Post

Tricks of the Trade: Selling in the Trading Post

by too_kule

Untitled Document TRADING POST - I know there are some pretty desired items out there. A Monoceraptor claw for some butt kicking in the Battledome, a baby paint brush for the Neopet with the biggest eyes possible, a Snow Faerie plushie because you have extra NP to spend so instead of buying a paper hat you go all out to please your pet... as if. Whatever the item you wish may be, I'm guessing it's more than 100,000 NP therefore not aloud to be bought in any neighborhood shops. So, just take a trip to the wonderful Trading Post.

I like the Trading Post a lot more than the auction. Why? Well, it's a lot easier to keep track of. You get to choose which lucky person gets to go home with the item in your lot. In the auction, you don't get that choice so for all you know your Attack Fork could be going home with a bidder of 1 NP. Trust me, a similar situation happened to me.

Anyway, if you just can't seem to get the best deals or get anyone to bid on your cheesy wares, use this all-in-one guide so the Trading Post can work to your advantage.

This week I'll give you some tips on selling. With these tips, you can learn how to pedal your wares as quickly and efficiently as possible. Next week I'll be covering buying. Using those tips you can get bargains galore!

I'll start by giving you some tips on selling your items via the Trading Post. You just click on the item(s) you wish to sell while remembering there's a limit of ten. Then, there's the wishlist box. Believe it or not, but that box is the most important tool in the Trading Post. It tells the buyer what the seller is looking for. You can be as specific or vague as you like though.

For instance, if you aren't a fan of getting items, ask for NP only. And to save the buyer time, tell them how much the item is worth so they can bid accordingly. Nothing is worse for the buyer to have to take a trip to the Shop Wizard before they can make a bid.

If you're looking for a specific item, say that. If you want a hand painted scarab for your disco fever paint brush, put that in the wishlist. Or if you want to put something like 'surprise me' go right ahead. I once got an offer of a hand painted water jug, an Ona and 70,000 NP for my Faerie paint brush. I always thought Onas were pretty cute so I accepted and kept the Ona.

There are some other handy things to put in the box. For starters, you could put the word 'ONLINE' in the box. Bidders will see you're online and bid because they know they'll get a faster response. Another thing could be 'auto'. Just put the price which you will accept right away next to auto. If the bidder wants the item in a hurry, they'd probably bid as close to the auto as possible. Finally, if you want to negotiate the trade, put 'Neomail me to negotiate' so you can work out a price.

There are also some things NOT to include. For starters, don't put a shop advertisement. The Trading Post isn't for advertising. Go to the Shop Advertisement Chat Room or put an add in the notice board. Second, don't scam the people out of their money. A newbie might not be able to tell the difference between a u-bend of great justice (hidden tower item) and a super u-bend (relatively common item) and end up paying an outrageous amount of Neopoints for a common item. There's one more thing not to do. If you have an expensive item, don't put 1 NP in the wishlist box unless you actually intend on selling the item for a single Neopoint. Lots of people do this because they think it's fun to watch these worthless bids come flying in and then cancelling the lot. Major no-no.

After you have filled out the wishlist, click the Start Trading button. Here's the fun part of the Trading Post: waiting. If your lot contains just a single item, you're probably more likely to get bids. Therefore if after five minutes the bids stop coming in, cancel the lot and put it up again. Many people just look under the newest twenty lots. If you cancel and put it up again, your lot will appear under the newest twenty again and more bidders will come. If you have more than one item (especially if they're expensive), this probably won't work. Advertise your lot in your user lookup or in your shop.

Finally, it's time to accept. Pick the offer that you like the best. Don't be afraid to be slightly picky. It's your item so you deserve to get what you want in exchange. Just be patient and eventually you'll get what you want.

So there you are. I hope those tips will make the Trading Post a little easier to use. Be sure to read next week when I'll cover how to buy in the Trading Post. This is too_kule, getting ready for next week's issue. Until then!

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