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Join Date: Dec 2007
09-24-2011, 01:36 PM
As you rightly concluded the value in the lower right of an items info-card is its actual value, many refer to this as its "retail" value. This is the price you would pay to buy them new from most vendors.
When it comes to selling items, you have four options;
- Most vendors in the game will offer you 50% of an items retail value.
Ferengi and Traders
- Ground or space base, they will offer you less, 30-40% I believe.
- You can feed your unwanted items to your ships replicator while in space, this only gives you 40% though.
- Here things can sell for whatever price someone is willing to pay for them. Items can be listed for anything from 1ec to 999,999,999ec. The level/quality/rarity of an item as well as demand for that item (single cannons aren't very popular as an example) will determine if it will sell and how much you can get for it.
To make gaining EC more challenging Cryptic have decided to make the value of the items your ship come fitted with virtually worthless, with some ships (mainly those from the C-store) the items are bound, cannot be sold to anyone, and must be discarded.
As Sneak said, most
item are best being sold to vendors for 50% or recycled (if you run out of space).
items though should always be checked against the exchange. The exchange is constantly changing, what's up there and in surplus today, may be in demand tomorrow.
I echo his comments on quantum torpedoes and expend on it to include any item you encounter that is at a level lower (or higher at endgame) than can be bought from vendor/stores. Even if these are
rarity, check them against the exchange. Mk II Quantums, Mk VI Tetryons, and nearly all Mk XII items sell well.
Finally a quick tip, if you drag an item icon into the search text box on the exchange, it will fill it in for you