Beginner Guide to poe.trade (PoE Blight 3.8)

Furty

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, Furty finished the Betrayal League at Rank 186 on the ladder playing Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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Introduction

Trading in Path of Exile is one of a kind, though it can be difficult or tedious for players to find the items they need. The website poe.trade has been the primary means of locating items for trade for some time, though it has undergone many domain changes and updates over the years. pathofexile.com/trade is an alternative option that could also be considered. That said, this guide will focus on poe.trade.

Learning to effectively locate the items that you need can catapult your character to new heights and make your game experience significantly smoother. There are a variety of options that allow you to easily locate the items that can make or break your build, sort them for easy comparisons, price check items you intend to sell, and much more.

Please remember that players on Solo Self-Found leagues cannot trade, so this aspect does not apply to them.

Performing Basic Searches

The easiest items to locate on poe.trade are items with fixed names, such as Gems or Uniques. Ensure your league is correctly selected before attempting to locate items for purchase.

League

Simply enter the name of the item you are searching for, and hit ENTER or click the SEARCH button.

Editing Your Search

To edit a search without returning to the home page, simply click the Show Search Form button at the top of the page.

Show Search Form

This can be done for any type of search, including Live Searches. If you are searching for an entirely different type of item, be sure to clear any fields that do not apply to your new search (for example, Item Type).

Searching for Gems

Since all gems are available at Level 1 from Lily Roth in-game, it is probable that you are searching for gems with quality or experience when using poe.trade. In order to properly specify what you are searching for, scroll down and fill in the “Quality” and “Level/Tier” fields under “Misc”.

Gems

If you are searching for Level 20 gems with 20% Quality, bear in mind that Corrupted gems are often significantly cheaper. The reason for this is that players will attempt to corrupt these gems in the hopes of obtaining a Level 21 gem, and therefore these “bricked” versions are worth considerably less. If you do not want to purchase already corrupted gems, ensure you set the “Corrupted” field to “No”.

Searching for Uniques

Unique items are also relatively easy to locate, as their names are fixed, and their stats roll within a specified range. Simply enter the name of your desired item in the search field to see the results. Uniques that have a higher amount of rolled affixes typically have a noticeable difference in price between the lowest and highest rolls. The Loreweave Loreweave chest, for example, has so many different possible stat rolls that the difference between a low roll and a high roll can often exceed several Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs. For expensive items, it can sometimes instead be more prudent to purchase a low roll, then use Divine Orb Divine Orbs until the desired roll is achieved. Check the prices of the high and low rolls before committing to a purchase to ensure you get the best item for the best value.

In the case of unique items with multiple stats that can have different rolls, it is important to identify which one(s) are important for your build, so that you do not end up paying a lot of currency for an item that is rolled poorly for your needs. Likewise, checking the ranges of these rolls (by looking the item up on an item database, for example) is important so that you can see how good a particular item actually is.

Narrowing Down Results

Due to the vast amount of items, and the relatively specific needs of most players, the only feasible way to search for desirable items with any consistency is to apply filters of your own to your searches.

One of the simplest ways to do this is to add “Mods” to search for. Click Add Mod, then on the drop down bar that appears to query for different options. Type in the stat you are searching for, and specify minimum or maximum rolls on the right of the bar.

Mod Bar

Ensure that you select the stats you are looking for on the item, being sure to choose the correct affix tag (explicit, enchantment, etc.). The website poeaffix.net can be helpful for identifying possible ranges for affixes, as well as displaying what mods are possible on certain item types.

You can switch between several different search types beneath the “Mods” bars — by default, searches are set to “AND”, which specifies that all designated mods must exist within the parameters assigned, if any. There are several other options to explore here; for example, the “COUNT” feature can be useful if you cast a wider net for stat combinations.

Spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the general search interface. Many of the options are rather self-explanatory, allowing you to narrow down an item as much as necessary. Looking for a Rare helmet with an enchantment, but getting flooded with results for Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head? Set the “Rarity” box to “Non-Unique”. Working within a budget? Set a maximum listing price to truncate any results that are out of your price range.

Unless you are searching for top quality “once in a league” items, you will want to keep the ONLINE ONLY option enabled, preventing any items from players who are currently offline from being displayed.

Always remember that any Crafted affixes on items can be easily and cheaply removed for only 2 Orb of Alchemy Orb of Alchemy using the Crafting Bench in your hideout, and replaced with a new craft of your choosing. Keep this in mind when looking at the results, and focus on the mods on the item that cannot be changed.

Also, unless you are specifically looking to purchase a 5 or 6-linked item, do not worry about trivial things such as sockets, colors, etc., as this can be adjusted after purchase, provided that the item you are buying is not Corrupted.

Sorting Search Results

By default, searches are sorted by price, in ascending order. Clicking on a stat for one of the listings will re-order the results, displaying all items with that affix in descending order.

Sorting

This works for any type of item that has variable rolls, and can be particularly useful if you are looking for a Unique that has one especially important roll.

Searching for Resistances

Since Resistances are necessary for virtually every build in Path of Exile, you will often find yourself looking for gear with multiple types of resistance. In order to effectively narrow down the results, there are a few filters that can be applied under the Mods section that are extraordinarily useful.

The Pseudo mods are a great place to start. As the Greek prefix “pseudo” implies, these are not actual mods in-game, but instead allow you to perform searches that would otherwise require far more complex filters.

Pseudo Mods

The main two Pseudo mods that you will be selecting are # Elemental Resistances and +#% Total Elemental Resistance.

  • # Elemental Resistances allows you to specify how many Resistances you want on your item.
  • +#% Total Elemental Resistance allows you to specify the combined total of Elemental Resistances on the item.

You can also opt to use # Resistances and +#% Total Resistances, however, this will cause Chaos Resistance to be included in the results, which is not a highly valued affix for most builds.

The Pseudo filters are great for buying items when you are not constrained by very specific values. If you are looking for exact values or types of Resistances, you will have to create a more specific search. Either add the mods directly to your search, accompanied by “Min” and “Max” values if necessary, and perform the search.

Running Live Searches

The LIVE SEARCH function can be extremely helpful for a variety of applications. After performing your basic search, you will have the option to perform a Live Search.

Live Search

Set your notification settings to your preference. The browser tab containing the search must remain open in order for the search to stay active. Here are some examples of reasons to run a live search:

  • Looking for build-making items early a league when supply is limited
  • Searching for items with uncommon mod combinations that might not be available on the market currently
  • Scouting for items that are cheaply priced with the aim of either flipping them or saving currency
  • Finding the best deals before other players have a chance to compete with you for them

There are unique strategies involved with running Live Searches to flip items, particularly early in a league’s life cycle when price is constantly in a state of flux. Similar to flipping in other games and real-world investing, the best items and currencies to flip constantly change. A Unique that is relatively cheap during one league may be featured in a popular build in the next, and thus skyrocket in demand.

Trading on the Currency Market

The currency market can be accessed at the top right of the site, or by navigating to currency.poe.trade. A wide variety of items can be purchased from this portal in a much more convenient fashion than searching for them on the regular site.

Currency

Buying bulk currency on poe.trade often results in exchange losses, and for the best rates it is typically advised to stick to trade channels. On the other hand, players who do not mind some lost profits in favor of the convenience should not be discouraged.

Other objects, most notably things like Maps, Fragments, Divination Cards, and much more can be tracked down from the currency market. You can, of course, specify a minimum quantity, which makes bulk purchases easier and cuts down trade time.

Selling Items on poe.trade

The easiest way to sell items on poe.trade is to place them in a Premium stash tab that has been set to “Public”. Items can be priced individually or en masse from within the stash using the Premium tabs. If you are unwilling to buy Premium tabs, you can also create a thread or “shop” on the official Path of Exile forums in the appropriate trading sections. Linking your items in your thread will also allow them to be indexed automatically and listed for other players to browse.

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    O.K. You told how to set up the store and then nothing. You don’t type a word about how to price the items. Yes, when you choose public choices appear and can be very confusing to a new player. Once they’ve understood the premium tab way to sell there is never in any blog, video, etc. that tells in detail what to do when you receive that buyer’s whisper. It would be nice to see it in type just once. TerryBull

  2. Furty

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    On 01/08/2019 at 5:40 PM, TerryBull said

    O.K. You told how to set up the store and then nothing. You don’t type a word about how to price the items. Yes, when you choose public choices appear and can be very confusing to a new player. Once they’ve understood the premium tab way to sell there is never in any blog, video, etc. that tells in detail what to do when you receive that buyer’s whisper. It would be nice to see it in type just once. TerryBull

    I’m sorry, I’m not entirely clear on what you’re referring to — do you mean the actual process of individually assigning prices, or advice on how to evaluate the overall worth of an item? The latter is a bit difficult, but I could definitely go into some more detail about some of the tab-related options, if that’s what is confusing you!

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    Furty,

    Forget the pricing ; That’s the least important thing I was referring to. I know how to price, I meant once you use your premium tab for selling; the pricing INSTRUCTIONS can be confusing. I meant that once you set up your shop using a premium tab, price the items, and wait for a buyer; when you receive that whisper from the buyer there are no instructions on what to do written anywhere I can find. All of the instructions on trading go into great detail on how to BUY and item and then nothing is written about what actions are necessary to complete a sale, once you get the buyer’s whisper. I lost a sale because I was blindly stumbling through completing a sale; after I decided to go for it without the needed knowledge. The process is a bit like buying with all the invites and such but when I tried to find the wanted item I could not bring up my stash with the item to sell. Evidently you must move the item to inventory (sometime?) between the initial buyer whisper and the trade boxes. Not knowing this (since I’ve never seen ANY instructions after pricing your items and waiting for a buyer) I fumbled with the sale until the buyer gave up and left. I think I now know how the sale is completed but my comment was that, with all the articles on trade, I’ve never seen step by step instructions on the selling process once the initial whisper is received. Nowhere have I seen a warning about transferring the sale item to inventory after the buyer’s whisper. I still would like to see it written somewhere…TerryBull

    P.S. I know that this procedure would seem self-explanatory, and probably is if you are not a beginner.

    Edited by TerryBull on August 7th, 2019

  4. Vlad

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    On 07/08/2019 at 8:16 AM, TerryBull said

    Furty,

    Forget the pricing ; That’s the least important thing I was referring to. I know how to price, I meant once you use your premium tab for selling; the pricing INSTRUCTIONS can be confusing. I meant that once you set up your shop using a premium tab, price the items, and wait for a buyer; when you receive that whisper from the buyer there are no instructions on what to do written anywhere I can find. All of the instructions on trading go into great detail on how to BUY and item and then nothing is written about what actions are necessary to complete a sale, once you get the buyer’s whisper. I lost a sale because I was blindly stumbling through completing a sale; after I decided to go for it without the needed knowledge. The process is a bit like buying with all the invites and such but when I tried to find the wanted item I could not bring up my stash with the item to sell. Evidently you must move the item to inventory (sometime?) between the initial buyer whisper and the trade boxes. Not knowing this (since I’ve never seen ANY instructions after pricing your items and waiting for a buyer) I fumbled with the sale until the buyer gave up and left. I think I now know how the sale is completed but my comment was that, with all the articles on trade, I’ve never seen step by step instructions on the selling process once the initial whisper is received. Nowhere have I seen a warning about transferring the sale item to inventory after the buyer’s whisper. I still would like to see it written somewhere…TerryBull

    P.S. I know that this procedure would seem self-explanatory, and probably is if you are not a beginner.

    Hey.

    I understand what you mean now.

    Step 1)

    Invite the buyer to your party (by right clicking their name), if you want to make the sale.

    Step 2)

    Find the right item in your stash.

    Typically, whispers from buyers should contain information on the item’s name, the tab it’s in, and even the position within the tab. Here is an example: “Hi, I would like to buy your Sunblast Cloth Belt listed for 1 chaos in Legion (stash tab “uniq”; position: left 11, top 1)”.

    That tells you that the item is called “Sunblast Cloth Belt”, that’s in the stash tab called “uniq”, and the position should give you the coordinates of where the item is in the tab (particularly helpful if you are selling multiple items with the same name, but which differ slightly).

    So, as the seller, you should go to the respective stash tab (“uniq” in this case), make use of the Search box of your stash tab (bottom), entering the name of the item. This will highlight it (or them, in case multiple items match; bear in mind you can input incomplete searches, so “sunblast” is enough in the given example, no need to type it all out).

    Step 3)

    Put the item in your inventory.

    Step 4)

    Initiate trade with the buyer. By this time, they should be in your hideout, but some people are slower so be prepared to wait. Custom is for the seller to trade the buyer (when the item is ready for trade), but some buyers may be impatient and trade you first.

    Place the item in the trade window, and double (or triple) check that the price they are offering is correct. If yes, accept the trade.

    I hope that clears things up more. Let us know if you have any other questions.

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    Furty,

    Thank you so much. The answer is concise yet detailed and takes into account varied sale possibilities. Exactly what I wanted to see in print. These instructions are what is missing in all I’ve read on PoE trading. I will make good use of these instructions and will approach my next sale with confidence now that I know the procedure. Again, many thanks for your patience and perseverance…..TerryBull

    Edited by TerryBull on August 8th, 2019

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