There´s plenty of different CSGO shop where you can buy & sell skins & items with real cash, and there´s more of these shops popping up all the time, in this trading guide I´ll be talking about buying & selling between these different marketplaces using real money and how you can make a profit doing so. I have handpicked a few of these marketplaces for CS:GO items that I think are worth using, there´s a shitload of other markets like these out there, and you can use any of them if that suits you better.
This guide is really simple, we´re going to compare the prices on a bunch of marketplaces/shop for a certain CS:GO item, after we bought the item we´re going to sell that item in another shop where the price is higher. You can buy & sell any CS:GO skin or item really, it should be a item with a decent demand though, I like to do this with case keys, there´s always a huge demand for keys but at the same time there´s a lot of competition when selling keys. I suggest you try doing this guide with any item you want, be creative and find a item that you can resell for a profit.
- Buy a item in one shop.
- Sell it in another.
I’ll start with introducing the sites we’re going to use in this guide. All these sites takes a fee when you sell your items, some also take a fee when you withdraw your money (to PayPal or similar) I will display both these fees below.
Lootmarket is a marketplace where you can buy & sell CS:GO & Dota 2 items. Not the most active marketplace though.
- Selling fee: 5-10% When you sell items on their site you earn gems, and these gems can be turned in so that your fee gets lower. So basically the more you sell, the lower the sell fee, but you will start with a 10% fee and you need to sell A LOT to go down to 5%.
- Payout fee: Paypal 3%, Bitcoin 2% and a bit higher fees for other payment options. Minimum withdrawal is $5
OPSkins is probably the biggest & most popular marketplace for CSGO items right now. There’s a crazy amount of transactions going on here, which can be a good and a bad thing, a lot of competition and potential for a lot of good deals.
- Selling fee: 10% for regular members, and 5% if you have their premium membership that cost $5,99/month
- Payout fee: For Paypal it varies from country to country (site says usually around 2.9%) and Bitcoin 1%
Bitskins is a site similar to OPSkins, not as active but still one of the biggest markets for CSGO items around. Has the lowest sales fee around, can also be brought even lower if you’re selling for crazy amounts (which won’t really happen for 99% of all traders)
- Sales fee: 5% for all members, and it can go as low as 4,8% if you sell for an insane among of money.
G2A is a gaming store that has a item marketplace feature, so people can buy & sell their items here. It’s a very popular shop for other reason then CSGO items & the prices are on average higher, making it a great place to sell items on. The negative part would be the layout for the store when it comes to skins, it’s really confusing if you ask me. Oh and stay away from their service G2A shield, it’s pure poison!
- Sales fee: 0.05 € + 6% fee for each item.
Kinguin is a game and skin marketplace similar to G2A, the fee is just a little bit lower but what I think really is a improvement compared to G2A is that the layout is so much better. Here you can actually find the skins you are looking for! The fee is at a good rate, only Bitskins have a better sale fee.
- Sale fee: 5% + 0.05 € fixed fee/item
Here´s an example of how I done this guide in the past. I will be buying Chroma 2 Case Keys and I choose to use G2A & Opskins in this example, but it could work using other sites too.
So first off I do a price comparison on all the marketplaces in this list, not just these two, all of them. And I look where I can buy the cheapest keys right now, after doing a quick search on all the sites (I have all searches for csgo keys bookmarked for all the different sites, so I don´t have to do the searches over and over again)
I can see there´s a decent price for Chroma 2 keys on OPskins (for $1.98), and I can also see that the lowest price for that key on G2A is $2,31, there´s nice difference between those two prices which means I can make a small profit from reselling this key (just remember that there´s always sales fees). So I go ahead and buy a few keys on OPskins, and then I head over to G2A and list the keys up on their marketplace. I always list my items below the lowest current price so that I sell my items as fast as possible. I would make a 0,14$ profit for each key I sold. Not a lot but it adds up.
After my items are sold on G2A I want to cash out my money so I can buy more items and repeat this process, I try and avoid cashing out via PayPal or any similar payment system because G2A has a withdrawal fee (most marketplaces have).
There´s two alternative ways of getting your money out of G2a, you can either look for a good deal on a CSGO key or any skin on the site and buy it, just make sure it´s a good enough deal that you will make a profit off it when selling it on OPSkins. Finding those great deals on G2A can be hard sometimes and that´s why the other option is my favourite, what I do is simple head over to OPSkins and choose “Add funds”, I pick the amount I want to add then I choose G2APay as my Payment Option, from there I can choose to add funds into Opskins using my G2A Wallet, this is a easy way of avoiding the withdrawal fees.
Now and can find some cheap keys on OPSkins and repeat the process.
If you want to maximize your profit using this guide I suggest you buy your CSGO keys directly from other traders and then resell the keys on the site that has the highest current price.
Why don’t I talk about doing that in the main guide then? It´s because of two reasons, the first one being I don´t have much personal experience buying keys directly from people or cash trading in general, it can be quite tricky & scary getting started with those kinds of trades when you have no experience about it.
The other reason is about time, when buying keys from marketplace sites you get your keys/items delivered by their trade bots almost instantly, it´s a very fast way of buying keys. To sum it up, it´s fast, easy and safe to buy from the shops, but you can get a much better deal if you´re skipping the middleman. Check out my guide on finding cheap CS:GO keys where I listed a bunch of forums where you can buy from other traders.
Some of the links in this guide are referral links, what that means is that I make a small profit if you use my link to register/buy/sell. If you use my links it doesn’t effect you at all, but it helps me out a lot and I would appreciate if you do, see it as a way of thanking me for doing this guide. Also I would never include any sites that I don’t use or don’t like, the shops on this lists are places I use regularly.