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10+ Ways to make a Profit – a CS:GO Trading Guide to get you started

By 26 February, 2017February 8th, 2018CSGO Trading

This guide is all about getting you started with new ideas on how to trade and make a profit with CS:GO, it’s easy to get stuck in a certain way of thinking and when it comes to trading I often find myself doing the same types of trades over and over again, sometimes that work and sometimes you just get stuck doing something that just isn’t working, well in this post I will hopefully give you some new ideas on how to make a profit in CS:GO, I won’t go into to much depth of each method and I won’t be spoon feeding you each and every thing you need to do, you’ll need to use your brain for this one. This guide will instead be filled with a lot of different ideas on how to do CSGO trading and how you can get started with some new ways of trading.

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Buy items on the Steam Community Market during big sales

Buy skins during the big sales like the Summer/Winter sales, during the sales people tend to sell their skins on the market to be able to buy the games they want, a lot of people are doing this during the sales which makes most of the items all over the market to drop in price. So buy items during sales and sell them after the sale when the price have went up again, this is best done for skins and items with a high demand, so you don’t sit on a bunch of items nobody wants to buy.

Buy some CS:GO keys for real money

In order to do get you started with trading you can buy some keys (you can find our guide on how to find cheap keys here). Then start trading with those keys, this way you skip the grind of trading with low valued items that generally makes very little profit.

Finding good deals

Head over to BitSkins and head over to their Deals page (found in the tab up top), just choose your budget and then you’ll find a bunch of skins at low prices. You can find items ranging from 20-50% below market value. This is pretty much a general rule when it comes to trading with real money in CSGO, people tend to want to cash out and prefer cash, so when paying with cash you can most of the time get a better deal simply because people prefer real money. So this can be applied to other places where real money trading is taking place, not only Bitskins, though their deals page can be a good start if you’re looking for a good deal.

Trading between shops

There’s a bunch of CSGO skins shop where you can buy items for real money, all these shops have different prices for the same item and sometimes those price can actually differ quite a lot. What you can do is to head over to these shops and compare the prices between the different marketplaces, and if your lucky you can find a bargain at one shop and then resell that item for a higher price on another shop site. (just keep in mind all these shops take a sell % fee on each sale) I made a guide about this some time ago that you can check out over here.

CS:GO & TF2 key exchanging

Trade your CSGO case keys for Team Fortress 2 keys. CSGO keys are worth more then TF2 keys so try find a good deal where someone wants to trade your keys. You can also do that the other way around of course, find some cheap TF2 keys then trade them for the CS:GO keys that you want. (preferably at a higher ratio, for example 10 TF2 keys for 9 csgo keys, do some research before starting to trade and see what other people are paying for keys) The forum could be a good place to start looking for buyers/sellers.

Knife Trading

Start trading with knifes. Something I know absolutely nothing about. Here’s a trading guide that covers the basics in trading including knife trading. Knife trading requires a lot of keys/money investment so it’s nothing I would recommend any new traders to start doing.

Upgrading & downgrading your skins

This is a method of either trading several low valued skins for one item that’s medium/high valued, the high valued item will be easier to trade and will be more desired then a bunch of low valued items, so you usually need to overpay in order to get a higher valued skin for a bunch of low valued skins. This can go the other way around to, you can trade your medium/high valued skin for several low valued skins with a overpay from the other seller, just remember that these low valued skins might be hard to sell (because people don’t want them) I hope I haven’t confused you to much, if you want to know more about this way of trading I suggest checking out this guide where he talks about this in the Upgrading & downgrading section of the guide.

Buying people’s entire inventories for cash

Some people are just looking to cashout from the game or just don’t care about their skins anymore and want to get some cash fast. It’s a method with great profit margins but has it’s risks, it’s always a risk of scams when trading with money directly with another trader, and also it can be quite time consuming to sell all the items from someone’s inventory. This forum could be a good start if you’re looking to buy some inventories.

Spy & Steal other people’s way of making a profit

This might sound harsh but it’s really isn’t, just head over to any of the big trading sites and start looking what other people are doing to make a profit, a lot of people are just setting up ridiculous trades that will never happen, just ignore them. Instead try and find successful traders that are trading skins/items that have sort of the same value as you’re dealing with. Then look what they’re doing and do the same, you might even consider undercutting them a bit and do the same trade but cheaper. This isn’t really a method of trading is more of a way of finding new ideas on how to make a profit.

I think it’s always worth mentioning that you always should be on your toes for scammers, the internets is a shitty place and the trading community can be the freaking worst. So if you’re a new trader I would suggest you check out the Common scams guide over at the CSGO subreddit and read up on some of the things you should be careful about, it’s a great read for more veteran traders also.


This guide will be a ongoing project and will be updated with new ways of making a profit in the future, if you have any suggestions of your own or have any thoughts about the guide feel free to leave a comment down below.




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