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Fodder Into Kinah - A Guide to Selling in Aion

Updated Sat, Dec 05, 2009 by Savanja

Have you just been selling those mob drops to any ole merchant?  Stop right there then!  There is kinah to be had and some of what you have floating around in your inventory can be sold to other players to net you some much needed coin.  If you haven't used the player store or broker yet for selling though, it can be a complicated process and it isn't always clear which feature you should be using.  We are going to take a look at player stores, the broker, how each works, and what advantages each method has so that you know how to sell your items to get more kinah quicker.

Broker Me This Batman

Just drag and drop from your inventory right into the broker window.

Most players are familiar with the brokering process from other games, and this process is very standard.  Brokers are located in the major cities giving you accessibility when you’re out adventuring.  The broker has three tabs labeled "Buy", "Sell", and "Sold".  To sell an item, it's always a good idea to browse the market for the items you are selling so that you have an idea as to what they are going for.  Once you have a price in mind, click on the "Sell" tab, drag and drop the item you wish to sell into the window and another window will pop up asking you how much you'd like to sell the item for.  There will be a suggested price, but these really don't reflect the current market so it is unwise to use this number without doing a little bit of research.  You will notice that there is a cost to using the broker selling service which will also be displayed at this time.  Put in your price and accept the broker fee and your item will be immediately removed from your inventory and listed.

Now that your item is up, it will stay on the broker until it sells or for 8 days.  If it doesn't sell, the item will be returned to you.  If it does sell then you will get an on screen message that tells you that you have a sale to settle at the broker.  You'll see this message as the item sells if you are logged in, or you will see it as soon as you log in if it sold while you were offline.

To retrieve your kinah, visit the broker and click on the "Sold" tab.  It will list what items have sold and for how much.  The kinah is not given to you automatically and you must click on each item that was sold and then click on a small button at the bottom of the window that says "Sold Item" to get your coin.

The expense and process of using a broker is this method's downfall.  It costs both time and money making it sometimes inconvenient when you have a bagful of stuff and no plans to travel back into town anytime soon.  The upside is that you can put your items on the broker and forget about them until they sell (or don't).  Nearly everyone checks the broker so you are reaching a wide audience and if you have needed and reasonably priced items, they will likely sell.

Working the Corner in a Whole New Way

Click the button at the bottom to get your kinah!

Private stores have gotten a bad rap since the launch of the game.  They were unfortunately abused recently to prevent players from logging out of game prompting the developers to put a 30 minute time limit on their use when a player is AFK.  They also tend to become this sea of never ending characters that clog up busy areas making it difficult to even see what is up for sale.  Player stores do have some benefits though; most notably the lack of cost involved and the convenience of being able to set up shop anywhere and at any time.

To open a player store, either hit your "Y" key or click on the menu icon and select "Player Store".  This opens the store window where you can drag and drop items into your store and add the sale price.  There is a dialog box that allows you to put a message up for potential buyers to see when you activate your store.  This message should give an idea as to what you are selling or a reason why other players will want to take a look at your goods, but you can pretty much put whatever strikes your fancy.

Because your own player store is free and always accessible, this makes it appealing for the average seller.  However, it is very limited on how long you can utilize this feature and the only people you can sell to are those that can see you.  This ends up working well for things that people need when they are out and about; consumables, such as potions, are great to see at a good price no matter where you are but truly, well priced items are always welcome.  Chances are you won't get as much kinah for items sold in this manner, but the ability to quickly unload a few things from your inventory when you're taking a real life dinner break is priceless.

Which Do You Use?

Both!  If you don't have a preference, then you can easily use both in certain situations.  If you're not close to town but have some nice items in your bag, stop in at the nearest outpost, toss up your store, and go for a bio break.  Save your biggest and best items, such as green or blue armor and weapons, for the broker as these tend to fetch quite a bit on the market but feel free to unload your smaller items wherever you happen to be and you will be rewarded with lighter bags and a heavier purse.

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