The Trading Post is one of the most popular spots in New World and for good reason. Not only is it the only place you can offload items you don’t want to salvage for parts, but it’s also a great place to get your hands on materials you don’t feel like farming. Whereas most MMOs tend to have overpriced goods in the marketplace, though, New World is suffering from deflation, items are incredibly cheap. Gold is currently worth a ton. Things have gotten so bad, in fact, that many people are starting to trade resources for items directly, instead of using the in-game currency to purchase them.
Whether you’re new to New World or someone who has been playing since launch, knowing why this is happening, as well as what items are worth holding onto for trades can prove valuable. Especially as you level up and start to earn less gold coins for your missions. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help break it all down.
Why Are Item Prices So Low?
Prices in the New World Trading Post have gotten so low because of how slowly players earn gold coins, especially compared to how much they are using them. While it might seem nice for prices to be as low as they are — especially for those trying to buy materials — if the prices never stabilize, then people won’t make money off of their sales. This, in turn, means that there isn’t as much money in circulation, because people end up hoarding their stash for things like repairs, upgrades, and taxes.
Because quests, salvaging items, getting monster drops, and completing dungeons don’t reward players with large drops of coins, players are spending more than they make. While most MMOs have various ways of removing currency from the economy to stop inflation, it seems like New World is currently removing too much. Housing, crafting, and even posting your items on the trading post all cost coins, which means players want to hold onto their precious money for those things they can’t live without. This has led to many players bartering and trading items to get the goods they need.
What Are the Best Goods to Trade Instead?
If you’re looking to make use of the current bartering system while the gold economy is suffering, then you’ll want to focus on those harder-to-get items. Things like Star Metal Tools, Steel Ingots, and other crafting materials that take multiple steps to make are going to be the most valuable.
Of course, a lot of it will also depend on what the person you’re trading with is willing to accept. Some players might want large amounts of easier-to-get materials like Linen and Rawhide, while others gravitate towards the higher-tier endgame goods. The biggest recommendation we can make here is to talk with the person you’re trying to buy from. A lot of users will post what they’re looking to trade for, and what they’re willing to accept. Others may be a bit more accepting of the offers you make.
Here are a few items we recommend stocking up on if you’re looking to trade with other players right now:
- Star Metal.
- Steel Ingots.
- Rawhide and upper tier animal skins like Thick Fur, Brightscale Hide, Thick Hide.
- High-tier gems that add Taunt or healing perks.
For now, pocket that gold and use it for the game’s various taxes. The best thing you can do at the moment is trade goods for other goods. It takes more time, but you’ll thank yourself for it later.