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As implied from the question, what gives Unusuals their values? I've seen many different unusuals go from 1-2 buds, to as many as 20-25 buds? What gives Unusuals their value?

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The same as anything in an economy -- demand. –  Schism Mar 31 '13 at 2:37
Not necessarily true, demand does not set all the prices for everything TF2. –  meme scientist Mar 31 '13 at 2:42
@Retrosaur There's demand and perceived demand. Both drive the market, perceived demand arguably more so. The rarity of an item often determines its perceived demand while it may or may not have an actual effect on its demand. Say, for example, a Strange Pistol. Its perceived demand is quite high because it's Strange. However, actual demand is probably very low because there is very little demand for Engineer pistols (especially Strange since the Engie's kills are generally derived from Sentries). –  Yuuki Mar 31 '13 at 3:10

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In short, they are valued at what people are willing to pay for it.

For example, a burning flames team captain has an astronomically high value, as it is considered by many as one of the best hats in the game with one of the best unusual effects. Other hats, like the Nutz n' boltz football helmet only yields 15 keys or so.

If you go to Backpack.tf's unusual pricing guide, it shows how much unusuals have been traded for in the past. The value of your unusual is completely arbitrary; it's only as valuable as the agreement of its worth between the buyer and the seller.

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