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When I was able to sell stolen items to the thieves guild I was told there is some sort of fee (reduced price) on all items I sell. What is the exact value of this?

E.g. - Sell a stolen silver necklace to a fence vs. selling a non stolen silver necklace to a shopkeeper.

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I think the important thing to note here is that normally you CANNOT sell a stolen item to a merchant for any price. The fact that you get any money for it at all is nice. That being said, I am now curious as well... – Bravo840 Nov 23 '11 at 17:16
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You're misinterpreting things.

The value you receive when selling an item is a function of your relative Speechcraft skill against that of the Merchant. Thieves guild fences all have very high mercantile skill, and will give you poor prices compared to other merchants. If you visit every shopkeeper in town with your legit goods, you will notice a similar, though smaller variation in prices.

If you'd like to get a higher price for your stolen goods, invest a perk in the Fence ability near the top of the Speechcraft tree; you'll be able to sell your ill-gotten goods to other, less shrewd negotiators with that.

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thanks for the clarification! Now I really need to work on my speechcraft :) – MorganTiley Nov 24 '11 at 14:08

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