Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm a free to play Team Fortress 2 player and was wondering how can I start trading?

I want to to trade some of the items for games (max $15) at some point and hopefully without spending a dime.

I already have my bag full of items/tools. Most of them are Unique except for Vintage Pyrovision Goggles (which everyone has, as far as I know) and Unusual Haunted Metal Scrap.

Got a couple of #43, #44 and #45 crates which everyone says are not worth much and I'm better off destroying them to free up my space.

Just found out about the http://tf2spreadsheet.blogspot.ca and http://backpack.tf that everyone seems to be using/recommending, but I'm totally confused by all the terminology such as "+/- buds" and so on.

So, could anyone suggest some good resources to get started with trading in TF2?

I'm watching this video tutorial at the moment, but can't really tell if this guy is providing legitimate information:

share|improve this question
1  
You can't trade if you're F2P, you have to buy something from the TF2 store first (it doesn't matter what it is, but you have to open your Steam account with at least $5), then you'll have a Premium account and you can trade. –  Dan C Oct 16 '12 at 1:32
    
@DanC Really? The guy in the video, I provided, says you can go from F2P to Premium without paying anything. –  Steve Oct 16 '12 at 1:34
1  
@Steve he's lying. –  kotekzot Oct 16 '12 at 7:25
1  
Well, if you receive the premium upgrade as a gift you yourself do not have to pay anything. –  jw013 May 22 '13 at 14:36
add comment

1 Answer

As a F2P, you are restricted to a certain set of privliges, taken from here.

Q. How is a free account different than a premium account?

Premium accounts have a few extra features, including access to rare and cosmetic items through random item drops, the ability to store more items in your backpack, and more powerful trading and crafting abilities. Otherwise, the gameplay experience will be identical for both accounts.

What this is saying here is that, as F2P, you can only receive items, but you cannot send items out. As a premium player, you are able to receive AND send items to any player. There is one exception: items you receive in trades can be traded away. Item drops, however, aren't.

You need to buy something from the Mann Co. Store (or the Orange Box) to become Premium and gain the benefits of full trading.

For more information of trading, go here.

share|improve this answer
3  
minor note: you can send any items you've received from others. –  Schism Oct 16 '12 at 3:18
    
Thanks, added that note in. :D –  DISREGARD MODS ACQUIRE REP Oct 16 '12 at 3:21
add comment

protected by Community Oct 7 '13 at 17:36

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.