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Steam has trading cards. Great. Now I have a bunch of nigh-worthless digital bits to get rid of.

Fortunately, the Market provides an easy way to do that! I can recoup pennies on the dollar from the cost of my poor choices during a given Steam sale by selling the trading cards!

However, since they're only worth a nickel or three, I don't really care that any given card has sold. I do however, want to know when the occasional valuable item sells for a buck or three, and I also don't want to just blacklist the email address to my spam folder, because it's the same address that Important Things like receipts for my ill-advised purchases comes from.

Is there any way to get Steam to throttle these notifications so that my phone will stop beeping every 9 seconds with a notification that my FTL card that I never cared about has sold for 12 cents?

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    There may be a way to stop these mails entirely, but not at this level of granularity. At least, not that I know of.
    – Nolonar
    Jul 20, 2013 at 20:58
  • @Nolonar A filter that deletes mails with a certain headline is pretty simple and does not require any special "granularity".
    – user28015
    Jul 20, 2013 at 21:26
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    Easy answer is to stop putting nickle-priced items on the market.
    – Batophobia
    Jul 20, 2013 at 21:32
  • @NoneOfYourBusiness True, but in that case this question would be better off at SuperUser rather than here.
    – Nolonar
    Jul 20, 2013 at 21:36
  • @Nolonar: Asking how to filter out certain emails would probably be for WebApps or SU, but asking if it's possible at all is fine. Answers don't define the question. Jul 20, 2013 at 21:40

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I'm afraid there's no way to opt out of these recipt emails from Steam. However, if you use Gmail, you can create a filter.

Click > Settings
Gear > Settings

Filters tab > Create a new filter
Create a new filter

Put noreply@steampowered.com in the From field and You have sold an item on the Community Market in the Subject field then click Create filter with this search
Create filter with this search

Finally, if you wish to archive but not delete it, check Skip the Inbox (Archive it) and then click Create Filter
Skip the Inbox, Create Filter

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I checked out the email preferences page. According to it, even if you opt-out of all email marketing communication, you will still receive "purchase receipts, Steam Guard access codes, and other account-related notifications." So I don't think it's possible to disable them.

As an alternative to disabling them directly though, you could probably configure your email account to automatically delete them or mark them as read using Gmail's filters or Outlook's rules on stuff with the subject "You have sold an item on the Community Market".

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Add a filter for emails from that address that have the words '$0.0' or $0. so that small purchases will be filtered. You can filter those below $0.10 or below $1.00 as you'd like. You could also set up additional filters from the same address if you want a certain granularity.

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  • This doesn't work because a standard email receipt from Steam includes a Sales Tax line item of $0.00 Jul 20, 2013 at 21:29
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    Then filter specifically on the line that says how much the purchase was for and include the preceding text in the string. If you post the contents of such an email I can be more specific.
    – Decency
    Jul 20, 2013 at 21:31
  • You'd probably just want the subject of "You have sold an item on the Community Market". Jul 20, 2013 at 21:37

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