To get rid of the large amounts of refuse, I started put my dwarfs to work crafting shells and bones. Now traders have come and I would like to make a little profit off the work. However, when looking at the list of goods to move to my trade depot the bone/shell crafts I made don't show up! Here are some pictures to illustrate my point-

A bin in my stockpile that contains the crafts: enter image description here

The trade depot move goods menu for crafts: enter image description here

The trade depot move goods menu for all items while searching for Amulet: enter image description here

Why isnt it showing up?

  • Are your crafts possibly forbidden?
    – user66184
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:06
  • The crafts and bin are not forbidden Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:06
  • The bin says it has 17 distance to be moved in that screenshot. Are you SURE it's already been moved to your trade depot? It looks like it hasn't and you need a dwarf to move it. Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:18
  • No... it hasn't been moved. I dont want to move the bin, I want to move the crafts. Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:19

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You need to mark the bin to be moved. When the bin is placed in the trade depot, the bin itself and all the crafts inside it will be able to be traded. (If you want to keep the bin, just don't trade it away!)

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    Note that there are some reports that selling a lot of items without bins slows down the loading of the caravans. I think duct taping all the mugs to a mule takes up quite some time.
    – Ids
    Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 19:41
  • @Ids The traders, like your own dwarves, take nearly as long to deal with one unbinned item as they take to deal with a full bin. I think they can pile the mugs in their wagon just fine, but it's still more work to pick up the mugs individually and carry them in.
    – Brilliand
    Commented Dec 24, 2014 at 18:21

The screen for selecting items to bring to the depot does not allow you to pull items out of bins. It looks like all of your crafts are stored in a bin. If you bring that bin to the trade depot it will bring all (non-artifact) items stored in it. Once trade begins you can trade specific items from the bin, or the whole bin at once. The wiki page on bins hints at this.

This behavior generalizes somewhat to all other containers. You must move, bins, bags, barrels, and pots to the depot in order to move their contents there. while artifact contents contribute to the container's total value, if you choose to bring the container to the depot the artifacts are left behind in the stockpile.

There is a difference between bins and all other containers though. If your items are in the depot in a bin, you can trade individual items from the bin, but for any other type of container you can only trade the entire contents at once.

If you really must move individual items to the depot without their container, you can remove items from a container using dumping. Set up a dump zone (with the i menu), and either area designate the container for dumping or enter its menu and individually select contents for dumping (this last is finicky and requires a lot of keystrokes since you must enter each item's menu to select it for dumping). After the contents are dumped, pause, reclaim the items and ask for them to be moved to the depot. Then un-pause. If you give the dwarves a chance between reclaiming the items and sending them to the depot the darves will put them back in a bin.

In most cases it's best to just bring the bin to the depot.

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    I love when I beat a much better answer by less than a minute. Gives me an excuse to earn progress on that "Upvote other people's answers when you have a competing answer" badge ^_^ +1 Commented Dec 13, 2014 at 2:31

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