If you go to the steam marketplace, and you apply the normal filter, you immediately see that the first items are stock items, or the items that you start with. How does a player get those items in trade-able form?

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According to the wiki page on the Normal quality, there exist a minority of items with the Normal quality that aren't supposed to be, and/or have the kill-counting abilities of Strange weapons. It seems that that's what you're seeing on the market.


Those "stock" items are the result of players applying Name Tags or Description Tags to stock items.

When that is done so, instead of modifying the stock item, a replica of the stock is created with the properties applied to it "changed name, changed description".

  • Why do these go for over 300 dollars, though, if it is just tags. And how do they look the same. (different qualities have colored edges.)and how does it become sell-able on the market.
    – Blahmastah
    Aug 30, 2015 at 23:00
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    ...except when you apply a tag to a stock item, it gets turned into a unique item. Which as @Blahmastah points out, has a different color.
    – Powerlord
    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:38

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