(Inspired by the 'What items should be saved for turn-ins?' question for Fallout: New Vegas.)

In Oblivion, what items should be saved for turn-ins? For example, Roland Jenseric of The Order of the Virtuous Blood will pay 250 gold for Vampire Dust which is only 50 gold at 100% value when sold to a merchant (merchants on average, at lower mercantile levels, will buy at only around 50% of the value of an item). This makes it more worth it to sell Vampire Dust to Roland Jenseric, rather than to a regular merchant.

  • Can't you just make unlimited money with Alchemy?
    – Hackworth
    Sep 1, 2011 at 13:48
  • @Hackworth, you could. There are also many other ways to make ridiculous amounts of gold in Oblivion. My question is just about which items, when brought/sold to certain NPCs, will give more reward to the player (compared to selling the same item to a regular merchant). Sep 3, 2011 at 21:15

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(Made community wiki so others can add)

Item NPC Regular value (gold) Reward when sold or brought to NPC
Ayleid statues Umbacano 250 500 gold per statue; 5,000 extra gold when the tenth statue is delivered
Black Bows Count Marius Caro 70 100 gold
Nirnroots Sinderion 0 One bottle of Elixir of Exploration per set of Nirnroot for the first 100 Nirnroots; 250 gold per batch of 10 Nirnroots afterward (Note that at this point, you may get better value for Nirnroots if you're a master alchemist and create potions with it instead.)
Shadowbanish Wine Nerussa 55 1,000 gold for the first 6 bottles, 100 gold for each additional bottle
Vampire Dust Roland Jenseric 50 250 gold

One-time quest items such as Ectoplasm are not included in the above table.

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    Does Sinderion pay you for Nirnroots, though? Only after you collect 100, first, and he thus completes his explorer potion, maybe. Aug 30, 2011 at 18:31
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    @Raven Dreamer Initially, he won't. However, Nirnroots are worth zero gold, so it's better to bring it to Sinderion for the related quest. Once you collect more than 40, and you're a master alchemist, it might be better to create potions with the Nirnroot, instead. Aug 31, 2011 at 10:46
  • @Raven Dreamer Correcting comment above to mean: Once you collect more than 100 (not 40). (Can't edit comment older than 5 mins). Aug 31, 2011 at 10:53

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