I recently discovered the average shopkeeper is unwilling to buy stolen goods (how they know they are stolen, I do not know).

Is there anyway for me to sell stolen items, without making use of the console?

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    And another hello to our friends at law enforcement stumbling across this site via web keyword searches... – Shadur Jan 17 '15 at 13:36

You're going to need access to a Fence if you want to sell your bucket-gotten gains. The Thieves guild provides access to them (after completing the 2nd quest).

You might also be interested in the 'Fence' perk in the Speech tree.

You can sell stolen goods to any merchant you have invested in.

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    Hmmm, bucket-gotten gains, the best kind. – Xeon06 Nov 11 '11 at 18:52
  • can you sell stolen goods at the kajiit caravane that goes around? – user21754 Mar 18 '12 at 15:40
  • @Sam you'll be able to get access to fences in Khajiit caravans (separate from a caravan's main merchant) through Thieves Guild quests. – kotekzot Jun 1 '12 at 19:56

The standard route is through Guild fences or by achieving a high-level speech perk that allows you to do so. I'm not a big fan of the speech perks, though - by the time you get to the high-level benefits, you don't really need them anymore - and Guild fences are few and far between even after going through the Guild quest line.

An alternative, for the skilled pickpocket, is to reverse-pickpocket your stolen items onto bandits or other enemies. Then kill them. Then take your legitimately-earned loot, without 'stolen' tags, from the corpse.

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    Ingenious!54321 – NiteCyper Jan 18 '14 at 7:44
  • This has been patched and no longer works – Joel Harris Dec 31 '14 at 18:33

The thieves guild is in Riften. After a couple initiation quests you will be allowed to sell all stolen goods to Tonilia.


I read if you drop an item in front of a friendly hero they will pick it up and give it to you. This removes the stolen 'tag' on the item.

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    Can you provide a link to where you read this? – Wipqozn Nov 14 '11 at 3:04

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