I have a lot of valuable loot that I collect in Skyrim. I have no need for most of it, and would like to sell it off, but it's hard to find a merchant that will buy all the random loot I've collected. How do I find a trader that will buy all my valuable loot?

  • This question seems a little vague. Please read our faq and search the site. I'm sure there's a question or two here somewhere that already addresses yours. There's a number of shops that will buy anything not stolen, and a handful of fences who will just plain buy anything.
    – Iszi
    Jan 3 '12 at 14:11
  • No, I have not found a similar question, I wish to find shops that will buy anything
    – Shadezguy
    Jan 3 '12 at 14:14
  • Look for "General Goods" and "Traders" stores and market booths. There's at least one in every major city or town. You'll need a fence for stolen goods, though. See my answer for more details.
    – Iszi
    Jan 3 '12 at 14:17

In most cities, there's a number of merchants who will buy various different wares from you which are comparable in kind to the ones they sell. And most cities and towns have at least one "general goods" merchant who will pretty much buy anything. In Whiterun, you'll want to visit Belethor's General Goods.

For stolen merchandise, you'll need to find a fence. The earliest one you'll probably have access to is Tonilia, in the Ragged Flagon under Riften.

The main limitation you'll run into here is that most merchants only keep 500-750 gp on hand, and fences start at around 1k. So, if you empty their bank by selling too much to them, you'll need to wait a couple days before they have the funds to buy more from you. There's a few perks and other workarounds that can be used to deal with this.

Also, be aware that most stores are only open from 0800-2000. If you're trying to sell your wares at night or early morning, you'll probably have to wait.

I strongly recommend you search this site for other questions on this topic, as I'm sure there's at least one or two that will address all your merchant-related inquiries.


Is it possible to sell stolen items?
How often do merchants replenish their gold supply?
What merchant has the most gold?

All of the perks that will help you sell stuff easier and to more people are in the Speechcraft skill tree. The ones you'll particularly be interested in are:

Merchant - Sell anything non-stolen to any merchant.
Investor - Give 500 gp to a merchant to permanently increase their bank by 500 gp.
Fence - Sell stolen goods to any merchant you've invested in.
Master Trader - All merchants have 1000 additional gp on-hand.

These are all on the left side of the tree, with Haggling and Allure as pre-requisites.

  • Ok, thank you for your detailed answer, it has helped me a lot
    – Shadezguy
    Jan 3 '12 at 14:18
  • @Iszi You could have just linked to my post instead of ripping the content from it. Jan 3 '12 at 14:46
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    @GeorgeStocker Or, I could just add the stuff I'd intended to in the first place after I had a minute to research and verify.
    – Iszi
    Jan 3 '12 at 14:54
  • @Iszi It's just a coincidence that you wrote it after I posted what I did, with links? Strange. Jan 3 '12 at 15:43

If you want to sell big-ticket items (items over 1000 gold) and you want to be able to sell your stuff without having to worry whether or not you killed Belethor, you need to improve your speechcraft to 100.

There's a quick way to level up Speechcraft:

  1. Go to the Black-Briar Meadery in Riften.
  2. Talk to Ungrien.
  3. Ask him about Maven Black-Briar.
  4. Ask him what he really thinks (appears as an option after you hit 25 speech)
  5. Rinse, lather, repeat.

Once you do that, you should accumulate and spend skill perks on the Speechcraft tree (the 'left' side), and you'll be able to do the following things:

  1. Traders accept items of all types (weapons, apparel, potions, ingredients, misc, books).
  2. Better prices from people of the opposite sex.
  3. Invest in any business, giving them 500 extra gold to trade with all the time.
  4. Fence any stolen item at any trader you've invested in.
  5. Every trader you've invested in has 1000 extra gold to barter with.
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    "You need to" implies this is the only way to do things. It might help, but it certainly isn't a requirement.
    – bwarner
    Jan 3 '12 at 15:00
  • So how else would you get any trader in the world to accept all your stuff? Later in the game (after about level 20), you get a lot of items that are worth over 800 gold, and unless you've leveled up speech, you simply cannot sell these items for what they're worth. Investing in Speech and Levelling it up to 100 is the way to solve the OP's problem (viz: Items of 'big value' and finding traders to buy them, no matter the type of trader). Also: It's quite easy to level up Speechcraft to 100 (I even link to the way to do it), So it becomes "The least time-consuming way". Jan 3 '12 at 15:40
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    The question isn't "How do I get any trader to accept all my stuff", it's "Where can I find one that does". Obviously, this is a "new player" issue, so directing him to the nearest existing general store is more appropriate for now. Then, Speechcraft is something to recommend for the long run. I'd post a full list of all of the stores, but that would be a bit excessive and I don't have time right now. Besides, you can practically negate the need for store hopping if you don't mind waiting a couple days now and then.
    – Iszi
    Jan 3 '12 at 15:47
  • Yes, I am quite new to this game and wish to learn more about it !
    – Shadezguy
    Jan 3 '12 at 16:21
  • @Shadezguy And you dare wearing the Skyrim master hat! ;)
    – LudoMC
    Jan 3 '12 at 17:49

If you're trying to sell at night, most inns will buy food, and some will buy weapons and apparel. The people at the general store will buy anything except stolen stuff, but only in the daytime. If you get a house, you can put stuff in there and go on quests unencombered until you want to sell.

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