As some of you may know, I love me some TF2. I love talking about TF2, I love playing TF2, I love writing about TF2, I love collecting and trading TF2 items.
It gets tough to talk TF2 while we are playing though. I don't know who is talking to me and I miss questions or offers because I am playing or answering someone else's question or others are using the voice chat for... you know, the game at hand.
So here is a thread for all around questions including but not limited to:
You want to acquire a certain item or an item of a certain quality?
You want to know how much something is worth?
You want to know if the random guy who added you is offering a fair trade?
You want to give me crates. I like crates
Please don't delete them D: (FYI: I rarely open them, I hoard them)
You want to know how you can give back to the IC TF2 community?
You want to know what weapon sets go together well or for your particular favorite class?
I know a few of you have questions, I am happy to answer them. If it is a valuable answer I will copy the information gathered into the OP here so we have an ever growing list of information. Some of you may be uncomfortable asking a particular question in front of other players, in these cases please do not hesitate to PM me your question and I will be happy to keep our conversation private.
Of note: I am a collector. I trade for way more stuff then I 'sell'. Because of this, the prices I keep up on are how much items sell for and not necessarily the most you can get for them.
Item finding: Basically if there is an item you yearn for, just let me know. I can let you know an idea on what it will take to get it. If you are cool with the going price, you provide me the metal/keys/whatever, I'll pick it up for you asap, then I send it your way along with any change (I'm not looking to profit off you guys, just help in the process). Smaller items I can usually pick up (after we agree on a price you are willing to pay me back) and then we can direct trade item for what I paid.
black market - any trades or sales involving goods or currency taking place outside of the Steam Trade window. For example any trade where someone paypals someone money for an item is a black market transaction
a wep - any craftable weapon
a scrap - Scrap metal, made by combining 2 craftable weapons
rec - short for Reclaimed or a Reclaimed metal, made by crafting 3 scrap
ref - short for Refined or a Refined metal, made by crafting 3 rec
key - MannCo crate key. Available for purchase in-game for $2.49, sells on the black market for quite a bit less
Metal decimals: The trading community has settled on a way of expressing amounts of metal in decimals. Most of the time referred to in Refined metal.
1 Refined metal is 3 Reclaimed metal making 1 Reclaimed = .33 Refined
1 Reclaimed metal is 3 Scrap metal making a Scrap = .11 Refined
Unusuals: I do very little in the way of Unusual hats. Like all items, prices are driven by supply and demand. Unusuals in general, by their own nature, have quite small supply so the value is pretty much based on the demand for the particular hat combined with the demand for the effect.
Real World Money: (As of 07/31/12)
Black market key price: $1.40
Key value in metal: 2.66 ref
As of 12/27/15
Key value in metal: 17.44 ref