Trading Basics & Terminology
Trading Terminology and Basics
The abbreviation TT stands for Trade Terminal. You can sell almost any item to the Trade Terminal (with the certain rare exceptions) and receive the current TT value of the item. The current TT value of an item can be viewed in the item’s Item Info.
Markup and Market Value
When items are sold to other colonists, they are almost always sold at a price greater than TT value. This is called markup.
There are two ways markup is described on Calypso:
- TT+: Unlimited items are often sold at a price of "TT+number". This means that it is sold at its TT value plus an additional amount of PED. For example, you may find a colonist selling a mining tool for TT+40. This means she wants the mining tool's current TT value plus an additional 40 PED in exchange for the mining tool.
- % of TT: Stackable and limited items are often sold at a multiple of TT value. For example, you may find a colonist selling Animal Hide for 120% of TT. This means she wants 1.2 times the TT value of whatever quantity of Animal Hide she is selling.
Unlimited Items are items that can be repaired at Repair Terminals.
As they are used they deteriorate and lose their effectiveness. As an item deteriorates, its condition indicator depletes. In order to restore unlimited items to full capacity, they should be repaired.
Open any item's Item Info to view detailed information about an item.
Limited Items are items which cannot be repaired, but which do not lose effectiveness as their condition deteriorates. Limited items usually also carry some form of bonus attributes.
Open any item's Item Info Panel to view detailed information about an item.
The (L) in an item's title or on the items icon in your Inventory indicates that the item is limited.
Stackable items are materials, natural resources, components, etc. which can be merged together into one item icon.
Stackable items are usually commodities which are traded and used in great quantities on Planet Calypso. Examples include ammunition, crafting materials and natural resources like ores, enmatter, and animal products.
Right clicking stackable items will provide options to 'Merge All' or 'Split' from the context menu.
Customizable items can be textured or colored. The (C) in an item's title or on the item’s icon in your Inventory indicates that the item is customizable.
See Professions & Activities - Crafting - Customization for more information.
Some items, e.g. armor and clothes, are designed for a specific gender. Items designed for Male avatars cannot be equipped by Female avatars, and items designed for Female avatars cannot be equipped by Male avatars.
Items designed for Male avatars can be identified by the M in the item title as well as on the item icon. Items designed for Female avatars can be identified by the F in the item title as well as on the item icon.
Direct Trade with Other Colonists
Trading directly with other colonists is always conducted using the Private Trade Panel.
Private Trade Panel
Right click an avatar and choose Avatar -> Private Trade from the interaction menu. The Private Trade Panel should always be used for private trading with other avatars.
Drag your trade offer from your Inventory into the lower section. Your trade partner will place his/her offer in the middle section. Right click any item offered and check its Item Info Panel to make you are getting what you expect. The top section will list the items offered by your trade partner and their Trade Terminal value. Choose confirm to proceed to a trade confirm panel. Choose exit to abandon the trade.
Right click an avatar you want to trade with and choose Avatar -> Private Trade from the interaction menu. The Private Trade Panel will appear. Drag your trade offer from your Inventory into the lower section. Your trade partner will place his/her offer in the middle section. Right click any item offered and check its Item Info Panel to make you are getting what you expect. The top section will list the items offered and their Trade Terminal value. Choose confirm to proceed to a Trade Receipt Panel. Choose exit to abandon the trade.
Trade Receipt Panel
Appears after Private Trade Panel has been confirmed
Use the Trade Receipt Panel to review trade details. If satisfied with all the details press 'Accept Deal'. Press 'Cancel Deal' to abandon the deal.
Always Use the Private Trade Panel
Always use the Private Trade Panel for trades with other colonists. It is secure and allows you the opportunity to check if the items being traded are exactly as agreed upon.