However there is a caveat inherent in these trades. The Dota 2 trading scene is made up of all sorts, and as with any other large community there are always those willing to do whatever it takes to turn a profit, whether by means fair or foul. Price-gouging, sometimes a product of the “Buy low, sell high” mindset, is a factor especially on trade channels or Dota 2 Lounge which allow one to quickly find an item, if you are willing to endure the higher prices. The amount of price inflation depends on an item’s perceived value in the community, and its actual
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assigned rarity (ranging from Common and Uncommon all the way up to Legendary and Arcana), along with the individual nature of the trader themselves. This practice wasn’t always as prevalent as it is now in the trading community. Veteran trader and moderator of r/Dota2Trade MadMatticus71 remembers that “[…]back in the old days everyone seemed really friendly and the cutthroat nature of trading didn’t really exist. Prices were lower and people were generally trading for what they liked, not profit.” The large increase the Dota 2 population this year as a result of Valve officially releasing the game this summer lies at the heart of the issue. An increase in the player base, and by extent traders, seems to have diluted much of the personal, amiable element that once accompanied trading. The problem of scammers remains troublesome and devastating. Scammers aren’t so much members of the trading community as they are parasites upon it, who try to obtain items from other players through means of trickery (like re-naming items), deceit (fraudulently posing as other people) or even outright hijacking of accounts via phishing links. Unfortunately, scammers have a massive impact on the trading community and how day to day trades are conducted, and have even influenced the entire economy in rare past cases where a massively valuable item has been scammed. This has resulted in an increased emphasis on a trader’s reputation, which is actually established
An increase in the player base, and by extent traders, seems to have diluted much of the personal, amiable element that once accompanied trading.