- "Select an item from my list below, click "Request Quote," and then click "Buy."
- Traders only sell items that they have purchased from players, and prices constantly fluctuate based on supply and demand. Before buying, you must request a quote to get the current price."
- "Select an item from your inventory below, click "Request Quote," and then click "Sell."
- Traders only buy items that they are going to sell to players, and prices constantly fluctuate based on supply and demand. Before selling you must request a quote to get the current price."
— Trader in-game dialogue
A trader is a NPC, who sells and buys materials, runes or other items in exchange for gold. Unlike a merchant, a trader sells from a variable inventory at varying cost, according to supply and demand and thus reacting to the state of the game economy.
Traders will be out of stock of one or more items if too few players are selling those items to the traders; if that is the case, the same items will also be unavailable at corresponding traders throughout Tyria. (If an item is out of stock at a trader, it does not appear in their list of items for sale.) Similarly, a trader will refuse to purchase items if the existing supply far outstrips the current demand.
Prices have a lower limit (minimum sale prices are 10 gold for common materials, 100 gold for rare materials, and 100 gold for Runes and Insignia); the upper limit is 100 platinum, the maximum amount of coin your character can carry. (Some Superior Runes have reached this maximum.)
The available traders are: