TRADING

Its the start of almost every CMDR’s journey in Elite, and “space trucking” since 1984 has been a relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the galaxy and develop one’s CR balance. As with any discipline in ED there are many aspects to trading and this page will help you get the best out of the activity, and perhaps show you something new on your journey to Elite rank and billions.

HOW TO USE THIS PAGE

This guide assumes you’ve read the basic flying and navigation tips and are ready to start travelling further out, making your own trade routes or trading to help your faction’s BGS. Whether you’re trading for effect, influence, or simply a credit balance, click on the links below to jump to the individual sections, which contain related topics at the top, and info pages in the “READ MORE” sections.

 

Trading Sections Include:

  • The Galaxy Map
  • Economy Types
  • Station Types
  • Route Planning
  • BGS Effects
  • Piracy & Safety
  • Rare Goods
  • Smuggling
  • Deliveries
  • Efficiency
  • Wing Trading & Convoys
  • Trading Vessels

BASIC TRADING KNOWLEDGE

The Galaxy Map

Exploration, Tips

Despite the proliferation of third-party tools, you still need to use the Galaxy Map to navigate. Avoid frustration with our guide.

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Station Economies

Economy & Security

Learn about station economies and the reasoning behind the goods available, price variation, supply and demand.

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Route Planning

3rd Party Tools

Planning out trade routes is arguably impossible without use of 3rd party tools. Find out how to maximise efficiency here.

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Deliveries

State Effects, System States

Donation/delivery missions are more powerful than they initially seem. The bread and butter of a trader, they also affect system states.

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Smuggling

Black Market, Illegal/Stolen Goods, Black Ops, Smuggling

Trading can be exciting and takes on many other aspects once you start to operate behind the lines and transport illegal / stolen goods.

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Trading Ships

Shipbuilding

Although simple to build, balancing cargo space with the ability to take on other activities and defensibility can make trade ships challenging to balance.

BROWSE TRADING SHIPS

INTERMEDIATE KNOWLEDGE

Rare Goods

Goods & Commodities

There are many rare goods which accrue in value the further you transport them from their origin. They also have other specialist applications.

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BGS Effects

Background Simulation

There are many different third party tools and websites out there all with strengths and weaknesses. Find out about their aspects here.

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Piracy & Safety

Defense, Piracy, Convoys

Interdictions are part of trading, and every CMDR knows the hurt of losing data and cargo. Find out how to defend yourself here.

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TRADERS GALLERY

WING TRADING & EFFICIENCY

Wing Trading

Wing up for Profit

All trades within a wing return a reward per commander. Thus, a 50m wing trade will return 200m if 4 commanders are in the wing.

CMDRs don’t have to participate; all members share the rewards regardless of effort put in.

Simply add CMDRs to the wing, even if you’ve handed in all the goods, and choose COMPLETE MISSION. The CMDRs then have 30 days to collect their reward from the station.

This reward counts towards the squads’ Trade leaderboard status so its worth trying to share your reward wherever possible.

Efficiency

Combine trade for Efficiency

5 minutes planning can save hours of wasted journeys.

Try to stack missions so that you use as much of the capacity as possible, making multiple trade and data drops at stations on your route.

Use of 3rd party tools will help you fill any space left from delivery missions with profitable cargo which can help boost INF at the station you deliver to as well.

Knowledge of economy types will also help; for example in taking small fetch missions that you know will be easily obtained on your route.

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Commodity Types

Commodities, Rare Goods

There are 13 commodity types in Elite excluding rare goods, and while a CMDR will soon get to know the bulk of the goods from basic delivery missions, its worth learning a little more about whats available.

For example goods such as Polymers will always offer great fluctuation and therefore profit as you move them between market economies.

The centre panel in the Starport Services board also gives a quick overview of what goods are being bought at high prices/demand.

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FURTHER READING

Route Plotting

Passengers, POIs, Navigation

Learn more about route plotting, choosing and planning routes, maximising efficiency and detailed star type info.

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Neutron Boosting

Exploration, Flying Skills

Learn how to use the Neutron Superhighway to cross the galaxy quickly and reach inaccessible systems.

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-SA- Expeditions

Expeditions, Squad Events

We’re planning expeditions for CMDRs to take part in. Join the discussion, find out more or even plan your own expedition!

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Mapping & Scanning

Tips, Discovery

Learn about advanced mapping, high-value systems, tricks, Discord bots, the FSS Scanner and Surface Scanner and their usage.

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Guardian

Guardians, Exploration

The Guardian, and Ram Tah storylines offer another wide range of experiences and yield some great equipment and lore.

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Exploration Vessels

Ship-Building, Exploration Equipment

Find out about the different craft you can use to explore the galaxy, see sample builds, read theory and share your builds here.

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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Individual Guides, Tutorials, and Training are available broken down by area or from the A-Z.

Individual Guides

Individual Guides

Guides by A-Z for a variety of disciplines and activities

Tutorials

Tutorials

Learn to perform any activity with easy-to-follow training plans

Reference Library

Reference Library

Third party sites, tools and infographics ordered by activity

OTHER USEFUL INFO

You can take passengers with you on your expeditions, but they have their preferences….learn more here.

The Road to Riches is a great activity to undertake to build up your credit balance and exploration experience.