Simple Tips on How to Make You a Better Trader in Path of Exile
Trading is the act of exchanging items between characters. In Path of Exile, this generally happens between two players. Trading is an essential part of the game, and unlike many other games there is no auction house or single PoE currency system.This system has it's ups and downs much like any other bartering type of system would. Sometimes you can get items for really cheap, sometimes it is a complete and utter nightmare to find an item that you need because not only will you have to find a player with the item but also have an item they want.
There are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind when it comes to trading items between both players and to NPCs. I'll share some simple tips on how to make you a better trader.
When you vendor White items you will get Scroll of Wisdom Paper Scraps. 5 of these together will make a Scroll of Wisdom, which is at the bottom of the Currency Items food chain.
When you vendor Unidentified Blue Items you will get Shards of Transmutation back. These are less valuable than Shards of Alteration (about 1/4 as valuable).
When you vendor Identified blue items you will get Shards of Alteration back. These are better than what you would get from an NPC if you vendored an Unidentified Item.
When you vendor an Item with "% Increased Rarity of Items found" or a Weapon with "+ To a type of Gem in the Weapon" it will give you Shards of Alchemy back. If you combine 20 of these you will receive an Orb of Alchemy, one of the most valuable Currency Items in the game.
Now that you know all about trading items between players and NPCs there is some other extremely useful information that you may find handy. Below I have compiled a long list of Currency Items and what order you will have to trade them in to reach the top item, an Orb of Alchemy. You will need to vendor a hundred or so blue items in order to reach the Orb of Alchemy, vendoring Identified Blue Items will get you there faster than vendoring Unidentified Blue Items.
It will take an extremely long time, about 100 Portal Scrolls in trips to town in order to acquire all of the Orbs of Alteration you need to eventually reach the Orb of Alchemy. By the time you get enough Orbs of Alteration required you will have made three or four Orbs of Alchemy via the Shards of Alchemy that you find.