A newbies guide to trading in Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous includes a multitude of different playing styles, but it is likely you will be doing trading at some early stages in the game. The standard Sidewinder loadout is not very effective for combat and although it only has 4 cargo space, trading is a better option. With Beta 2.02, the most common trading route is: Aulin to iBootis. With a circular trip taking you back to Aulin.

When docked in the station, open the station services. You will see the trading commodities option. It is important to note the sell price and the Galactic average. That gives you an indication of what is cheap or expensive at the base you are docked.

A newbies guide to trading in Elite Dangerous

Aulin to iBootis trading

He is an overview for our trade route:

Aulin

Buy (depending on your available credits):
Combat Stabilizers (approx 2400 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 386
Robotics (approx 1700 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 277
Agri-Medicine (approx 760 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 190
Pestercides (approx 80 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 55

iBootis

Buy (depending on your available credits):
Fish (approx 550 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 130
Basic Medicines (approx 160 credits) – Estimated profit per unit: 70

So, as you can see from the prices and profit listed above. The trade route from Aulin to iBootis is much better for trading than the route back.

It is best to keep the cargo space full and be always on the lookout for some free salvage items. You could easily earn more from looting a single good item than from completing an entire 2 trip trading run. Be careful of salvage too close to the rotating stations though.

Elite Dangerous ships for trading

Initially you will start the game in a Sidewinder, which is free but more like a “Jack of no trades”. It can do most things, but not very well. For trading, it is all about the cargo space and you will be looking to earn as much as you can for the time you are spending.

Here is the progression of ships for trading (as Beta 2.02):

  1. Sidewinder – 4 cargo
  2. Hauler – 16 cargo
  3. Cobra Mk III – 36 cargo
  4. Lakon Type-9 – 440 cargo
  5. Anaconda – 228 cargo

The Anaconda is more like a multi-role gunship and can both trade and hold it’s own in combat.

 Trading Upgrades

Currently there are no specific trading upgrades.

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