TF2 Cash Farming

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  1. chaosdarkneo
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    My friend just made 2000 dollars selling hats (he called them unusuals or something, idk) in TF2...

    I have no clue how this works, but it's REALLY interesting.

    If someone could dumb it down for me so I could possibly get started doing this... it'd really help me out, since I have a lot of free time to blow (1-2 months of free time) and getting a lot of money like this could really help me in the future.

    Thanks!

    (P.S. I looked it up, and TF2 is Free-To-Play, but has a premium option. Is it harder to cash-farm on F2P than premium? I just want to know if I should make an initial investment into premium.)

    -Guy who really wants to make money when he has nothing else to do.
     
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    This topic might be helpful.

    http://gbatemp.net/topic/322069-any-way-to-earn-money-via-money-farming/page__fromsearch__1
     
  4. chaosdarkneo
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    Alright - but is it possible to get started on Free-To-Play collecting unusuals and stuff?

    I'd like to get into the game first before starting to cash-farm (it actually looks pretty fun)
     
  5. FireEmblemGuy

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    You can collect a lot of things as a F2P player, but unusuals? No.

    Unusuals come from crates. Crates are part of the weekly item drop system, so you can probably get two a week. However, crates can only be opened with keys. To get keys, you either have to buy them from the in-game store (for $2.49), or trade for them. However, as F2P players can only have items traded to them, you're not going to get keys like that. The unit of trading for any low-priced item like a key is in metal. Crafting together two weapons from the same class will result in a scrap metal, crafting 3 scrap metals together results in a reclaimed metal, and crafting 3 reclaimed metals results in a refined metal. A key goes for around 2 refined + 1 reclaimed + 1-2 scrap - that totals to 22-23 scrap, which is either 44-46 weapons, or 22-23 if you're successful at selling weapons for a scrap each. Since you can only get about 10 weapons a week through the drop system, it'd take weeks just to gather the metal needed for one key, all for a one percent chance of uncrating an unusual, which even then might not be worth all that much. Most crates don't have items worth enough to fully justify that key you used, either; you'll probably only get an item worth a refined, if you're lucky.

    To farm items efficiently you'd need multiple accounts, and since trading requires a premium account that's going to be $5 into your Steam Wallet every time you want to make one.

    Unless you start with a lot of accounts and make some good trades, you're going to buy a lot of keys (you can get them for around $1.50 trading on some dedicated TF2 forums, rather than the $2.50 in-game rate), and it's high risk for little reward. The price of unusuals has been dropping recently, too. It's not a good way to make quick or easy money.

    Economy bullshit aside, it is a fun game, and doesn't require a very powerful computer to milk a decent framerate out of it. It's worth the download even if you don't want to get into item farming, but take note that there's still a good portion of the community that's somewhat hostile towards F2Pers.
     
  6. chaosdarkneo
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    Alright, thanks, then I guess I'll have to try to find another way to make tons of money cash-farming in my spare time :/
     
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    Thanks, really informative, I realize I still have loads of hours ahead of me to mean something, hell, to actually craft something!