goosmurf wrote:Did you set out to do this as a money making exercise or do you just enjoy trading?
I never started any of this with the goal of making money in mind. I put enjoyment first and foremost and I definitely get some enjoyment from trading and making the money was just a bonus. Saying that though, I got bored of trading after a while and haven't been trading in a while.
goosmurf wrote:Would you have traded if you knew it would work out to be $1 / hour?
When I first began trading, I never knew that you could make money from it. I traded initially with the goal of collecting every hat and weapon in the game (which I did achieve at one point).
I first found out that money could be made from trading after someone offered me $90 for a scorching modest I had. When I realized later that I could've sold that hat for $500-700, I did some research and found out that there was a huge market for selling tf2 items and that's when I began to devote more time into trading.
In hindsight though, US1 per hour seems like a paltry sum, but the majority of my logged tf2 hours were spent playing rather than trading (I believe had about 1000 hours clocked before trading even came out)and even then I had fun while trading so its not all that bad.
goosmurf wrote:Can I ask how old you are and if you work a regular job too?
I'm currently in my early twenties and in my last year studying at university. I've had several part time jobs throughout my time at uni as well though.
goosmurf wrote:I'm curious because the basic skills in hat trading are applicable to a lot of real world fields where you can make serious money. http://moot.mooh.org/archives/2011/03/h ... world.html
Interesting article, and I do agree that a lot of the skills are transferable to the real world. I made the majority of my profits through buying low and selling high though. I would buy an item in bulk (usually commodities such as metal/keys), for example earbuds for ~27 keys each, and sell them at a premium, at about 29-30 keys each. A few of my friends are doing the exact same by importing products in bulk from Asia and selling them online on sites such as EBay. I've been tempted to do the same but it seems like a lot of work and definitely not as fun