I've been carrying some staffs that are worth more than 3,000 gold and can't find anyone who has enough to buy them. Are there any specific merchants that can afford them or should I just take the 1,500 or so that I can get in one of the hold weapon/general stores?
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Get your speechcraft level up and try to find the amulet of Zenithar.
A potion of Barter helps as well.
You have a couple of choices: 1. You can take perks that allow you to invest in stores and increase thier gold (I think it's a waste of perks, though). Or 2. Complete the Thieves guild quests where they ask you to take jobs doing things like robbery, sweeps, numbers, etc. It takes a lot of running around and stealing, but if you do this, you'll open up the city influence quests. After those are done, all of your fences for the guild will have 4000 gold each. There is a third option, which involves the Riverwood trader, but I'm not sure about the details. Someone posted that they were able to get his gold up to 10000, and it had something to do with marrying his sister (of course, she looks like a dude, which is probably why the incentive :)
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the showed value and shop value will always 2 different things. apparently people dont comprehend that shops in game are like shops in real life: make money. shops will always give you a lower price for an item, then up the price for resale. if you want to get the most out of bartering, finish the dark brotherhood questline and get ciceros clothes, finish clavicus viles quest to get the helm, get an amulet of zenithar, and make some fortify barter potions. the wearable items will give you 50% better prices, and potions made can vary. you can also go to a zenithar shrine to get a blessing for i think 10% extra better prices for 8 in-game hours.
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I have a necklace that I enchanted myself with 25% better prices, Cicero's clothes for another 20%, and the Volsung dragon priest mask for another 20%. I just switch into these whenever I go on a selling run. But the running around to different stores (because I'm getting such good prices) makes it kind of tedious. If you can find a trainer who also sells stuff, it's an easy way to dump goods for training. Grelka in Riften is perfect. She trains in light armo, and will buy almost anything. Get the training, then sell her all your junk for money back.
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Ok that's annoying as hell.
What I basically said is to not bother selling the staff at this point in your game. You should have a thousand other things to sell instead. If I sold the 80+bones and scales I've accumulated, I would have over 100k and really nowhere to spend it unless I wanted a house in every town and even then I would have an ample amount for that.
Hell, I'm mixing salt and grapes and making a 700 coin potion at this point.
I agree about the shop keeping perk allowing a shopkeeper to have more money as being a huge waste.
Some mentioned bartering amulets and potions...ummm how does that help?!!! If anything the price of the staff would go UP, but the shopkeeper's money isn't going to increase. No help there.
I think there comes a time when you just sell the items for whatever the shopkeeper has in the till, especially if you have many high priced items that you can make yourself such as potions or enchanted weapons. Staffs are hard because fewer merchants buy them than other things.
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I would say keep it. I would just go straight to smithing and enchanting and sell other things that are less priced. I wouldn't sell any staffs until I won't need them anymore or I would fine the right vendor to sell it to.
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Thanks for the help everyone. I haven't done the thieves guild quest line yet, I think I'll store the items and try selling them later.
Once you complete the Thieves Guild quests, Enthir in Winterhold (found in the inn) can buy anything you want to sell, stolen or not. He has a budget of 4,000 gold and was a big help in helpng me reach my Golden Touch cheevo. Another merchant with deep pockets is a member of the Khajiit Caravan although I can't remember her name. Only problem with this one is that they are a pain in the butt to track down for the most part.
"Get your speechcraft level up and try to find the amulet of Zenithar. A potion of Barter helps as well".
This is contradictory... after doing this the Staff/whatever will be worth more so your loss for a sale at 1500 will be even higher.
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I did the perks for Speechcraft and invested gold in the Riverwood Trader. If you do the golden claw quest for him and bring it back and become friends with him, when you invest he'll have like 10k to 13k gold to barter with. You also get a perk that allows you to sell anything to anyone which is helpful because you can hit all te merchants in town and unload all your loot. I didn't think the perks were worth it but I figured it out and by the time I hit lvl 35 or so I had about all the perks I really felt I "needed" so I just went for it. Makes it easier to the 100k achievement too.
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One of the better places to sell enchanted items is the Mages guild, if you go there at night there's 4 or 5 mages in the tower on the right hand side of the courtyard and they usually have a few thousand gold each.
Dont know if it will help you, but I always look to buy from the trader first before selling him anything... This way his available coin increases so you can sell the more expensive stuff after you have purchased anything he has. The down side to this is that it is often that they dont have anything I want or need.
However, if you wait 48 hours, their cash replensihes and their inventory will have different stuff in it. Its a bit of a chore but works for me.
You can "rinse and repeat" as often as you need too, although it does get a bit tedious....
Another thing isdo is make sure that you sell items in places that will buy them, so rather than starting at a general store - start at a specialist store eg Blacksmith or alchemist, then go to the general store last
Hope it helps....