Trade(r) Secrets: Improving Productivity


Improving Productivity on the Guild Wars 2 Trading Post

Like me, you probably spend a lot of your time in Guild Wars 2 researching markets and undercutting competitors on the Trading Post. However, speaking from experience this can quickly get addictive and before you know it you have just spent the last three hours systemically listing 20000 onions for sale when you could have been doing something a lot more fun. That is why improving your productivity on the Trading Post is important - not only will you make gold faster, but you will also have more time to spend playing the game!

Use your hotkeys on the Trading Post!

  • Did you know that the middle mouse button can be used to increase and decrease the numerical values when buying or selling an item? You don’t need to click on each field and enter your desired price, hell you can even do it one handed now! (Just don’t do anything naughty with the other hand.)
  • Your keyboard arrow keys can also be used to increase and decrease the numerical values when buying or selling an item.
  • If you have a gaming keyboard or mouse, those fancy buttons aren’t there just for show - bind them for useful shortcuts. (For example, bind a mouse button to “O” and open the Trading Post UI with one hand, again!)
  • Alt+Enter will turn on Windowed mode, place Guild Wars 2 at one side of your screen and browse your favourite Trading Post tool at the other side. This will make you 76% more productive!* (suggested tools: or goldwars 2)

Limit yourself to short 30 minute Trading Post sessions.

A good rule of thumb to use is to dedicate 1/4 of your time to making gold on the Trading Post and 3/4 of your time towards exploring the game’s world and/or running around Divinity’s Reach annoying the roleplayers. Not only will this make you more productive as you are up against the clock but it will also allow you time to appreciate the other aspects of Guild Wars 2.

Participate in your community

Trust me on this, participating in my server’s community is my number one method for finding out new patch content, market drops and profitable opportunities! I am a one man operation and looking for new gold making strategies can sometimes be like looking for a needle in a haystack , it’s hard. However, if you have contacts who you can share gold making tips and tricks with.. they will nearly always return the favour in the future.

The global Guild Wars 2 community can also offer the same gold making tips as well, you just need to know where to look. I have personally recommend the Guild Wars 2 Reddit, GuildWarsGuru, Dulfy, blacklionsprofit (obviously) &

There is also the private trading post forum, TP Extractor which offers a community of like minded individuals to share and speculate on the best gold making tips and tricks. It may not be the most active forum but there is a lot of knowledge there!

 *Out of 2 people reviewed, one said that they were now 76% more productive, the other had no idea what I was talking about.


  1. These articles are a pleasure to read, thanks!

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