Many Guild Wars 2 players often don't realize that you should ALWAYS sell items on the Black Lion Trading Post (the "TP") WHENEVER POSSIBLE. This includes gear, salvaged materials, crafted items, dyes, etc.
Free-to-play accounts can only sell certain categories of items on the Trading Post. For example, you can only sell raw crafting materials like ore, instead of improved crafting materials like ingots. All other materials will have to be sold at a vendor.
Vendor prices are fixed, and usually very low. In fact, ArenaNet has rules in place so that the Trading Post price is always higher than the vendor price. That same item can sell for several gold on the Trading Post. Sometimes, the difference is small, but it adds up fast!
For example, Elder Wood Logs have a vendor price of 7 copper. They currently sell on the Trading Post for 1 silver 62 copper each. That's a huge difference, and it will add up fast. If you have 100 logs to sell, you would only earn 7 silver by selling them to a vendor, but you would earn 1 gold 62 silver by selling them on the Trading Post.
For more information on how to use the Black Lion Trading Post, see our article Trading Post Basics.
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