Flipping on F2P RuneScape can be a slow and tedious task, only 787 (22%) are F2P items, and the margins are generally smaller. At GE Tracker, we have helped thousands of players like you gain their first Bond, and sustain it every 14 days to ensure their membership does not expire.
We highly recommend you acquire your first Old School Bond as soon as possible, in order to gain access to P2P (members) servers. Which will allow you to trade all items available (no limitations), and this is where you will exponentially grow your bank. We will show you how to get a bond in less than a day.
For beginners, there are two main flipping categories you need to know about: Slow Flips and Quick Flips. Both categories have the potential to earn you a considerable amount of money, but Quick Flips are definitely the best starting point for a beginner merchant.
Flipping can be broken down into some very simple steps:
- Identifying a potential item to flip
- Calculate the profit margin
- Buying low, selling high, and earning profit
1. Identifying items
Item selection is the hardest part of flipping. If you are just getting started, you will want to stick to Quick Flips, which we have categorised below. Consumables are in very high demand, and will result in the quickest flips, but smaller profit per item. GE Tracker provides tools to instantly identify profitable items for both Quick Flips and Slow Flips.
Quick Flips (aka High Volume items)
- Low margins
- Large amount of profit in a short amount of time
- Items are in demand
- Higher profit margins per item
- Less competition
- Requires cash to get started
- Armour + weapons
- Treasure trail items
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2. Calculate the profit margin
You'll want to find a profit margin when you begin flipping any item, and it's quite simple to figure out, which many users take for granted, as they already "know the price". If it's a high volume item, you can simply buy one quantity of the item high, and sell it low. Afterwards, view your Grand Exchange history to see both it's high and low points.
The above method only works for high volume and low priced items, as attempting to check margins in game for high valued items will generally lose you money. This is where GE Tracker comes in and provides a wide array of tools at your disposal to help you instantly identify profitable items for both quick and passive flips.
- Buy the item for above its market value (+5%). Note that price, this is your sell price
- Sell the item below its market value (-5%) and note that price, this is your buy price
- The difference between them is your profit margin
3. Flip the item for profit
Once you have calculated your margin, you will place a buy offer for the buy price you calculated, in the previous step.
Depending on the item, it may take a while to buy. Be patient, you've just checked the margin and you know it's current price. Once that green bar fills, put up a sell offer for the sell price, and go back to the waiting game. Once that green bar has filled again, you will feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and know you have just completed your first flip - congratulations!