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Why People Buy In-Game Items

Depending on which game you’re playing, you’re bound to run into some items that you’ll need to continue your journey. In-game items have been around since the notion of playing video games on computers and consoles was still a budding concept. Items are thought to be mere things that aid your character’s journey, but they’re much more than that. Whether it’s to make their life easier or merely to hoard more stuff, people have been buying in-game items for as long as games have been around. There can be several reasons for this, but what we’re sure of is the sheer abundance of items to collect. There are many different types of items that people can buy—so much so that there are sub-categories for it.

Guide to Buy Game Items: What Items You Can Buy

  1. Consumables

    Items is a broad term from the video game standpoint as it can mean many things. For starters, items can be known as consumables. These consumables are often used to either heal or give status effects that can increase a protagonist’s attack damage. Consumables are widely known in game genres such as MMORPGs, MOBAs, and Battle Royales. But as the years pass by, we see this type of item emerge from other genres that people wouldn’t have thought of. Single-player games are an example of this. Oftentimes, single player games focus on the story and don't really have that much depth when it comes to providing consumables to the characters in it. But we see in some other story-driven single-player games such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of Zelda that really takes it to the extreme. Players can cook meals and store them in their inventory in the case of Breath of Wild. These meals can then be eaten by Link, the main protagonist of the Legend of Zelda franchise, to recover his hearts and even provide useful effects such as being able to withstand the cold without taking any damage. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what consumables can do, which is why it’s one of the most popular items that people often purchase for themselves.

  2. Keys for Skins

    Certain “keys'' that can be used to unlock chests and whatnot to get skins are also part of the item category. These keys are common in competitive first-person shooter games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Online FPS games have chests (which are also items themselves) that you can either purchase or unlock while leveling up. However, these chests don’t just open by themselves—but there are a few exceptions. You’ll need some sort of key to unlock them and get all of the goodies inside. Once opened, players are often greeted with weapons and/or character skins that they can use for customization. These “keys” are extremely popular with gamers throughout the world and are often sought after, especially when they know that the chest they want to unlock contains rare, exclusive loot. Skins are obviously part of items as well, but we didn’t include it as some games don’t let players trade their skins to other people. Skins are mostly bound to the accounts that they’re redeemed or purchased on.

  3. Gear

    Gears are of utmost importance to MMORPG games. This is where this type of item truly shines since there’s almost no other genre that excels in marketing it. Gear can also be described as equipment, which are essentially parts of what a character wears to protect them from the elements. There are many ways to go about how gear works, but it’s basically a culmination of four different types of pieces of armor: legs, arms, chest, and head. World of Warcraft is a prime example that really highlights the gear aspect of the game. There are thousands of different gear that can be acquired in games. From helmets down to accessories such as rings, each individual gear can be used in a certain scenario. You’d find players there beefed-up with some of the most coveted gear in the game, and that’s because it’s what makes up half of that player’s defense. Without gear, they would die from the mobs immediately. This is also the same for Old School RuneScape, another famous MMORPG title. Capes are gear that’s exclusive to OSRS and often prioritized by players because of how powerful some variants of these capes are.

  4. Weapon

    Gear and weapons go hand-in-hand together. Same as gear items, weapons are also frequently highlighted in MMORPGs. While you might see some weapons in games like Call of Duty and other online competitive multiplayer games, those are merely weapon skins, not the weapons themselves. Weapon skins are only cosmetics that can alter the original look of your weapon and do absolutely nothing beyond that. The better weapon you have, the easier time you’ll have in dungeoning and killing enemies.

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20 years of experience as gaming and trading enthusiasts helps us empower gamers by making trades both fun and easy. For Buyers, the size of our community translates into low prices, fast delivery, safe transactions, and an enormous selection of products. For Sellers, our marketplace provides immediate access to hundreds of thousands of buyers from around the world.


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Option 1: In-game, Face to Face Delivery

Sellers will select this method of delivery if they intend to meet your character in-game with one of their own characters. Usually a seller will coordinate a time and location in-game to meet your character.


  • Be sure to confirm the time to account for time zone differences
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Option 2: In-game Mailbox delivery.

Some sellers will select the option to deliver gold or items directly to an in-game mailbox. This option is less popular for larger Games like WoW, but is still viable amongst other games. This option can be convenient for smaller orders because you do not need to coordinate time of delivery.

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