One of the most important skills any trader should have is the ability to correctly assess the value of his assets. Of course, the same is true for all those trading CS:GO skins. In this article, we will discuss few things related to CS:GO skins prices, how market dynamics work and some additional helpful stuff l that can help you sell CS:GO skins for cash.
Where does the skins price come from?
When it comes to CS:GO skins there are three main factors that contribute to the price of a particular skin – skin float, skin rarity, and its special features.
Wear and tear
First one is the float or the wear of skin. Each and every CS:GO skin has an attributed level of wear which refers to the quality of imagery on that particular item. The five levels are “Battle-Scarred”, “Well-Worn”, “Field-Tested”, “Minimal Wear”, and “Factory New”, with “Battle-Scarred” skins being the most wear down. Analogically, “Factory New” is basically a flawless skin that doesn’t show any signs of usage. Each of these five levels can be described with a float number (from 0.00 – 1.00):
- Factory New (0.00 – 0.07)
- Minimal Wear (0.07 – 0.15)
- Field-Tested (0.15 – 0.38)
- Well-Worn (0.38 – 0.45)
- Battle-Scarred (0.45 – 1.00)
Why are we even discussing skins floats? Well, they have a considerable impact on skin value. The general rule is, the less wear on the skin, the higher the price. When you look for some skins to buy, it may be a good idea to invest in Field-Tested or Minimal Wear skins because they will be surely cheaper than any Factory New, but not cheap enough to never gain any value. Also, mind that there are some skins that change the color opacity instead of losing imagery per se, e.g. The Empress and Orbit versions of AK-47 as well as AWP Worm God. Generally, they will get darker with weariness, thus they hold up their value a lot better than other skins.
Skin rarity and price
Another quality that has probably the biggest impact on the skin’s price is its rarity. Here the universal law applies – the rarer the skin the more expensive it will be. After all, most of the skins come from loot stashes which cost money to open. A key that opens a stash costs usually between $1 and $2,50. By taking into consideration the percentage probability to get a particular skin (thus its rarity) and the statistical cost of acquiring it from a stash (average number of keys required to open it) we can get a general picture of skin’s worth. Additionally, we need to take into consideration the weapon it is for. A CS:GO skin for a widely used weapon such as AK-47 or AWP will always be more expensive than a skin for a rarely used, unpopular one.
One of the most important qualities that keep Counter-Strike: Global Offensive a competitive game is its fairness and the fact that this is a skill-based game. However, that doesn’t mean some of the skins don’t have special features that can help your gameplay
The first one worth mentioning as it has a considerable impact on skins prices is StatTrack tech. Basically, it just tracks your kills with that particular weapon. The kill counter also resets after trading, so there’s no way to rock a Karambit with 300+ confirmed frags without scoring them yourself. StatTrack skins tend to be much more expensive than their normal counterparts. In your Steam inventory, they are in orange brackets.
Another type of skin is souvenir skins. These skins come exclusively from souvenir packages that are only dropped during Majors and Valve-sponsored CS:GO tournaments. They also come with an already applied set of original and unobtainable stickers. The most expensive skin ever sold was a souvenir skin – AWP Dragon Lore with a set of stickers of Boston Major 2018 event MVP was sold for $61,052.63.
Pick your market
Now, equipped with the knowledge about CS
Below, for your convenience, is a short breakdown of our article on the topic of all main ways in which you can sell skins.
The official steam market run by Valve itself is characterized by high prices and high amount of offers.
Manually find someone interested in the skins you want to sell. That way, you have a bigger chance to talk the deal through and ensure both sides get what they want.
If you want to sell your CS
Third-party mass deposit sites
There are many sites like that offer such service, SkinWallet being one of them. However, what differentiates us from other sites is that we guarantee the highest price for your CS
So, what is the skin worth?
The short answer is, your skins’ worth is equal to the price you can get for them, or to be more precise, it depends on how fast and in what form you need the cash from your skins.