Flipping is like every other skill in the game; the more you do it the better you get. It is also one of the most profitable skills you can learn to thrive in RuneScape. However, despite it not being a tangible skill, this is probably the most important. It may seem complicated when looking at it from the outside, but learning it will be very rewarding.
Flipping is when you purchase tradable items from the Grand Exchange for a low price and sell them for a profit. As your experience in flipping grows, your margins will grow as well. Of course, there are a few things you need to flip effectively, and this guide is here to help.
First, one of the biggest features that Old School RuneScape offers is that it allows you to buy and sell items in different quantities on the Grand Exchange. Since prices fluctuate and vary widely depending on game updates, Meta, or events, this place can be a great way to make money or lose if you’re unlucky. Understanding the interface for this exchange is the first thing you need to know.
Second is profit margins. This may be difficult for new players, which is why you need to build experience by flipping repeatedly. As a new player, focusing on the highest quantity trades is best, which will help you understand trends and returns. As you progress, understanding Highest Quantity Trades, Highest Price Trades, and Rarest Trades should grow your profit margins exponentially.
Third is knowing when to flip. Since the prices of different items fluctuate depending on different factors, knowing the most optimal time to make your transaction is important. This means understanding what players will need once the prices are at their highest, and buying these items outside that time window will ensure you earn the most out of your flip. This generally means buying an item before 9 AM or after 10 PM in your respective time zone.
Last is knowing what to flip. As a new flipper, it is best to focus on lower-risk items such as those shown on the most traded page in the OSRS database. Sticking to these items first will eventually help you understand how the system works and decide which items to flip once you start going for the bigger items. At this time, checking the Valuable Trades page on the database will help you a lot.
Notice how this list had knowing what to flip as your last priority? This is because the biggest mistake that new players that try their hand on flipping make is not focusing first on understanding how it works. As profitable as knowing what items to flip can be, it is important to have a proper plan. This means doing your research.
Once you understand how flipping works and you have a general idea of what to do. Knowing what to focus on is the next step. This means more research. After all, information is the key to success in flipping. This means trial and error for you, recording which trades are most profitable, researching buyer history, and manually checking trends.
All these may seem intimidating, but learning it will help you in the long run. Happy flipping!