You’ve been reeling in a treasure trove of C-Bills in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, and you are ready to buy and sell in a market to get a nice, new mech. While the UI may not be the most intuitive, it’s a simple affair. It just requires a roadtrip first.
Head to Industrial Hubs for the best deals.
While you can buy and sell in most systems, Industrial Hubs have the best prices and stock. Buying in a Conflict Zone should only be done if you need a quick resupply, and even then you may not find what you need. Instead, look for the systems connected by a dotted line on the Starmap. These are a part of an Industrial Hub, and some may even have Rare mechs and weapons on offer (these tend to be pricey, but more powerful than their peers in that sector). Furthermore, mechs bought outside an Industrial Zone tend to be absolutely demolished, unlike mechs found within Industrial Zones, which are mildly damaged or fully repaired (the rare and hero mechs).
Whether in an Industrial Zone or a Conflict Zone, the Market tab itself functions the same way. You have two options at the top right for BattleMechs and Equipment, and below those you have the Market (buy) and Inventory (sell). Right clicking will either buy or sell the item you clicked (depending on the tab you are in), and you can track your current funds in the top-right corner of the UI. You can buy back sold equipment in the Market, but expect it to be marked up to market value.
Bear in mind that each market is operated by a faction, and your reputation with them will either decrease prices, or inflate them. It behooves you to shop in areas where you are friends with the patrons.
Furthermore, you can access the Equipment market from your MechLab. When selecting equipment, you will notice the Market tab above the list of your items. This is a good way to round out your loadout from a single menu, and you can filter it the same way as your standard inventory. Just right click the item you wish to purchase, or drag it into your mech to buy it.
Also, as for selling items, higher tier items sell the best, especially in systems where they are not common. So, if you are looking to sell some salvage, find items you have an excess of that are not present in the market you are in. As for mechs, outfitted and repaired mechs sell for more, but if you want to keep the equipment you need to first strip the mech in your MechLab, then flip the mech in the Market.
That’s how you buy and sell in MechWarrior 5. For more guides be sure to keep an eye on our guides page.
- This article was updated on:December 10th, 2019