Remember: The idea is to have tips and hints that are useful to newbies, more advanced tips go into Advanced Tips & Hints Compiled. Let the tips keep coming.
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Search no more, dear Padawan, click here >> Beginners Guide for Traders.
Should that not help, find the stickied threads in the forum boards respectively, or the stickied FAQs at the SOE official forums.
Which Profession Should You Choose?
No Trader disagree that Structure Trader is the only profession of the four that levels up the fastest and you can actually make profit while leveling. Just harvest Ore and any Metal as you play, keep an eye out for the resources to make great Elite harvesters and Crafting Stations, see Architect FAQ. Once Master and you have a decent equipment for your business, if your heart is elsewhere, find a Profession Counselor and respec to any other Trader profession. -- Savacc
Resource Sampling & Resource Scavenger Pet
See Resource sampling macro or Ivii's macro for details:
- First post in that thread is a macro to set you going 24/7, with or without pet
- A pet trained as resource scavenger adds another 50% to the yield, second post of the thread
- A droid with maximized Hand Sampling modules adds another 60% to the yield
Expertize and Entertainer Buff: The expertize adds 25% and the Entertainer's Harvest Fair adds 5% (30% in total) to the harvesters extraction rate when it is put down. These buffs stick until the harvester is pulled up, even if it is transferred to another toon. -- Belisama
Static harvesters: Let some of your toons, perhaps the non-Traders, have harvesters at a location they often pass. Let these suck up what has the highest concentration under them, sort on the rightmost column to find the "best" one. -- Belisama
Empty the hopper in one step: Simply add another zero to the preset number, making it read 1,000,000 and get it emptied in just one step. -- Belisama
Retrieve items from the output hopper without having to stop the running factory: at its radial menu, click Options (not its sub-menu item) and the output hopper opens while the factory continues. -- Onyx, Domestic Senator
Should I Join A Guild?
Usually that is most useful to a new Trader; a guild is usually bound to a city which usually provides you with useful welcome gifts. Probably the city has Diners, a Mall, Barns, etc. Best of all, you will make friends and they are devoted crafters you are blessed with help and guidance. Furthermore, see next tip. -- fridge33sam
Lots and Structures
SWG allows for two characters per galaxy. In the case you have one Trader and one any-other-profession, keep all lots free on the Trader (for harvesters) and let all other structures stay on the other character. Ask non-Trader friends to have factories on their lots and add you to admin so you can maintain and run them. -- Savacc
Double Your Toolbar
The default Toolbar has just one row of buttons, to double it you go to Options >>> Interface and tick the first check-box after the section for the overhead map, it is named Expand Toolbar to a Second Row. -- Zimoon