The Trading Window

Trading with the selected ship

When a ship (or a convoy) has been selected that is currently at anchor in a city, the trading window can be opened. If you are in the city view, this is done by left or right clicking on the port crane, if you are in the sea chart view, by right clicking on the city.

By default, trade between your ship and the city is selected. If you have a trading office in the city, you have the following options:

  • trade between your ship and the city (default)
  • transportation of goods between your ship and your trading office
  • trade between your trading office and the city
  • transportation of weapons between your ship and the trading office

Trading via your trading office

If you own a trading office in a certain city and no ship is selected, left or right clicking on the port crane in the city view will also open the trading window, allowing you to trade goods between your office and the city only.

To transfer goods from your office to a ship, you must first select the ship (see above).

The trading window not only lists all the merchandise, but also the availability of the goods in the city (in barrels or bushels), the amount you have in your office or your ship and the prices for purchase and sales. Note that the purchase price of a certain commodity is always higher than the sales price of that same commodity. To buy or sell a commodity, simply click on the corresponding price.

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Prices - Supplies and Dem

The principle will sound familiar: only supplies and demand determine the prices! The more a commodity is needed in a certain city, the more the city will pay for it. And you will have to pay even more if you buy up rare goods. This results in the following:

  1. Whenever you sell a commodity to a city, its price will begin to drop, because with every unit you sell, the demand is lessened.
  2. Whenever you buy a commodity, its price will rise, because the supplies in the city are narrowed.

The Numbers Game

At the very bottom of the window, you can select the number of units you would like to trade in one go: either one, five or as much as possible (max). You will notice that selecting different numbers has an impact on the price. For instance, when you switch from one to five, you will see that the purchase price rises and the sales price drops.

This may seem illogical at first, but there is a simple explanation: If you want to buy or sell five barrels or bushels of a certain commodity, it makes no difference whether you buy them one at a time or all at once. You will pay or receive the same amount of money. But if you choose to trade more than one unit at a time, the price displayed already includes the aforementioned price increment/decrement. The price that is indicated is consequently an average price.

Mass Units

In 'Patrician II', there are two different mass units, bushels and barrels, where one bushel equals ten barrels. A 15-bushel-Snaikka will therefore accommodate 15 bushels or 150 barrels.

Weapons

Weapons are also transferred to and from your ships using the trading window. Trading using the Mini Map

You can also trade via the mini sea map. First select a ship that is currently in the port of a city (either using the ship list or the button in the caption bar). Then right click on the city. The trading window will now open. The advantage of this method is that you can trade from anywhere in this manner; you don't have to 'enter' the city to trade.

A Little Advice

Buy cheap, sell expensive! Now you might say, how am I to know which price is good and which is not? Well, to find out, there is some guidance in the trading window:

1.Only buy goods when the sales price and the purchase price are very close to one another (a 10% margin, for example), because in that case, there are sufficient supplies in the city and the price should be reasonable. The scarcer a commodity becomes, the more the two prices will differ. 2. Obviously, never sell any goods at a price below the average price you paid for them, which is displayed at the very right of the window.

One More Hint:

It is best to buy goods from cities where they are being produced. Conversely, you are advised to sell goods in cities where they are not being produced.

6 The Formalities: The Main Menu and ^ Its Options

Before you set sail, there are some fundamental decisions to make. No big deal for an old seadog, but such formalities must be dealt with.

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