FIFA 18’s first market crash is nearly here – so it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to deal with it.
Come Black Friday, hundreds of players will see their value slashed for three or four days – making it the perfect time to snap up a bargain.
EA Sports will also be releasing new content – such as SBCs and Lightning Rounds – to encourage players to spend more coins.
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together four key points that are guaranteed to help get your FIFA 18 trading career off to the right start.
Let’s kick off.
Step 1: Find ‘hidden’ in-demand players
Don’t go for strikers and midfielders, rather find a player in ‘less popular’ positions such as left or right back.
Just like in real world stocks, it’s all about demand and supply.
A tip is to start your hunt in the Premier League before moving to La Liga.
Step 2: Calculate the post-tax Buy-It-Now price
First, find the average Buy-It-Now price – which can be found in the card’s menus.
You want to be able to make a profit by selling it for the average Buy-It-Now price – not the highest price it’s reached in the past.
A good tip is to deduct “EA tax”, which is five per cent.
So, multiply the Buy-It-Now average by 0.95 to find the after-tax price, then add a couple of hundred coins on to it.
Step 3: Get bidding
Do this fast! You need to be first to give yourself the best chance. Put a load of bids on the same player across multiple pages on the Transfer Market list.
The more you put on, the more chance you have of bagging one. Just keep your profit margins in mind.
To get an edge, use the FIFA Web App – which is easier and more responsive than the console interface.
Snipe players in the 59th minute mid morning rather than peak time (7pm) on a weeknight.
Oh, and stay away from the weekends – thousands more gamers will be monitoring the market.
Step 4: Sell, sell, sell
If you’ve managed to get some great players on the cheap (As in, you’ve used the above calculation to confirm you’ll make a profit) then it’s best to flip these straight away.
Make sure to set the Buy-It-Now price as average – then sit back and wait for bids to exceed that figure.
Remember, stay patient.
Don’t try and make huge profits on players – take your time and build up profit slowly.
There’s one other thing worth looking at too… the bronze pack method.
Simply put, it involves buying loads of the cheapest bronze packs and then selling them all.
So, what cards should you target?
Rare bronze cards go for around 200 coins, while squad injury cards fetch up to 1,000 a pop.
Now, this isn’t a get rich quick scheme, more a lengthy grind – but over time, you’ll slowly build up a profit.
FIFA fan website Futnation put the BPM to the test by opening 50 packs, which cost 20,000 coins, and tracking the sales.
They write: “In total, I packed 20 players who sold for profit, all between the 200-1000 coin margins.
“There’s a very good chance some of the other players would have sold if I had listed and re-listed for 200 coins.
“However, I elected to store them all in my club for future SBC opportunities.
“That decision paid off just a few days later when EA released an FA Cup SBC, in which I was able to unload a lot of the League One and League Two players I had packed while using the BPM.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track those sales exactly, but it would’ve put me well over the 20,000 coin mark in the end.”
Given how much luck is involved, the BPM isn’t the greatest option if you’re running low on coin.
But for those looking for another way to invest without spending tons of cash, it’s fun and addictive – plus you get to open more packs than ever before.
Sounds like a winner to us.