Trading is a popular way to make money as a Commander in the Elite Dangerous galaxy.
There are thousands of star systems with one or more commodities markets, each with their own type of economy – Agricultural, Industrial, Hi-tech, Extraction, Refining or Service.
The trading rules are simple and universal: buy goods cheaply where they are most common and sell them where prices are high. Supply and demand drives prices, and every trade you make affects the markets for every player on every platform.
The smaller the market, the more you will influence it through trading. Even mid-sized economies can be influenced by concerted efforts between groups of like-minded individuals.
The majority of trade goods are legal, but some Commanders may choose to trade in illicit goods or human slaves. Trading in jurisdictions where cargo is illegal presents a challenge for smugglers, and will test your stealth skills as you enter starports while avoiding the law. Trading offers a direct progression to the rank of Elite.