Here’s our 2016 “State of the Market” blog post. It will be interesting to compare where we are today with next year’s State of the Market post.
There are currently 68 skins accepted in the Rust Workshop for the game. A few of these skins are Halloween and Christmas skins which can now only be purchased on the community market. There are also some skins created by the Rust team which are available in the store and community market but cannot be seen in the Workshop because they were created by Facepunch, not the Workshop fans.
The last skins to be added to the game were posted on Dec 16.
Only the item author can see the Steam Store statistics on actual buys, but the community market makes for a decent proxy of interest in a given item, so we’ll use the community market prices and volumes in this blog post.
All prices quoted are as of Jan 29, 2016.
Volume indicates the number of trades in a given time period. The volume numbers are drawn from the last 24 hours of community market activity. These numbers can vary quite a bit from day to day, but this 24 hour snapshot is the best number we can find for this statistic.
The most expensive item is the Creepy Jack, with an ask price of 42.55 and a bid at 30.88. At these prices volumes are very low--just a few traded per day. The item is no longer for sale in the Steam store, so the limited availability has driven the price up.
The cheapest items on the community market are the items given out for free by Rust from time to time. The lowest price is $0.03, and there are currently 16 skins at that price.
The Black Beenie Hat represents these items well. There are an incredible 4979 of these skins available for sale and NO bidders. Back on Jan 1st the price spiked briefly to four cents, so congratulations to those sellers who got their orders filled at that lofty price. Daily volume is around 7 items a day.
Community Market: http://steamcommunity.com/market/listings/252490/Black%20Beenie%20Hat
Typical volumes range from 0 to 10 or so items of a particular type sold per day, but some of the cheaper or more popular items can churn through hundreds of trades per day.
A few items which are for sale in both the market and the Rust store are more expensive in the market. Buy items wherever they are cheapest!
Also remember that if you are willing to wait a couple of days to get a skin for a cheaper price, you can try entering a bid in the community market for whatever price you like. You are not guaranteed to get your order filled, but a reasonable bid MAY get filled and save you a little money. You just have to be prepared to wait.
Here are a few notable items we found where the market price was higher than the store price:
The popular Lawman shirt is currently selling in the market for an ask of 7.40 and a bid of 4.65. There is no reason whatsoever to pay 7.40 in the community market when you can buy it directly in the store for $4.99.
The Dreamcatcher is a popular bolt action rifle skin. It is currently selling for 3.46 on the community market, but only costs 2.49 in the store, which is a perfect example of why you should check price in both places. Volume is 73 in the last 24 hours.
Currently selling for $4.00 in the Community Market, but only $2.49 in the store.
32 have sold in the last 24 hours.
A favorite here at xtab, the Nightmare Sweater sells on the market for 3.45, but sells on the store for 2.49.
9 have sold in the last 24 hours.