Grand Exchange

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The Grand Exchange, commonly referred to as the GE, is a trading system for players to purchase and sell tradeable items in Old School RuneScape. Members get eight Grand Exchange slots, in which they may buy or sell items; however, free players are limited to three. It was released on 26 February 2015, following a content poll where it passed by 76.3%, narrowly passing the 75% threshold.

Traders do not need to advertise, meet each other, or even wait at the Grand Exchange for trades to finish, because coins and items from fully and partly finished trades can be collected at any bank or deposit box. Additionally, players will receive a message in their chatbox when the status of a trade offer is updated.

This trading system resembles a real-life electronic assist exchange and has since replaced the trading post and the older marketplaces in Varrock and Falador.

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Location[edit | edit source]

Location on World Map
Edgeville Grand Exchange Varrock Palace
Cooks' Guild

The Grand Exchange is located northwest of Varrock and east of Edgeville, both of which are located just south of the Wilderness. There are many ways to get there, including the following:

Operation[edit | edit source]

Exact details on the internals of the Grand Exchange are not publically known. However, some parts of its operation are vaguely understood through experience.

Players interact with the Grand Exchange by making buy and sell offers for items, at prices of their choosing. Trades succeed when one player's buy offer is greater than or equal to another player's sell offer. The actual price a successful trade occurs at depends on which side made the offer first:

  • If a buy offer is made and lower sell offers already exist, then the trade succeeds between the lowest sell offer, and the buyer gets gold back.
  • If a sell offer is made and higher buy offers already exist, then the trade succeeds between the highest buy offer, and the seller gets more gold than their offer.[1]

If multiple buy or sell offers exist at same price, older offers are loosely prioritised over newer ones when matching.[1]

Guide prices[edit | edit source]

When creating a trade offer, the initial price is set to a guide value. This guide is automatically updated based on the trade history of the item and is intended to represent its approximate market value.

While Jagex has never published the Grand Exchange's exact pricing algorithms, guide prices are generally governed by the laws of supply and demand:

  • If an item's demand is higher than supply, then its price will increase.
  • If an item's supply is higher than demand, then its price will decrease.
  • If an item's demand matches its supply, then its price will not change.

The prices of items are updated based on their recently traded prices and volume. For items with low trade volume such as partyhats, their prices update every few days or even once a week, and can be inaccurate. Jagex can also intervene and set the prices themselves, and they reserve the right to intervene when they believe price manipulation is occurring on an inexcusable scale, or when items that appear more expensive than their actual value are used for scamming. The Grand Exchange Market Watch contains up-to-date information on the prices for various items.

The guide prices are also a basis for Death's Coffer sacrifices and Items Kept on Death mechanics.

Item sets[edit | edit source]

The options available for any set within the Item sets interface.
Main article: Item set

Most armour sets and the dwarf multicannon can be assembled into sets to save space. They behave like ordinary items except that they cannot be worn or used until disassembled. Only the Grand Exchange clerks and bankers can assemble or disassemble sets, and they will do so an unlimited number of times for free.

Ultimate ironmen may not assemble items into sets.

Pricing experts[edit | edit source]

Around the Grand Exchange are six pricing experts who show the current prices of various items.

Additionally, James can be found outside the Grand Exchange main entrance, and gives information about membership bonds.

Buy limits[edit | edit source]

Making a 'Buy' offer

The buying rate is restricted to a certain quantity every 4 hours. Some items have a connected limit, meaning that you can only buy a certain amount of either item, or a mix of the two up to a particular point. For example, if the player has reached the limit on 4-dose Prayer potions, they cannot buy Prayer potions of fewer doses. However, there are no restrictions on selling items.

Volume[edit | edit source]

Volume is a measure of the quantity of items that have been traded on the Grand Exchange. This number is not directly available in game, but can be viewed on the official Old School RuneScape Grand Exchange website database. Items that commonly have high daily volume are supplies like runes and ores, as well as ranged weapons like arrows, darts, and cannonballs.

Non-tradeable items[edit | edit source]

Some items cannot be traded using the Grand Exchange, but can still be traded using traditional player-to-player trade. For example, burnt foods cannot be traded with the GE service, and have no in-game value.

Other items with a similar property include partially charged jewellery (games necklace) or equipment (black mask), half-eaten food items (slice of cake), recipe items (uncooked cake), currency (platinum tokens), and Castle Wars bandages.

New account trade restrictions[edit | edit source]

New Free-to-play accounts have trade restrictions in place until the account's logged in time surpasses 20 hours of game time, 10 or more quest points are acquired, and reaching 100 total level[2]. Such restrictions include a block from selling items on the Grand Exchange. This restriction is in place to help prevent botted and black-market goods from entering the economy, as many of the accounts are caught and banned before they can be logged in for 20 hours in total[3].

Restricted items[edit | edit source]

Item GE Price
Oak logs.png Oak logs 40
Willow logs.png Willow logs 17
Yew logs.png Yew logs 236
Raw shrimps.png Raw shrimps 26
Shrimps.png Shrimps 18
Raw anchovies.png Raw anchovies 94
Anchovies.png Anchovies 136
Raw lobster.png Raw lobster 145
Lobster.png Lobster 157
Clay.png Clay 111
Soft clay.png Soft clay 140
Copper ore.png Copper ore 56
Tin ore.png Tin ore 86
Iron ore.png Iron ore 47
Silver ore.png Silver ore 42
Gold ore.png Gold ore 136
Coal.png Coal 197
Mithril ore.png Mithril ore 99
Adamantite ore.png Adamantite ore 984
Runite ore.png Runite ore 11,262
Cowhide.png Cowhide 128
Vial.png Vial 3
Vial of water.png Vial of water 3
Jug of water.png Jug of water 27
Fishing bait.png Fishing bait 4
Feather.png Feather 3
Eye of newt.png Eye of newt 5
Wine of zamorak.png Wine of zamorak 1,315
Air rune.png Air rune 5
Water rune.png Water rune 5
Earth rune.png Earth rune 4
Fire rune.png Fire rune 5
Mind rune.png Mind rune 3
Chaos rune.png Chaos rune 52

A quick way to reach the quest point requirement is to complete the following quests:

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
8 April 2020
(update | poll)

The last item searched will now be remembered until players search for a new item, or log out.

26 November 2015
(update | poll)

A button has been added to the top-left of the Grand Exchange interface which allows you to quickly access your Grand Exchange history.

6 July 2015
(update | poll)

Members now have access to 8 Grand Exchange slots and free-to-play players have access to 3 Grand Exchange slots.

21 May 2015

Some blue patches on the parts of the GE have been removed.

19 March 2015

Additional item sets have been added to the Grand Exchange. You can now create sets of the following items by talking to the Grand Exchange clerks: God book page sets, Blessed Dragonhide sets, Partyhat set, and Halloween mask set

12 March 2015

Increased buy rate limits for a number of items on the GE.

5 March 2015

Loading times should no longer be increased after searching on the Grand Exchange.

27 February 2015

The following tweaks and additions were made based on feedback after release:

  • Resolved the issue of an offer not disappearing after completing.
  • Pie shells are now tradeable through the Grand Exchange.
  • You will now be returned to the index panel, the screen where you can see all 6 of your offer slots, after setting up a new offer.
  • Offers now have a right-click 'Abort' option.
  • There is now only one 'offer' option when selecting an item to sell; this option will automatically select all of a stackable item.
  • A collect-all button has been added to the collection interface on Bank booths.
  • When on the search-item-by-name screen, pressing Enter now chooses the first item in the list.
  • Random events no longer appear at the GE.
  • Many items' buy limits have been increased; they will be increased further in future updates as the system stabilises.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A short jingle plays when a buy or sell transaction is completed on the Grand Exchange, which contains the beginning melody from The Trade Parade accompanied by flutes and other whimsical elements.
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Grand Exchange Transaction Completed
  • On the buy/sell interface, if an OSRS mobile user on Android tries to input a custom value, the Android numpad pop-up keyboard displays. This keyboard curiously contains a negative "-" sign as an option. Pressing it does not do anything.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Secrets of the Grand Exchange, retrieved 02 July 2020. RuneScape Forums.
  2. Jagex. "Easter Event." 2 April 2020. Old School RuneScape News.
  3. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 17 October 2018. (Archived from the original on 24 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Oh, that. Oak/willow/yew logs, shrimp/anchovies/lobsters, most ores, cow hides, vials, bait, feathers, runes, newt eyes and jugs of water. It's not as arbitrary as it sounds; these are items that are commonly botted in F2P."