How to Trade With Ships in Starfield
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How to Trade With Ships in Starfield

Trade goods in space!

Although you can sell and buy items in various cities in Starfield, you also have the ability to trade with other spaceships in space. Using this feature, you’ll be able to stock up on your supplies without needing to land on any planet!

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Trading with spaceships is a very simple process. First, you must find a suitable vessel you want to trade with. Next, you need to wait until the Hail option appears near the ship’s name, and then you can hold the A button to confirm. A dialogue box will pop up, and you can select the “Let’s trade” option to open the shop screen.

Like the stores in various cities, the type of objects you can purchase and sell will depend on the ship you are trading with. For example, a settler ship usually brings a lot of resources but does not offer other types of items, such as suits, weapons, or aid supplies.

Trading with a spaceship in Starfield.
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Do note that spaceships have smaller funds compared to shops on the planets. One of the vessels I contacted only had a measly 2,000 Credits. I recommend buying all goods that catch your eye before you begin selling your items.

Lastly, while most spaceships are more than happy to trade with you, some vessels will not present this option in the dialogue box. For instance, UC warships prefer to keep conversations brief and avoid trading with you.

Be warned that you cannot trade with any ship if you are a pirate or have a bounty on your head. After all, nobody wants to interact with a criminal who may get trigger-happy and raid their vessel.

Now that you know how to trade with spaceships in Starfield, you can continue your journey to find the mysterious pieces of artifact. Before leaving Twinfinite, I recommend reading our best ships to buy article if you are tired of using The Frontier to explore the universe.

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Gabriela has been a Freelance Writer for Twinfinite since 2023. She mainly covers WuWa, Genshin, and HSR, but she also enjoys trying out new games. Her favorites are TOTK, P5R, Stardew Valley, RDR2, The Witcher 3, and RE4 Remake. Gabriela has a BA in English Literature from Ma Chung University and loves to spend her time reading novels and manga/anime.