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What i mean by that is a single or multiple strange occurances being affected by TF2 trading in real life. It can be positive or negtive.

 

I'll start:

One time I wanted to sell a PSP on a local "Ebay" like website, and in the description i accidentaly wrote: "Pure or item overpay" without thinking.

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What i mean by that is a single or multiple strange occurances being affected by TF2 trading in real life. It can be positive or negtive.

I'll start:

One time I wanted to sell a PSP on a local "Ebay" like website, and in the description i accidentaly wrote: "Pure or item overpay" without thinking.

"Offers one of those overpriced kitchen knives that was in the Black Friday sale for 75% off as item overpay."
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One friday evening I got in a physical altercation at a club. It wasn't a fair fight at all, but somehow i came out on top and the 3 guys that started it filed assault charges. When the cop asked me how I did so well I answered "I dunno, it was like i had a medic up my ass". He sat there with a stupid look on his face for minutes and I couldn't figure out why. Was only until I left the questioning room that I realized a non tf2 player wouldn't get the analogy lol

 

ok not specifically tf2 trading related... but was funny as hell when it came to trial because the prosecution brought it up and actually asked if there was another person involved, if I could elaborate who the medic was :S

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Actually the reverse has happened, real life has rubber off on my tf2 trading.

 

I used to work in a pawn shop where haggling was almost mandatory.

 

I used to just pay whatever in TF2 and get the trade done, now I can't not haggle, even if I end up paying what they ask, I still haggle.

 

If you don't haggle, then you always pay what they want.

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Only thing I've noticed is that it somehow enhanced my comprehensive grasp of actual headwear, as most TF2 hats are references to actual hats or headgear, or simply exist in real life.

I remember there was a TV quiz in which one of the questions inquired the player to give the name of a certain piece of headgear. I recognized it from TF trading (I actually owned an unusual form of its TF equivalent), and correctly identified it as a pickelhaube, which I would never have known without trading, lol.

The actual spoken mixups don't really happen that often. Not TF related anyway. I do have a group of friends with whom I refer to certain items, types of food or drinks by a rather descriptive term, or an inside joke only we know about. Examples of the former include using terms like 'grain brews' (= beer) and 'corn triangles' (= nachos). The actual words we use are their Dutch equivalents, but when we're out drinking, we sometimes have to think twice before ordering to refrain from asking for another round of grain brews and a bowl of corn triangles when they ask us what we want (which so far happened once, and it was not me).

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I never knew what degree I wanted to pursue but, along with being good at math, trading helped me realize that I have an interest in business.

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I often wonder how I have no issue with spending money on random stuff in real life (like food, going out etc), but I do get irritated when people try to buy my craft hats for 1.22 instead of 1.33

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I often wonder how I have no issue with spending money on random stuff in real life (like food, going out etc), but I do get irritated when people try to buy my craft hats for 1.22 instead of 1.33

Oh yeah... Like when you think about it a scrap isnt even 1 cent...

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Sometimes in the shop, when I find myself trying to buy random stuff, I ask myself "Sure, you would pay 2 euros for it, but would you buy it for 1 key?" 

This has saved my money surprisingly many times (because the answer is no every time)

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I spend money on nothing in the real world except the bare minimum to survive. A rigorous savers mentality, which was compounded by TF2 trading which I got up to current value by investing $1000 to start. I have a ton of old non-tf2 related collections at home gathering dust that I don't advertise. I get more attention with my public profile on Steam that this technique sells some of my TF2 stuff on occasion, but sadly  the same doesn't apply to the thousands of dollars of niche stuff I keep in storage. Should really sell that crap.

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I remember being shaken after I traded for a haunted crone's dome on my old account. I was excited. Maybe too excited, because later I asked my brother if I could borrow some money to go to the convenience store nearby, and I told him "i'll pay you back in paypal". It took me several seconds for me to realize how stupid I sounded when he was only like 10 and he had no idea what team fortress 2 was. Hell, he probably thought it was some pillow fortress game in our house.

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TF2 Trading has made me a lot more generous in real life.

 

I know I cheap out a lot on trading, almost always buying too low and selling too high, but since I have been able to make so much off of it and create a real income I've noticed that ive been more open to giving randomly. Simple things like buying my friends games, or a snack at the dollar store after school.

I also have always thought that due to the constant negotiating and talking (most deals can be made as long as you say the right things at the right times) that my writing, presenting, and speaking has improved. Compared to most kids at school, I am a pretty good writer when I try. And theres no doubt that I am a good speaker, even to a large audience I have never met before.

 

I am very happy with how TF2 has affected me as a person.

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Now whenever I want a game on steam that none of my friends can afford, I just sell some keys and I'm like "Hell yeah that's where trading gets you bois." And then they flame me. They all think trading is hard and that I'm some sort of genius (Although I'm a genius when it comes to everything, let's be real here.)

 

Also when people ask me how successfull I am, I'm just like "My virtual backpack is worth ~$400 according to a virtual gaming economy website, that's how successfull I am." (Shh big traders, nobody cares.)

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TF2 was like my gateway drug to collecting. I can't remember when I first started collecting level 21 Strange cosmetics, but the mentality slowly built from there. Currently have over 200 different Strange cosmetics and even dabbled with a couple of Collector's cosmetics. Then a Sniper collection that resulted in me crafting one of the most expensive Snipers in the game. I even expanded beyond TF2 by beginning a Rubik's Cube collection, a hat collection, and I've now gotten back into collecting Pokémon cards, which I've already started budgeting in my income. Dropped $100 on the new Sun & Moon booster pack.

 

The trading aspect taught me to invest in stuff in a way that I could minimize my costs. I set up an eBay account to sell all the extras I don't care much to keep in my main collection so I could make back some portion (if not all or more) of the money I'm now using to buy booster packs and singles. Like I do for TF2, I went out and found a bunch of well-recognized sites to help find the value of each card (most people use Troll and Toad or Collector's Cache) and have considered trying to start a site like backpack.tf, but for trading cards instead. Only problem is I have zero interest in MTG or YuGiOh, so it would be exclusively a Pokémon card site unless and until I had admins to moderate the other cards. Something like cards.tcg or something super cool and descriptive like that. I just want something with user-made buy- and sell-orders.

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Like I do for TF2, I went out and found a bunch of well-recognized sites to help find the value of each card (most people use Troll and Toad or Collector's Cache) and have considered trying to start a site like backpack.tf, but for trading cards instead. Only problem is I have zero interest in MTG or YuGiOh, so it would be exclusively a Pokémon card site unless and until I had admins to moderate the other cards. Something like cards.tcg or something super cool and descriptive like that. I just want something with user-made buy- and sell-orders.

 

You might want to take a look at abprices.com for ideas. Pretty similar to your idea, except they focus on miniature gaming (Star Wars, Axis & Allies, Heroclix, etc.).

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