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On 5/3/2020 at 3:10 PM, MsFloofie said:

Use Bot.tf or make your own with TF2-Automatic

I would not recommend the above. It is much better to program your own. Tf2-Automatic has several flaws, and is easily outpaced by even the worst custom bot. This is because tf2-automatic uses the unreliable prices.tf API to price items. On the topic of bot.tf, you will be running a 1 bot, not hundreds. As a result, you can have the bot accept offers much faster. Also, bot.tf is basically a scam with thier prices. It is possible to run a bot for virtually free.

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On 5/25/2020 at 5:06 AM, Piman said:

I would not recommend the above. It is much better to program your own. Tf2-Automatic has several flaws, and is easily outpaced by even the worst custom bot. This is because tf2-automatic uses the unreliable prices.tf API to price items. On the topic of bot.tf, you will be running a 1 bot, not hundreds. As a result, you can have the bot accept offers much faster. Also, bot.tf is basically a scam with thier prices. It is possible to run a bot for virtually free.

But not everyone has the knowledge required to make their own bot. And making a bot from scratch doesn't make it foolproof either. Anyways, TF2-Automatic seems pretty promising: self-hostable, has active development and can be forked to bring your own changes and fixes. 

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On 5/25/2020 at 11:06 AM, Piman said:

I would not recommend the above. It is much better to program your own. Tf2-Automatic has several flaws, and is easily outpaced by even the worst custom bot. This is because tf2-automatic uses the unreliable prices.tf API to price items. On the topic of bot.tf, you will be running a 1 bot, not hundreds. As a result, you can have the bot accept offers much faster. Also, bot.tf is basically a scam with thier prices. It is possible to run a bot for virtually free.

lol,
prices.tf is very reliable I would say the only "flaw" with it is the slow update times which actually can be considered fast

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I mean, I have a small pricing server running an API that has under and over cutting scripts built-in. Any third grader with scratch can make one of those. With a custom server, you can update extremely quickly, and because your serving a smaller audience, you can use other tactics to have an edge over literally every other trading bot.

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On 5/25/2020 at 10:06 AM, Piman said:

Also, bot.tf is basically a scam with thier prices.

 

Danny Li, the creator of Bot.tf states:

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The core purpose of Bot.tf is to provide the highest quality trading bots around — premium.

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Another reason why it cannot be free is the fact that Team Fortress 2 was not ready for mass scale automation at the time. A sudden presence of hundreds of automatic trading bots would probably severly impact the economy negatively, due to the panic this may spread. I knew that I had to introduce these bots to the mass slowly and one way to do it is to add a price tag to it.

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