Merchant_<name> is here selling items on behalf of <player>.
A personal merchant is an NPC that tries to sell anything you give him to other players. Then you can come back and collect the money.
Unlike traders, personal merchants will not buy anything, they only sell items that the owner gives them, and the owner sets the prices.
- Merchants trade ownership when the contract is traded.
- You can sell or give the contract to another player. If done on the same server, the merchant does not need to be dismissed - note that all items remaining in the merchant will stay in the merchant for the new owner once the merchant contract is traded.
- If you wish to trade the contract on a different server, the merchant must not be placed; otherwise, the contract will not cross the server with you.
- If you change kingdom, you will NOT lose the contract, as long as you dismiss the merchant.
- If you fail to dismiss the merchant and switch kingdoms, you will not be able to take items off or add new items to it - but you will still be able to manage prices.
- Placed contracts do not change servers and will remain on the server where the merchant was placed until you return to it.
- Contracts which are not for placed merchants will transfer servers within the same server cluster.
- Go on the desired tile, and make sure no other creatures than you are on it.
- Right-click the Personal merchant contract in your inventory and select 'Manage traders'.
- Name your merchant, select the gender and click 'Send'.
- If the name is too long, a random name will be picked for you.
- If you want to place a merchant on a deed in a building as a non-villager, you need to be on the writ of the building. If the merchant option is set on the deed, non-villagers may place personal merchants in market stalls.
- If the building the merchant is in rots away, he will still be able to trade and be managed.
To add items to the merchant:
- Right-click him and select 'Trade'.
- Drag items from your inventory into the Your offer window, and the merchant will drag them down to his Demand window.
- Once finished, check 'You accept'.
- Note that the Prices shown in Your offer are his evaluations unless you have set the prices manually. (To set the price yourself, right-click the item in your inventory, select Prices > Set price, and set the desired amount of Gold, Silver, Copper and Iron coins you want for the item.)
- You cannot put containers with items in them nor items inside containers onto a merchant, the container must be emptied first.
- The inventory limit for a merchant is 50 items.
- You can remove items from sale by dragging them from merchant's Offer window down to your Demand window and checking 'You accept'. You do not need to pay for them. If the merchant has gained money, you will see the coins in the merchant's Offer window.
- Sleep powder price cannot be set, and will always be sold at 5 silver.
After placing the merchant, you can manage it by right-clicking the personal merchant contract in your inventory and selecting 'Manage traders'.
- Use local price means that the merchant will use his local supply when determining price for items. This is the default. Otherwise the price used will be the standard base value for the item.
- Price modifier is the value he will apply to the price; default is 1.4 times the Get Price.
- If you set specific prices on items, those prices will be used regardless of these settings.
- If you see that the amount of money has increased in the Sold columns, remember to go to your merchant to collect the money. Note that merchant takes a 10% cut of the sales.
To change prices of the items in stock
- Right-click the Personal merchant contract and select 'Manage traders'.
- Check 'Manage prices' and click 'Send'.
A window with all the items and their price fields comes up. Note that in a very busy place, the item may be bought before you change the price. To prevent that, begin a Trade session and leave it open to "lock" the merchant until you have set all your prices.
To dismiss a merchant, for instance to move it somewhere else, check the Dismiss box and click 'Send'. A dismissed merchant's items and money disappear, so make sure to take them all out beforehand.
- If you are away for several months, the merchant may leave or be forced to leave with all the items and coins in his inventory.
- They will leave behind a sign stating they have moved on due to poor business, and all items and coins will be returned to the contract owner inside a backpack through the mail.
- Mayors can dismiss merchants on their deed if the owner has not logged on in over one month.
- If the merchant is wizkilled (an instant kill that GM's and developers can do), he is dismissed, but he can still be placed again as usual.
- You can also do Get Price in the Trade window. This will show you the Set Price of the item, if it was set.
- Items held by a Merchant can be Examined, by anyone, via the Trade window.
- You can sell low quality items when standing next to a Merchant. See Sell for more information.
- Merchants have the same inventory settings as players. If it decays in a player's inventory it will decay in a merchant's inventory.