EQ2 money from home
Live Gamer Servers
So you are or aspire to be an EverQuest 2 player who makes money while they play. You are definitely in luck because EQ2 has two special servers that allow players to buy and sell game currency, items, and characters without any shady dealings. I would recommend that you start out on either 'Vox' or 'The Bazaar' since these are the two servers where making money can be done in a way that isn't going to get your account banned. A third party company is used by Sony for this purpose called Live Gamer. The process used to be run Sony, but the Transition to using Live Gamer finally occured in April, 2008 after a long delay.
- EQ2 Plat Buying Guide
Free site useful for buyers AND sellers. You can easily see what plat is currently worth and get a good idea for what to sell yours at.
Issues and Workarounds
The Live Gamer system is not without it's problems. The current user interface makes searching for what you want to buy a bit tedious. The platinum for sale isn't searchable per server which is crucial. The items, gear, spells, etc for sale have never had too signifigant of an impact on the market, but character sales do and the listings for those is in the worst situation of all. Currently you can't really tell anything about the characters from the listings provided in the Live Gamer search. The good news is that you can work around the platinum listing problem this by using a free website "EQ2 Plat Buying Guide from Gamespanker.com". As a seller you will find this site useful to determine the best prices to sell plat at. Currently there is no solution to the character listings problem.
If you are a seasoned player of EQ2 you can skip this part. I'm just going to offer a few tips to new players who might be joining us on how to get started. On your very first character a good way to earn more money is to save every item marked "Treasured" and post it on the in game broker (not the live exchange). People looking to raise a skill called transmuting will buy these items in large quantities so there is always some decent demand for it. The other thing you want to save is the materials from low level rocks. Leaded loam in particular always has some demand, and of course any rare items you get while gathering rocks are also good to sell on the in game broker. You're not going to make tons off this strategy but it will move you quickly up to making your first plat (days) where as skipping these steps it might be a week or more. I've also noticed that the low level status items (scrying stones, amulets, documents, relics) and the three items needed to feed a plant (bones, water, and compost) sell amazingly well even for the low level versions, but this only applies to The Bazaar server for some reason. Once you have higher level character things are a whole new ball game that I leave you to figure out.
Platinum Stock Market
Another possible way for money to be made is playing the value of platinum like a stock market. If you enjoy the whole buy low and sell high mentality you can have your own mini game going on Live Gamer. The EQ2 Plat Buying Guide mentioned above can aid you in finding auctions with a buy now or a bid that is far below the current market. Buying and reselling the outlying platinum is a nice way to almost instantly generate a little cash. Always remember that a 10% fee is deducted from your sales when you consider profit. If you like long term investments and a little bit of gambling the price of platinum has ranged between $1 and $3 over the past year. I did over a 3 month period get a 50% return on money "invested" into platinum, but I tend to lose hairs over it so that style of income isn't for me but it is viable.
Wrapping It Up
The whole EQ2 platinum income scene from Live Gamer has been rather dynamic so I plan to do periodic updates to this hubpage to keep it relevant. You can contact me via email at banadux at gmail dot com if you have any questions or concerns regarding this hubpage or the EQ2 Plat Buying Guide. Good luck making money and always remember you are playing game so have fun!