In Fallout 76, there aren’t many towns and traders so to speak, which can limit the ways in which you can amass your fortune of Caps. Fortunately, the wilds of Appalachia still hold some remnants of civilization in the form of a few non-human traders and vending machines, allowing you to buy and sell items at certain locations.
In order to expand your stash of caps, there’s a few ways to go about this – finding Caps in the wild, looting them from enemies, or even finding Caps Stashes. You can also trade unwanted items to vendors (as well as willing players!).
However, it must be noted that vendors only appear in certain locations, and won’t take money for just everything you want to sell – and also have a limited amount of caps to trade with.
Trading Vendors are in short supply in Appalachia, but they do exist. Many of these robots are found at various Train Stations, or abandoned faction bases.
Note that it also appears that Vendor Bots can share their maximum caps allowance between others of their faction – so after emptying the Vendor’s coffers at Flatwoods, you may not be able to sell more to the Vendor at Morgantown Station until their coffers replenish. This also means the many different Vendors at The Whitespring Resort all share the same stash of Caps.
This appears to also hold true across servers, as the amount of money Vendors have is tracked on your character, not on the server you are on.
The list of Vendors include – by section:
|Flatwoods||Sutton Station||Morgantown Station|
|Morgantown Airport||Charleston Station||Charleston Fire Department|
|Lewisberg Station||Welch Station||Camden Park|
|The Whitespring Resort||The Whitespring Bunker||Whitespring Station|
|R and G Station||Pleasant Valley Station||Pleasant Valley Ski Resort|
|Watoga Station||Watoga Shopping Plaza|
Note that of all the Vendors listed, the ones in The Whitespring Bunker are exclusive to one of the factions that you must join before you are allowed to trade with them. See how to join this faction here.
The Wandering Merchant – Grahm
The only Vendor not listed on the map above is a friendly Super Mutant named Grahm, who travels Appalachia with his pet beast of burden, Chally the Moo Moo.
Due to the size of the map, Grahm is fairly difficult to track down – but there does seem to be a method to his wandering: He often favors the main highways of all the regions of Appalachia, and only rarely appears to follow some of the train tracks as well.
When interacting with vendors, you’ll learn fairly quickly that they don’t pay well for most items, and some they won’t even take at all.
By default, Vendors usually won’t be interested in most ingredients, scrap components, or damaged weapons and armor. There are of course a few exceptions to this rule, as some scrap items are worth something.
To counter this, its recommended that if you wish to offload excess crafting components, you should visit a Tinker’s Station and use plastic to create Bulk Components the bundle junk into bigger trading items that vendors will more readily accept. You can also quickly craft food, chems, armor, and weapons to sell instead – as higher quality weapons and armor tend to sell better, and chems sell better than most junk (though not always by too much).
Items Vendors will not buy can include:
- Many Crafting Components scrapped from Junk, like Adhesive, Aluminum, Cloth, Gears, Leather, Rubber, Springs, Wood, Steel, Bone Shards, Ceramic, Concrete, Fertilizer, Cork, Glass, Lead, Acid, Oil, and Plastic
- Boiled Water and Wood
- Pre-War Money
- Misc Items like Gunpowder and Ore
However, items that Vendors will take can include:
- Junk Items that have not been scrapped
- Certain high quality Crafting Components like Silver Scrap, Raw Asbestos, Ballistic Fiber Scrap, Black Titanium Scrap, Circuits, Fiberglass, Loose Screws, Nuclear Waste, and Waste Antiseptic
- Weapon and Armor Mods
- Bulk Crafting Components
- Aid Items, including Bobbleheads
Often times, the best ways to make money is by selling what you need the least – which should be based on your playstyle. Excess weapons and armor can be scrapped for resources and mod plans – but if you don’t do much crafting and modding – repair them to increase their value and sell them instead!
You can do the same for aid items as well: If you find that you’re not using chems all that much, or have perks that compliment other resources – sell your aid items instead of letting them go to waste. For example: If you’ve invested in perks to let your thirst meter drain slower, sell off your alcohol. If you have more perks that favor fighting in light armor vs power armor, sell the extra power armor parts you find.
You should also try and sell in greater frequencies to offset the low caps threshold Vendors have, instead of waiting until you are constantly burdened by junk and have to sell a lot over a short period. If you do find yourself in this predicament, make a loop from the Responder Bots of The Forest to the Whitespring Resort and then the Raider Bots of the central Savage Divide.
Using Perks for Wealth
There are a few Perks in particular that can help up the rate at which you accumulate money, if you want to take that route:
By increasing your Luck Stat, you’ll not only find better loot, but you can invest in two Perks in particular. The Pharma Farma perk can let you use the “Search” function to essentially check a first aid or chem box twice to get more loot, and a good stack of chems can sell for quite a bit.
If you also invest in the Caps Collector, you’ll get a great deal more Caps when finding the Caps Stashes that can spawn at certain locations, increasing your funds by a lot more than just killing and looting.
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