Today I will be going over probably the biggest money-maker in new leagues: Flipping jewels. The basic idea behind this is to buy jewels during the first couple leagues of the week when people are still optimizing their basic gear. Later in the league, everyone starts to min-max their builds which includes getting those 30% damage jewels. This is when you want to sell them. Using this technique, you can buy jewels for 8-30 chaos and resell them for exalts. Additionally, if there is enough demand for a video guide, I shall make one.
Experience Required: Medium
Effort Required: Low
Time Required: Low
The first thing you need to do to start flipping jewels is make a filter on Poe.trade. This is the most important part to flipping jewels. There are two important things you need in a filter. You need to tell the filter how much you are willing to pay for the jewel and what mods you actually want on the jewels. Generally, you should be paying under 25 chaos for three good mods. These can easily sell for a couple exalts if you know what you’re doing. Second of all, you should pay 1-2 ex for jewels with four good mods as well. These sometimes end up selling for several exalts. Remember the meta is always changing. The market adapts to it, but you have to adapt to the market.
Now let’s focus on finding mods you actually want on jewels. This is the most challenging part of this flipping technique because most people don’t know what to look for. I will tell you how to do it manually and at the end tell you some good mods the current meta is using. Remember, you need to learn how to do it yourself because as the saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
First of all, you want to go to the Path of Exile forums. Then you need to open the class sub-forums. Skip duelist because it is the least popular class and there aren’t many popular builds that use duelist. It’s more of a gimmick class tried by newer players who don’t have as much currency. Remember, the whole goal of this is to make currency so the ideal audience to be targeted is the top 1%. Therefore, we will put a focus on ES jewels.
From there, take a look at the top builds on the first two or three pages. These builds will usually be the ones on top of the page with lots of reply posts as well as a professional build guide. Take a look at what jewels they need. For example, if they are a Blade Flurry build they Physical Damage, Area Damage, and Energy Shield. Energy Shield can add a lot of value to a jewel because almost all builds can be played with Energy Shield and they generally perform better with it.
Using this method, you should find several popular build archetypes and start making a filter for them on Poe.trade. Fill in more than three or four mods, price it, and you are good to go. You want to fill in more than three or more mods so you catch all the popular combinations. For example, % Damage, % Area Damage, and % Physical Damage is just as good as % Energy Shield, % Area Damage, and % Physical Damage. I usually fill in several mods in each filter and then bookmark it for easy access. Remember, since it runs in a browser you can run multiple filters at once for many different build archetypes. When I run this technique, I run 6-7 filters with several mods each.
To actually use this technique, here is what you need to do. Every time you start POE, you open these filters via bookmark or any other method you have setup. Then you search for any jewels in your price range. If there are some, buy them up. If there aren’t any, then set your filter in live search mode so it refreshes instantly and makes a sound when an item is listed. This way, you can buy up items almost instantly.
Using this method alone netted me about 300 exalts over the league. Just like its explained above, I bought jewels mainly for 10-20 chaos and relisted them for 1-2 exalts each. Please comment if you have any questions. Enjoy!