How to Buy Rocket League Items

There are a lot of items to collect in Rocket League while playing the game. Playing a lot of Rocket League will mean you collect a lot of items but it doesn't mean you'll find the one(s) you want. Earning and spending credits is a big part of this too.
Some items are harder to get than others. Finding the exact item(s) you want can feel near impossible sometimes.
It gets worse when item attributes get involved. Attributes are unique characteristics for items that make them stand out. Painted Items have unique colors and Certified Items track one statistic that could be 'upgraded' to a new prefix.
Finding the desired item can then become quite tedious due to how many variations exist for each item. It's great to have this level of variety in Rocket League! Trying to find the right one to buy, however, becomes more difficult because of this.

3 Ways to Buy Rocket League Items

There are three main ways to buy Rocket League items. Buying an item can mean using Rocket League credits or using real money. Each option has its positives and negatives. 

Buy Rocket League items from the Item Shop

The most obvious way to get items in Rocket League is by using the in-game Item Shop. Not all items in the game can be found here but checking this store is still a good idea. It has some featured items and daily on rotation and once that timer ends, new ones enter the shop to replace them. The items sold here can be bought for Rocket League credits. Keep in mind however that in-game-shop items can’t be traded or sold afterwards.
While this is the easiest option when it comes to trying to buy Rocket League items, there's no guarantee the right item will be in the store. The items follow a set of pricing for the rarity of the item which then changes depending on other attributes. The paint colors and special edition status can be big price adjusters. The biggest issue with this method is that it can take a long time for some items to come back onto rotation and when it does, the item might have wrong attributes anyway.

Use Third Party Websites to Buy Rocket League Items

This option sounds riskier than it really is. Using a third-party website is usually a quick and easy way to buy Rocket League items. Using one of these websites means you're buying the item from the marketplace who buys the items in bulk or sometimes from another player with credits or real money. However, the sale prices are usually a little over the normal market prices since these websites take a fee from all sales made.

There are two types of trading websites for Rocket League items but one of them isn't a true trading website. Marketplaces such as RL.Exchange don't usually let you buy directly from other players. These are websites that buy items in large numbers from users but will also sell items to other users without much direct contact with other individual players. Meanwhile, a trading website is usually player-to-player focused.
Some Rocket League item buying websites work in a fashion similar to item buying websites for other popular games. The RL.Exchange website, for example, lets you buy Rocket League items and select the platform you need them for. Most websites like this however only allow you to purchase items with real money using different payment methods such as Paypal, Bitcoin and Skrill. When buying Rocket League items from these websites, you'll need to include your EPIC ID during the purchase so the item can be sent to you.
Buying from a Rocket League buy and sell website is a fast way to get the items you want in Rocket League. Depending on the website, the item could arrive within minutes. Third-party trading websites that let you buy Rocket League items from other players, might take longer to complete. Humans can be slow at communicating and aren't always online to see when the purchase goes through. All Rocket League sell and buy websites have some kind of buyer protection in place to help if the sale doesn't go as planned. This also means the risk of being scammed is minimal so you can buy Rocket League items in peace.

Buy Rocket League Items from Online Trading Communities

Deciding to buy Rocket League items from an online trading community can take a little longer to complete. Online gaming communities are great places to buy items from and there are many Rocket League communities you can use. When looking to buy Rocket League items from communities, the most popular locations include Reddit, Discord and Steam but you can buy them from Ebay and fan forums too.

These types of communities have their own rules and reputation systems. This keeps everyone safe since buyers and sellers can both rate one another after completing the exchange. If you're looking to buy Rocket League items, it's worth keeping in mind that many of these platforms don't allow users to buy or sell items for real money. A small number allow real money exchanges but almost all of them allow you to buy Rocket League items for credits instead. Credits are a very popular currency for selling or buying items. In the end it’s relatively easy to exchange credits for real money.

Using the rocket-league.com website (https://rocket-league.com/items) or the rl-trades website (https://www.rl-trades.com/ can help find the right items. People use those websites as platforms to sell their Rocket League items. They usually list the items they have and what they're looking to get in exchange for making it easy to buy Rocket League items.

What is Community Reputation?

Reputation systems are popular for trading communities to help keep the community safe from scammers. Buyers should always be a bit more cautious with users that don't have any reviews. It's common for scammers to open new accounts and close them after making a trade to avoid repercussions.
The most trustworthy sellers will have hundreds or thousands of completed trades with positive reviews for most of them. There's no need to rush to pick a seller so take the time to scope the community out first.

What's a 'Middleman'?

Some communities may recommend using a 'middleman' for sales and trades. This is a third-party person who will hold the item(s) until the exchange has been completed. If this is a trade for real money and you're too slow sending it, the item is returned to the seller instead and the trade is cancelled. It works the same with Rocket League credits too. Not all communities advocate the use of a middleman but some of the more popular Rocket League trading subreddits on Reddit will recommend them.

Where to Buy Rocket League Items From

There are a lot of places you can buy Rocket League items from online. This includes platforms such as Discord, Reddit and Ebay which weren't designed with item trading in mind. While they're also very popular, buying from dedicated trading platforms is much faster.

Websites that let you sell and buy Rocket League items (Insert Buy/Sell article link here) are the perfect place to find your desired items. They also usually have buyer and sell protections in place making them a safe place to buy rocket League items.

Can you get Banned Buying Rocket League items?

While technically not allowed, Psyonix does not chase after outside traders. This means if you don't advertise buying or selling items, you should be fine. Handing out a ban is well within the rights of Psyonix since outside trading the game is not allowed.

In short, you could be banned for this but it's very unlikely. More information can be found here (https://theglobalgaming.com/rocket-league/buy-sell-items/).


Final Thoughts

Firstly, I want to thank Grant Harrison for helping me putting this article together. He is a very experienced trader and was very friendly to share his experience with me. 

Trying to buy Rocket League items is a very straight forwards event. It's a good idea to go through the in-game Item Store first just to check if the item(s) you want are for sale there and have the attributes you're looking for attached to them too. However, the official store is very limited and doesn't usually have the exact item you're looking to get. Looking to buy Rocket League items elsewhere is a fantastic way to ensure you get the item you want.
Websites that let you sell or buy Rocket League items (https://theglobalgaming.com/rocket-league/buy-sell-items/) are usually the best places to look. Those websites are more organised than places like the Rocket League Steam forums or Discord channels which can be harder to navigate.

FAQ

Are the Steam Marketplace and Steam Discussions good places to Buy Rocket League Items?

If you're looking for Rocket League items, it's unlikely you'll find them for sale on the Steam Marketplace.The Steam Rocket League Discussions is a great place to find and buy Rocket League items though. It has an active trading community section where other players are looking to exchange their unwanted items for credits.

Can I buy Rocket League Items from PlayStation or Xbox Discussions Boards?

Popular forums for specific platforms such as Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will probably have a Rocket League section on them where players can leave item requests. Your favourite forums for your platform will most likely already have a Rocket League item trading section.

Can Psyonic help me if I get scammed?

Psyonix does not get involved with trading disputes of any kind. They have various articles on their support website (https://support.rocketleague.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015694973-I-got-scammed-Disputing-Player-to-Player-trades) stating they will never get involved with trading disputes even in the case of a scam. This is for both outside trading (https://support.rocketleague.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015694913-Trading-for-money-and-Outside-Trading) and trading inside the game as well.

So, no. Psyonix will not help you if you get scammed. Depending on the trading platform you used, there might be help available there. Many buy and sell websites will offer buyer protections and using a middleman in trading communities can help to reduce the scam risk.