Trade is an integral part of the economy in SimCity BuildIt. Trading provides a place to buy and sell factory and store resources and upgrade materials

There are two buildings that enable trade with your network of friends, as well as other Mayors around the world, the Trade Depot and the Global Trade HQ.

Trade Depot

  • This building allows you to place resources produced from factories and stores up for sale for friends and other mayor’s around the world (you cannot buy from the global market just yet).
  • Unlocked at 8,000 population and after spending §20,000 simoleons.
    • You start with 6 trade spots, but can increase this number for 10 simbucks for each additional spot (this is a decent way to spend your simbucks)
  • When adding items to trade, you are given the option for a one time ‘free advertising’ that has a 5 minute cooldown before you can advertise another item again
    • Once you advertise an item, you CANNOT re-advertise that same item.
    • You can pay Simbucks to have the item removed
      • This PERMANENTLY destroys the items – Do NOT do this option, see TIP below
  • You can visit your friend’s cities and view their trade goods here.
    • Friends are connected via Facebook / Google Play (Android) / Game Center (iOS)
  • Daniel’s city will purchase (chronologically, earliest to latest) your orders that have been placed on the market but have not sold. He will do this every 1 to 3 days.
    • Daniel will purchase several small orders at once or 1-2 large orders.
    • Let Daniel clear your trade depot rather than paying simbucks to remove them.
You can help out your friends by placing resources on the trade depot but charging the minimum amount (friends help friends with their cities 😀 )
Use Daniels purchasing to your advantage by maximizing the price of your trade items (if you get lucky, someone IRL person will buy your goods, if not, Daniel will). Check money making tips (COMING SOON).

Global Trade HQ

  • This building allows you view the global market and purchase resources from mayors around the world.
  • Unlocked at 10,000 population and after spending §40,000 simoleons
  • You can view the most recent 30 postings
    • Closing out of the GTHQ and reopening it refreshes the listing (wish there was a refresh button)
  • Taping on goods to purchase brings you to the posters city and their trade depot. From their you can buy the item you originally wanted as well as any other item for sale in posters trade depot.
    • To quickly check the GTHQ you can click on it straight from within another mayor’s city!
  • Different goods have different level of demands.
    • You will find that most low-mid end materials (and possibly raw resources) will sell at full price in seconds whereas specialty items or high level items tend to be less popular.
    • If you’re having trouble with the system try your luck with some different items.
  • Reminder: You can not view items that you haven’t unlocked, If you’re visiting a friend and he doesn’t have anything for sale then maybe you’re too low level.
You can take advantage of the free advertising from a single item, as prospective buyers can also purchase goods that are currently sitting in your depot. (Example: I’ll put several padlocks, cameras and grates for sale but I’ll start by advertising the grate first (seems to be higher in demand) and more often than not, have a mayor buy all my postings for sale)

Trade – Problems With Trade

  • Erica7241

    what level unlocks expansion items in global market?

  • Gil

    The global trade center is useless. Clicking on things to buy only to see time after time that they’re gone. Why have it?

    • Brian

      Like it or not, it makes you work for it. And it also show how effective it is selling processed goods on the market. I starts to get addictive when you manage to get the goods you want…I’m a camper in the global market…

  • Golgoth

    We need a Market to trade item for item too, would be Nice. I have so Many thing i need and so Much to trade lol Like 40 camera and Much more 🙂 i love the global Market but its Only for simoleons.
    Still love this game 🙂

  • Smith

    I am addicted to the game. I really think we should be able to filter items in the search. Win Win situation for buyer and seller. I find it difficult to buy the items needed for expansions. No matter how many time I try. They are always sold

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  • pertm

    You can re-advertise but you have to wait until the 3 hours is done and if it is not sold then you can advertise again

  • Shawn

    I’ve visited over 30 cities using The Global Market. Starting early levels I would buy raw materials (steel, wood… Etc) Easy right?. As I leveled up, my purchases would involve Hardware and Store items. (Nails, Plywood, Chairs… Etc). Expansion items (Bulldozer items, Storage Camera.. Etc) are very rare and difficult to purchase, Even when they are advertised and you visit the neighboring city right away, you will find the item already sold…. So…. My theory on The Global Market: The Simcity servers (or Daniel if you prefer) will ‘purchase’ expansion items immediately. This is to prevent cities expanding too quickly. I like to call Expansion Items “Priority 1” items. Priority 2 items would be Hardware and Supply) Items. These items are available but only for a short time. Within a specific time period (we’re talking seconds here folks) and then the Sim Server will purchase the items. Priority 3 items are the raw materials. They will last even longer in the cities Trade Depot. You can even close the window, roam around their city for a possible gift (always do that!… You never know what you can get) and reopen their trade Depot and the raw items are usually there. At level 14 with a population of 92,000.

  • Jay Bates I started a Facebook group, if you join it then you can message the other members for what you need and then go directly to their cities and pick up the supplies. Forget the random generated goods on Global HQ, citizens of the world unite!

  • Madarab Hasab Omb

    My purchase success rate is only about 1 in 40 attempts.
    GTHQ sux!

  • D Birkley

    My success rate is about 2 out of 5. Here is how I do it. I set a maximum amount of money/storage space I have then I go the marketplace with a list of items I need or could use. If I seeing a lot of items I come to are sold, then I get off the trade floor and do things in my city. I usually wait a minute and 15 seconds. Why, you might ask? Well the cycle is every 30 seconds. If you are on the tail end of the refresh, you get nothing. If you can get in on the newest stuff being put out there, you may get more. Also, don’t go looking for the items you want. Go for the items you need. Can’t find popcorn? Look for microwaves and corn. That cuts your production time if you can find those items and build yourself. Also just randomly go to places? Yes, you never know what they have. I went looking for a couch and came away with 10 expansion items more than once. Also you can pick up the freebies in those cities even if you don’t get anything. If Simcity is giving you fruit, then make a Cheesecake, Smoothie, or lemonade….

  • Sara

    I never get the items I need on the global trade. And I am sick and tired of seeing so many mountain expansion items. I can’t even get my city expanded to the mountains to make building there worthwhile. Let me filter out the crap I don’t want. And on top of that when ever I DO manage to finally see something I want or need by the time I get the neighboring village to load, it’s GONE. Utterly Useless and broken and poorly designed.

  • masmichael

    I would appreciate it if the stored items were sub-sorted for value from highest to lowest. You could use either recommended value or maximum value; I think the result would be the same.

    If I have 3 each of 20 items, it would be great to know where to look in the list to find what I’m looking for. Thanks for considering this idea.