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Price is a factor in Imperialism 2.

There is a direct monetary price in dollars for each commodity you can buy or sell, and a fixed price ($500 plus three units of paper) for creating a civilian. By contrast with Imperialism, there is no monetary component in the cost of creating an army unit or ship.

Prices in the market start at $250 for materials and $100 for resources. Price changes are determined after the first turn by supply and demand.

ProfitEdit

Usually you will make a profit on selling a material if you paid somewhere near current market prices for the component resource(s), but any subsidy you offer to buyer or seller will reduce your profit.

When you are in the good position of being able to choose what you buy and sell, even to a small extent, study the market to see which materials will give you the best profit. Bid for (or try to transport more of) the resources that produce that material, and offer at least one unit of it every turn unless you have a pressing need for it for something else, such as a unit or development. Offering one every turn is generally better than offering two every second turn, because you will earn fewer diplomatic credits if a single nation buys two units at a time. Study the market every few turns in case a different material has become the most profitable.

Example of changes in prices and profitsEdit

Here is a record of material prices and profits for most of the first century of a game using Map key (Imp2) Cergaerdiwys with random Old World.

Year ending; Fabric price and profit; Lumber price and profit; Paper price and profit; Bronze price and profit; Cast Iron price and profit

  • 1506: 259 55; 250 40; 257 47; 254 58; 254 56
  • 1508: 259 53; 257 41; 257 41; 256 60; 254 56
  • 1510: 264 56; 259 37; 259 37; 258 62; 256 58
  • 1512: 266 56; 261 33; 259 31; 260 63; 258 60
  • 1514; 263 51; 271 49; 259 37; 252 56; 260 60
  • 1516: 265 49; 273 55; 256 38; 249 51; 262 60
  • 1518: 265 45; 273 49; 256 32; 249 51; 275 71
  • 1520: 265 41; 278 60; 253 35; 246 48; 280 74
  • 1522: 267 43; 283 59; 253 29; 241 42; 282 74
  • 1524: 269 41; 285 67; 250 32; 243 44; 284 74
  • 1526: 271 37; 287 73; 247 33; 238 40; 286 74
  • 1528: 268 30; 289 71; 254 36; 233 35; 291 72
  • 1530: 268 44; 291 67; 256 32; 235 37; 291 75
  • 1532: 265 39; 293 63; 261 31; 237 39; 271 73
  • 1534: 265 39; 290 66; 263 39; 239 42; 293 73
  • 1536: 272 46; 287 59; 265 37; 234 38; 295 73
  • 1538: 272 46; 284 52; 272 40; 226 32; 292 64
  • 1540: 272 46; 286 48; 272 34; 237 46; 289 55
  • 1542: 277 49; 288 46; 277 35; 234 45; 291 53
  • 1544: 279 49; 285 37; 279 31; 231 44; 302 58
  • 1546: 276 44; 287 53; 284 50; 231 47; 305 55
  • 1548: 273 41; 289 51; 286 48; 235 53; 308 52
  • 1550: 270 38; 297 55; 286 44; 237 57; 311 49
  • 1552: 270 40; 302 56; 286 40; 234 55; 311 45
  • 1554: 267 39; 305 55; 286 36; 229 51; 314 44
  • 1556: 267 39; 301 47; 291 37; 231 53; 314 40
  • 1558: 264 38; 301 51; 299 49; 235 58; 323 43
  • 1560: 269 45; 301 61; 299 59; 235 59; 329 43
  • 1562: 266 44; 297 49; 304 56; 237 62; 338 84
  • 1564: 263 43; 297 41; 310 54; 246 72; 338 80
  • 1566: 263 45; 297 37; 316 56; 246 73; 341 77
  • 1568: 263 45; 294 54; 312 72; 243 71; 341 73
  • 1570: 265 47; 291 49; 308 66; 238 67; 341 67
  • 1572: 259 41; 288 40; 304 56; 238 60; 341 61
  • 1574: 264 46: 290 38; 297 45; 237 61; 344 58
  • 1576: 258 40; 298 42; 291 35; 237 62; 350 60
  • 1578: 260 42; 292 54; 291 53; 236 62; 357 63
  • 1580: 260 46; 292 50; 285 43; 233 54; 357 59
  • 1582: 254 40; 294 46; 279 31; 234 56; 357 53
  • 1584: 251 39; 294 60; 273 39; 236 61; 357 91 - true; ore had suddenly dropped to 133
  • 1586: 251 39; 291 53; 270 32; 239 57; 357 85
  • 1588: 245 35; 288 60; 267 39; 236 57; 360 112
  • 1590: 247 37; 285 65; 258 38; 240 63; 349 95
  • 1592: 249 34; 284 60; 252 28; 239 64; 359 99
  • 1594: 239 29; 281 63; 249 31; 238 65; 359 93
  • 1596: 239 29; 278 64; 246 32; 240 61; 362 90
  • 1598: 239 29; 269 57; 243 31; 242 65; 365 87

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