How to Send a Trade Offer to a Non-Friend on Steam
Trading is a vital function of Steam today. You can trade items from your account, such as trading cards, and ask for specific items in return. It’s exactly the same as trading Pokemon cards at school without any physical contact or items. However, this system usually falls short when trying to trade with someone you don’t know. Steam has a workaround, though. In this guide, we’ll show you how to send a trade offer to a non-friend through Steam. We’ll also outline how you can do this without compromising your online security.
How to send a Trade Offer to a Non-Firend on Steam
You send a trade offer to non-friends in the same way that you send trade offers to friends. The difference is that you will need to include your unique Steam trading ID. You can access this by heading to the Steam Trading Privacy page. With this ID, anyone can send you a trading offer as long as they include it. You can do the same for anyone on Steam, as long as you have their unique Steam trading ID.
How to Send a Trade on Steam
As we mentioned above, the trading process on Steam is largely the same whether it’s to a friend or not. The process you’ll need to go through is as follows.
- Open the Steam client on your Desktop or browser.
- Hover over your name at the top of the client.
- Click on the ‘Inventory‘ option from the dropdown.
- Now click on ‘Trade Offers‘ in this menu.
- Select the option for a ‘New Trade Offer‘ next.
- At this point, you need to select the friend that you’d like to trade with. However, you can also use the unique Trading ID of the non-friend you’d like to trade with.
- Click and drag the items you want to trade. You will need to select items from your inventory and from the other person’s.
- Check the box to confirm the contents of the trade when you have finished.
- Finally, click the button to confirm the offer, and it will be sent.
Make an Trade Offer on a Non-Friend’s Profile
You won’t be able to make an offer on a non-friend’s profile. However, if you come across a Steam user’s profile that you want to offer a trade on, there is a way to do this. The user will need to have their unique trading ID on their profile. Without it, you can’t make an offer. If they have it posted there, copy it and follow the process above. First, you’ll have to use the unique trading ID to add the user as a friend. Once the request has been accepted, you can make them a trade offer.
Make an Offer on a Friend’s Profile
You can make an offer without needing to go through your own profile and options. Instead, load up Steam and find the friend you want to trade with. Now you can click on their profile name and select the option to ‘Offer a Trade.’ The process from here follows the main one outlined above.
Trading on Steam doesn’t need to be difficult. To open yourself up for trades from non-friends, simply put your unique trading ID on your profile. That way, anyone who wants to make a trade with you can do so.
This process helps you avoid adding every single Steam user you come across. No one wants to have a bloated friends list filled with people they’ve never met. Forcing users to add each other to make a trade is an old practice, and this workaround helps you avoid doing just that.
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