Victoria 3 – Trade Goods (Economy Guide)

Trade Goods

Fundamentally, a unit of goods represent a quantity of a certain type of natural resource, manufactured good or intangible service and come attached with a price tag. This price varies both in base (a single unit of tanks is pricier than a single unit of fabric) and in actual market value, as the prices of goods change depending on supply and demand. The manufacturing of goods (by pops in buildings) is how the vast majority of the wealth in Victoria 3 is created.

Trade goods in the French market.

Goods Categories

There are four broad categories of goods:

  • Staple goods are everyday goods that pops need to live, such as food to eat, wood to heat their homes, and clothes to wear. Staple goods tend to be purchased in vast quantities by poor and middle class pops, with richer pops generally avoid them in favor of their luxury variants.
  • Luxury goods are the things that pops do not necessarily need but definitely want, such as fine foods, luxury drinks like tea and coffee, or fine clothes made from Chinese silk. Luxuries tend to be more profitable to produce than staple goods, but depend on having a customer base with money — a poor factory worker isn’t going to be buying a whole lot of mahogany cabinets.
  • Industrial goods are goods such as iron, coal, rubber and lead whose main purpose is often to be converted into other, more profitable goods. Securing a steady supply of vital Industrial goods is crucial to industrialization and growing the GDP of the country.
  • Military goods are goods such as small arms, ammunition and warships that are used by military buildings to arm and supply the armies and navies of the 19th century nations. The more technologically advanced the army or navy, the more complex and expensive military goods they will need.

Of those, staple and luxury goods are mainly consumed by pops, while industrial and military goods are mainly consumed by buildings. That said, there are no hard rules here — buildings may end up using luxury goods while pops may chose to purchase industrial goods if (when and where) it makes sense for them to do so.

Goods Types

Staple Goods

GoodBase costTraded quantityPrestige factorConvoy cost multiplierConsumption tax cost
Clothes301540.5300
Electricity30No5No200
Fabric202030.25300
Fish202030.25300
Furniture301540.5300
Grain202030.25500
Groceries301540.5300
Paper301540.5200
Services30No3No200
Transportation30No4No200
Wood202030.25300

Luxury Goods

GoodBase costTraded quantityPrestige factorConvoy cost multiplierObsession chance
Automobiles10081011
Coffee50140.751.5
Fine art20051511
Fruit301540.751
Gold100No51 
Liquor301540.752
Luxury clothes601100.751
Luxury furniture601100.751
Meat301540.751
Opium50140.752
Porcelain70150.751
Radios8011011
Sugar301540.751.5
Tea50140.751.5
Telephones7011011
Tobacco40140.752
Wine50150.752

Industrial Goods

GoodBase costTraded quantityPrestige factorConvoy cost multiplier
Clippers60750.25
Coal301550.75
Dye40151
Engines608102
Explosives508101.5
Fertilizer301551
Glass40151
Hardwood40151
Iron40151
Lead40151
Oil40151
Rubber40151
Silk40151
Steamers70750.25
Steel50151
Sulfur50151
Tools40151

Military Goods

GoodBase costTraded quantityPrestige factorConvoy cost multiplier
Aeroplanes806102
Ammunition50151
Artillery70751.5
Ironclads805100.5
Man-o-Wars70550.5
Small arms60151
Tanks806102

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