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Is there a Legal EC Store to buy EC?

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  • davefenestrator
    davefenestrator Member Posts: 9,790 Arc User
    The legal way to convert cash to EC: Buy zen, then use the zen to buy lock box keys, then sell the keys on the exchange.

    You can convert dil to EC by using the dil exchange to get zen, then buying keys.
  • corinthalas
    corinthalas Member Posts: 1,982 Arc User
    The legal way to convert cash to EC: Buy zen, then use the zen to buy lock box keys, then sell the keys on the exchange.

    You can convert dil to EC by using the dil exchange to get zen, then buying keys.

    You can also 'buy' EC with dil by selling upgraded gear. Though the demand for upgraded gear is sketchy.
  • westmetals
    westmetals Member Posts: 8,262 Arc User
    edited January 9
    The legal way to convert cash to EC: Buy zen, then use the zen to buy lock box keys, then sell the keys on the exchange.

    Instead of Keys, this can also be done with Elite Captain tokens or Fleet Ship Modules.
  • rattler2
    rattler2 Member Posts: 55,547 Community Moderator
    If you want ECs, use in game methods as described by other forumites above me.
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  • davefenestrator
    davefenestrator Member Posts: 9,790 Arc User
    westmetals wrote: »
    The legal way to convert cash to EC: Buy zen, then use the zen to buy lock box keys, then sell the keys on the exchange.

    Instead of Keys, this can also be done with Elite Captain tokens or Fleet Ship Modules.

    And ** promo ** R&D packs or duty officer packs bought during a promo event. ** NOT THE REGULAR PACKS!!! *** The regular non-promo packs are not worth the zen cost.

    You can check the exchange to see which ones of the above give the most EC per zen. Lock box keys are the easiest since you can always buy them and they sell almost instantly if you price yours 1 EC below the current lowest price for 1 key.

    When selling keys, it can be safer to split stacks into single keys in your inventory before posting to the exchange. A common mistake is to accidentally post a stack of 10 or more to the exchange, and then sell them at the price for a single key. Someone will usually buy them before you have a chance to cancel your sale.
  • spiritborn
    spiritborn Member Posts: 3,581 Arc User
    Yeah there's no way to directly buy EC (none that are within the rules of the game anyway), just ways to indirectly convert zen into EC thru selling things that are desired in the Exchange.
  • echatty
    echatty Member Posts: 5,719 Arc User
    edited January 10
    Selling your unwanted items to a vendor will net ECs too. I always sell my loot drops.
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  • inferiority
    inferiority Member Posts: 2,337 Arc User
    echatty wrote: »
    Selling your unwanted items to a vendor will net ECs too. I always sell my loot drops.
    Very true, but not much... Most vendors will buy items at 40% of their value, a few rarer ones (usually Ferengi) will buy at 30% but even rarer still are those that buy at 50%. (Those 50%'ers are so rare, there's generally only 1 per social hub, but not all social hubs have one. Drozana has a Ferengi opposite the tailor that buys at 50% and Ensign Lessa at ESD Requisitions. I forget the one on Qo'noS because I usually sell to the NPC at Drozana when playing KDF characters.)

    Your best source of EC will be the "Tour the Galaxy" mission which should get you about 1 million (and a little bit more) for 15 minutes work, but that's only once per day. However, you can do it on every character and share the EC among your characters via the Account Bank, if you have one.

    Admiralty mission can sometimes be a good source of EC but they don't always have EC among the rewards.
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  • legendarylycan#5411
    legendarylycan#5411 Member Posts: 36,950 Arc User
    I don't know where you got any of that information from, but just about all of it is wrong - there is no 30% vendor in STO, and 50% is the most common, because every vendor except Ferengi buys at that value, whereas Ferengi buy at 40% - or at least they used to...apparently Cryptic changed at least some of them a while back, because the one on Drozana now buys at 50% like everyone else.​​
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  • davefenestrator
    davefenestrator Member Posts: 9,790 Arc User
    I don't know where you got any of that information from, but just about all of it is wrong - there is no 30% vendor in STO, and 50% is the most common, because every vendor except Ferengi buys at that value, whereas Ferengi buy at 40% - or at least they used to...apparently Cryptic changed at least some of them a while back, because the one on Drozana now buys at 50% like everyone else.​​

    It's changed multiple times over the years. It's not worth the travel time for me so now I just "discard" (40% I think) or salvage my loot drops.

  • corinthalas
    corinthalas Member Posts: 1,982 Arc User
    edited January 11
    I don't know where you got any of that information from, but just about all of it is wrong - there is no 30% vendor in STO, and 50% is the most common, because every vendor except Ferengi buys at that value, whereas Ferengi buy at 40% - or at least they used to...apparently Cryptic changed at least some of them a while back, because the one on Drozana now buys at 50% like everyone else.​​

    Blackmarket Weapon Vendor inside New Romulus command center, or similar counterparts on DS9. They're 30%. So no, you're the one who's wrong.
  • westmetals
    westmetals Member Posts: 8,262 Arc User
    speaking of 50% vendors, I use the bartender at the Fleet Starbase or Fleet Colony.
  • protoneous
    protoneous Member Posts: 2,461 Arc User
    Never have dealt with the black market folks as you never really know what you're going to get from an illegal trade.