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Grand Exchange banner
The Varrock Grand Exchange
The Grand Exchange interface

The Grand Exchange (abbreviated as GE) is a trading system for players to buy and sell almost all tradeable items. Members have eight grand exchange slots in which they may trade items, however free players are limited to three. Traders do not need to advertise, meet each other, or even wait at the Grand Exchange for their trades to complete.

All coins and items from fully and partially finished trades are collectible at any bank, but not at bank chests (excluding Prifddinas clans' chests, Shantay Pass, Burthorpe, Lumbridge Market, Clan Wars and Castle Wars lobby) and deposit boxes. Additionally, players will receive a message in their chatbox when the status of a trade offer is updated. Many players find it useful to sell items on the Grand Exchange rather than to a General Store, as the profit margin is much larger for useful items.

The Grand Exchange also refers to the location of this trading system, which is an official marketplace northwest of Varrock city. It was released on 26 November 2007 and has since replaced the older marketplaces in Varrock and Falador cities. It is a popular place and usually crowded on high-population worlds such as World 1 and 2. The Grand Exchange received a graphical update on 9 August 2011 giving it a brand new image and design, splitting the central booth into 4 separate booths, and adding a musician. The Grand Exchange received a second graphical update on 2 October 2017, which kept the style of the previous update, but integrated the four booths back into one central booth.

The Grand Exchange has four branches, situated in north-western Varrock, the Tower of Voices in Prifddinas, the Max Guild in Prifddinas and the Merchant district in Menaphos.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The Grand Exchange's location, north-west of Varrock

Methods for free-to-play players[edit | edit source]

Methods for members[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Non-player characters[edit | edit source]

The musician at the Grand Exchange.

Apart from bankers and Grand Exchange clerks, there are non-player characters at the Grand Exchange who show the current prices of various items.

In the Grand Exchange in Varrock:

In the Tower of Voices in Prifddinas:

  • Rhobert Dail shows the prices of herbs. He also decants potions into full and empty vials. He can decant potions even if they are noted. He is essentially the elven version of Bob Barter.
  • The Grand Exchange clerks at both the north-western and south-eastern booths are able to teleport the player to the Grand Exchange in Varrock with a chat option.

There are no special NPC's at the Grand Exchange inside the Max Guild besides regular clerks and bankers.

Item sets[edit | edit source]

Main article: Item set

Most armour sets and the dwarf multicannon can be assembled into sets to save space. They behave like ordinary items except that they cannot be worn or used until they are disassembled. Only the Grand Exchange clerks can assemble and disassemble sets, and they will do this an unlimited number of times for free. Right-clicking a set and selecting "destroy" will not disassemble it. Players can also try to right click the banker and go to the sets.

Pricing[edit | edit source]

An NPC informant displaying the prices of certain weapons and armours. The cubes are item sets.
Price of Gnome Scarf over a 30 day period.

Jagex has never published the Grand Exchange's exact pricing algorithms, although there are some reasonable guesses. By using the laws of supply and demand, the prices of items are updated depending on its recently traded prices and volume. For items with low volume such as partyhats, their prices update every few days or even once a week. Jagex can also intervene and set the prices themselves, and they reserve the right to intervene when they believe price manipulation is occurring on an inexcusable scale.

Because of an update on 1 February 2011, there are no longer price restrictions, however there are guide prices and an upper limit on how many of an item players can buy at once.

Trade restrictions[edit | edit source]

All trade restrictions are intended to reduce price manipulation, real-world trading, and/or unfair interactions between players with different levels. On the issue of price manipulation, Jagex said, "We are keen to keep a player-driven economy, so the prices are worked out using the supply and demand rules above. We will only intervene as a last resort, and only if we think price manipulation is going on, although the system has lots of safeguards to prevent that."[1] Trade restrictions are those safeguards. On 1 February all price (but not necessarily trade) restrictions were removed. Trial members had a trade restriction on the Grand Exchange of 50 of certain items. This prevented new accounts from being made simply to use the 6 Grand Exchange slots available to members, for merchanting/flipping.

Buying rates[edit | edit source]

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Buying rate is restricted to a certain quantity every 4 hours. Some items have a connected limit, meaning that players can only buy a certain amount of either item, or a mix of the two up to a particular point:

  • Metal armour (bronze through rune) share a limit of 100 between the pieces that make up the armour sets, although bronze through adamant platebodies have a separate limit of 500
  • Dragon armour shares a limit of 10 between all set pieces
  • Dragonhide armour of the same colour, including sets (although the sets have a limit of 100)
  • Treasure Trails armour that makes up a set shares a limit of 2
  • Barrows armour shares a limit between repaired pieces, broken pieces, and the item sets of the same brother's armour
  • All parts of godswords (swords, hilts, blades, shards)
  • Saradomin Swords and Zamorakian Spears
  • Both types of chinchompas
  • Enchanted and unenchanted gem-tipped bolts
  • All doses of the same kind of potion (with the exception of prayer renewal)
  • Any type of Godwars items (Bandos, Armadyl, Subjugation) has a trade limit of one every four hours. (Not Including Godswords)

Tradeable items that cannot be traded using the Grand Exchange[edit | edit source]

Some items cannot be traded using the Grand Exchange, but they can still be traded using the traditional player-to-player trade. The list includes:


Event items


Scamming[edit | edit source]

Main article: Scams

There continues to be much activity around the Grand Exchange as a main area for some players to operate scams, manipulate other players into giving away items or money and the age-old luring of players to areas they can be killed and their items taken.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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The jingle that plays when an offer is completed.
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The jingle that plays when an offer is updated.
  • On 2 July 2011 a huge rock appeared at the Grand Exchange. It had no use and it could not be examined or interacted with in any way. It was a teaser for the Clan Citadel update, and was removed when Citadels were added to the game.
  • If players attempt to set up a cannon in the Grand Exchange, Brugsen Bursen will tell players "My area is for peaceful trading. Play with your toy somewhere else!"
  • It is possible for the seller to buy their own item from the Grand Exchange, even after reaching the buy limit.
  • There are no items which start with the letter Q or X in the Grand Exchange.
  • There appears to be a training sword on the counter of the Grand Exchange buildings.
  • Summoning familiars are hidden in the Grand Exchange.
  • Examining any of the Grand Exchange pipes gives the message: "There seems to be a balled-up piece of purple paper stuck in there." It's a reference to the Ancient pages.
  • Before the Grand Exchange was added, most of the area was a giant forest behind the cobblestone fence now reduced west of the Grand Exchange. The Outlaw Camp was located a bit west of where Lucien's house used to be, and Lucien's house was located near the wall of Varrock Palace. Doorways previously unlocked here until becoming a wilderness song upon the release of RuneScape 3.
  • In late February 2017, there was an ingame poll that asked players if the Varrock Grand Exchange should have one booth. The results were: One single booth - 49%; Leave as is 31%; I don't mind 19% (total number of votes 99,497)
  • The Grand Exchange underwent a rework at 2 October 2017, merging the small booths from the corners, into a large, central booth.
  • Guides at the original Grand Exchange now reside in the four corners.
  • Since there are an uneven number of guides and an even number of corners, the Runes guide resides on the east side of the Grand Exchange, with a tree to the west, to keep symmetry.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • Resolved a bug that required players to click twice on the Grand Exchange interface after selecting an item from a search.
  • patch 11 May 2020 (Update):
    • The 'Slayer Points' dummy item has been removed from Grand Exchange search results.
  • patch 23 March 2020 (Update):
    • Dummy objects (as in ‘objects you’re not supposed to see’) will no longer appear in Grand Exchange search filters.
  • patch 24 February 2020 (Update):
    • The "Collect all to" buttons on the Collection Box interface have been switched around to match the ordering of the buttons on the Grand Exchange interface.
  • patch 17 February 2020 (Update):
    • Removed [ph] item from the GE.

patch 22 July 2019 (Update):

    • Items with a higher coin conversion value than their Grand Exchange price will now default to the Grand Exchange value rather than the higher conversion.
  • ninja 23 April 2019 (Update):
    • Increased the player's Grand Exchange sales history from the last 20 finished transactions to 40.
  • patch 8 April 2019 (Update):
    • The item search bar in the grand exchange now shows the correct keybind in its tooltip.
  • patch 21 January 2019 (Update):
    • Updated ores and combat items in NPC guide prices within the grand exchange.
    • Some unobtainable gloves were removed from the grand exchange.
  • patch 1 October 2018 (Update):
    • Switching tabs while setting up an offer in the GE will no longer remove and items examine info.
  • ninja 17 September 2018 (Update):
    • Grand exchange sale history has been doubled in size to now store 20 transactions.
    • After a GE offer is resolved (either finished or cancelled), the player can now press a button on the item's resolved screen, or right click the Grand Exchange offer square, to collect items and create a new offer with the same details as the previous offer.
    • Selecting an item in Grand Exchange search no longer immediately closes the search.
    • Players can now right-click on an entry in the GE history and access options to repeat that offer. "Immediate repeat" immediately creates an identical offer, whereas "Detailed repeat" brings up the offer creation screen with the relevant details filled in (in case you want to tweak some of the parameters).
  • patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • The rock in the south west corner of the Grand Exchange will no longer be able to be walked on or over.
  • patch 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with the Grand Exchange search bar experiencing random spacing between characters.
  • patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • Grand Exchange clerks have been moved to stand with the bankers in the Menaphos bank.
  • ninja 21 May 2018 (Update):
    • It is now possible to teleport to the Varrock Grand Exchange by speaking to the exchange clerks in Menaphos banks.
  • patch 8 May 2018 (Update):
    • The fountains inside of the grand exchange can now be used to fill Evil Dave's empty stew satchel during the quest.
  • patch 30 April 2018 (Update):
    • The letters 'I' and 'B' no longer behave as keybinds when searching for an item to buy in the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 23 April 2018 (Update):
    • Reduced the spam of warning message 'You are standing is a Summoning-free area.' in GE.
    • The keybind for searching in the grand exchange has been changed from enter to space bar.
    • You can now once again use the chat box whilst in the grand exchange. The Enter button will work as a keybind to enable the use of the chatbox.
    • Can no longer trigger the actionbar whilst in the grand exchange.
    • The 6th slot in the grand exchange is once again blue, rather than grey.
  • patch 16 April 2018 (Update):
    • Collecting multiple of the same item across GE slots to your inventory will no longer drop an item to the ground if your inventory is full.
  • patch 9 April 2018 (Update):
    • The Grand Exchange will now correctly use it's item guide price when buying and selling items.
  • ninja 3 April 2018 (Update):
    • Key binds have been added to the Grand Exchange interface.
      • Numbers 1-8 will open the corresponding offer slot, or attempt to buy if empty
      • CTRL+1-8 will open the corresponding offer slot, or attempt to sell if empty
      • 9 will retrieve any lent item
      • "i" will collect all to inventory
      • "b" will collect all to bank
  • ninja 26 March 2018 (Update):
    • Buy limits per 4 hours are now displayed for the item being viewed on the Grand Exchange interface.
  • patch 26 February 2018 (Update):
    • Four new teleport scrolls have been added to all clue scroll tiers that teleport players to the Lighthouse, the Clocktower, Gu'Tanoth entrance and to the Treasure Trail hub at the main Grand Exchange entrance.
    • The Varrock elite scan clue now mentions that it also covers the Grand Exchange, for clarity.
  • hotfix 23 October 2017 (Update):
    • The option to collect items from GE now works as expected.
  • ninja 23 October 2017 (Update):
    • Items can no longer be dragged from the Collection slot on the Grand Exchange interface.
  • patch 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • The healing area at the Grand Exchange is now larger.
    • The area at the Grand Exchange that hides familiars is now smaller.
  • ninja 11 September 2017 (Update):
    • The buy limit has been increased from 100 to 1000 for bronze to adamant weaponry and armour, allowing better synergy with Invention.
  • ninja 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • The Grand Exchange buy limit for bolas has been increased from 50 to 1000.
  • ninja 23 January 2017 (Update):
    • Players collecting only 1 item from the Grand Exchange with the "collect all" feature will now have it given to them unnoted.
  • patch 7 November 2016 (Update):
    • An issue that was causing some tradeable Treasure Hunter items to not appear on the Grand Exchange has been fixed.
  • patch 17 October 2016 (Update):
    • A 'do not translate' item has been removed from the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 10 October 2016 (Update):
    • Removed a dummy item from the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 26 September 2016 (Update):
    • The low sell offer warning now displays correctly on the Grand Exchange interface.
  • ninja 6 June 2016 (Update):
    • Updated the Grand Exchange tutorial interface to match the recently updated Grand Exchange interfaces.
  • patch 9 May 2016 (Update):
    • The Grand Exchange buy limits of urns has been increased.
  • patch 4 April 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed some stretching 15th Anniversary banners in the Grand Exchange.
  • ninja 8 February 2016 (Update):
    • The "Sets" interface is now a tab of the Grand Exchange. This can also be accessed at a Bank booth by using a set on it, although Buy/Sell features will not be available.
  • patch 23 November 2015 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to remove the ferns surrounding the Grand Exchange.
  • ninja 17 August 2015 (Update):
    • The money pouch has been added to the Grand Exchange interface.
  • patch 10 August 2015 (Update):
    • The buy limit for frost dragon bones has been increased to 10,000 to match other tradeable bones.
  • ninja 27 July 2015 (Update):
    • Further improvements have been added to the Grand Exchange interface, based on feedback:
      • Lent items can now be returned via the Grand Exchange interface.
      • Framing has been added around the Grand Exchange interface to match the backpack and collect interfaces.
      • Framing has been added around the Buy/Sell sub-interfaces.
      • The '+1' button has been re-added to the Buy interface.
      • The spacing on the Grand Exchange interface has been made consistent.
      • Unnecessary spacing at the bottom - previously shown when searching for an item - has been removed to prevent confusion about the number of search results.
  • patch 13 July 2015 (Update):
    • A disconnect that sometimes occurred when trying to enter a price value under certain circumstances on the Grand Exchange Buy/Sell interface has been fixed.
  • ninja 6 July 2015 (Update):
    • Grand Exchange functions have been expanded and improved.
    • Two new transaction slots – one for everyone, one for members.
    • The Grand Exchange and Sale History interfaces have been merged.
    • Buy offer searches now include inventory-style icons.
    • Companion App GE functionality has been updated accordingly.
  • ninja 8 June 2015 (Update):
    • The length of the Grand Exchange transaction history has been doubled.
  • patch 18 May 2015 (Update):
    • Item names will no longer get cut off when searching for items in the Grand Exchange.
  • ninja 30 March 2015 (Update):
    • 'Collect all' has been added to inventory.
    • 'Bank' buttons have been added to the main Grand Exchange interface.
  • patch 12 January 2015 (Update):
    • The Grand Exchange purchase limit on silverhawk feathers, springs and magic note paper has been increased.
  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • The 'trade complete' jingle for the Grand Exchange has been updated.
  • patch 1 December 2014 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be forced to walk a square back when standing on a specific tiles north of the crop field by the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 20 October 2014 (Update):
    • Dwarven multicannons will no longer float when placed between the far eastern pillars of the Grand Exchange and Varrock Palace's wall.
    • A graphical issue on a rock near the Grand Exchange has been corrected.
  • patch 6 October 2014 (Update):
    • Tree shadows at the Grand Exchange are no longer patchy.
  • ninja 27 January 2014 (Update):
    • Players can now view tooltips for price and quantity for their Grand Exchange offers from the collection interface.
  • patch 26 November 2013 (Update):
    • Retrieving items from a partially complete sale in the Grand Exchange no longer shows an empty offer slot.
    • A tooltip on the Grand Exchange interface has been corrected.
    • Dragging a noted item on to a 'Buy' slot in the Grand Exchange no longer gives a 'You can't sell that item on the Grand Exchange' message.

  • ninja 30 October 2013 (Update):
    • The information on the Grand Exchange for the type of arrows dark bows can fire has been corrected.
  • patch 29 May 2012 (Update):
    • On the Grand Exchange interface, all Summoning pouches and spells no longer state that the player needs to complete Wolf Whistle to use them.
  • patch 7 February 2012 (Update):
    • A right click "Travel" option has been added to the Keldagrim trapdoor at the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 22 November 2011 (Update):
    • Flickering issues in low detail modes around the Grand Exchange have been fixed.
  • patch 5 July 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to set up a dwarven cannon at the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 14 June 2011 (Update):
    • Packs of Juju vials of water have had their buy limit increased.
  • patch 28 March 2011 (Update):
    • Dungeoneering toolkits have been removed from the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 8 March 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to purchase bottles of wine through the Grand Exchange.
  • update 4 January 2011 (Update):
    • The pre-purchase info displayed for items in shops and the Grand Exchange will now list damage absorption statistics.
  • patch 6 October 2010 (Update):
    • Resolved an issue with items not showing correctly in the Grand Exchange collection box window.
    • Reduced spamming at the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 15 March 2010 (Update):
    • Made some of the Barrows names more consistent for ease of searching in the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 3 December 2009 (Update):
    • Various items on the Grand Exchange that are also sold in the Warrior's Guild should have more freedom to move.
  • patch 9 September 2009 (Update):
    • Magic runes have had their Grand Exchange upper price caps increased.
  • patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
    • Zamorak robes now list the correct Prayer requirement on the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Adjusted the code for the Varrock Palace wall shortcut near the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 6 May 2009 (Update):
    • The buttons on the Grand Exchange interface have been adjusted so the clickable area is more consistent with the sizes of the various components.
    • The Grand Exchange interface will now flag any sell offers you've placed that are out of the trading range of that particular item.
  • patch 17 March 2009 (Update):
    • Some item text is now clearer on the Grand Exchange expert interfaces.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • The icons for sets on the Grand Exchange weren't correctly appearing in the collect interface.
    • The roof of a wall section near the Grand Exchange in Varrock was not being hidden properly.
  • patch 10 February 2009 (Update):
    • The potential for overlapping text on the Grand Exchange interface has been fixed.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Controls - The Grand Exchange. (Archived from the original on 19 November 2011.)