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Where can you sell CS:GO skins in 2021?

The art of selling skins, or so-called “skin recycling” and getting great deals on it, is a skill that requires a lot of time and learning. Luckily, there are many methods to do this – official and unofficial. Each one has its own ways of handling safety, privacy and pricing issues.

Luckily, the CS:GO market is diversified enough for the sellers to have many platforms to choose from. Let’s flip through the best ways of selling your skins.

Two basic ways of selling

Anybody who has had even the slightest bit of experience with CS:GO, probably stumbled upon the Steam Marketplace. It’s a universal place, where you can sell your skins, free of charge, to any willing customer. It’s always available and it has the biggest number of active customers (actually, it would be weird if this was not the case).

The other way is to use so-called third-party services. Basically, this means that you can sell your skins on other marketplaces, not just the Steam one. But there are some significant differences regarding how you can conduct your transactions, depending on the service you use. To be more precise, you can’t always sell CS:GO skins for PayPal money.

Steam Marketplace – safety first, but what about money?

The Steam Marketplace is a way of safely selling and purchasing CS:GO skins. It’s Valve’s official channel, where you basically cannot be tricked in any way. The users’ data is encrypted and protected, and every transaction is conducted from their Steam account. There’s only one downside to this method: you cannot get real money from selling skins on Steam.

The revenue is purely virtual, and cannot be transferred outside your Steam account. You can use it to purchase other skins or games, sure. But forget about transferring the revenue to your PayPal account. It’s not quite clear why Valve has decided not to include this function. The reason is probably purely practical: remember how in 2019 Valve has bound the case keys to Steam accounts? The reason why you can’t transfer money from your Steam account to PayPal lies probably in some AML regulations, which are designed to limit the amount of illegal activity in business.

Third-party options – Skinwallet and other sites

If you’re looking for a way to sell CSGO skins for PayPal cash, Skinwallet is a good option to look at. It functions just like the Steam Marketplace, but in this case, you get direct access to the money you earn during the transaction process. Every user can propose a price that is then statistically referenced to the average Steam price.

That way, you always know if you’re overpaying or not. And Skinwallet is used primarily as an opportunity to hunt for great deals like 10%, 20%, or sometimes even 30% or more of the Steam average.

So, the advantage of Skinwallet over the Steam Marketplace is the possibility of earning real money. If there’s any downside of using third-party services, it could be their numbers – they most certainly have a smaller number of customers than Steam itself. But fear not – at the same time, their number of customers increased greatly over the past few years. And it will most certainly continue to do so.

Beware of scammers and false offers!

Using such services as Skinwallet for selling your CS:GO skins for PayPal money is considered safe as it uses encryptions for the trades to occur. But some players say that there’s an alternative, even cheaper way of selling skins – various national or international advertising sites.

For safety reasons, always avoid such offers. It might lead to money fraud and you might never see the skin you’ve just paid for. The Steam Marketplace and such sites as Skinwallet are simply the most legitimate, safe, and user-friendly platforms for selling skins.


“Safety first” is not just a cliché – it’s genuine advice for conducting any transactions online. Simply remember about one thing: selling CS: GO skins for PayPal money is possible only on Skinwallet and similar sites. Steam may also be an option if you’re not particularly interested in CS: GO and play it, say – a few times a month.

David Wojnicki
David Wojnicki
"He who licks knives will soon cut his tongue."
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