Rare Commodities or Rare Goods in Elite Dangerous are special trade goods that can only be purchased from one place and are in short supply (often only a few units available at once per commander meaning that you cannot just wait around for more to become available).
These rare goods are unique because they increase in value the further you take them from their source of origin.
The graph on the right shows the general trend in how the payout (on the Y axis) changes depending on distance (X axis). Using the example of Lavian Brandy that costs about 4,000 credits, we can see that at about 70 to LY from the source, the price you can get for this rare good rises rapidly until it tops out at about 120 to 140LY away from the source. Although this data was for Lavian Brandy, all other rare goods follow the same trend.
As you can see, the profits can be potentially huge - it has been reported of profits of up to 16,000 credits per unit of Lavian Brandy at 140LY+, with some commanders finding routes between two different sources of rare goods meaning they can take goods back in both directions for huge profits.
Retail 1.02 introduced changes such that for each rare good you have a personal quota - once you have met this quota you will not be able to buy any more.
For example, say you wanted Altarian Skin from the station Solo Orbiter:
- When you docked there were 6 tonnes available which you purchased.
- This left the supply indication in the commodities market as “0 High” indicating that although there are none available right now, you have not yet met your quota.
- Some time later you came back and purchased another 4 tonnes, taking you up to 10 total.
- This purchase left the supply indication blank which indicates that your have met your quota for this product and, for you, there is no more supply available.
- You can infer from this that your quota for this rare good was 10 units, but it may be different for others and there is no way of knowing ahead of time.
It is not the case that you have to sell what you have before you buy more - you can, but only up to your quota, and the resupply times for the station can be very long.
As such the best tactic now is to find several sources of rare goods close to each other to collect different types of rare goods before heading off for your 140LY journey to sell them. Currently a good place to do this is Lave-Diso-Leesti-Zaonce where there are 5 types of rare goods available from 4 stations all about 10LY from each other.
Known Rare Goods
|39 Tauri||Porta||Tauri Chimes|
|Aegaeon||Schweikart Station||Chateau De Aegaeon|
|Alacarakmo||Weyl Gateway||Alacarakmo Skin Art|
|Altair||Solo Orbiter||Altairian Skin|
|Anduliga||Celsius Estate||Anduliga Fire Works|
|Any Na||Libby Orbital||Any Na Coffee|
|Arouca||Shipton Orbital||Arouca Conventula Sweets|
|Banki||Parsons Vista||Banki Amphibious Leather|
|Bast||White Hart Lane||Bast Snake Gin|
|Belalans||Boscovich Ring||Belalans Ray Leather|
|CD-75 661||Kirk Dock||CD-75 Kitten Brand Coffee|
|Chi Eridani||Steve Masters station||Chi Eridani Marine Paste|
|Damna||Nemere Market||Damna Carapaces|
|Delta Phoenicis||Trading Post||Delta Phoenicis Palms|
|Diso||Shifnalport||Diso Ma Corn|
|Eleu||Finney Dock||Eleu Thermals|
|Epsilon Indi||Mansfield Orbiter||Indi Bourbon|
|Eranin||Azeban City||Eranin Whiskey|
|Eshu||Shajn Terminal||Eshu Umbrellas|
|Esuseku||Savinykh Orbital||Esuseku Caviar|
|Ethgreze||Bloch Station||Ethgreze Tea Buds|
|Fujin||Futen Starport||Fujin Tea|
|Geras||Yurchikhin Port||Gerasian Gueuze Beer|
|George Pantazis||Zakam Platform||Pantaa Prayer Sticks|
|Goman||Gustav Sporer Port||Goman Yaupon Coffee|
|Haiden||Searfoss Enterprise||Haidne Black Brew|
|Havasupai||Lovelace Port||Havasupai Dream Catcher|
|Hecate||RJH1972||Live Hecate Sea Worms|
|Heike||Brunel City||Ceremonial Heike Tea|
|Helvetitj||Friend Orbital||Helvetitj Pearls|
|HIP 41181||Andersson Station||HIP Proto-Squid|
|HR 7221||Veron City||HR 7221 Wheat|
|Jaroua||Mccool City||Jaroua Rice|
|Kamitra||Hammel Terminal||Kamitra Cigars|
|Karetii||Sinclair Platform||Karetii Couture|
|Kongga||Laplace Ring||Kongga Ale|
|Lave||Lave Station||Lavian Brandy|
|Leesti||George Lucas||Leestian Evil Juice|
|Leesti||George Lucas||Azure Milk|
|LHS 3447||Bluford Orbital||Galactic Travel Guides|
|Momus Reach||Tartarus Point||Momus Bog Spaniel|
|Mulachi||Clark Terminal||Mulachi Giant Fungus|
|Njangari||Lee Hub||Njangari Saddles|
|Orrere||Sharon Lee Free Market||Orrerian Vicious Brew|
|Rapa Bao||Flagg Gateway||Rapa Bao Snake Skins|
|Rusani||Fernandes Market||Rusani Old Smokey|
|Sothis||Newholm Station||Sothis Crystalline Gold|
|Thrutis||Kingsbury Dock||Thrutis Cream|
|Toxandji||Tsunenaga Orbital||Toxandji Virocide|
|Uszaa||Guest Installation||Uszaian Tree Grub|
|Uzumoku||Sevrdup Ring||Uzumoku Low-G Wings|
|Vanayequi||Clauss Hub||Vanayequi Ceratomorpha Fur|
|Vega||Taylor City||Vega Slimweed|
|Wuthielo Ku||Tarter Dock||Wuthielo Ku Froth|
|Xihe||Zhen Dock||Xihe Biomorphic Companions|
|Yaso Kondi||Wheeler Market||Yaso Kondi Leaf|
|Zaonce||Ridley Scott||Leathery Eggs|
|Zeessze||Nicollier Hanger||Zeessze Ant Grub Glue|