Do skins wear out over time and how to check the wear and tear of CS:GO skin?

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The release of the last part of the cult online first-person shooter “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” almost coincided with the launch of the colossally important project of the Valve corporation – the Steam Community Market. Therefore, it is not surprising that already in August 2014, the first in-game CS GO items replenished the assortment of the Steam store. According to Valve’s press release, each decorated variation of a weapon (this is the name the corporation suggested for CS:GO skins) has a specific market value. It can be bought for real money, exchanged, or sold to other users. Not bad, right? Of course, given that in 2014 all skins could be obtained just by playing a shooter. But how to understand how much my CS:GO skins cost, if at first glance they do not differ in anything except visual design? And do skins wear in CS GO?

Fortunately, it is only at first glance that all CS GO skins do not have clear differences. In fact, there are several pricing parameters at once, which determined that the AK-47 | Lost Land will cost half a cent, and AK-47 | Asimov is sixty times bigger. Today we will not talk in detail about each characteristic of CS:GO skins. But we want to focus on the parameter that more than others affects the quality of the skins that you get during the drop. We are talking about skin wear in CS GO.

As you probably already guessed, in this guide we will talk about “float value”. This concept is the degree of wear. We approached the consideration of today’s topic extremely pragmatically and, in addition to general information, we want to teach you how to correctly determine the degree of wear of CS GO skins on your own. As a bonus, we will debunk a rather funny myth related to the quality of CS:GO skins. Therefore, read the article to the end.

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What is “wear rate” in CS GO?

The float value is a parameter that determines the appearance of your CS GO weapon skin. It is responsible for whether scuffs and scratches will be visible on it. The degree of wear is determined by both numerical and textual values. Understanding how worn your skin is is easy. It is enough to remember that the closer the float value is to one, the more worn skin you are dealing with. It is good when the degree of wear of the CS GO skin does not exceed seven hundredths. Then you can sell it at the best price.

There are five levels of skin wear in total:

  • Straight from the factory (Factory New) – 0.01-0.07
  • Minimal Wear – 0.07-0.15
  • After field tests – 0.15-0.38
  • Well-Worn – 0.38-0.45
  • Battle-Scarred – 0.45-1.

The developers made sure that not all skins wear out to the same extent. For example, the Tree Viper pattern on the AWP as “Battle-Scarred” is almost invisible to the eye, as it has been erased almost completely. A Folding knife | Autotronics in a similar quality will still look like it was just made.

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How to check the quality of the skin on one of the popular marketplaces?

Well, here we come to the most interesting. It’s time to find out how to check the degree of wear of the skins on the Steam CS GO marketplace. To do this, launch the Steam client. Log in to the service by entering a login, password, and a five-digit Steam Guard code in a special field. Then go to Steam Inventory. The qualities of CS:GO skins in the Steam market are always displayed in the description of the item in the inventory, but only in the text value. If you want to know the numerical value of the float, then you will have to register on alternative trading platforms.

Previously, services such as CS GO Stash displayed the actual fleet of the skin as a numerical value after listing items for sale. Today, however, it is no longer necessary to publicly flash your skins. All you have to do is sign in to the marketplace with your Steam account and upload your items. After that, the numerical value of wear will be visible separately for each item. Before authorizing in a new service, be sure to check its reliability. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fraudulent services that are able to intercept your API key and actually take over the contents of your inventory.

Where to find the exact Float Value of the skins that are stored in the Steam inventory?

If you enter “quality of CS GO skins Steam market” in the search line, then in addition to the official market, the system will display other services one way or another related to CS GO. Not all of them are safe. We advise you not to waste your time and immediately switch to CSGO Exchange. The service boasts a large portfolio of tools that will help you determine the market price of your favorite CS:GO skins as accurately as possible. Besides rating skins, CSGO Exchange also offers the option of selling skins. More than 1 million users have already used the functionality of this service. Try it too.

How to protect skins from wear and tear?

It’s time to debunk perhaps the most stupid myth about CS GO skins. 

There is an opinion in the community that over time the skins like

  • knives,
  • gloves,
  • weapon skins wear out and lose their original quality.

Consequently, players often ask on the forums how to protect their CS:GO skins from wear and tear. In reality, the picture looks somewhat different. It may seem a little counterintuitive to you, but the quality that is assigned to the skin during a drop or purchase on one of the trusted marketplaces is an invariable parameter. In other words, it doesn’t matter how often you use a particular skin in the game, its wear rate will never change. The level of wear on your skin will forever remain at the same level as on the day of purchase.

Conclusion

Degree of wear is a parameter that determines the quality of your CS:GO skin. Float is assigned to each skin when dropping or opening a weapon case by default and will never change. Thus, you cannot choose the quality of free CS:GO skins.

Fortunately, those who want to purchase the skin on a specialized trading platform have such an opportunity. As a rule, you will have to pay 30-40% more for the quality “Just from the factory” than for a “worn” skin. The market price of some skins of the highest quality is several times higher than the cost of used skins.

Before listing a skin for sale, be sure to check its float. Moreover, pay attention to whether the skin has a kill counter, a special sticker, or a rare index pattern. The presence of these elements can significantly increase the price of your skin.