In Dota 2, items are a key part of the game. Buying the right items on time can make or break a team’s chances of winning. However, there might also come a point in the game where you will have to sell some of your items. There are various reasons for doing so.

For one, it is common for players to purchase items that only serve a purpose for a certain period of time, such as Iron Branches and Hand of Midas. Another reason to sell is when a player changes their mind or had made a mistake when buying from the shop. Lastly, some users sell their items to make sure they have enough gold to obtain a much better item or for a potential buyback.

If you find yourself facing any of these situations, this guide can help you learn how to sell items in Dota 2.

How to Sell Items in the Shop

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Before anything else, it is important to know that you can only sell when an item when you are alive and by the Base Shop or Secret Shop. Moreover, you can sell items that are in your stash — as long as you are alive.

There is also a means of selling items without having to bring your hero to any of the shops. You can use the courier instead by transferring the items to it, then commanding the courier to go to the base or the Secret Shop to sell the items. This way, your hero can focus on farming or be ready in the event a team fight occurs.

There are two ways to sell items in Dota 2. The first is by right-clicking on the item then left-clicking Sell. However, some users, particularly those with more experience playing the game find this method a bit more time-consuming to do.

As an alternative, you can left-click on the item and drag the icon to the vendor. You have to be careful with this, though, as you can mistakenly drop the item to the ground. This would be fine if you are at your base. But if you make the blunder at the Secret Shop with opponents in the vicinity, they can snatch the item away.

Selling Rules

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In general, selling items will provide you with 50 percent of the gold you used to buy the items with. If it is an upgraded item, the selling price is half the worth of the total recipe.

You can resell items for the full price if you successfully do it within 10 seconds after the purchase. Even when your hero is dead, the grace period still applies for items you intend to immediately resell.

For items that have cooldowns or durations, reselling the item then buying another will not reset those time limits. For example, the duration of the Avatar ability granted by Black King Bar is bound to your hero. Additionally, the Aeon Disk’s Combo Breaker cooldown does not reset by rebuilding the item.

Finally, there are items that cannot be sold, such as Aegis of the Immortal, Divine Rapier, Gem of True Sight, and any items obtained through the Trusty Shovel. A few items dropped by Roshan, namely Cheese and Refresher Shard, can be sold for 500 gold. But only the hero who picked up the items can sell them.