In Economics, a complementary good is a good whose use is related to the use of an associated or paired good. For example, if there is an increase in the sale of laptops, it is expected to see more people hiring an internet service. This is called complementary goods. Goods that are often bought with other goods. Goods that fit together. This concept is applicable to FUT as well.
This method is especially useful because chemistry plays an important role in the game. People tend to associate newly released cards to good player with who they connect well. When a new special card (that is hyped up) comes out, the demand for cards that are related to it goes up as well. The more desirable the newly released card is, the more potential you have to make a profit on complementary players who give good chemistry to that new card.
In order to work, you need to know how to choose a complementary player. First of all, the new card is supposed to be hard to link for chemistry. If EA releases a player that is hard to link, the options are limited for players to buy to link him. Therefore, the demand for this complementary player is high. Secondly, the complementary card has to be popular and in demand. Otherwise, no one will buy it. Finally, the value of the new card and the complementary good need to be similar.
When using the Complementary Goods Method, the most common mistakes are the following ones:
In order to work, the new item has to be really wanted. Otherwise, there won’t be any fluctuation in the price of the potential complementary good.
People won’t buy a 10k coins player to link with a new 800k value card. Usually, the value of the new card and the complementary good need to be similar.
Step by Step
- Identify a Newly Released Item
Before anything else, you need to find the new special or hype card. Look for new (or potential) TOTW/MOTM/SBC for cards that are relatively hyped; those that have good stats, are talked about in the community and people are generally excited to use. The new card has to be very popular and in demand, which means that many people will be willing to buy it and the players that link well with him.
- Choose your Targets
Once you have identified the card, it’s time to choose the best complementary good possible. Look at your team and see which good strong (and perfect!) links you could use to fit the new card there. It’s important to pick META players who are good in-game and similar in price.
As soon as the new player is released into the game (whether it’s an SBC, Objective or in packs) and you have identified interesting complementary goods, go the transfer market and buy some of the chosen players. Remember to double-check if their prices haven’t gone up already before you bid. In that case: stay away and find another player.
Usually, complementary players rise within 1 to 12 hours after the release of the new player/SBC.
Track the prices of the players you have invested in several times per day and list your items when you are happy with the price. If you see that a card is over-invested (and starts dropping quickly), take your loss and get out.
“This trading method is more suitable for experienced players. You need to master several things, like chemistry and transfer market, making this one of the most difficult methods to use. If you think you are ready, you may make a good amount of coins with it.”