Remember that the prices listed in the Player's Handbook are not absolute. There is no reason you can't raise or lower the price of
any item on the equipment lists. Demand can increase or decrease a price.
Different lands in your campaign may be known for specific goods, allowing them to
Even in the Middle Ages, Spain and the Middle East were known for steel,
Germany for beer, France for wine, England for wool, and the Italy for armor. These
reputations allowed higher prices to be charged for these goods, especially
Greed can also raise prices. Merchants live to make money, so they will
normally charge what they can get away with. There were very few price controls or
regulating agencies during these times.
Finally, adventurers tend to disrupt local economies, suddenly bringing in
large amounts of cash. Merchants raise prices to match. Situations not unlike the
Klondike gold rush develop, in which even the simplest items cost outrageous
amounts. In short, don't be afraid to charge characters as much as you think you
can get away with. If they don't like the prices, they'll find some way to let
the merchant know of their dissatisfaction.
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