CS:GO skin wear can be a real problem for players. Depending on the wear of a skin, its value can be drastically different. Some skins benefit from a bit of wear, and players will still pay a lot for them, while others lose all of their value with even the tiniest amount of wear. Rare skins can maintain their value through whatever state of wear they have. But how does wear work in CS:GO? This guide covers the CSGO skin wear scale and explains a lot more about how wear on skins can change things for the value of your skins and your experience in CS:GO.
The CSGO skin wear scale is a scale that shows you how worn a skin is. There are various levels of wear. Some mean that the skin is basically all scratched off of your weapon, while others indicate no wear, or at least very little.
CS:GO Wear Levels
This is the definitive CSGO skin wear scale. Each one is a condition that a skin could be in. You’re also able to scratch a skin yourself to get it into one of these conditions. The only problem is that you can’t reset a skin to be perfect. Once it’s in a lower condition, it’s stuck there. This list covers skin wear from the best possible condition at the top to the worst at the bottom.
- Factory New
- Minimal Wear
CS:GO Skin Wear Float Range
The float range for a skin in CS:GO is hard to get your head around. We’re only looking at the float rating for a skin’s quality or condition in this example. There are additional float ratings to consider for the rarity of the skin itself, which is another matter entirely. The float range is a number between 0.00 and 1.00 that dictates a skin’s chance of dropping in a certain condition. We’ve altered the above chart to show this below.
- Factory New (0.00-0.07)
- Minimal Wear (0.07-0.15)
- Field-Tested (0.15-0.38)
- Well-Worn (0.38-0.45)
- Battle-Scarred (0.45-1.00)
To help you understand this a bit better, we’re going to change the list below to show you what these numbers mean regarding the chances of a skin dropping in each condition.
- Factory New: 0% – 7%
- Minimal Wear: 7% – 15%
- Field-Tested: 15% – 38%
- Well-Worn: 38% – 45%
- Battle-Scarred: 45% – 100%
To better explain this, the closer to 100%, the higher your chances are of a skin dropping in that condition. Therefore, you have a better chance of a skin dropping in a low condition like Battle-Scarred than you do of it dropping in Factory New condition. Every CS:GO Case uses this float range, so you’ll have just as much of a chance of getting a Factory New skin from one case as you do from another.
What Does the Wear Rating in CS:GO Mean?
Now that you know the conditions and the rarity of skins in the game, we’re going to summarize what this all means for you. The condition of a skin is intrinsically linked with its rarity. You can have a common skin from pretty much every case, but if the condition is high, such as Factory New, then it becomes a lot more valuable. Some players prefer to use Factory New skins, while others like them to have some wear and tear.
Factory New skins are common to be sold. This is because Factory New skins are usually the only ones that other players will buy. Unless a skin is extremely rare because of an additional factor, most players won’t buy it if it’s less than Factory New or at least minimal wear. The only thing that can salvage a skin with some wear on it is if it’s one of the few that have been pulled from the game or have some level of history to them.
As a general rule, though, the higher the condition of a skin, the higher the price you can sell it for. On websites like Tradeit, you can sell and buy these skins, and payments are instant.
How Much is my Skin Worth?
You should always know how much your skin is worth in CS:GO. If you’ve got a particularly rare one, or you think it is, then you need to get it valued. This is very easy to do. All you need to do is head over to a third-party marketplace website like Tradeit, and you’ll be able to see the value of your skin pretty quickly.
You can also ask the community for help to value your skin or use the Steam Market.
Minimal Wear vs Factory New
In this section, we will look at the differences between two of the highest skin wear conditions, Minimal Wear and Factory New. As you’ve seen in the lists above, you have an extremely low chance of a skin dropping in Factory New condition. It’s between 0% and 7%.
That means that you’ll probably get maximum 7 skins in Factory New condition out of 100 that you’ve opened. Minimal Wear has a slightly higher float range, between 7% and 15%. Using the same 100 Case example, you could get up to 15 skins in this condition.
However, it’s important to remember that just because the float range can be at the top end, it doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed that many skin drops in that quality from 100 Cases. Instead, the float range guarantees that you’ll get the lower end. In the same example of 100 Cases, you’re guaranteed 0 Factory New skins, but you’re also guaranteed 7 Minimal Wear skins.
Where to Sell Factory New Skins
The best place to sell skins in Factory New Condition in CS:GO is Tradeit. It’s a seamlessly easy service that you can trust with your skins. If you want to get a higher price, you need to post the skin on a Facebook skin selling page first, and probably reference the CS:GO skin wear scale to be sure.
This will let you line up a buyer willing to pay a certain amount, and then Tradeit can be used for the rest. You can then use that money to purchase other skins on Tradeit.
How Does Skin Wear in CS:GO Change a Skin?
There’s a big difference between a Battle-Scarred skin and a Factory New skin, as you can see in the CS:GO skin wear scale. The worse the skin wear, the more scratched up the skin is. At Factory New quality, the skin is perfect.
You can see every part of it in all its glory. This is why skins in this condition are worth so much money. On the other hand, Battle-Scarred ones are scratched up so much that you can’t really see the skin anymore.
The skin shows more of the weapon underneath it than it does of the skin. Skins in this condition are worth so little that there’s usually no point in even selling them.
You’ll get pennies at best unless, of course, they’re rare for some other reason, as we discussed earlier in this article. The thing to remember is that you should save your Factory New skins and use everything else.