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It is recommended that you get your mercantile skills off to a flying start by including them in your eight main skills at the start of the game. As in real life, money is very important in Oblivion IV. You need to make as much as you can, as fast as possible.
Early in the game you should spend as much as you can afford on training to raise your mercantile skill levels. And as soon as you can, you should start investing in shops that you use regularly. There are also a number of magical artifacts that you can use to increase your potency in this area. Apart from amulets and rings that improve your personality, the most important of these is the Robe of Glib Tongues
and the Boots of the Trader
. Once you have found them, always put them on before you start bargaining with the shopkeeper. (This may make you overweight, but as long as you are close enough to them, this will not matter).
Another way you can gain favor is by completing quests that assist the best of the shopkeepers. Recommended shopkeepers and their associated quests are as follows:
-Anvil (on the waterfront outside the town), Norbert Lelles Store. Quest: "The Unfortunate Shopkeeper".
-Chorrol (to the left of the south gate), Seed-Neus at Northern Goods. Quest: "A Shadow Over Hackdirt". Note: Seed-Neeus also gives mercantile training up to level 80.
-The Imperial City Market District, Thoronir at the Copious Coinpurse. Quest: "Unfriendly Competition".