im in sequence 6, and it seems like there's no real benefit to it. I can sell my stuff directly to shops without having to pay a tax, and without hte risk of having my convoy destroyed when im too far away to do anything about it. Is there an advantage to it im not seeing?
Gain control of cities and the tax is removed completely and the risk is neglegable. You ear more money using a convoy, especially a naval convoy, than if you sold directly to the store, plus you can be getting on with stuff while your stuff sells itself.
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You get a lot of money selling skins, especially via the naval convoy. It isn't something you need to do all the time though, I mean if you do some, plus level up your recruits, you'll be able to buy everything in the game including all weapons before the end. For the same reason it isn't worth your time finding it in the frontier when it's under attack. Just let it go.
How do you open up stores for convoy trading? ive found 2 so far, and bought and sold in both, but still only one is available when I send a convoy. thanks for the other insights, I'll definitely keep them in mind