UPDATE 4/25/2013: Just today, the FIFA Ultimate Team Millionaire Autobuyer was released commercially. I've been testing it for the past few days and have averaged something to the tune of 100-200k per day with practically no time spent. It runs when I'm at school and when I'm asleep! If you're serious about making coins, you simply can't pass this up and instead spend your own time trading and scrolling through pages of cards. It works, but isn't it time to finally beat the rat-race and build that perfect TOTY team and not have to spend an absurd amount of money on packs? Check out my full review here.
FIFA 13 Ultimate Team returns for yet another year as FIFA's undoubted most popular game mode. Once again though, the question is asked over and over in FIFA Ultimate Team forums: How can I make money? Making money for the best players and consumables has always been a key aspect of Ultimate Team, and that's no different in FIFA 13. We've tried to let you in on some of the more effective money making methods, but understand that the primary theme here is: buy low, sell high. You'll notice that a lot of these methods have been used in the last few versions of Ultimate Team, so if you're a veteran, there's not much new stuff here.
I've listed some of the more basic and labor-intensive methods below, but the real methods of making serious coins, up to hundreds of thousands per day with little to no work, I've found in the FIFA Ultimate Team Millionaire Guide. It's not free, but that's because it's so valuable -- people sell coins for real money and FIFA players spend millions each year on gold packs! Check out my full review of the FUT Millionaire Guide to help you make your decision.
59th Minute Method
Check out our even more detailed guide to the 59th Minute Method!
By now, experienced FIFA Ultimate Team players will be sick of hearing about this as constantly as a money making method. The truth is, the 59th minute method is an incredibly useful way of making money in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team and can be done whether you have 100 coins or 1 million coins. It's a very basic concept and there's a lot of competition involved, but it's always worth it.
This involves going to the search page, setting your Max Buy Now Price to the amount of money you have, selecting gold players only, and scrolling up the page until you reach a page where the cards are all at around 59 minutes and 30+ seconds remaining, but less than 60 minutes. Here, you need to keep scrolling back and forth through the pages to "refresh" and be on the lookout for good bargains. It's too hard to say what price to buy which players for, as the prices are changing constantly. By just experimenting and seeing what works, you should get a pretty good idea of the market.
The reason this money making method is so effective is because unexperienced players who are either not familiar with the prices of certain players (especially obscure, rare players, read more about this in our 59th Minute Method detailed guide) or simply don't care enough to figure out the best price will sell players at silly prices. If they're that careless or unexperienced, they'll use the default auction time of one hour. You can take advantage of this by seeing these deals before anyone else and snapping up valuables for resale at a huge coin profit.
Monopolizing a Player
While many players seem to look down on this method, it's highly effective if you have enough coins to do it well. Otherwise known as price fixing, monopolizing a player involves completely dominating the market for a single player. You can take some relatively rare player with low volume and buy every version of him that isn't priced ridiculously.
Say you pick a player and there's 15 of them on the market. While 3 of them are priced at 20,000 coins or higher, his regular price seems to be at just around 7,000 coins and the remaining 12 are priced around there. You go ahead and buy all the regularly priced ones and put them back on the market for 15,000 coins each. You're still undercutting the 20,000 coin guys, so anytime someone goes to buy this player they'll think 15,000 is the going price and they'll buy it.
The key here is getting in and getting out quickly. Try to find a player that is in decent demand, but won't have people putting new versions of him up for sale every 5 minutes. It will take some practice to be able to determine which players will work best for this.
Arguably, the best money-making method on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team is to simply look for players who you can buy and resell quickly for a profit. It's common-sense, yes, but some people think the only way to amass a huge amount of coins in Ultimate Team is by using some intricate, hidden method. The truth is that most of the richest Ultimate Team players just do this in high volume. You can even try focusing on a single player and watching his price fluctuate to decide when you should buy and when to sell. Often times, certain players will sell for low at the beginning of the day but will rise towards the end of the day. Go by U.K. times as that's FIFA 13's biggest market.
Consumables are a bit of a unique market in that every Ultimate Team player will need them from time to time, and they'll need a lot if they're playing games frequently. Because these items are generally much cheaper than players, people are willing to pay a bit extra just to get them and not have to worry about them anymore. You can take advantage of this by targeting high use items such as Contract, Fitness, or Injury/Health cards and buying only the cheapest you can find. Sometimes this will require you to bid for items just before their time runs out, but ultimately if you can manage a 100 coin profit margin, you should be good.
Consider buying packs/coins
I'm not going to go too in depth with this, but just think about it: How much time do you spend trading and using these time-consuming methods in pursuit of coins/packs? Isn't you're time worth much more than that if you have some kind of job. Last year, you could buy 100,000 coins on eBay for less than $10, but I personally can't advocate that as it's against EA rules to buy coins that way. What isn't against the rules, however, is to simply buy Microsoft points or PS3 points to buy packs and hope you get good players. From time to time, there are â€œhappy hoursâ€ in which packs are discounted or have a higher chance of yielding good players. Just think about it though, is trading really worth your time if you don't actually enjoy doing it?