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Overview of Minecraft Shopkeepers - What They Are and How to Set One Up!

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What is a Shopkeeper Plugin?
Some servers, including the PMC SMP Server, have a Shopkeeper Plugin that allows players to set up a shop and sell or trade goods! You'll find several sites and tutorials on this, however, they can be long and cumbersome so we've condensed all of the information into this simple tutorial. If you're a server owner and you'd like to install the Shopkeeper Plugin, please refer to the official plugin site.

There are 4 types of shops you can have! These include a Selling Shop, Buying Shop, a Trading Shop, and a Book Shop. Your shop set up will be different depending on which type of shop you want!

A Selling Shop sells items to players
A Buying Shop buys items from players
A Trading Shop trades items with players
A Book Shop sells book copies


Before we start, here are some important notes:
  • Selling shops will only allow you to sell your items for emeralds. If you want to "sell" your items for diamonds, gold, or anything other than emeralds, you'll have to set up a trading shop.
  • Book shops allow you to sell copies of written books only. You cannot sell enchanted books. You'll have to set up a trading shop if you want to sell enchanted books.
  • Shopkeeper mobs are based on server preferences. The PMC SMP Server uses villagers, however, some servers might use a different mob.

What you need:
A chest (or two, depending on the number of different items)
Spawn Egg (we will tell you how to get one below)
Items you want to buy, sell, or trade
If you're setting up a book shop, you'll want your books as well as an abundance of book and quills.


Let's Get Started
Gather your items and make sure you have a chest or two. Travel to the place you want to set up shop. Place your chest down.

Type /shopkeeper give. You'll receive a spawn egg!



Choose your Shop Type!
That brown egg is your villager waiting to hatch!

This part is very important - after you've decided on what shop type you'd like, you need to make sure you have the correct shop type selected. To change your shop type, put your spawn egg in your right hand, and look in the air and right-click. By right-clicking, you'll see your shop options change in chat. Watch below:




Setting up your shop will be slightly different, depending on what shop you want. Follow the steps under your chosen shop type:

Selling Shop
A Selling Shop sells items to players. The only currency you can sell an item for is emeralds. So, if you want to sell your items for diamonds, etc... then you must set up a trading shop.

Once you see the "Selling Shop" type appear when you scroll through your options, right-click on your chest. By doing this, you link your chest to the specific shop you want to have!




Now, pick a spot to spawn your villager. Right-click to place your villager.



Add to your chest the items you want to sell! Your items don't have to be in any specific order. Just throw them in there.



Go back to your villager and Shift + right-click. You'll now see the items you added to your chest, in the shop keeper editor! You'll also see a bunch of other items; those are for customizing your villager! Refer to the bottom of this tutorial for more information on these icons.

Below each of your item types, you'll also see two red zeroes with a diagonal red line (if you hover over them, they say "Barrier"). Left-click the last barrier and you'll see an emerald appear. Keep left-clicking to increase the cost by 1, or shift-left click to increase by increments of 10. Right-click to decrease.



The red barrier right below your item adds blocks of emeralds. 1 Block = 9 emeralds. This field functions the same as above. You can choose to set your cost to a block of emeralds + any additional emeralds.

You can also change the amount of each item by left-clicking.



Right-click your villager and you'll see your completed shop! Congratulations!



Scroll down to "SHOP KEEPER CUSTOMIZATION" to learn how to name your shop and change the appearance of your shopkeeper!


Buying Shop
For this first example, we're going to set up a Buying Shop. For a buying shop, you will need: One of each item you wish to buy from other members. You can only buy with emeralds.

Once you see "Buying Shop" type appear, right-click on your chest. By doing this, you link your chest to the specific shop you want to have!




Now, pick a spot to spawn your villager. Right-click to place your villager.


Add to your chest the items you want to buy from other people! Your items don't have to be in any specific order. Just throw them in there.



Go back to your villager and Shift + right-click. You'll now see the items you added to your chest, in the shop keeper editor! You'll also see a bunch of other items; those are for customizing your villager! Refer to the bottom of this tutorial for more information on these icons.

Above each of your item types, you'll also see red zeroes with a diagonal red line (if you hover over them, they say "Barrier"). Left-click the last barrier and you'll see an emerald appear. Keep left-clicking to increase the cost by 1, or shift-left click to increase by increments of 10. Right-click to decrease.



Exit out of the shop keeper editor and right-click your villager and you'll see your completed shop! Congratulations! Note: in this example, you see a red "x". That just means I don't have enough of each item in my chest to trade with.




Trading Shop
For this first example, we're going to set up a Trading Shop. For this shop, you'll need:

Items you want to trade to other people
ONE of what you want in return (you can change the quantity of this in the shopkeeper editor).

In the video below, I want to trade my cacti and pumpkin for iron ingot. Instead of iron ingot, you could trade for fish, stone... whatever you want! You can also trade one item, for 2 items:
Ex: let's say you want to sell a shulker full of wood. You could set the price to 1 shulker and 10 diamond for the wood.
Refer to the "other example" spoiler in this section to see how to do this.

With your brown egg in your hand, right-click in the air. Once you see "Trading Shop" type appear, right-click on your chest. By doing this, you link your chest to the specific shop you want to have!


Now, pick a spot to spawn your villager. Right-click to place your villager.



Add to your chest the items you want to trade! Your items don't have to be in any specific order. KEEP in your inventory the items you want from other people in exchange for your items.



Go back to your villager and Shift + right-click. You'll now see the items you added to your chest, in the shop keeper editor! You'll also see a bunch of other items; those are for customizing your villager! Refer to the bottom of this tutorial for more information on these icons.

Now, take the item you want to trade for from your inventory and place it two spaces below your items by right-clicking on the box. You'll see you still have one in your hand; put that back in your inventory. Left-click the item in your shopkeeper editor to increase the cost by 1, or shift-left click to increase by increments of 10. Right-click to decrease. You can also change the quantity of the item you want to trade using the same clicking method.

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Click here for another example
In this example, I'm selling a shulker full of wood. I want my shulker back, and I also want 10 diamonds for the wood. Here's how we would set that up:



Now, let's see what that looks like. Exit out of the shopkeeper editor, then Right-click the villager.





Exit out of the shop keeper editor and right-click your villager and you'll see your completed shop! Congratulations! Note: in this example, you see a red "x". That just means I don't have enough of each item in my chest to trade with, as I only have one of each. Be sure to stock your chest full of the items you want to trade!




Book Shop
For this example, we're going to set up a Book Shop. Make sure you have the books you want to sell, along with book and quills. The book and quills are going to act as "copies" of your books. When someone buys a "book" they're actually buying a copy. So, be sure to have plenty of book and quills in stock! As with selling shops, you can only sell your books for emeralds.

Note: This will not work for ENCHANTED books. To sell/trade your enchanted books, you must set up a trading shop.
You can only sell written books.

Once you see "Book Shop" type appear, right-click on your chest. By doing this, you link your chest to the specific shop you want to have!/



Now, pick a spot to spawn your villager. Right-click to place your villager.



Add to your chest the books you want to sell to other people, along with book and quiils. Just throw them in there.


Go back to your villager and Shift + right-click. You'll now see the items you added to your chest, in the shop keeper editor! You'll also see a bunch of other items; those are for customizing your villager! Refer to the bottom of this tutorial for more information on these icons.

You'll also see two red zeroes with a diagonal red line beneath each of your item types (if you hover over them, they say "Barrier"). Left-click the last barrier and you'll see an emerald appear. Keep left-clicking to increase the cost by 1, or shift-left click to increase by increments of 10. Right-click to decrease.




Exit out of the shop keeper editor and right-click your villager and you'll see your completed shop! Congratulations!



SHOP KEEPER CUSTOMIZATION
Let's go over some of the villager customizations. Sneak (shift + hold) and right click your shop villager. You'll see several items! Hover over each of them and you'll see what each is for. You can change your shop keeper name by clicking the nametag, make it a baby by left-clicking the egg, change its' profession, choose the villager variant (color of clothes) and the villager level which basically just changes the color of the bell, located at the villager's hip. The bone deletes your villager.

Naming your shop:


Baby Variant:


The chest shows you the items in your inventory (chest):


You'll also see two books and quills. By clicking them, you'll scroll through your inventory. Each page holds 9 items.



The shopkeeper customization is pretty self-explainable, but if you need more help with it, let us know!

If you need further clarification on how to set up a Player Shop, please refer to this video by CreepercraftMC.


FAQ
Q: "Why can I only set my shop with emerald"
A: Because Emeralds have no other purpose in the game. They are the only official "currency" in Minecraft.



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