Why is it not recommended to trade hats for weapons or vice versa?
I've often traded a hat for 4-5 weapons, and afterwards people told me I shouldn't do that, and that it isn't recommended. I wasn't given an explanation.
Could anyone shed some light on this? Why isn't it recommended to trade hats for weapons?
Related question: How do I determine what my TF2 items are worth?
Hats are worth way more than 4-5 weapons.
For example, according to the TF2 Community Items & Hats Pricing Guide, the relatively common Buckaroos Hat is worth 1⅓ refined metal. One refined metal is 18 weapons.
The pricing guide is only a guideline, but you're still way underpricing yourself.