In my current campaign the DM is allowing us to use a pricing chart to buy magic items. The cost of a +1 Armor is listed as 1,500gp.
For example, plate armor in the PHB is listed as 1,500gp.
In order to buy +1 plate armor would the cost be 3,000gp (plate armor cost plus premium cost for +1 armor) or does +1 armor cost 1,500gp just as plate armor does?

Assume I do not already own plate armor.

Even if we did not use this chart the DMG has a price range for rarity level.
Would we add that price, based on rarity level, to the plate armor's cost to arrive at a final cost, or is the DMG cost the total sum?

This question applies to all types of armor and weapons in the same situation. (+1 weapon is 1,000gp on the chart)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: How much does Plate Armor of Gleaming cost? \$\endgroup\$
    – Sdjz
    Oct 16 '19 at 13:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ So has your DM provided this chart or are you building a chart, if the latter has the DM provided guidelines on availability of magic, difficulty in creating said item or any other factors that would affect this chart? \$\endgroup\$
    – Slagmoth
    Oct 16 '19 at 13:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ The DM has provided a chart he found online for the prices of each individual magic item and stated that we can purchase any of the items in the city as long as we have the gold. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16 '19 at 14:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you can provide the chart here, or an example of the chart, I'm sure we can get a more specific answer sorted for you, without it, NautArch has the most apt answer, "Ask your DM". \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16 '19 at 14:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ As usual, by “tell us clearly” I mean in the question. If you’re sure that’s it, then edit the question to be about it. (If you’re not sure, figure out how to get sure.) \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16 '19 at 18:31

Ask your DM

In this case, the DM is coming up with a system for pricing. We really have no idea what that system is and you need to discuss it with them and work out the kinks and interactions you're interested in.

DMG pricing

The DMG (page 135) has a chart for pricing ranges across the various levels of rarity for magic items.

If your campaign allows for trade in magic items, rarity can also help you set prices for them. As the DM, you determine the value of an individual magic item based on its rarity. Suggested values are provided in the Magic Item Rarity table. The value of a consumable item, such as a potion or scroll, is typically half the value of a permanent item of the same rarity.

Unless you decide your campaign works otherwise, most magic items are so rare that they aren’t available for purchase. Common items, such as a potion of healing, can be procured from an alchemist, herbalist, or spellcaster. Doing so is rarely as simple as walking into a shop and selecting an item from a shelf. The seller might ask for a service, rather than coin.

The pricing ranges are the prices for those items, it doesn't say that they are in addition to the mundane cost for that type of item. The DMG just provides the range for that item.

More optional guidance in Xanathar's Guide to Everything

Chapter 2 of this book has some additional pricing options. These are likely all-inclusive because there is no language of "add this cost on top of the mundane price for the item."


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