So I am a veteran Civ 3 player and proper tech trading seemed to be the single most important skill to focus on. In Civ 4, it seems much harder though that may just be my ignorance. By basic question is do you all look for "fair" trades based on number of beakers being exchanged? I seem to never be able to close fair deals and I end up giving ~1.2 beakers for every 1 beaker I get back. Of course this is still acceptable in many cases. But is this right? Is there some way to get better deals? I have not noticed a major difference in trade equity based on diplomatic status. The only time I really don't trade is if I'd be giving up a critical military or wonder tech. Overall, I have to believe making a series of rip-off trades is still better than brute force researching everything solo. No?