Solved: How To Fix Cities Skylines Not Enough Goods To Sell Error

Fundamental economic problem.

If you have played cities skylines, you would know that the error “not enough goods to sell” is the most frustrating problem out there. The game does not explain why this error emerges and how it could be fixed, which then becomes hectic because new players aren’t able to figure out a fix. All things aside, If you are facing the not enough goods error, then you have come to the right place.

I also faced this error, and after trying everything, I finally came across few solutions that, in my experience, have consistently worked for all players. These solutions are explained in points, but before we jump to that, it is highly imperative that you should first be aware of the problem.

Key Highlights
  • “Not Enough Goods To Sell” error happens when your business lacks products to sell.
  • Common causes include traffic jams, infrastructure issues, and industry imbalances.
  • More generic industrial buildings can help solve this issue.
  • Ensure you have train stations and harbors to receive imported goods and prevent traffic issues.
  • Moving generic industries closer to commercial zones can speed up deliveries.
  • Balance supply and demand by having a similar number of generic and commercial industries.
  • Optimize vehicle infrastructure for smoother goods transportation.
  • Focus on fixing issues in the materials-to-commercial zones process to resolve the error.

Fix Cities Skylines Not Enough Goods To Sell

Cities Skylines Not Enough Goods To Sell
A well-established city.

The “not enough goods to sell” shows up as an icon on commercial buildings. This problem gets further expended, with all the other relevant buildings being abandoned. The most common fix which doesn’t require any necessary explanation is to make more generic industries because most players corroborate. There is always a retail bottleneck at Commercial Zones because most goods are imported and not produced through generic sectors. Anyhow, with this meta in mind, you should now jump to the quick fixes for this error listed below.

Get Rid Of Traffic

Many new players in Sky Cities Skylines ignore the factor of building a proper road structure, which then ultimately leads to heavy traffic. You might be thinking, how does that cause the not enough goods to sell error? Since trucks from generic industries aren’t able to reach on time, the commercial buildings aren’t able to sell anything, which then shows this frustrating error.

You can fix this by making a sustained road structure that prevents excessive traffic. Besides, also make sure that if the goods are being imported, then there are cargo train stations or harbors that can deliver the goods timely. Similarly, sometimes the cargo trains and ships are also unable to meet the demand, so keep that in mind too. Some community users also suggest resetting the traffic because often the cargo ships or trucks are stuck somewhere, and they do not do their job.

 Make Generic Industries Close To Commercial Zones

Cities Skylines Not Enough Goods To Sell
Commercial Zones.

This is by far the most helpful suggestion I received while trying to fix the error. The meta in this is quite simple; you just have to understand the efficiency of the goods being moved from generic industries to the Commercial Zones. Usually, new players commit the mistake of manufacturing generic industries way too far from Commercial Zones, leading to delay and slow deliveries.

You can quickly fix this by changing the locations of already built generic industries and bringing them close to the commercial zones. Once done, you will automatically see the transporting time being significantly reduced and the error no longer looming.

I also recommend clicking on a truck and see how long it takes to deliver the goods. This would not only help you identify the road structures but also suggest that the distance between general industries and commercial zones might be causing the “not enough goods error.”

Balance the Commercial Industries Ratio

Cities Skylines Not Enough Goods To Sell
Making more generic industries.

It is highly imperative that before you go on and get the transport plus traffic thingy right. You should figure out that the balance between Supply and Demand is equal. With that being said, mostly the demand through the Commercial Zones is high, and lots of players are just relying on a couple of generic industries to make up for it. This causes many problems, and at the end of the day, it is simple economics; there is scarcity.

To identify this problem, and likewise, find a fix. You will first have to compare the number of generic industries to commercial industries. If that is completely fine, then the problem could be more profound, and your economy in Cities Skylines must be lacking raw goods that could fix the ecosystem.

Stop the Imports

As always, the most important rule of thumb in Cities Skylines is to stop excessive imports. They cause delays, havoc, and most importantly, the cargo trains or ships aren’t able to transport all the demands. I know a lot of players complain about pollution, but If you want to fix this error. The only way it is possible is to build as many generic industries as possible.

Just keep in mind that the Districts do not outnumber the commercial zones because then the supply would exceed the demand. On the other hand, If you are not too keen on stopping the imports, I would highly recommend improving the transport structure and getting the cargo drops close to the commercial areas. Also, make sure that while generic industries are producing the goods, they are also being utilized. To explain it further, some community members have found out that there is a time difference between General Industries and Commercial Zones, which causes grave disturbance and delay in the retail of goods.


Cities Skylines not enough goods to sell error is very common and frustrating among new players. Its core problem lies underneath the game’s flawed system, which does not correctly instruct players on how to avoid this. Notwithstanding, this gets even worse when new players later realize how deep of an economic problem this is and what would be the consequences of changing the entire infrastructure.

Anyhow, these are the three main methods through which you can stop the cities skylines error. As explained before, there is no magic luck to this error; you just need to understand the logic that raw materials are taken to generic industries, which are further sold through commercial zones. Your job is to find the bottleneck and delay between all three networks and take relevant measures to make the system more efficient.

If you are still having problems with this error, feel free to comment below, and we will add more detailed methods.

Did you find this helpful? Leave feedback below.

Thanks! Do share your feedback with us. ⚡

How can we make this post better? Your help would be appreciated. ✍

Subscribe to our newsletter and get up-to-speed gaming updates delivered to your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read more in our privacy policy.

Moiz Banoori is the brains behind eXputer. Having worked at various Video Game sites, with 8 years of Content Writing Experience and a Journalism Degree at hand, he presently monitors teams, creates strategies, and publishes qualified pieces through his aptitude at eXputer. Feel free to get in touch with him through his gaming profile on Steam and PSN.

Experience: 8+ Years || Manages Teams, Creates Strategies, and Publishes Guides on eXputer || Education: Bachelors in Journalism.

Related Articles

Join Our Community

Enjoyed this article? Discuss the latest gaming news, get expert help with guides and errors, and chat about all things gaming on eXputer Forums and Discord Server. Connect with fellow gamers who share your passion by becoming a part of eXputer's community.