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The Neopian Times Week 15 > Articles > How to Get the Paintbrushes You Want--Cheap!

How to Get the Paintbrushes You Want--Cheap!

by kougrachica89

It's a fact of Neopian life. NeoPets look just plain prettier once they've been painted. It also makes them feel special, and I love buying paintbrushes because it makes me feel rich. But sometimes they're so darn expensive! Here's how to get good, fairly valuable ones without totally going broke.

Now first, let's say this. Certain paintbrushes are just impossible to buy cheap, such as Lost Desert ones or Faerie ones. In fact, I have been to very few shops in the marketplaces where paintbrushes like those are under 100,000 Neopoints. But you can get rare ones less expensive than you would expect.

Before you even think about browsing the marketplace, pay a visit to the Rainbow Pool, which you can find via the shops menu. Because it would be really silly to go through all the trouble and Neopoints of buying a Rainbow Paintbrush, when none of your pets can be painted Rainbow. Click on All Colours to find out which of your pets can be painted certain colours. But don't despair if you've got an Electric Blue Paintbrush that you can't use. NeoPets comes out with new designs all the time. Why, just recently, they created a Faerie Flotsam and a Starry Kiko! So put it in your Safety Deposit Box and let it rest there for awhile.

But if you want a colourful pet RIGHT NOW put that "useless" paintbrush to work. Put it in your shop. Just because you can't use that Stone Paintbrush, there might be someone out there dying for one. Make the price reasonable, but not so cheap that you can't buy another paintbrush of about that same value with the profit. Or, put it in the trading post. For example, maybe that Glass Paintbrush has no use whatsoever to you and your Peophin, but you love how they look Cloud. Glass and Cloud Paintbrushes are about the same rarity and value. So that could be the perfect trade to a Shoyru owner who desperately wants a Glass one, but can't fathom why someone would want their Cloud one.

OK, so now you've decided that you want your Bruce to be Gold. How do get a Gold Paintbrush without having to rely on the Soup Kitchen to feed your pets, once you've bought it? Two words: Shop Wizard. He is your best friend for finding inexpensive paintbrushes. Don't believe me? I've seen Gold Paintbrushes for 19,000, and Christmas and Halloween ones for 9,000. If you think your Poogle would look really cool in Silver, and you look on the Shop Wizard and find that there is a Silver Paintbrush for 20,000 Neopoints, and you have 22,000, I cannot stress more that you should grasp this opportunity and buy it! This is not "wasting your Neopoints" This is seizing the chance to buy a paintbrush, and to make your look even more amazing than before! Who knows when you'll find that particular paintbrush that cheap again?

Here's another extremely common scenario: What do you if you've wanted to get Strawberry Fields Forever Paintbrush, but when you go to the Shop Wizard to buy it, you find that is about 10,000 more Neopoints than you expected it to be--in other words, way too expensive for your current budget. Are you going to just forget about painting your Usul like a Strawberry, and settle for the plain old Green she is now? A much better idea would be to save up, until you can afford it. That way, the satisfaction of buying it and painting your pet will be even greater.

There's one last field to discuss in paintbrushes. It's true, you can get paintbrushes as random events. A great example of this are when you win on Tiki Tack Tombola. My NeoFriends and I, put together have gotten six paintbrushes from it: Two Greens, two Blues, one Red, and one White. Sure they're mostly primary colours, but they can look great still. And this is very, very rare, but if you win everything at once on the Fruit Machine, they will give a paintbrush. My friend got a Glass Paintbrush not long ago from that. And sometimes, you can just find them on the ground, or "Jacko the Phantom Painter" will give you one.

Well, those are basically the secrets to getting inexpensive, yet valuable paintbrushes. I hope this will help you find paintbrushes, as it has helped me.

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