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The Neopian Times Week 25 > Articles > Neopia's Recession: Normal Fluctuation or Great Depression?

Neopia's Recession: Normal Fluctuation or Great Depression?

by silver_specter

As you all have noticed, Neopians haven't been in the best of worlds this past month. Interest is dropping, people are selling their possessions and their stocks, and ghosts are stealing more. A bunch of people think it's just a normal fluctuation of the markets. However, I've been around for quite awhile, and never have I seen the bank drop two interest rates in a week. And while I agree with Ldfrostbite's article that the Neopians have something to do with this, it seems that the all mighty powers of Neopia are contributing as well. For instance, do you know that many games that newbies relied on to get them started (i.e. Swarm) have suddenly gotten their NP values cut in half. Everyday items are becoming more expensive, yet we don't notice. What's next, suddenly the banks will close, and our hard earned Neopoints for our pets are gone? If Neopian citizens don't watch out, they may find themselves in one of Earth's disasters - the Great Depression. Now, how do you shield yourself from something like this? Here are a few suggestions:

Money:

Money - A blessing and a curse. If the bank close (lack of funding, etc.), and you usually keep it in the bank vault, you're going to suddenly be out of that money. Here are a few other places to stash your hard earned cash.

For the average Neopian (1,000 - 99,000 NP)
First off, if you keep your money in the bank, withdraw it and carry it in your satchel. If you're afraid of Ghosts getting at it, you can always store it in a secondary account (but remember, don't play games on that account.). You do that by pricing a throwaway item in your other account's shop for however much money you have, then go onto your main account and buy it.

For the above average Neopian (100,000 - 500,000 NP)
You've obviously been around a while for you to accumulate that much money. For you the idea of carrying around that much money seems like a bit of a hassle, especially when the ghosts suddenly decide to swipe a few thousand Neopoints from you.

There are two options: Store it in a secondary account (see above) or store it in your shop's lockbox. They way to do the latter is simply to price throwaway items in your store at 99,000 (do this several times until you get into the 50,000s and then price it for the remainder of your money) and buy them. All your money goes straight to the shop lockbox and acts slightly like the bank (except to deposit money you have to buy things from your shop.).

For the richer Neopian (500,000 and more)
You can always use the two methods already stated, but if you just aren't sure, you can suspend it in an auction with a secondary account. The way to do this is for your secondary account to post an auction with a junk item in it, and for you to go onto your account and bid on it with all your Neopoints. The auction hangs in midair, and you don't have to worry about ghosts. However, this way is slightly inconvenient for the fact that it becomes quite hard to withdraw money if you'd like it. If you want to have access to some of your money, I'd suggest that you split half in the auction and half in the shop lockbox.

Items:

The same with the bank could happen to the Safety Deposit Box, so here are some options for safekeeping the items.

Shop: If you have a large shop, move your items into it and price them at zero. Of course, this is a slight hassle when you're trying to find the right item to price if you run a buisness.

Trade: Like suspending your money, you can suspend your items just by hanging them up for trade.

Secondary Account: You can move a maximum of 50 items to your secondary account (for that's how much the satchel holds).

Pets:

Your pets should be fine, after all, you're not keeping them locked up in a Safety Deposit Box, are you?

I hope this helps you to prepare.

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