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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 22nd day of Swimming, Yr 21
The Neopian Times Week 30 > Articles > Adventures in Trading

Adventures in Trading

by blackjewelledqueen

For me, this was a pretty big deal. I don't have a good Internet connection, and I'm too busy with school and work to be on more than an hour or two at the most per day. But when I bragged about my accomplishment on the chat boards (I know 2 million NP is nothing to the most serious NeoPets players, but like I said it was to me), a fellow Neopian kindly shared his NP-making strategy to me. Two words: Trading Post.

I decided to try it his way. I had visions of myself with a shop gallery filled with Hidden Tower items. I invested a little less than half my savings and bought what seemed to me the hottest item in Neopia at the time at a bargain of 800k NP--an Elephante Stunray. I put it in the Post, and continued about my daily activities. In less than a day, I got my first really good offer: A Dai-scimitar. When I saw that others had priced this at 3 million NP, I was ecstatic! But then I discovered an important role in using the Post: Rare but useless items are hard to get rid of. The scimitar didn't do many icons, so it was only good for collectors. I felt lucky to trade it for a Wand of Flamebolt (worth 1.3 million) after 4 days. Then I traded this for a Hypno Helmet, a WAF, and another Elephante Stunray!

A gain of 300k seemed great for my first effort, and I was hooked on trading. But here's where it fell apart!

Although I sold the HH and WAF easily enough, the Stunray's price had gone down drastically. I sold it for to the first good offer I got--600k NP. I played it safe for a few days, but noticed the Stunray's value had gone up again! Hoping to cash in on it, I bought when for 750k NP. Unfortunately, that was where the price peaked for the last time. I'm still trying to get rid of the Stunray. This time I refuse to go lower than what I paid for it, but that means that I have a long time to wait!

About this time Ummagine weapons started to appear. Actually, I'd received three in an earlier minor trade, but sold them for their worth at that time--20k NP each. When I saw the price has risen to 300k, I jumped on this wagon too. I emptied my bank account and bought four Ummagine Muffins at 300k NP each. Just my luck, the muffins' prices stopped rising.

So now you see my financial status right now. I have 30,000 NP available to me, four Ummagine Muffins, which prices have fallen to 275k NP, and an Elephante Stunray whose current price is 450k NP, a blue Scorchstone and a Grand Lightning Beam (both of which I bought before I tried the Trading Post). In total, about 1.73 million--200k NP less than I started out with three weeks ago.

To summarise, I would like to tell you to stay far away from the Trading Post unless you know what you're doing! I learned my lesson: I should stick to earning 30k NP a day through restocks in the toy shop and book shop! I may never have that Hidden Tower gallery, but I don't want to lose any NP either.


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