Get Ready, Get Set, Get Shopping!
Are you struggling to find things to sell in your shop? Looking to complete a
huge gallery but can’t get your hands on enough affordable items? Want to surprise
your pets with new petpets, but find they are all too expensive? Then perhaps
you should be shopping on Neopian Half Price Day (HPD)!
On the third day of the month, every shop in Neopia, with the exception of
the Hidden Tower, sells their items at half price. This starts and ends at midnight
Neopian Standard time. It can be difficult to get your hands on cheap items,
especially if you have a slow computer or dialup internet access, but it is
still possible to snag a bargain or make a tidy profit from half price day!
Below are a few tips to help you succeed in your spending spree.
BEFORE THE DAY
Do your homework
If you are buying for a gallery, or looking for specific items (for example,
you are looking to fill your stamp album, and want the stamps at the best prices
possible) know what you want, and how much they usually cost, both in the store
and the Shop Wizard. Make a spreadsheet, or simply just write them down on a
piece of paper. List the proper names of the items you are after, and their
average price. Do this at least a week before half price day, as this will give
you the most accurate price. If you look at the prices via the Shop Wiz in the
week after HPD, you will notice that they range from bargain basement to very
expensive, as people find prices to sell their loot at (this can also be a good
time to shop, but more about that later!).
If you want to restock, work out what types of items you want to focus on.
Pick two or three things; for example food, books and furniture, and check the
market wizard for the average selling price of a few of these items. Have them
written down in front of you, so when you're shopping, you have an idea whether
you are getting a bargain or not. Even though the items in the shops are half
their usual price, some items, for example battledome items, are more expensive
in the shops than they are on the wiz. If you have a slower computer or dialup
internet, you should accept now that you probably won’t score any bargains from
the stores that only stock a few items at a time, and focus on the shops that
stock large amounts (food, gardening, beauty, pharmacy etc). In addition to
this, you will probably have trouble grabbing one of the rare items in these
shops, so now is the time to abandon your dreams of getting rich quick buying
r99 items and selling them for mega bucks.
ON THE DAY
Withdraw enough points from the bank to shop for a few hours. You don't want
to run into a fully stocked shop and have to stop by the bank before you purchase.
Clear out your item inventory to make room for your purchases. You will also
want to do this while shopping, while you are waiting for the shops to restock.
When the shops are empty, take the time to move your newly purchased items to
your Safety Deposit Box, shop or gallery to make room for more. Make yourself
comfortable; set yourself up with refreshments, and make sure that your homework/chores/work
is done so you won’t be interrupted by anyone!
Don't rush in
Just because half price day starts at midnight, it doesn't mean that all the
items in a shop are automatically changed to the cheaper price. If you rush
in and madly start purchasing right on midnight, you may be paying a higher
price. Check the prices in the shop, and maybe check a few of them against the
wiz. I usually wait for 15-30 minutes before I start buying, especially in the
Neopian Garden Centre and Fine Furniture shops
You might get frustrated when met with empty store after empty store. Give
them time to restock, and keep checking to see what time each store restocks
itself, which will give you an idea on when you need to return to that store.
Refresh the shop every minute or two, but don't do it more often than that or
you could be shop banned, which can last for up to a week. If a shop is continually
empty for more than 15 minutes, there are probably people faster than you getting
it all before you get a chance to buy. You may want to abandon this shop for
Don't haggle too much
Try and settle on a price that you would be happy to pay, and haggle that amount.
If you start really low to get the price down, you will probably miss out. With
most items you don't get more than one price entry before you lose the item.
So, if the shop is asking 300np for an item, enter 235np, and hope that it is
accepted. After a while you will get a hang of what the shopkeeper will accept.
Also, if you haggle constantly, the shopkeepers get angry with you and will
no longer accept lower prices.
Take a break
There is a limit on how often you can purchase items, and how long you can
constantly shop for. If you constantly buy items, after a while the shopkeepers
get angry and start to raise their price in the haggle screen above what it
was in the shop. Pay attention to the shop price and if it is more expensive
when you go to haggle, you need to take a break. Walk away for half an hour,
get some fresh air, or failing that play some games, and come back to it later.
This will help make it easier for you to get the price you want
Take a chance
Occasionally something will come across your path that seems like the bargain
of the century, but you aren't 100% sure of the value of it. I say go for it.
It's impossible to know, for example, the market price of all the collectable
cards, and when you are faced with a big list it's hard to pick and choose.
You need to take chances if you want to make neopoints! You will lose out sometimes,
but sometimes you snag a bargain. On the subject of cards, too; in general the
pink ones sell for more.
AFTER THE DAY
Don't sell yourself short
Remember that lots of other people out there are buying cheap items, and will
also be selling them cheap to offload them quickly. If you buy things and price
them in your shop on or just after half price day, you may be underselling yourself.
Wait a couple of days before you sell, or plan to sell in lots over the course
of the month.
Also remember because others are selling things cheap, you may be able to bag
a bargain on the market wiz. At this time people often try to sell their valuables
quickly for spending money, so if you're lucky you might find a good deal or
So, there it is, the lowdown on HPD. Good luck next month and happy shopping!