The Neopian Auction House
NEOPIA CENTRAL - Don't we all dream of getting that special Neomail from TNT,
saying that we had the winning bid? Well, here is a short (well, maybe not THAT
short), but sweet guide for you, showing you how to make more of those Neomails
come your way.
Welcome to the Neopian Auction House Guide! Here, cool tips will come your
way, to make sure you get what you came for.
Personal opinions might also be of some assistance, so make sure you read those,
1. Come Prepared
Make sure you come prepared with a good amount of Neopoints, and a good idea
of what might interest you. Don't worry if your eye catches another item; it's
2. Pack Rat Avatar
The Neopian Auction House is a great place for our fellow Avatar Adventurers
to get some items for the Pack Rat Avatar. Here, you'll find some awesome deals,
so make sure you keep that in mind!
3. Don't Fret
Didn't exactly get what you came for? Don't worry, there will be plenty of
other auctions that you might be interested in. Don't forget! Many auctions
come in by the minute! You're bound to find your prized item in there somewhere.
4. The Auction Genie
The wonderful people of TNT have provided us with the marvelous Auction Genie!
He is the Wocky that looks, well, like a genie. Just type in the item that you
want and he will gladly show you who has the item! You could even bid on it
if you like.
5. Watch Your Bids
In a hurry? Really want that item? Make sure you don't mistype your bidding
amount. We don't want a bid on a Blue Ixi Plushie of 50 Neopoints to turn into
6. Keep Your Friends Close, Keep Your Items Closer
Keep track of your items! If the item you bid on is the 100th auction or lower,
you might want to consider watching it. Auctions go really fast, so keep your
eye on them. If you see someone has bid over you, quickly bid over them. That
is only if you want the item, though.
7. It Pays to Know
In the Auction House, it pays to know the general amount of items. How do you
do this? Look for what is regularly sold in the Auction House on the Shop Wizard!
Here is a brief list of what is sold: Codestones, Bottled Faeries, Petpets,
Map Pieces, Battledome Equipment and Plushies. By typing these things into the
Shop Wizard, you can see if the auction is a good deal or not. This way, you
don't get robbed of your Neopoints.
8. Getting a Profit
Wanna make a quick Neopoint? Well, the Auction House is a great place to start.
Some deals come in that you could resell for a profit. Watch out for the minimum
increment value price. What is this? Well, it is just something that tells you
what the minimum price you could bid on an item. Say, if an item was starting
at 100 NP and the minimum increment value was 10 NP. One person would bid 100
NP, and the next person would have to bid 110 NP or more. Keep this in mind!
9. Making Sure
Make sure you really want the item. When you place a bid on an item, you CAN
NOT take it out. So, make sure you are willing to spend the NP, and keep in
mind, if you do overbid, you can't take it out and re-bid again.
10. Out of Whack Prices
Sometimes users may overprice their items. Just ignore these and you will be
11. Watch Out
Some items don't resell very well. They are things like furniture, clothing,
and collectible cards. If you refrain from offering on these items, you should
12. Price Watch
Prices of items will always keep going up and down. So keep checking that Shop
Wizard for recent changes before you go bidding.
13. Don't Be Fooled
Certain items may LOOK expensive, and even though they are EXTREMELY cheap,
they are not the best thing to be bid upon. This will just rob you of your NP.
So, if you are not sure of the price of an item, check the Shop Wizard before
you bid. (Some of these items are Bakery Items and Petpet Supplies.)
A good way to make a profit off of the Auction House is to bid on cheap Codestones,
Paintbrushes, Bottled Faeries and Map Pieces, as these will often be bought
for a little bit under the Shop Wizard price.
I would also suggest that you use the Keypad on the right of the Keyboard,
instead of the numbers above the letters to place your bids. I just find it
is a lot faster, which in the end, will help you snag that special item.
I wouldn't suggest bidding on Scratchcards. These items will just usually be
overbid upon. It would be much cheaper to buy them (which also guarantees that
you will get one) from one of the Kiosks.
Paintbrushes will always be hard to win. This is why it may be a good idea
to just wait for one to RANDOMLY come to you. But, if you are not the one to
wait, bid on them if you like.
If you bid on and win a Map Piece (especially Secret Lab Map Pieces), I find
a good way to make a profit is to put them up in the Trades instead of putting
them into your Shop. I just find that I make better NP this way.
I always find that when I bid on an item, and plan on reselling it, I always
want to keep in mind that I want to make at least the amount of NP I lost by
buying it. This way, I get at least something from reselling. Keep this in mind.
It is always good to have about 50k-100k out (or sometimes even 10k), before
you go to the Auction House. I just find that it is very helpful, because you
never know what you may find!
Well, that's about it! I hope this guide will increase your 'Winning Bid'