An Endless Ladder
When you're new to Neopia, everything is so different. There is a lot you don't
know, and the time it takes before you find this stuff out can be quite regrettable
in my experience. In particular, I'm talking about the Neopoints.
When I first arrived on Neopia, I began by making my NP through the numerous
games available. Back then, I was very happy with my daily six thousand points
that I got from playing my two favourite games (Hannah and the Ice Caves
and Pterattack, in case you were wondering). I usually steered clear
of the Puzzle Games section, not being ever so keen on puzzles in general.
I definitely steered clear of the Stocks. I figured they would involve a lot
of thought concerning which stocks to buy, and this was enough to put me off
investigating further. It was quite a while later before I came back to them
and discovered that actually the whole thing was, pretty much, based on luck.
And having a lot of NP to put into it, of course.
Wiz sniping? Hadn't heard of it.
So what about restocking? Restocking, or RSing, being the act of buying items
from the main Neopian shops and selling them in your own store. I did, out of
interest, buy myself a shop early on, but I mostly just used it in an attempt
to sell off all the junk I got from doing my dailies (fishing hole, Tombola,
etcetera). Needless to say (to experienced players, at least) most of this junk
invariably failed to sell itself. Fortunately, I discovered the delights of
the Shop Wizard fairly quickly.
I did not do any proper restocking to begin with, however. I felt quite happy
with the money I was making from the games, and anyway the idea of trying to
memorise what to buy, even just for one shop, didn't seem like such a good one.
In fact, if I remember correctly, it was an ill event that turned my attention
more fully to restocking. I was no longer able to play many games, due to a
change in computer. The ones I was now unable to use included my two favourites,
and most of the stuff I could now play were those darn puzzles.
So I restocked. I was never a great restocker -- never made a great amount
of NP from it either -- but it was more than I had ever made before and I was
happy (again). For the majority of my time restocking, I bought from the then
toys/plushie shop combined. I think my record for the amount of NP in the till
the next morning was something like 30,000. At the peak of my restocking, my
average was 20,000 -- but then I started to get bored of it. I switched shops
a few times, restless, then went back to the toy store again. Not long after
this, the times went random. This was something I decided I did not want to
deal with, so I stopped.
Sometime in the middle of my restocking, I discovered that some people could
make 100,000 Neopoints a day. Some people made even more. My time on the shops
lasted probably the longest of all my NP making ventures to this day. So naturally
I grew a lot more experienced whilst all this was going on. Also, being a regular
on the RS Help & Chat on the Help Board, I managed to learn that my nice 20k-a-day
was absolute small fry compared to what a lot of the people there made.
Also some time in the middle of my restocking, my sister encouraged me to check
out the Neopian Stock Market. She'd been buying a few stocks, to see what it
was like. When they went up a bit, she sold them for a few hundred NP. I tried
it out as well, basically because she wanted me to, but by that time I wasn't
satisfied with a few hundred NP. So I didn't really get into it.
When my restocking career ended though, I went back to the stocks and tried
again. I found myself a beginner's guide. I began buying a thousand stocks daily,
sticking determinedly to the ones in the 15s only. (Because 15,000 NP alone
was still quite a chunk out of my meagre savings, even if I knew it was not
all that much in the general scheme of things).
Right about now, my investments in the Neopian Stock Market are averaging at
300,000 Neopoints. I don't make many points any more (I'd say about 20k-30k
three times a week). If you happen to be a stocks player yourself, then you
can probably gather from that estimate that I don't wait for my stocks to go
up much. I don't have the patience for it, to be honest. At least I don't get
jaw-dropped by the thought of 100,000 Neopoints anymore. *cough just-add-another-naught
One last thing... somewhere back there, I discovered wiz sniping. I'm not sure
when, though. Wiz sniping is where one goes to the shop wizard and "snipes"
under-priced items from other Neopians' shops, before selling it in one's own
shop. I never really got into that, but I did manage to snipe myself a few Secret
Laboratory Map pieces at one point.
So there you have it, a record of my ventures throughout an almost-year in
No. This record was made for the purpose of clarifying a few things
that I think might need clarifying. I want all those people who recognised any
of the stages I have just illustrated to know that they can do more.
It doesn't matter if they don't want to, if they are truly happy with their
current income -- it only matters that they know something like 40k is not a
lot. It's quite easily achievable. I'd like all these newcomers to Neopia to
know this, sooner rather than later. Sooner... before they go through a year
of time spent slowly going up the money ladder without knowing if there
is another rung to step onto.
We all have our levels, our views, our ideas.
I think it's a shame that the ladder is painted invisible, and that you can
only see where your feet have left their tracks behind you -- and not forward.