Guide to Profiting off of Retired Items
YOUR SHOP - Retired items may not make tons of profit right away, but they will
in the long run. Imagine if you had bought a faerie paint brush back in the days
when it only cost 150k and sold it today- with the current price of 700k, you'd
make a profit of 550k! I have constructed an in-depth guide to help you make amazing
profits from retired items.
1. When searching for retired items via the shop wizard, refresh MANY times
so you can see all the different prices. Once, I was searching for a Pickulsaur,
and in the first series of shops, the lowest price was 90k. I kept refreshing,
and eventually I found one for only 75k! Never buy anything until you've seen
all available options- and don't worry about it selling out, because these types
of items don't sell as instantly as codestones or faeries.
2. When buying items via the trading post, don't bid the exact price they're
asking for- haggle with them. Depending on what type of item it is (easy to
sell or hard to sell), you could end up saving anywhere from 10k-200k!
3. BE PATIENT! Once you buy your retired item, don't expect it to go up in
value overnight. It could take months, even years! But with the big NP you make,
it'll be worth it =) For example, let's say you bought a Book of Pain for 50k
and it's been 2 months, and now it's only 60k. Don't sell it! Wait for it to
go up even more because trust me, IT WILL! As a general rule, the longer you
wait, the more NP you'll make! (heh, that sort of rhymed XD)
4. Need a list of every retired item in Neopia? Go to neoitems.net,
go to the "Special Lists" menu, and select Retired.
Step One: Buying the Items
First of all, decide what exactly you want to buy. I've put them in order from
those easiest to sell to those hardest to sell:
Nearly everyone dreams of painting their pet, making them high in demand. And
since paintbrushes can only be used once, every retired paintbrush used means
one less of those exists and can never be replaced! High demand + low supply=
Current Retired Paintbrushes: Faerie paint brush, electric blue paint brush,
speckled paint brush, invisible paint brush, scritchy sketchy paint brush, lost
desert paint brush.
NOTE: Although stone and glass paintbrushes are retired, they are NOT in very
high demand because you cannot paint your pet with them anymore.
Expensive, unique petpets are a must for the typical Neopian's dream account,
so these are in high demand as well. HOWEVER, a petpet does NOT disappear after
use; they can be attached and reattached as desired. Of course, due to the Pant
Devil, Dr. Sloth, and other evil random events, a few DO disappear each day,
but not nearly as fast as the paintbrushes. You can still make a good profit
off of these, but you just have to wait a little longer.
NOTE: For some odd reason, petpets that have already been painted are EXTREMELY
hard to sell, so try to buy plain petpets if possible.
Some examples: Meowclops, Short Fuse, Eustabee, Bat Boy, Pickulsaur, Bubbles,
Although most Neopians would love their pet to have the book award, most of
them don't have the energy to buy the 900 or so books it requires to receive
the award. But a good bonus is they ARE one-time use items, so the value increases
Some examples: Bird Watching, Life Behind the Bow Tie, Book of Pain.
Garden stuff, Usuki accessories, foods, etc- These items tend to be VERY low
demand. The only Neopians who buy these items are probably completing a gallery
or collection of some sort. I don't recommend you use these as your main source
of profit, because when the time does come to sell it, you probably won't get
full price for it due to the fact that you'll be cutting the price practically
in half just to get rid of these items! But hey, if you're really, really, really,
really, really, really, really *takes a deep breath* really, really persuasive,
why not give it a shot?
Some examples: Tactis, Noil Gem, I Love Sloth poster
Step Two: Storing the Items
This is a pretty easy step! Simply put the items in your safety deposit box
and let them sit for a while (bear in mind this can be anywhere from a few months
to a few years, depending on how much profit you want to make). Don't check
up on them every day; you might be tempted to sell them!
Another option is to put your items on display in your shop- this way you can
show off your lovely collection! No matter HOW cheap the item was when you bought
it, remember to price it over 100,000 NP. You never know- the item could soar
in popularity and become unbuyable overnight, and you would only make a fraction
of the profit you could have made. But while it may be nice to keep your retired
items in your shop, it's a bit more risky because there's always a slight chance
you'll accidentally underprice your item while carelessly stocking your shop.
No matter how you choose to store it, just remember NEVER to leave your items
out in the open- there's always a tiny chance that the Pant Devil, Dr. Sloth,
or another monster to destroy your item!
Oh, and trades aren't a safe bet either- they are now automatically cancelled
after exactly two weeks, and since you won't likely be keeping track of the
exact day, hour, minute and second you purchased your item, your items will
be left out in the open, vulnerable to monster attacks.
Step Three: Selling the Items
Try not to sell the items until it's gone up at least 50% in profit- for example,
if you purchased something for 100k, don't sell it until it's worth at LEAST
150k. Put it up for trading or auction, and advertise on the trading/auction
board. Typically a paintbrush will sell in a few days, an unpainted petpet or
a book varies from a few days to a few weeks, but getting a fair price for a
miscellaneous item could take weeks to months.
If you follow this guide, you should be able to get a few hundred thousand
Neopoints, possibly even millions (depending on how much you spent)! Good luck,
and I hope this guide has helped you :)