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Since 25 January 2008
Last Update: 16 December 2009

Introduction

I bet you're here because you want to learn how to make Neopoints (NP), or possibly you are just very bored. Well, either way, you're in the right place! I am going to tell you how I, the illustrious Lobster, make my NP. What separates this guide from the rest, you ask? Why, my extreme wit and charm, of course. ;) Anyway, you won't be bored.
At least, I hope not.
Yes, there are some rules. You should probably learn how to control your spending, for instance. This is not a problem for me, because I am slightly neurotic when it comes to this game (and it is just that, a game). I find it helps. :D Let your neuroses shine in full force! Develop crazy habits! Have fun! ^^
Lesson One: Crazy is fun!
It's been several years since I was a beginning player, so I may not make a lot of sense to someone who has been playing this game for less than say, two weeks, depending on how immersed you let yourself get. If you are reading this, you at least presumably care about making NP, and are not just here for the chat boards. O_o Anyway, I will try my best to gear this guide to everybody, veteran and newbie alike. ^^
Lesson Two: Stealing petpages? Not fun.
Disclaimer: Only follow this guide on one account. Failure to do so will get you frozen. Neopets can tell.
Believe me, they can.
A Quick Note On What This Guide Is Not
Just to clear things up.
This guide is not a "Make nK Neopoints a Day" guide like has been so popular lately. There are quite a few out there, but they just give you the fish, they don't teach you how to catch your own. However, if you are looking for one of those guides, might I recommend Pheophilusllicorne's petpage? That one is my favorite.
It really is quite useful!
It's also not a fancy page detailing everything you could ever possibily want to know, because Fyora knows I could never keep up with one of those, lol! However, if you are looking for an excellent Dailies Page and all-around one-stop Neopets and general internet help, look no further than JubbyJubJack! That one is updated daily and is beyond amazing. :D
All other guides bow before the Uber Guide! XD
What This Guide Is
It's clearly something, after all. Look how much it scrolls!
This guide is a page explaining various methods of earning NP; nothing more, nothing less, but still quite useful in its own right. :)

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What Makes You an Expert?

Well, I dunno. O_o I guess nothing, really. However, due to my short attention span, I've tried out most methods of NP making, and I've suffered through the trials of a slow connection. I've played Neopets off and on since June 2001, and I painted my Cybunny, Kismint, Royal on a dial-up connection. I went from having 250,000 NP on 1 January 2006 to having 7,500,000 NP on 31 December 2006- which, compared to some of the "1337" players, isn't a lot, but it was good for me. During the year of 2006, I got a DSL connection, yes, but not until mid-July, and I had several absences due to illness that put long pauses in my earning. I dunno if that makes me qualified, but I figure I did pretty well, at least according to my own standards. And I'm tired of telling people my "secrets" again and again. If I put them on one of my petpages, I can stop worrying about it.
Please don't copy this petpage.
Anyway, if you think I've got some good advice, read on. Knowledge is power, after all, and I'm handing mine out free. ;)

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General Tips

In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness), Star Wars: A New Hope
I love Star Wars. :D
Old Ben was right, and this applies to Neopets as well. People often look at a nice account and think, "Oh, I could never have such a nice account! It's impossible. They must have gotten lucky." Wrong! Anyone can get "rich" in this game; it just takes a bit of effort. Effort is what a lot of people don't want to put out.
The lazy bums. XD
The keys to making NPs are goal-setting and dedication. First, decide what you want. Do you want to be "rich" (use your own definition here, please- it's different for everyone)? Do you want to paint your pet? Do you want the full lab map? What? Once you've made your goal, stick to it! Don't let your mind change for anything! Shiny new expensive avatar? Ignore it. New pet/color combo? Ignore it! Don't settle for second-best. Chances are you don't really want it anyway. If, in a month, you still do, make it a goal to achieve after you've achieved your current goal.
Never lose sight of your dreams, kids.
Second, don't spend money on anything! If your pet gets sick, just visit the Healing Springs every half hour or so. Yeah, it might take a while, and she might give you a bunch of snowballs (which you can sell!) first, but eventually she will heal your pet. Your pets don't really need petpets, do they? They don't need to be painted right now. You don't need to give expensive stuff to your friends, either. Even if it happens to be during the holidays, just buy two or three small things for each friend and make it a "gift package". They'll understand. They might even appreciate how much thought you put into the gift! (After all, it's the thought that counts. :P)
Unless you are thinking of stealing my hard work.
Tip: If you just can't stop spending, withdraw 1 NP fifteen times when you come on. This will "lock" your bank account for the day; however, if you come across a great deal somewhere, you won't be able to buy it! I recommend just "pretending" that all NPs that go into your bank account never come out. :P That's what I do, and it seems to work just fine. ^^
Seriously. Just pretend you lost the key.
Also, once you've achieved your goal (yay!!), don't spend all your NP right away. Instead, make, say, 100,000 more or so, so that your bank account will not be fully emptied. When I painted Kizzy Royal (1.75 million), I told myself I had to hit 2 million first. (That's why I had 250,000 NP on the first day of 2006- I painted her on New Year's Eve 2005.) It took a few extra days, but it was worth it! Plus, I got to upgrade my bank account level to get more interest. Spiffy.
Spiffy is a spiffy sort of word.
If you are really getting the urge to spend, distract yourself! Upgrade your account in some way, maybe. That runner-up medal for Snow Wars? Upgrade it! Or earn a new trophy. Try to get a game avatar you still need. Go draw a picture. If it's a Neopets-related picture, you can even enter it into the Art Gallery and maybe win 10,000 NP and a prize! (*cough* To learn more about the Art Gallery, may I recommend reading this petpage?) Or just browse random petpages. Ask to see screenies, maybe. This is Neopets for crying out loud! There are TONS of ways to distract yourself! That's why this site is here! *lol*

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A Daily Routine

I think it's best to establish a daily routine, something that you get on Neopets and can accomplish in less than a hour of play, that you do every time you log on. This is usually shortened down to the word "dailies". Sometimes dailies only refers to activities you can only do once a day, however. Anyway.
I see you highlighting this text! :o
What I do when I log on is visit the various places around Neopia that can get you free stuff. Free stuff is good. You want free stuff. Then I play some games, maybe chat a little, and get ready to do my big money-making activity, sniping. (I'll be explaining the major methods of making NP later on. First I have to get you through the "morning" of your Neopian day. You have to shower, eat breakfast, dress, and brush your teeth before you can go to work or school, y'know. ;) At least, I hope you do those things. O_o)
Hygiene is awesome.
So every day, I do this: Log on, wander over to my Portal (since I'm a Premium member), and start clicking stuff. Stuff like this:

Free Money From the Bank
A Giant On-the-Ground Omelette
A Fruity Machine That Hates Me
Some Dead Guy's Shrine
Mr. Tiki Tack Tombola Man
The First of Several Kings*
More Free Money
Underwater Fishing- Who Knew?
A Tiny Hole in the Ground
A Hard-to-Pronounce Tomb
A King Who Got Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed
Doesn't This Place Have Enough Royalty? (Wise King)
Good Thing It Didn't Hit Your Neohome
It's a Phase-Off! Get It? (Help With This)
Get Rid Of A Scarab Per Day
The Neopets Daily Puzzle
Is It December Yet?
A Giant Sleeping Petpet (Help With This)
Chatting With Inanimate Objects For Fun and Profit
Torture Pets XD
Torture Petpets XD
And Then Take Them to the Park!
(*I completed the Altador Plot. As far as I know, you can still do this. It's not very hard, and there are lots of good guides out there. And then you can vist Mr. Stinky King Who Gives Bad Prizes.)
Freebies are awesome.
As you can plainly see, there are a LOT of free things out there for the taking. The Neopets Team (TNT) is so good to us. :P Chances are you came out of those many clicks ahead, if just by a little. The Shop of Offers gave you at least 50 NP, anyway. And that's 50 NP more than you had five minutes ago isn't it? You may have noticed I did not list Jelly World as a place to click. That's because, officially, it doesn't exist. Unofficially, replace "bank" with "jelly" in the URL of the first click. Presto! But jelly that has been on the ground, just as omelette, seems a bit dubious to me. Do you really think your pets enjoy eating ground food? O_o
Mmm, ground food. -Homer
On a really bad day, the only thing you can be sure of is the 50 NP from the Shop of Offers and a rug or something from King Altador (once you finish his plot). However, most days you'll end up with more than that. The Omelette or Jelly will be there, or both, and you could even win a dubloon from Coltzan's Shrine or codestones from Tombola, or the ultimate- a paint brush from the Fruit Machine. Anyway, once you've uncovered all these riches, you can do as you please. Some people hoard them. I suggest selling them in your shop. (If you don't have a shop, get one. Now. Likewise a bank account.)
How did you get this far without a bank account? Silly you! ;)
The next thing I do as part of my routine is to play a few games. Yes, games. I'm sorry if you don't like them. They are a source of free NP and are absolutely necessary if you are starting this guide with literally nothing. Just find a few that you're good at. Seriously. Take twenty minutes and do this. You'll be happy, OK? Anyway, here are the games I play. You might find others you are better at. Play those instead.

Meerca Chase Two
Turmac Roll
Ultimate Bullseye Two
Usuki Frenzy
Defender Trainer
Splat-a-Sloth
Mop 'n' Bop
Sutek's Tomb
Adver-Video
Wheel of Slime
Featured Game

(There are many other good games out there than what I have listed. Some people find Whack-a-Kass, excuse me, Kass Basher :P to be a good game for making NP once you unlock the bat (and you can win an avatar). There are some really simple games, too, like Fashion Fever, which you just open up, click "Start Game," click "End Game," and it gives you 300 NP. Look for the games you find simple/easy.)
Don't look for petpages to steal. :P
You can play each game three times a day, unless it's near Neopets' Birthday (15 November) or it's a weekend (Friday - Sunday) in a month TNT has declared to be five-scored (keep your eyes on the News), in which case you can play five times a day. You get a maximum of 1000 NP per play, meaning that each game can give you 3000 (commonly written as 3K; K is short for "thousand") NP each day! That adds up quickly. Nobody has any excuse to be "poor" in this game, m'kay? Of course, in practice, you probably won't get the 1K per play most times, even on games you're good at. So, after I play those eleven games, maybe I'm only 14K up. So what? Fourteen thousand Neopoints is nothing to sneeze at. A dial-up user may even feel that this is enough, and stop for the day. In your bank account, 14K is enough to bump up your interest by three or four NP (73 to 76 or 77, for instance), meaning that you get that much more free tomorrow!
Free is your friend.
Something to keep in mind about games- the NP ratio changes once every month, on the 25th. That means one month it will be really easy to get 1000 NP a play from a game, and then next month, not so much. Or vice versa. This is actually a good thing if you still need the Top Gamer avatar, because it forces you to play a larger variety. There is a simple way to find out the score you need to get 1000 per play: get a calculator (there is probably one already on your computer, in fact) and divide 1000 by the ratio. For example: Let's say the ratio for Sutek's Tomb is .66. So we divide 1000 by .66: 1000/.66=1515.15. In other words, if you score 1516, you will get the full 1000 NP. Be sure to check this for your games on the 25th of every month. Of course, if you enjoy a game, and the ratio suddenly drops, you can always keep playing. No point robbing yourself of the joy of playing a game you actually like.
Crazy as it sounds, you might find a game you enjoy!
Ther are also a few things you should do throughout your Neo day. I like to play Test Your Strength at the same time I visit the Winter Scratchcard Kiosk, because they both can only be done once every six hours. The Snowager sleeps at 6 AM, 2 PM, and 10 PM NST (Neopian Standard Time), and you can steal treasure from him, like Neggs, if you're lucky (in fact, there is a guide for this: the Snowager Stats Project). These are just my suggestions, of course. There are more scratchcards you can buy, for instance. (I like to sell the cards, because it's guarenteed profit. I save them up and sell them all at once.) The scratchcard places are: Winter, Desert, and Deserted Fairground. You can only buy a Winter Scratchcard every six hours. Desert you can buy once every four hours, and Deserted Fairground you can buy once every two. Each scratchcard costs different amounts of NP. (Thanks to user morgania1 for pointing that out to me!)
I'm really grateful for all the help everybody has sent in! Yay, teamwork! :D
In addition, there are a few things you can do if you want, though I usually don't. If you're bored, head on down to Meri Acres Farm and see if you can Guess the Weight of the Marrow or go and Pick Your Own. Or you can dig through the Rubbish Dump. If free rubbish isn't exactly your cup of tea, try out the Money Tree in Neopia Central or the Second-Hand Shoppe for free Wearables. Free things are always fun, after all! And finally, check out the Wishing Well! The Wishing Well seems to be difficult for some people to figure out, but I've actually had success there. The key is to be very specific. I recommend checking out the list of items that have been recently granted, choosing one that you like, and putting that in exactly when you donate. Thanks to user linga10 for suggesting I add some of these. :D
See, more teamwork! :D
There are also several wheels you can spin. The wheels are: Mediocrity, Monotony, Knowledge, Excitement, and Misfortune. You can get a general idea of the merits of each wheel by the name. Some can only be spun once a day, and others can be spun several times. Finally, once a month, you can click here to get 2000 NP and one free food per pet. ^^
People get Neggs!



A Note About Tarla
Everyone's favorite Ixi, right?
You might have heard about this Tarla character, or maybe you haven't. Either way, Tarla is a Pink Ixi who is well-known for giving out free things, which makes some people cry when their thirty Icy Snowflakes suddenly plummet in value, and other people dance when they get a free Cloud Paint Brush. It's free, you can't complain, really.
Although that's never stopped anybody. :P
So how do you collect these freebies? Well, there are two ways. The first way is simple: go here and download the Neopets Toolbar. Ask your parents first if you are a kid. ;) The Toolbar is generally useful besides Tarla; it does things like let you know if you have Neomail waiting from anywhere on the Internet. Once it's downloaded and installed, you'll see a little alert button to the far right. This will flash when Tarla is around. You must quickly click it and follow the link to get your free goodies! You can only get one prize a day from Tarla. If you have missed an alert, you will know, because it will be flashing when you get back. Click it to stop the flashing.
The flashing! It buuuurns!
The second way: if you can't install the toolbar (parents say no, or you have a Mac, etc.), you'll have to keep an eye on the boards. Someone will make a board when Tarla is around and give you the link to the goodies. Good luck!
*insert witty comment here*
On 27 January 2008, I recieved the following Neomail from user impisheyes: "Oh and I noticed in the guide you mentioned that if you can't get the toolbar for Tarla because you have a Mac, to watch the boards. If you have Firefox on your Mac you can get a Firefox add-on that works exactly like the toolbar that Windows Machine's have. Go to the Firefox page and go to the add-ons and search for Neopets. It also tells you then the snowager is awake and then Von Roo is around. :)" Thank you so much for that information!

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Main Methods
Games | Your Shop | Restocking | Sniping | Trading Post | Auctions | Stocks

After you get done with your daily routine, you can get down to your main methods of NP making. ^^ These range anywhere from just playing more games, to buying items cheap from users or main shops and selling for more, to playing the stock market. Every method has its merits and can compliment each other quite nicely. It's a good idea to practice more than one method, really. That way, if something unforseen happens, you have something to fall back on. The key is to make NP in the way(s) that best suits you and your playing style. Read through these and give each one a try- find out what your style is!
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Playing Games
Eew, games! :K
Well, you knew I was gonna say it, and, like it or not, this really is the best way of making NP when you are poor or have a slow connection. It is possible to become a Neomillionaire just from games alone, I promise. I did it, more than once. On dial-up, even! Neopets has so many games to play that it isn't even funny. O_o There is even an avatar to be gained once you have submitted scores on 250 unique games! Even if you stink at games, you can make up for it in volume. The vast majority don't require any NP to play, meaning you get an infinite percentage out of playing them. (See kids, math can be fun! *lol*) Even if your computer doesn't load Flash for whatever reason, there are still non-Flash games out there to play. They cost a small amount to play, but you can easily make that up. Yup, games are definitely the way to go, the bread-and-butter of NP making! (If, like me, you can't eat bread, then they are the... carrots? of NP making. :P) If you need a place to start, scroll up a bit to see my favorite games, or check out the petpages of My_First_Little_Pony or Neo__bori. You'll be glad you did! :D
Don't copy it, either.
If the very idea of playing games makes you feel sick to your stomach, yet you are flat broke, console yourself with this: you won't be making your NP through games forever. Just for a little while, until you've made enough to move on to another method. Patience, young Padawan. This too shall pass. :P
Did I mention I love Star Wars?
The one thing I don't want to hear from you, however, is this: "Wah, my computer is old and won't let me play games!" Puh-lease. There is never a time when the person saying this is telling the truth. If you can see this page, those non-Flash games I mentioned can be played by you. No exceptions. (Those games are actually sometimes even better than the Flash games. When you play Meerca Chase, you are not refreshing the site and so there is no chance you can get a good random event. If you play Neoquest, or Pyramids, or NeggSweeper, or Dice-a-roo, or Sahkmet Solitaire however, you can. Oh, gee, look how many non-Flash games I came up with just off the top of my head. :P)

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Your Shop
Shop 'til ya drop!
Assuming you have a shop, or created one when I told you to, you can sell stuff in it! :o Gasp, I bet that thought never occured to you, huh? Of course, there are a few things you should know. Shops can only hold a few items at a time: the shop size times five. My shop is size twenty-four, and 24x5=120. Therefore, my shop can hold one hundred and twenty items. ^^ At first you don't need to be more than size four or so. Just take what you got from your daily routine and pop it in there! Then you need to price things. If you price things too low, you make snipers like me very happy, but you rob yourself of profit! You don't want to do that. Conversely, if you price your shop too high, nobody will buy anything. That is not what you want, obviously. So you need to price things exactly right. That's what the Shop Wizard is for! Nifty, eh? ^^ Of course, there is a caveat- the Shop Wiz can't search every shop at once. (The Premium-only Super Wiz can, though!. I'll explain him in a minute.) Instead, he searches by username, specifically, the first letter of every username. They are broken down in this way: A N 0; B O 1; C P 2; D Q 3; E R 4; F S 5; G T 6; H U 7; I V 8; J W 9; K X _; L Y; M Z. (Thank you to ferretlet for this info. ^^)
If this isn't on Fyreflye's petpage, tell lobstermagnetcty!
So, you copy and paste the name of the item you want to price into the box, choose "identical to my phrase", and make sure you're searching shops, not galleries. Refresh the results page a few times until you've seen all or most of the groupings, then choose your price. If the price is around 8500 NP, you can price your item at 8495, or as low as 8400, but not much lower. You want to make as much NP as possible from every item. Then, input your PIN (You definitely want a PIN! If someone breaks into your account, they can't access anything with a PIN attatched- unless you share it, of course. O_o) and click Update. After that, all you have to do is watch the NP roll in.
Almost better than watching Star Wars. ;)
You won't even need to advertise a well-priced shop. Any shop that needs to advertise is probably overpriced. The Shop Wiz will do all your advertising for you! Don't bother upgrading your shop until it shows up in the Marketplace- it is just a waste of millions of NP. Also, time spent advertising a well-priced shop is wasted time. Go play games or something. Seriously. Can't say that enough. Or go find something else to sell.
Whatever you do, don't stop earning! ^^
If upgrading your shop interests you, however, you can try to join a Mall. A Mall is a collection of user shops that link to each other and try to provide everything someone would need. Malls usually have categories like Books, Petpets, Toys, etc. They will also have shops which specialize in Faerie Quest items (Dark, Light, Fire, etc.) because users are banned from using the Shop Wiz during such quests. Some people do not like Malls. They claim they are overpriced and just rip off newbies who don't know the worth of items. But Malls also have their defenders. User jetaketa makes a good point, "Mallers get a bad wrap, I understand. :K But we are so necessary for the economy (780 shops in main market, 537 is minimum [shop size that appears in the main market], size 537=28 mil, largest shop size=3500, which is 1.225 bil), we take a lot of NP out of the economy through upgrading. :) We also keep a bunch of items from deflating to 1 NP or so when newbies don't know where to go to buy items except neopian shops. :x" Thanks, Jet, for letting me quote you. ^^ Mallers are indeed an important aspect of Neopian economy. A great guide to Shopkeeping and Malling can be found on _Scritchy_'s petpage if you are interested in learning more. ^^
Whatever you do, don't copy petpages. :P
The Super Wiz is a feature of Premium Neopets, one of many. (If you want to check it out, I have 16 referrals left. The first two weeks are free, although you will need a credit card to sign up. I think it's totally worth the money spent. To find out more, check out Leto's petpage.) It searches all the shops in one fell swoop. I can hardly imagine playing without it. Yeah, I've gone soft. So what? Anyway, it works a bit differently than the regular Wiz. You can either use the in-Portal version or the Sniperspace applet. Sniperspace is my preferred method, just because it's faster, as it doesn't have to load the entire Portal around it. The Super Wiz is basically the same as the regular Wiz in function, except that you can choose to check a box marked "Price Only", which shows you the average of the ten lowest prices. This is a good way to price your shop, because you can be almost certain you're not robbing yourself of profit. (If a price seems rather lower than usual, switch off Price Only and see what's causing it. Maybe you can snipe an extra of whatever the item is.) The Super Wiz conks out faster than the regular Wiz, though. You could get 3 prices, you could get 30. It seems that the later in the hour, the longer it runs, however.
I love the Super Wiz!
Remember, items worth over 99,999 NPs can't be bought or sold in shops (unless someone mispriced). These items are called unbuyables (commonly written as UB) and must be dealt with through trades (100K to 800K) or auctions (800K+).
And selling UBs. That's fun, too!
Check out the Frisky Business Shop Guide for a very in-depth and well put together guide on how to use your shop effectively. ^^ It may be old, but it's still useful! Another great guide can be found on bugsy_lenny's petpage. :D

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Restocking
... for fun and profit.
Restocking (RSing) is one of the most common ways to earn NP (the other one is games). It involves buying items from the Neopets shops, such as the Food Shop, for less than the item is worth, and selling them in your shop for a fair price, thus making a profit. We like profit. Profit is nice. It sounds simple, but it might not be. You have to make sure the item is worth buying. Usually it takes a few hours to get aquainted with a shop. Most people recommend not buying for the first few restocks in a given shop, but instead just running the names of the items you see through the Wiz. You can also tell by how fast things sell out. Restocking is widely considered the best way to make NP, but you do need a faster connection to snag the big ticket items. You also need a few hundred thousand NP in the bank before you try it, because stuff might not sell in your shop right away. Good things for beginners to go for are books and food, because these things are in constant demand.
Use your knowledge of Neopia to your advantage!
Once you've become aquainted with your chosen shop, you are going to want to buy things. Depending on what shop you choose, you'll need to take out different amounts of NP- but 150K is probably safe for most. The goal of all restockers is to RS an unbuyable- remember, something worth over 100K NP. Anyways, what you do is click on the item you want to buy, and then, on the haggle screen, you want to haggle with the shopkeeper to get a good buy. If the book Breathe sells for 875 NP, and the shopkeeper is asking 827 NP, try asking 777NP. Even tiny profit adds up. You may even want to over haggle on good items. Say you see a Gallion going for 24679 NP- put in 25555. That way you are sure to get what you want- assuming, of course, that you're the fastest.
Speedy Gonzales!
Notice that I used repeated numbers in my example: 777 is easier to type in than 769, and 25555 is easier to type in than 23951. Tricks like that one can save you valuable seconds. And the other RSers will be using all the tricks they know, so you might as well use them too. It's you against the rest of Neopia when you restock. But be careful! On the Gallion, don't put 255555! Otherwise, you'll get a message saying something like, "Whoops! I don't think you meant to offer that much!" That message wastes time. After you've put in your haggle, you'll have to click on a picture of a Neopet to continue. This can be really easy or really hard. It just depends.
Stealing is wrong. Yes, Katara, even from pirates :P
Restocking can also be really boring. You know how most of the time, shops look empty? That's because it's been a while since the last restock. It can be two minutes or thirty between restocks in a given shop- you never know! You just have to sit there and refresh every minute or so. Maybe read a helpful petpage to help pass the time? ;) Of course, you can be restock banned for a while, as well. This happens if you refresh too much. If you aren't sure, check out the Tiki Tack shop. Usually this shop is full. One time, I remember, though, the restock machine in Neopets' server died, and none of the shops were restocking. Some joker bought out the entire Tiki Tack shop and TONS of people were convinced they were banned. :P Pretty funny in retrospect, actually. ^^
Yup. pret-ty funny, all right. :D
Remember, the third of every month is Half Price Day. Things are cheaper; suddenly items you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole are a great deal! Of course, everybody and their Angelpi are restocking on HPD, so you have to be extra fast. It can get really crazy. Half Price Day also affects the price of items in user shops in a cyclical manner. The book Breathe might fluctuate from 660 NP to 950 NP each month, with the peak around the first or last of the month. Watch out for this price fluctuation- things that turn a profit later in the month can easily be folly to buy in the early part.
You'll pick up this sort of info very quickly.
For more reading and visual examples, check out the petpages of Restocker and x_Kousei_x! For a funny comic, check out Betanko's petpage (it'll relieve stress)! :D

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Sniping
My favorite way to actively make NPs!
Sniping is my preferred method of making NP. I think of it as restocking's cousin. It's the same principle, but applied to user shops. You use the Wiz to search for something like "negg" or "codestone" or "piece of a treasure map" or what have you. Anything that you know the site can frequently hand out for free. "Mootix" can be a good thing to try for, but remember, even the little things add up quickly! Yes, a Poppit for 1 NP or a Catamara for 10 NP may not seem all that exciting, but keep track of your profits in Notepad or on a sheet of paper for a few days. You'll be surprised. Some people might not like the idea of taking advantage of newbie mistakes or pricing errors (5000 when the person meant to put 50,000), but I say that someone's going to catch it- it might as well be you!
Gotta catch 'em all- wait. Wrong thing.
Sniping is both more and less "boring" than restocking- you are constantly searching the Wiz, but you might not find something in a given hour. I like to search in the second half of the hour, myself. Not only have a lot of people exhausted their Wiz searches (yes, both the regular and Super Wiz can ban you for searching too many times- this lasts until the end of the current hour), but I use the Super Wiz to go through all the shops at once and it seems that it lets you search more in the second half of the hour before banning you. This gives me time to do many things on Neo- chat, play games, write petpages. :P Then I snipe for ten or fifteen minutes and go back to what I was doing. I price my shop as I snipe, and often my shop sells out while I'm still sniping. It's fun to relax and watch the NP roll in. So, fifteen minutes of adreniline rush, forty-five of relaxation. ^^
It works.
It's probably best to have, say, 200K on hand while sniping (enough for two Krawk Trans Potions at 99,999, LOL). Since I only go for smaller things, I usually make do with 25K on hand. I'm paranoid of the Tax Beast and Sloth taking my money from me. I usually make a modest 75K-85K daily. Not too bad, really. ^^ You also don't need quite as fast a connection when sniping, unless you are sniping codestones. (Dial-up users can even participate!) As I said above, the best things to search for are things that get handed out for free in some way or another. Fruit Machine hands out petpets and paint brushes, Tombola and Deserted Tomb give out faeries and codestones, Coltzan gives out dubloons, Snowager and Snow Faerie Quests hand out neggs, map pieces (regular, spooky, and Lab) are handed out in random events, as are paint brushes, petpetpets, nerkmids, and Transmogrifcation Potions. Notice that these are also high -demand items. If you get lucky enough to snipe them, they'll sell FAST. That means you have to be fast to get them, too.
You ready, Speedy? ;)
Tip: December is a good time to get into sniping, because there are a lot of people who just dump their prizes from the Advent Calendar into their shop for very cheap. If the day's prize is a book, petpet, Wearable, or something desireable like that, it can be a good idea to snipe as many of that item as you can to hoard for later, when it will be worth more. Of course, you won't be the only one with that idea, so you'll need to be quicker than usual! Still, the shops will be full of the Advent prizes, so you are bound to get lucky even if you are just starting out. (Thank you, morgania1, for suggesting I add this! :D)
It's the season of giving and sniping! Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Check out Tulio_1000's petpage for a more in-depth guide to sniping, with both the regular and Super Wiz.

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Trading Post
Where TP does not stand for toilet paper.
So, you've earned a lot of NP or come across an unbuyable item in some way. Congratuations! Now you might want to try making NP from the Trading Post. This is where you sell stuff worth between 100K and 800K. Eight hundred thousand Neopoints is the most you can offer "pure" (only NPs) on any item; however, you can also offer up to 10 items. If people say they want 2 mill for something, they usually mean they want some combination of NP or items, or that you should Neomail them and they will set up a private Auction for you. Sometimes you can find great deals here! Items considered "hard to sell" (HTS) are often majorly discounted. Do you think you can sell that TCG that someone is asking 135K for, for 450K? Well, go ahead and buy it then, but beware, it can take a while, and isn't always guarenteed that you'll make a profit. This is called reselling.
I hate TCGs. :K
Once you have a great item (or, less often, a group of related but not unbuyable items), you have to decide what you'll take for it. Do you want "pure" NP, or will you also take easy to sell (ETS) items like codestones and map pieces? Feel free to accept or reject all offers. You can also leave junky offers to "rot", because these items will just sit in the inventory of the offending user, taking up space and being generally pointless. Unlike shops, usually you have to advertise trades; this is what the Trades Chat is for.
It's fairly unfrightening in there.
The Trading Post has a certain etiquette attached to it. It's generally a good idea to not offer way lower than the wishlist states. If the wishlist says "240K=AUTO", that means the user will accept 240K NP (NOT 240 NP, don't be insulting :P That can be reported as scamming, too.) without question. You might offer 235K and still get it, however. Keep in mind you have to offer at least one item; when people ask for "pure NP" they really mean they want x amount of NP and one junk item. Also, just because you offer the wishlist doesn't mean you'll win- you might not be the highest offer or someone might have offered the same bid before you. Don't offer and then immediately withdraw- that's annoying and rude.
Etiquette is my favorite.
The Trading Post is home to many scams. Some of them are chain messages, some of them are asking you to offer on an item that isn't there ("Highest offer on this Green Kelp gets a Baby Paint Brush," for instance.), some of them are blatent lies (Super U Bend is NOT U Bend of Great Justice! Starberry will NOT paint your pets Starry. Paint Brush Plushies do NOT paint your pets.). Some are false inflation. (Always check out an item against the Wiz before buying or accepting it on your lot!) Because of the scammy nature of the place, you have to wait 15 minutes after creating a trade to cancel it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS!

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Auctions
Going, going, gone! Sold to the Grarrl in the Blechy Hat!
So, maybe you've gotten a really good random event (RE) or RSed the big one. Congrats! But I bet you're wondering how to sell it, if Trades can't get you more than 800K pure. That's where Auctions come in. In Auctions you can bid millions of Neopoints before you hit the cap. Tens of millions. I think something like sixty million. This is where you are going to be buying your Draik potions and your Pirate Paint Brushes.
Because you can afford them now that you've read my guide. :D
If you have something that you want to put up for auction, you must go to your Inventory and click on the item. The little box comes up and you select "Put up for Auction!" from the dropdown list. Now, some items can't be auctioned. If the item is very cheap, you will see a message like this: "Sorry, Pant Devil Attractor is too cheap to put on the auction. Only items that sell for roughly 200 NP or more qualify." Otherwise you will see a page with a bunch of spaces for you to fill in: Start Price (NP), Minimum Increment (NP), Auction Length. There will also be a check box that asks, "Neofriends Only?"
You just lost The Game! :o
So you put in whatever price you want it to start at. Say you have a Negg. You want it to start at 3000. Then you put in the minimum increment. Let's say you want that to be 100 NP, so you input 100. That means that if someone wants to bid, they will have to bid at least 3100 NP. The next person will have to bid at least 3200 NP, and so on. The auction Length is where you select how long you want the auction to run, anywhere from an hour to two days. If you check the "Neofriends Only?" box, only your Neofriends can bid.
Definitely not rocket science.
Be VERY careful when you put in the start price and minimum increment! Don't put 200000 when you mean to put 2000000! You can't have periods or commas in your auction price, so double, triple, quadruple check! (If you put in commas or periods to mark your place, BE SURE TO REMOVE THEM.) This is very important. Now, as for selling expensive items through Auctions, it's fairly simple. Say you have a Faerie Paint Brush, and the going price is 2.5 million. You will set it up with the start price at 2 mill and the minimum increment at 500K, Neofriends Only, for an hour (or whatever length you agree on). Then you will send a NF request to the buyer, he or she will accept it, and then bid. The reason you make the increment so high is because after the buyer bids, the next bid will be for 3 mill, and nobody (especially not a NF of yours, right? XD) is going to offer 500K over the worth of the item. Unless they do. In which case, they have ripped themselves off and made you even MORE NP. The buyer will unfortunately have to find another seller. You can delete the buyer from your NF list once the auction has ended. Buying something expensive is just like selling something, only this way you end up with fewer NP in an hour (or however long). :P
But a goal achieved, which is nice. ^^
There are many people who snipe Auctions. This is just the same as Wiz sniping, except that it involves a lot more NP most of the time and is much more difficult. I have never tried it (except once, but there is a long story there because the auction glitched and things went horribly, horribly wrong) and so I can't really offer tips on this NP making strategy. But if you want, go to the Auction Genie and search for paint brushes and transmogrification potions and the like, to see if any are going for a cheap price. As difficult as this method of earning is, I hear that once you master it, the rewards are outstanding.

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Stocks
Best way. Hands down.
Stocks work a little bit differently than most NP making strategies. They are a long term investment of your NP, so if you want to play the stock market, you have to be prepared for a long haul. There are many great stock guides out there that explain the different strategies to playing the market, but I will just explain the method most used, which I use myself.
Remember: patience is needed here.
Stocks can only be bought if the sell price is at 15 or above, and you can only buy 1000 shares a day. It's best to put all 1000 shares into one stock each day. Therefore, you are going to need to be able to scrounge up 15,000 Neopoints before you can play the stock market (because investing less than the full 1000 a day does not get you the greatest return). Luckily, you are on this petpage- coming up with 15K a day should not be too difficult! :D This should be one of your goals, every day. Pull 15K out of your shop till, your bank account, or from games. I don't care how. Just do it. Trust me on this.
Did you trust me?
Now that you have your 15K, go to this page and check to see what is currently selling at 15. (If nothing is selling at 15, wait until the NST clock reads XX:28 or XX:58- those are the two times every hour stocks update- and check again. If, after an hour or so, nothing is STILL selling at 15, you may need to pull out a few extra K and buy something selling at 16 or 17. NEVER buy a stock selling at 18 or more.) Copy the ticker symbol (for instance, CYBU) and go to the Buy page. Paste the ticker symbol you copied into the box marked "Ticker Symbol" and then put "1000" in the box marked "Number of Shares." Click the "Buy Shares" button. Repeat this process every single day you possibly can. (If you invest a cool million NP in stocks, you'll get an avatar, so start working on that if you're interested.)
Every. Single. Day.
Congratulations! You just bought a stock! Now you can go to your Portfolio and see that stock there. :D And now... you wait. Stocks will go down, but don't panic! A bankruptcy is very rare. Most likely, your stock will go back up again. And then it will eventually start to climb, and climb! It will shoot past 20 and head for 30! Forty! Fifty! Sixty! Whatever you do, DON'T sell your stock at a loss. That is the ONLY way to lose NPs on the Stock Market (besides the extremely rare and aforementioned bankruptcy).
Don't worry too much about bankruptcy.
So when do you sell? Well, that's different for every person, but most wait for at least 100% profit. That means you sell the stock for 30 if you bought it for 15. Hey, neat! You put 15K in, and got 30K out! This is much better interest than if you had put those NPs in the Bank! :o (You should still be putting NP into the bank, though. O_o) But wait, the stock is still going up. Aw, you missed out on profit. :( That's why most people wait for 45 or even 60 to sell. Once, I sold 1000 shares of TAG for 66! I made 51,000 NPs. Another time, I sold 2000 shares of HUW for 79! I made a profit of 128,000 NP without even trying.
I was seriously happy when that happened!
Yes, the stock market is truly the best way to make NPs if you are patient or cannot spend hours on the site. Are you going on vacation? Log on every once in a while to check your stocks. Chances are, one will start to skyrocket and you will be able to make thousands without even logging on every day.

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Other Methods
Quests | Jobs | Hoarding | Food Club | Key Quest | World Challenges | Site Contests

Besides the main methods listed above, there are some other ways to make NP. However, they should not really be where most of your NP comes from. Instead, use these methods to supplement whichever methods you are doing for the big bucks. You don't have to do these things every day, or ever. :P But they can be fun and should not be left out. So read on, you greedy earner, you! ;)
Remember, knowledge is power. King Hagan kicks King Skarl's tooshie. Apparently.



Quests
I have a quest for you, young Blumaroo!
If you have played the site for any length of time (and since you're reading this, chances are you have), you have gotten a Faerie Quest in a random event. Maybe the Dark Faerie asked you for a Red Yarn Ball, or the Water Faerie asked you for The Magic Paw. You couldn't use the Shop Wiz to look this item up, either. It was really annoying! But then someone told you where to buy the item you needed, or someone nice sent one over. Then your pet got a nifty stat boost! Yay!
Not so annoying after all. XD
Well, I'm not talking about that kind of quest. :P I'm talking about the kind you can choose to accept, where you still get to use the Shop Wiz (although they are timed, unlike the Faerie Quests we all get at random). If you are sitting there thinking, "Huh?" then read on! :D These quests can be pretty lucrative if you're smart about it!
Quandary: Knowledge is power, but power corrupts! What to do, what to do? D:
First off are Snow Faerie Quests. Taelia the Snow Faerie sits on top of Terror Mountain and prefers not to go out into the cold. No, that's your job, or it is if you accept her quest! If you do, she'll ask for one to four items within a time limit (generally one to three hours). You open up the Shop Wizard, copy and paste the items into it one by one, and see how much they total. You're going to want to spend no more than 3K-5K on one of Taelia's quests. Don't buy any of the items until you've looked up all the prices. The fun thing about her quests are the prizes. Even though she doesn't give out Draik Morphing Potions anymore, she can still give out some pretty nifty items. Or it could be a dud. It's totally random. She'll give out various Neggs, Battledome equipment, and food that looks expensive but often turns out not to be, along with a bit of NP and a snowball. :P The first time you do a Snow Faerie Quest, you will get Taelia as a Battledome challenger and an avatar few people use. XD
It's not a bad avatar. *wonders why she never sees it used*
Some people have a lot of trouble with Brain Tree Quests. The Brain Tree, being a giant brain, wants knowledge, specifically when and where a certain Neopet died. However, being also a giant tree, he can't up and get this knowledge for himself. :P This is where (you guessed it) you come in. When you accept his quest, you will see text similar to this, "Sian Gelert died a long time ago, and I need to know where, and when, for my records. You must go and find this information out. Return to me within 0 hours and 51 mins, and I shall give you a prize." So how do you find out where and when Sian Gelert died? You do two Esophagor Quests. The Esophagor asks for Spooky Foods. They can be really cheap or really expensive- there's not really a happy medium. The Esophagor will answer when the Neopet died first, then where. Both answers must be copied EXACTLY to complete the Brain Tree Quest. Brain Tree Quests are generally not worth it. However, you must complete one Brain Tree Quest to get him as a challenger in the Battledome. This is necessary to beat Defenders of Neopia.
A tip from user caseyholt: When I do Brain Tree quests, since they are limited, I always start an Esophagor quest before, because sometimes he asks for something expensive, and that way you don't have to lose at a Brain Tree quest.
A very good idea, caseyholt! Thank you! Just start the Esophopgor quest before going to the Brain Tree. Don't finish it until you've gone to the Brain Tree, and if it's expensive, don't go to the Brain Tree at all! :D Wish I'd thought of that!
Yay for other people's smartness!
Esophagor Quests on their own are generally not worth it. He asks for Spooky Foods, as I said. The thing about Spooky Foods is that they are either really, insanely cheap or really, insanely expensive. There is approximately zero middle ground. Do not spend more than 100 NP on an Esophagor Quest. If you want to do them, you can stockpile all the Spooky Food you win from Tombola and Test Your Strength. (Bonus to doing this: You can pelt your friends with Spooky Food at Hallowe'en and it won't cost you a thing! :D Not that I do this myself. *cough*) I do not do Esophagor quests often; I do not know the prizes. I have seen screenies of people getting petpets. I usually get something less desirable. If I were getting petpets, I would do them more often. :/
*wonders why she never gets petpets* :P
Kitchen Quests are in between Taelia's and Edna's for usefulness. You're not going to want to spend more than 2K-3K here. The prize will either be an item (which is occasionally very rare) or a random stat for one of your pets. If you are training a pet to fight in the Battledome, and you only have one pet, don't spend more on a Kitchen Quest than it will cost you to train one stat (for me, for instance, that would be the average price of two codestones). Fun fact: this quest used to be located in Maraqua before it was destroyed back in 2001. I recall being very distraught for a little while until the Chef washed up on Mystery Island. :D
Another fun fact: I was only 13 back then. :o
The reason most people do Edna's Quests is for the avatar that is awarded randomly for completing one. Edna will ask for one to three items. If you are really trying to make NP, you won't spend more than 500-1000 NP on one of her quests. Her rewards generally stink: a few hundred NP and a Spooky Food. But there is the matter of that avatar (and maybe a Snorkle Snout or two). How badly do you want that avatar? That's what you should use to determine how much to spend on Edna. :P (Hate Edna?)
Lobster thinks Edna smells of dung! :o
Jhudora and Illusen are special cases within the "quests" category. These two faeries are bitter rivals and doing a quest for one means you can't do a quest for the other until twelve hours pass. While these quests also allow you to use the Shop Wizard and are also timed, they only give you a bit less than 17 minutes to complete it. These quests work on a "level" system: you start at Level One and progress to Level Fifty. Unlike the other quests in this section, these two have a penalty for failure: you are set back to the very first level! Yikes! This can be EXTREMELY upsetting depending on how far you've progressed. They can ask for any item on the site (activated or not, so beware) within a certain rarity; this rarity will go up as your level goes up. Very few people make all the way through. The prizes are set. Everybody completing Level 29 of Illusen's gets a Leaf Shield, for example. You do not get a prize at every level (there are many sites which list what prize you get at what level, if you are wondering). However, on completion of Level 20 of both quests, you will get an avatar. (You also get an avatar for completing a Jhudora quest on Jhudora Day and an Illusen quest on Illusen Day.) So why do people even do these quests, then? Well, the higher up prizes are very valuable! Most people try to complete at least 35 levels of Illusen's quest to gain the Honey Potion, an excellent BD weapon that is currently worth about 900K. Complete Jhudora 41 and you will get a Bartamus, a petpet so rare that it does not have a price! These quests are very difficult, though, because both Jhudora and Illusen will start asking for only r99s (items which have a rarity of 99) after a while. Jhudora starts wanting these rare items earlier than Illusen; therefore, her quests are harder to complete. There is only one Wand of the Dark Faerie (the Level Fifty Jhudora prize) on the entire site. Or so I hear. If you aim to complete either of these quests to Level Fifty, my advice to you is to try to get a hold of one of every single r99 you possibly can before you start. Even if you fail, you will have a very impressive gallery.

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Jobs
Work for your dinner!
I don't know much about the Faerieland Employment Agency, to be honest. If you'll look up my Neopets, you'll notice that none of them have any jobs completed. However, I know it can be great way to earn NP, so I will tell you what I know.
I really don't know all that much.
Most of the time when you go, basic jobs will be empty, and all you will see are the jobs requiring coupons. Don't do these jobs. Instead, wait for the NST clock in the upper right corner to read xx:00, xx:10, xx:20, xx:30, xx:40, or xx:50 (in other words, every tenth minute). That is when the basic jobs appear. You'll have to be fast in choosing one, because a lot of other people are trying. You want to choose one where the payout is less expensive than the items requested. For instance, a job requesting five Palm Fans (which can be bought for one or two NP) with a base pay out of 5000 NP will make you money. One asking for four of the cards called Gorunda the Wise (which are currently selling for about 600 NP) but only paying out 2000 NP would be a bad job to take, because you'd lose money. Jobs have a time limit; if you complete the job quickly you get a bonus! You can only do five jobs a day.
Some people make lots of NP from jobs. But I'm not one of them.
If you decide to use a Job Coupon (instead of selling it), be aware that it will downgrade one color each use, until it disappears. Also, Job Coupons can be used for any job their level or below.

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Hoarding
Mine! All mine!
The concept of hoarding is simple. You get something somehow, and then you refuse to sell it. I am a serious hoarder. My Safety Deposit Box (SDB) reached Pack Rat (at 1000 different items, you get the Pack Rat avatar) status long ago. I just cannot part with things. I wait and wait until the value goes up.
And wait... And then wait some more...
When a hoarder finds a codestone on the floor or by some other free means, he or she does not sell it. Instead, it goes straight into the SDB. And it sits there. It can sit there for months. Then, one day, in the news, TNT announces a plot! And it's going to be a war! Suddenly, everyone wants to train their pets! Shoom! The price of codestones skyrockets! The hoarder can sell for much more now than before.
Yippee skippee!
That's only one example. So what's good to hoard? Retired books are a fair investment- they will disappear as people read them to their pets and can never be replenished. You can get several from the Advent Calendar each year- snipe them on the day they come out for a pittance and wait two years. Anybody who has an old clothing item that suddenly becomes Wearable is going to make out like a bandit. Hoarding is more of an art than a science. There are no true hard and fast rules. Do you think someday everybody is going to be clamoring to paint their pet Purple, maybe because TNT will release an avatar requiring you to own a Purple Kacheek? Stock up on Purple Paint Brushes, then. (Fyi, that is probably not ever going to happen, but by all means hoard Purple PBs if that's what you feel like doing!)
A decent knowledge of how Neopia works will help the fledgling hoarder.
Sometimes TNT makes it really obvious what you should hoard. On 7 August 2009, it was pointed out in the Editorial that Grapes, a retired food item, were available in the General Store. They were replaced with Organic Red Grapes, and immediately after reading the Editorial, I went and bought up 15 Grapes for between 400 and 800 NP. Within minutes they were already up to 1,500 NP! Keeping an eye on the News or Editorial is thus a very good idea for the hoarder.
Seriously, guys, it was minutes. The time it took to write that paragraph, actually!
However, things that retire but don't disappear (toys, for instance) are unlikely to rise much in price. I have had retired keychains since 2003 that still sell for far less than 1000 NP. But the general trend of items is to increase in value over time. Neopian inflation can be a good thing. The only downside of hoarding is the time required. Hoarding is truly a long term investment. It will be years before the Christmas Paint Brush recovers from its Advent Calender stints, for instance. (In fact, it might not ever recover, because it seems to be a prize every year now!) But hoarding makes for a very impressive account down the road.

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Food Club
Hungry, hungry pirates!
Food Club is apparently a great way to earn NP. However, like jobs, I don't really use this method. In fact, I am so unfamiliar with this method that about all I can do is link you to a decent guide. :/ I went looking and the best guide I could find was Jawsnapper0991's. It looks to be pretty helpful! It walks you through the whole process. Good luck betting! Sorry I was so useless here, haha! :P

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Key Quest
Play with your friends!
Key Quest is a fun new game where you can earn lots of great prizes, like codestones, neggs, furniture, books, stamps, Wearables, and even paint brushes (if you are really lucky)! You play against your friends or random users in order to collect keys. Whoever collects all the keys on the board and makes it to the end first wins! In addition to the main game, there are mini-games that might get activated as you play. (My friend kandykaleena tells me it is a lot like Mario Party, if you have ever played that.) Overall, I find it to be a lot of fun, although it is still in beta testing and has problems sometimes.
Even with problems, it's still a blast!
In order to get Key Quest tokens, you have to buy real life Neopets merchandise, though sometimes tokens are given out as prizes in site activities, like the Advent Calendar or AAA's game challenges. If you don't have any Key Quest tokens, don't worry! At least while the game is still in beta testing, the game will generate one for you if you don't have one.
Lalala!
Key Quest is 3-D and might be difficult to run on older computers or computers with slower connections. I had a lot of difficulty myself when I tried to connect on a low-strength wireless connection. Hopefully this will change once it gets out of beta, but I expect it probably won't. If your White Halo of Loading persists for too long, the usual approach is to exit back to the lobby and re-enter.
Remember: Fyreflye's petpage or tell lobstermagnetcty!
As far as prizes go, if you come in first, you get four prizes. Second place gets you three, third gets you two, and fourth gets you one. You will also get the NPs you won in-game. Two to four players can play, and currently paint brushes are only available to first place winners, though that could always change at any time (even if I don't see why it would). So, obviously, the better your key, the better your prize. You can redeem ten keys in a day!
Yay, redeeming keys!
The best thing about Key Quest is that you always get a prize and Neopoints, even if you don't come in first, so there's no need to quit if you're losing! You might even get more NP than the person who comes in first! :D
I spend too much time playing Key Quest. :P
Good luck and have fun! :D If you are looking for more information, a good guide is Some1_luv_me.

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World Challenges
Play with the world!
Once again, I don't know much here. Pretty much all I know about World Challenges is that I'm not very good at them, but if I were, I could be making a lot of NP. If you like to play games, or have a few games you are very good at, it's worth checking into World Challenges. You can win all sorts of prizes from redeeming the World Challenge Maps, including rare paint brushes!
It's worth learning to play these things! I don't know why I haven't.
Luckily, a kind user, starwars_es_genial, came along and helped me out with this section. Huzzah! According to her, it's possible to get the hang of them very fast, and this is what she had to say:
No quotes; I did edit this a little. :)
The World Challenges are classified into Neopian Worlds (such as Neopia Central, Meridell, Faerieland, etc.) and each have three sets of maps and a certain amount of games in which you can compete. Once you collect all 20 pieces for one map (which you can place by opening the information window and following the instructions of the item), you will be granted access to recieve a prize. The prizes are mostly made up of paint brushes and petpets. In order to win the pieces you must enter the challenges of their respective world (i.e., a Faerieland challenge for a Faerieland map piece), and you can only participate in ONE every hour (which is the duration of the challenge).
It can't go on all day, after all! :o
The scoring system consists of a tally of losses and wins. The point is to get the highest tally, which can be achieved by getting more wins than losses. You don't have to have the highest score in order to win the "piece of art" (map). To win a map piece, you must have either one of the top two highest tallies, the highest sum of scores or the highest score for the hour. You can only win one map piece per hour, regardless of how many you qualify for, and you can only win three pieces total in a day. Pieces are only awarded if there are five or more users in the challenge.
So get your friends in on this as well!
To win you must first join the challenge, then be competing against someone - the computer matches you up - in the same challenge and get a higher score. Normally people don't play after they realize they're on the top of the chart, but you should check back regularly in case someone has taken your place, then smash them with your higher score! Remember, the tally is the number of wins compared to the number of losses. I personally excel at "Trouble at the National Neopian," which I think is the easiest game, but it must be different for everyone.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: look around to find the games you like.
So there you have it, folks! Find a game you're good at, and start winning those map pieces! :D Thanks again to starwars_es_genial, and if you want to read more, check out these petpages: Amylllia and Nigak. :)

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Site Contests
Win great prizes
Neopets is a site with all sorts of things to do! One of the most fun things is to enter a Site Contest. There are so many to choose from that you're bound to find one you're good at, and the prizes and recognition from winning can be a blast. You're probably not going to want to make all your NP from Site Contests, but it's a fine addition to your regular routine and can be a great way to stave off boredom or homework. ;)
Not that I ever procrastinate or anything... *shifty eyes*
I have to digress here and make a distinction between Site Contests and user contests. Sometimes you'll run across a guild or a shop offering prizes for some reason. These are not Neopets sponsered; they are user run, and they are also most likely a scam. Don't enter or host a contest, because you will end up frozen!
And for a really dumb reason, too. I mean, c'mon. O_o
That said, feel free to enter as many or as few Site Contests as you like! Almost all of them have guides that you can read on various petpages, such as mine about the Art Gallery. (Heh, shameless plug!) If you don't know where to look, I suggest starting out at So_You_Need_A_Guide, which is an excellent resource if you need, well, a guide.
Don't you love those self-explanatory names? XD
To give you an idea of what contests there are and how diverse they are, let me give you a list of links (excluding ones that take a lot of time, effort, and NP, such as Book Award or Gourmet Club)! :P Hopefully at least one will tickle your fancy or get those creative juices flowing!
Links are fun, especially when they save Hyrule!
Site Spotlight
Pet Spotlight
Petpet Spotlight
Art Gallery
Poetry Gallery
Storytelling Competition
Customisation Spotlight
Mystery Pic
Lenny Conundrum
Beauty Contest
Better Than You
The Neopian Times
Caption Contest
Pirate Cave of the Week
Neohome Spotlight
Gallery Spotlight
Random Contest
User Lookup Spotlight

I think each page does a pretty good job of explaining itself. Good luck! (Thanks to user twocents for suggesting this section!)

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Closing

Thank you for taking the time to read my NP Guide. I know it might be considered a bit long-winded, but hey, you wouldn't want me telling you only part of what I know, right? :P Anyway, I hope that what you found was useful to you, and I hope you learned something. Neopets is a site with infinite possibilities, and there are so many ways to earn NP that I hope you were introduced to one (or more!) that you hadn't thought of.
Let me know if you know of one I havent thought of!
Please direct questions, comments, inactive pages, and suggestions here and have a great Neopets day!
It's time to watch those Neopoints roll in! :D
~lobstermagnetcty

P.S. An epic thanks to brbrbrgn32962 for being so wonderful since this guide has gone up, and to everyone else who shared ideas or helped spread the word! You guys are the best! *snug*


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Helpful Pages

And here is where I will put all sorts of wonderful, helpful, interesting pages for you to peruse! :D

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I will usually just randomly add petpages that I like to this list, but if you think you have a great page, go ahead and Neomail me with it and I'll take a look. ^^ But I don't separate affiliates out of this list, sorry.

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