Basic Neopets Store Hints

There are almost 100 different active neopets stores but they all pretty much work the same way. Every 10 minutes or so, the stores are refreshed with new items which can be purchased with neopoints. Some of the items are rare (and can be expensive), others are uncommon and may or may not be sold quickly for a profit, and still others are common items that usually aren't items that neopets members are actively looking for.

Sometimes you can get lucky and snatch up a rare item for your personal pride, gallery or best yet, that you can quickly turn around and sell for a huge profit. More often than not, you'll stumble across something that really catches your eye but your fingers (and computer) won't be quick enough and you'll find the unhappy SOLD OUT message.

Here are some basic hints and suggestions to keep in mind as you build your store and neopoint totals.

  1. My first piece of advice is to know your store before you get too involved in the buying and selling process. You'd pretty much have to be a 5-year veteran of Neopets to know the low-down on the thousands and thousands of various NP items, and even then, new items are pretty much being added everyday. Pick one or two stores to concentrate on; it won't take very long to recognize which items are truly valuable and which ones may look pretty but really aren't items other folks are looking for or are willing to purchase. More importantly, if you concentrate on just a few stores, you'll quickly know which items can be purchased relatively easy and which rare items are next to impossible to actually purchase.
  2. When you're trying to establish a store, don't try to gouge prospective buyers with your items. You're always looking to make a profit, but if you do your homework (hopefully we can help you there!), you should be buying items that you'll make a profit on anyway. Yes, if you luck into a rare item, you can jack up the price a bit and make a hefty profit; but if it's a fairly common item, you're not going to be able to sell your item if you're offering it at 1000 neopoints and it can be purchased elsewhere for half that price. My advice is to utilize the shop wizard two or three times before setting the price. Find the lowest asking price and go about 5 or 10 points below that price.
  3. Once you have a few stores you're comfortable with, make sure you navigate to those store as quickly as possible. All Neopets stores have an ID number attached to them. The easiest way to get from store to store is to go to the URL at the top of the page and change the store ID. For instance, the link to the Neopian food store is here. The full URL to that page is http://www.neopets.com/objects.phtml?type=shop&obj_type=1. To go to Kauvara's potion shop, merely change "type=1" to "type=2". If you want to see a list of every page by type number, click here
  4. Remember now that the market constantly evolves in Neopets. You may think you know how much an item will sell for - and can make a decent profit turning around certain items - only to suddenly find that your items aren't selling like they used to. There's a good reason for that. Either you're selling them for more than you should be, or more likely, neopets is having a "fire sale" where they're offering items on a special day for half price. If that happens, you'll need to follow suit and mark down your items for a few weeks until the market gets back to normal, or else your store is going to remain pretty stagnant for awhile. On those special half price days, make sure you have plenty of open room in your inventory to stock up! Utilize the safety box feature since you can put unlimited items in there and go crazy on those days in terms of buying the items that you know you can sell.
  5. I can't prove this but I truly think the NP database that constantly re-populates stores is set up every day differently. By this I mean that on any given day a certain store may be coming up with new items more frequently than other days. If you can find a store that seems to be re-stocking often, try going back to that store more than you normally might on an average day.
  6. I think a general solid approach to follow is utilize what I call the 'vowel' system. A-E-I-O-U

A stands for Act Decisively — when a store re-stocks, you need to quickly scan the items and quickly determine which ones you have the best chance to buy. Sometimes, the items at the top of the store go more quickly because they're the ones people see first. Other times, you can get a decent item by avoiding a really rare item because everyone is going after that item first. And finally, if I see an item I know I can get a profit on that has quite a few in stock, I will go after that item first and hope I can quickly buy it several times before it's sold out.
E stands for Expensive — I don't like to buy items that I'm unfamiliar with if they're pricey (say 2000 neopoints and up). Just because they're pricey doesn't mean they're necessarily worth anything. I'd rather take the time to research an item and see if it's worth anything before buying it. If it is an item people want that you can profit on, chances are it will be gone by the time you're back from the shop wizard but that's knowledge you can utilize to your advantage the next time you see it.
I stands for In Demand — getting rare items is fine but it doesn't do you any good unless it's an item that people actually want (see U below).
O stands for Obtainable — the best items to stock are the ones that you can get fairly easily. You can spend weeks and weeks hoping to purchase a valuable, rare item only to just miss out time and time again. The best place to figure out what's obtainable is to go through my detailed store listings on this site.
U stands for Useful. I've found it's easiest to turn around items that are useful, such as food, backgrounds or common faerie quest items. There are a few other items too, like certain medicine, training items or wearable clothes that also will sell quickly if you're lucky enough to buy them.

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