Mystical Surroundings

(neopet store #108 -- 66 items as of 8/31/08)

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I've found that this store is one of the easiest and most profitable stores to visit. Maybe because the store has such a high number, it seems like many people don't know about it (even though the Neopets folks are constantly adding rare, new items to the inventory). It's also hard to find (it's in Qasala in the Lost Desert in case you're wondering).

Backgrounds are one of the things that most NP owners want for their avatars. Even the basic background will make your pet a little cooler looking. When the market is stable, you can pretty much buy any background (with maybe one or two exceptions I've noted below) and at least make a few neopoints on the sale. And if you grab an uncommon or rare background, you can make quite a bit on the sale.

Another rule to keep in mind here is that sometimes the newer backgrounds are pretty valuable right away but they tend to go way down in price as they become more and more prevalent. This is especially true with a plain looking background (like the cardboard box).

Background RPP ANV RI DOR Comments
8th Birthday 1400 5,000 R77 11/15/07 Semi-tough to get
A Grey Day 1,300 42,500 R83 10/3/07 Extremely Tough to get
Altador Sun 1,100 7,000 R70 7/18/08 Tough to get
Artist Studio 5,000 70,000 R90 10/3/07 Extremely Tough to get
Bone Vault 1400 1,400 R78 1/10/08 Semi-tough to get
Bubble Paper 1250 1,200 R75 1/9/08 Easy to get
Buzzer Hive 1400 2,300 R76 1/11/08 Easy to get
Cardboard Box 900 450 R66 12/26/07 Easy to get — NOT PROFITABLE
Checkered 1100 3,500 R72 2/6/08 Semi-tough to get
Cheese Shop 1250 1,200 R61 9/12/07 Easy to get - NOT PROFITABLE
Citrus 1100 9,000 R67 7/23/08 Hard to get
Classroom 2500 40,000 R89 11/1/07 Very Hard to get
Cloudy Sky 1,500 2,500 R81 11/1/07 Hard to get
Corn Field 1,200 tc R83 8/27/08 Hard to get
Courgette Field 1200 2,300 R73 4/23/08 Semi-tough to get
Creepy Cave tc 110,000 R93 11/1/07 Extremely Tough to get
Crumpled Paper Bag 1,200 400 R56 4/12/08 Easy to get
Doodle Graphing Paper 1,000 1,500 R66 7/16/08 Relatively Easy to get
Dreamy Pink Hearts 1400 99,900 R86 2/14/07 Hard to get
Dung Cave 2450 17,000 R88 9/12/07 Very Hard to get
Edna's Shadow SPECIAL 4,600 R101 3/4/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Faerie 1300 1,000 R49 10/9/07 Easy to get - NOT PROFITABLE
Fire 1100 1,300 R46 10/9/07 Easy to get
Fireworks 5000 150,000 R93 11/6/07 Very Hard to get
Gadgadsbogen Fruit 1200 11,500 R83 3/5/08 Hard to get
Game Room 1500 1,700 R70 9/12/07 Relatively Easy to get
Giant Omelette 900 1,300 R73 5/13/08 Semi-tough to get
Gormball 1500 1,200 R54 9/12/07 Easy to get - NOT PROFITABLE
Grassy Meadow 1300 1,300 R59 9/12/07 Easy to get
Gross Food Buffet 1000 1,500 R65 7/1/08 Semi-tough to get
Holiday Home SPECIAL 3,800 R101 12/28/07 2007 Advent Calendar Give-Away item
Ice Caves 1375 3,700 R66 9/12/07 Semi-tough to get
Inside-A-Jack-O-Lantern 1400 8,800 R82 10/20/07 Hard to get
Itchy Invasion SPECIAL 6,950 R101 3/3/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Janitorial Closet 1200 1350 R56 5/27/08 Relatively Easy to get
Kau Kau Farms 1300 60,000 R82 6/19/08 Extremely Hard to get
Keyring Case 2500 24,000 R87 2/27/08 Hard to get
Maths 1300 5,000 R72 1/23/08 Semi-tough to get
Melting Test Station SPECIAL 28,500 R101 4/1/08 2008 Return of Sloth Prize
Meepit vs. Feepit SPECIAL 9,000 R101 3/31/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Meerpit Juice Break SPECIAL 19,000 R101 3/1/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Moon & Stars 1,200 10,100 R75 9/12/07 Semi-tough to get
Neogarden 1600 34,000 R82 9/12/07 Hard to get
Neohome 1500 2,300 R79 9/12/07 Semi-tough to get
Pretty Floral 1300 5,000 R73 12/19/07 Semi-tough to get
Primary Colors (Blue, Green, Red, Yellow) 200-250 275 R40 (yellow) ?? Easy to get
Raining Doughnuts tc 3,000 R81 3/26/08 Semi-tough to get
Raspberry Patch 1,300 12,000 R73 6/4/08 Semi-tough to get
Resistance Headquarters SPECIAL 21,000 R101 4/1/08 2008 Return of Sloth Prize
Rubbish Dump 1000 1,000 R68 3/21/08 Easy to get
Shearing Room 1100 1,100 R71 1/5/08 Easy to get
Shell Beach 1200 120,000 R88 5/7/08 Very Hard to get
Silver Glitter 1000 1,500 R56 8/6/08 Relatively Easy to get
Sketch 915 1000 R43 10/9/07 Easy to get
Sophie's Hut SPECIAL 12,000 R101 3/12/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Split 825 690 R40 10/9/07 Easy to get
Square Mania 1200 10,050 R73 4/30/08 Semi-tough to get
Tyrannian Concert Hall 5500 350,000 R95 9/12/07 Extremely Tough to get
Tyrannian Volcano Lair tc 130,000 R92 9/12/07 Extremely Tough to get
Underwater 5,000 300,000 R91 11/1/07 Extremely Tough to get
Underwater Net 1,100 9,500 R73 5/24/08 Hard to get
Underwater Shipwreck SPECIAL 94,300 R101 3/29/08 2008 Daily Dare Prize
Used Bubble Paper 1000 700 R70 1/9/08 Easy to get NOT PROFITABLE

TABLE KEY
RPP = Retail Purchase Price (how much you'll pay on average to buy in the main Neopets store)
ANV = Average Neopets Value (going rate of the lowest purchase price you'll pay in a users' store, or auction. This price does vary so let me know if you disagree with this number)
RI = Rarity Index
DOR = Date of Release

Useful Links

Neopets Shop Wizard — all prices quoted here are based on selling the item at a cost slightly below the lowest based Shop Wizard price on an average of 2-3 searches.
Neopets Auction — where you'll need to go to get the backgrounds with rarity index 90 and above. I hope you've got lots of spare neopoints.
Neoitems.net — great site with searchable database on all Neopets items.
Jellyneo.net — Another really good Neopets site with a tremendous searchable database.

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