Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rock Bottom Deals - In Rocks

Market update for September 19th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

It's a great day to buy rocks. It's a pretty good day to buy food. It's always good to be in the business where the commodities are having good days!

Stones, Wood, Lumber, Fur, and Woven fur ... they're all high, though. Alas.

Today's Red Ink Report is reflecting a lot of those high prices, too; there are 11 stores on it today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Falling Prices Give Buyers a Respite

Market update for September 17th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Except for fur, all the prices at market fell, and buyers are scurrying around to fill their new Crane Warehouses and arrange for more shops. Stone Street Market is so busy that officials are beginning to worry if they can keep up with all the purchases! Even the above-average price of stones was met with smiles - it's nearly 2,000 lower than yesterday.

Experts agreet it's just a respite in an otherwise high market, so enjoy the low prices today and fill those warehouses!

Even the  Red Ink Report shows some things to be grateful for, there are only 9 stores on it today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wood Sets New Record Price Today

Market update for September 16th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

We're all wondering, "Why did wood set a new record price today?" It's the height of the summer! Maybe it has to do with sudden market demands from upgrades and space-related construction. Market old-timers are sniffing this one out, it seemed so unexpected.

Upper Echelon Marketers will want to watch out for the Red Ink List today, the Magic Temple Shop's Tall Pillars are in the red. {What?!} This is the first time since their restricted introduction that they have had the ignominious distinction of appearing on the Red Ink List. 12 other basic shops join them today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT, with more red chalk than not - again:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Space For (Market) Improvement

Market update for September 15th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Everything is back up again except Woven Fur and Fur, which fell to near-normal prices after some very high recent prices.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT, with more red chalk than green or white...:

Woven Fur Sets All Time Market High

Market update for September 14th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Today, everything went down by some amount - little and large - except for Woven Fur, which just set a new record high price at Market.

Generally, experts are predicting high prices in a short-term trend.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT, with more red chalk than green or white...:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Market Board All Red Today

Market update for September 13th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Yesterday's pleasant market is gone - it lasted one day. Today's just the opposite of an Upgrade Day, I guess. I don't have any sort of name for it. I hope you stocked up. Today, we have 3 extremely high commodities, 3 very high ones, and one that is just above average.

On the bright side, at least we can afford to buy food again!

Woven Fur, the core of those new Stargazer Shops, has taken the predicted jump in price. I expect it to get higher.

And alas, the Red Ink Report is not going to be short today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's Upgrade Day

Market update for September 12th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

There was wild cheering on the Market Floor as prices were posted today. Food was below average - and every other price was either at or below average.

This calls for an UPGRADE DAY across the Tiny Kingdom! Fill your warehouses and get your upgrades done, then have a party!

This will likely be the last low price for some time for woven fur after yesterday's new high price record for fur. We're keeping an eye on it, but stocking up in the meanwhile.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fur Posts Blistering New Record Price

Market update for September 11th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Fur, just plain old fur, jumped it's old record by 500 coins per thousand today with a blistering high of 1,850. Ouch! You read it here first - this price is so severe that it cannot help but impact the woven fur market in a big way in a matter of days. The only question left at this point is, "How high will it go?"

In other news, Food prices finally dropped below 1,000/thousand; still above average, but a welcome relief. Combined with 2 shops below average, 3 shops above average, and that new fur high price, today's Market is a mixed bag.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

4th Day in a Row for Critically High Food Prices

Market update for September 10th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

The Market's Pet Pterodactyl screeched to close the market day and signal the beginning of new trading prices. Today makes 4 days straight with Food prices at the highest anyone has ever seen them and has left businesses hurting and the market in chaos. Shop keepers have emptied out warehouse after warehouse of foodstuffs bought at lower prices in efforts to keep their stores open and their employees at work during the crisis.

Today, Woven Fur's price is down, and Wood is a bit below average. Food and Fur are very high, and everything else is average-ish. Still, there are 10 basic stores on the Red Ink Report for today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fur & Stones Drop - Food Remains At Crisis Levels



Market update for September 9th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

There's no good news for the food market today, someone threw us a bone with a price just below 1300/thousand. That price won't let you make a profit in that brand new Pizza shop, though.

The good news today was a fall in prices in Fur and Stones to low amounts. Merchants will be thrilled. Plus, it is Sisterkins' birthday! Here's a shout-out to her!

The outlook for food is still poor, and we're expecting at least another day beyond this one at a four-digit level. Faces look grim as they try to figure out what has caused this crisis.

You'll find the Red Ink List below the Price board - when this many commodities are high, there are a lot of stores which operate at a loss when goods are purchased at Market

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

A High Market Price Strategy

You can hear people talking about it in every Village gathering place - hey, you can hear it right here on Stone Street. Nobody is happy with the aligning of high prices that affects Food, Stones, Woven Fur, and Lumber!

Here's my reminders for you:

A. Unless that store is on the Red Ink List* - it is making a profit. That means every 100 coins you spend on it results in MORE than the 100 coins you put in. According to both my algebra and business classes, that means you are making money.

*(I publish a Red Ink List with every Market update. It's a list of stores which run at a loss at that day's market prices. I note here that some stores spend nearly all their time on the Red Ink List.)

B. If you don't run a profitable store when the prices are high, you are losing your profits.

C. When you don't run a store, you make no progress to your next level of goals, because that's the only place experience is coming from.

D. Selling resources at market when the SELL price is high makes you a fraction of the money you can make from the recipes in stores. If you have excess resources, buy a few more stores that use them, don't sell them for the paltry price the market offers you.

When I was in the level 20's, I made more lumber than I knew what to do with. After a couple visits to the SELL board, it was clear that there was not much money there.

If I sell it at market, I can sell it for 2-3 coins per piece of lumber. Sometimes less. But, a quick consultation with my abacus tells me the Furniture Store will always give me a little over 5 coins for every piece of lumber from the 5 minute bench recipe.

So I bought extra Furniture stores. Problem solved, money more than doubled for every single Furniture store.

So here's my time-tested strategy for high market prices:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Food Week: Feed Your Children First, Though

Market update for September 8th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

If there's anything to be taken away from this week - it's how not to name a national holiday. We're facing some of the highest food prices the Tiny Kingdom has ever seen, back to back. The smart money says there is no relief for days in the price of food. Please! Just be sure to feed your family first then stock your stores with whatever is left over that you can afford.

Today's food price sets a new Market Record for the highest price ever recorded: 1,650/thousand. With no reports of drought, flooding, or crop failures, experts at market shake their head with a knowing look, and change the subject.

I won't be buying any more food until it drops below 1,200 for production. I'm putting my food-franchised stores on hiatus, and using the food in storage for the family until this crisis is over.

Woven fur reached a tie for the Market High today, a return to the 9,100 price per thousand of 2 weeks ago. The entire market seems to be responding to the situation; prices in every commodity are high (and higher) except for Wood, which is a great buy at an extremely low price.

With this many Record and High prices, be careful out there - check today's Red Ink List (below) before buying to stock up your shops. There are new shops on the list today.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Food is Low - No, Wait, It's High

Market update for September 7th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

It's another first at Market, and not necesarily the good kind. When the market opened, food was 760/thousand. Then suddenly, a few hours into trading, it was as if a fell wind blew through the Market, and food was costing buyers nearly double: a ripping 1,360/thousand. No other prices budged.

Following that bombshell, the town crier was heard going from village to village, declaring it FOOD WEEK. Now, I'm not normally given to conspiracies, but when it screeches like a pterodactyl, I think we might as well call it a Pterodactyl. SCREEEECH!

Buyers are enjoying low prices on stones and lumber, but honestly, this sort of re-pricing by authorities to fulfill their own agendas and drain our pockets takes all the joy out of those low prices, doesn't it?

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Falling Prices, Rising Stones

Market update for September 5th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Today's news of falling prices for Rocks, Lumber, Food, Fur, and Woven Fur took some of the sting over a 1-day hike in Stone prices for buyers. It is nearly double yesterday's price for stones.

An accident on the road from a major stone carving site caused a pile-up of deliveries. Until they clean up all the stones from the road, it is impassable. Officials expect deliveries to be restored within 24 hours.

As food prices fall again, everyone is stocking their warehouses as fast as they can at today's price.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT:

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's a Low 5 for the Buy

Market update for September 4th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

As the Market Pterodactyl screeched, simultaneously closing one day's Market Prices and announcing the new day, and new prices for the next, 5 out of 7 resources are average or below average! Rock, Stone, Wood, Lumber, and Food are your Low Five For The Buy during the next 24 hours.

With this good news, we saw buyers across the Tiny Kingdom intent on working their infrastructure: warehousing goods while prices are low that they'll be needing late for their shops and upgrades.

Lumber is the big winner today as the price collapsed to well below average. Nervous food franchisees are watching food prices carefully after the recent unseasonably high prices during the peak of harvest season, but yesterday's high is just a memory. As usual, nobody can explain why fur or woven fur prices are taking off.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT: