Monday, December 31, 2012

Santa Rupert Is Missing-Or Is He?

by Elizabeth Emerald

Seasons Greetings Tiny Villagers! This is Elizabeth Emerald reporting live from our very on TVCO News Room. I have a saucy yet shocking story to report to all my tiny viewers. After being trapped in a tiny blizzard for 4 days, my field reporter, Scott Stone, made his way to the snow fort in tiny kingdom and reported to me that "Santa Rupert is not missing". That's right, Tiny People, as usual another government cover up!

It all started back in July when Manny Moonstone met his death behind the Starlilly66 village rock, leaving Cindy Clay stone single and bitter. It is a sad story Tiny Viewers, but Cindy has turned into the village harlot! Yes, she has been caught on numerous occasions with Rupert's right hand man Sean Shale Dow. at the Salad Shop sharing a bowl of croutons. Jenny Jade has finally had enough of Sean's infidelity after catching him and Cindy smooching under the villages New Year Clock, and she has kicked him out of their little Villa. Jenny even hired a Holiday Hoodlum to break in and steal all the village resources from the storehouses so Rupert would fire Sean for negligence.

Oh what a tiny web we weave!

Of course, Ozzie helped Santa Rupert hide out in the tiny snow mountains,yes he even let him take off riding Ozzie's best reindeer raptor. He is in the Tiny Snow Caves where Ozzie stores his abominable snowman eggs. All this cover up so Regina wouldn't find out about Sean's Tiny Shortcomings. All this wasn't even the worst of it.

The biggest cover up in Tiny Kingdom this season was committed by Representative Matt and his dreaded understaffed bureaucratic Tiny Watch team. Honestly who would ever fall for Bart "Oh sorry Scott" Hard the caveman. And really team, all the messages telling them that they won a penguin egg and Happy Holidays. Sounds to me as though our Tiny Watch team got a little saucy this week, too.

As always this is Elizabeth Emerald bringing you TVCO News with a Hugh Splash of Humor. Stay Sober out there..

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Low Prices Mean It's Stocking Time

Market update for October 8th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Whoa! Check out what Lumber is selling for: 3340! Everyone on Stone Street is talking about the low price on lumber. It hasn't been below 3,500/thousand for over 30 days.

Wise merchants will stock up on lumber at this price, it won't last long!

But that's not the only good news today! Rocks, stones, wood, and woven fur join lumber with very low prices today. It's a great day to upgrade, even fur is just above average. Please note, even at these low prices, all of the products in the Mystic Fire Store are huge losses, and one of the items at the Canoe Store is still running at a loss.

Stock the warehouses!

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

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:

Friday, August 31, 2012

Double Price Day - No Comment from Authorities

Market update for August 30st GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

When the market opened at midnight GMT, I prepared a post. Sometime between 2 and 3 hours later, the market prices changed, and I ripped that report up and went to bed! We've never seen anything like that before, and the Market Officials have offered no explanation. It's business as usual for them while the rest of us scratch our heads in bewilderment.

Across the Tiny Kingdom, it was much the same story, after market prices that were stuck in place for more than 4 days - it suddenly changed in the middle of the Market Business Day! And the Red Ink List, which had only one little entry on it - is back in business, much to the dismay of merchants everywhere.

Lumber and Woven Fur prices shot up like a geyser, lumber more so, with a very high price. Stones, Rocks, and Fur are below average, and everything else is average-ish.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT (give or take a few hours, evidently...):

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Election Time - UPGRADE DAY!

Market update for August 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

We've been enjoying a fair market finally, and today looks like another one! With all prices average or below average, it's time to make some upgrades and stock your warehouses!

The winners here are the village shops all across the Tiny Kingdom. Even the Red Ink Report only has 1 thing on it. The middle recipe in the Art Boutique runs at a loss. Nothing else, not even the infamous Tux Stores or the new Canoe and Hiking stores.

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

Saturday, August 11, 2012

When No News IS Good News

Market update for August 11th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

As long as the market stays around average, it makes for nice, predictable days at the Stone Street Market. When the Pet Pterodactyl squawked ... they chalked up even more average prices than yesterday!

But, of course, that doesn't mean that shop-keepers can buy without worries. There are still a number of basic stores which lose plenty of money buying resources from a completely average market, so be sure to check the Red Ink Report at the end of this posting.

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

Lumber Falls - To Average

Market update for August 11th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

If you've been waiting for the price of Lumber to drop some, it's that day! It's just not low enough to help Canoe Stores.

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT, there's only a little over 3 hours left now:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Falling Prices Send Market Into Frenzy

Market update for August 10th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

It's been non-stop chaos on Stone Street since almost all the prices fell at the close of market! Lumber is the only very high price, and rocks are just a bit above average. Everything else is very low or average.

Today's best buys are stones, food, and fur. With the market trends of late, I'm guessing this is just a momentary market low. We haven't seen a price this low on stones since April!

All shops which use stones are working overtime to get in on the profits possible at this price! 

Here's how the prices chalk up until the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT, there's only a little over 6 hours left now:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Does Stone Dropping In A Village Make A Noise?

Market update for August 9th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Of course it does, the happy noise of another price reduction in stones is always welcome! As cheap as rocks have been, some people are betting it could go even lower! And 2,070 is a great buy for stones these days.

The Market priced out today sort of half and half. There will be some winners, and some losers. Be careful with the Lumber and Woven Fur prices in your stores. Remember to know your break-even point, or check the Red Ink Report after the market chalkboard.

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Highs and Lows of Things

Market update for August 8th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

The Wood price is tied for the market low price today! Rock and Fur have very low prices, and lumber and woven fur are below average.

Not particularly a good buy, Stones are down today and falling. But Food is very high.

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

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Market is Shrinking Your Coins

Market update for August 7th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Wood is near low today, and Woven Fur is below average. Fur is around average. That said, today's mostly average prices at market need a bit of perspective.

What's it called when 1,000 coins does not buy as much today as it did 30 days ago? The technical term, my friends, is inflation. Yes, that dirty word, inflation, is at work on our very own Stone Street Market. If it continues unchecked, more and more shops will become nonviable because they spend more time losing money than they do making money for any shop keepers who are forced to buy their raw goods at market.

Rock is at 610, that's above average, but nowhere near high enough to be considered in the top 15% of prices anymore.

Stone is at 4,000. A month ago, that would have been nearly the highest price ever paid for stones (the record price was 4,090 before the July Jack-Up). 4,000 is not even in the top 30% of pricing now. It's become an utterly not noteworthy price. It still feels high to me, though! I work just as hard, for those 4,000 coins as I did a month ago.

Lumber is at 5,310, the exact median price for the past 90 days. A month ago, the median price was just under 5,000 though.

Woven fur is at 4,950, below the current 90-day median of 5,310. A month ago, that median price was over 300 coins smaller.

Here's how the prices chalk up for the next 24 hours:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Prices Down: It's Upgrade Day in the Tiny Kingdom!

Market update for August 6th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Wild cheering broke out as the Pet Pterodactyl screeched to bring the day's trading to a close and post prices for the new day. 6 of 7 market commodities are below average, some of them very low. If this doesn't qualify for Upgrade Day, I don't know what does.

The only high price today is for fur. I don't need fur for upgrades, I need woven fur, so this is perfect for me. If I needed fur, I'd stock up on everything else and bide my time for a couple days for fur to become affordable again.

But even with good days like this, there are still basic shops that are going to lose your money if you buy resources at these market prices. Don't miss the Red Ink Report at the end of my filing, but do enjoy it's brevity! Even Canoe and Hiking shops are making money at long last!

What a pleasant story to file at long last!

Here's how the prices chalk up for the next 24 hours:

Market Prices Falling

Market update for August 5th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

With only hours left to go, I'm late with the Stone Street Report. We haven't had all that much to celebrate at market recently - but today's prices are almost all below average or average, except for Lumber and Fur, which are both high. (But it's the market, give it a few days, it'll fall, right?!)

That is not to say prices around average can't result in losses in your stores; even the basic Terra Trainers are running in the red for one of their stock items at this price for woven fur.

I'm starting to line everything up that needs upgrading, I think the market looks like it might be setting up for even more low prices and I want to be ready to take advantage of it. I'm stocking up on stones and food for sure today!

Here's how the prices chalk up for the next 2.5 hours:

Friday, August 3, 2012

Relief At Market Eases Pressure

Market update for August 4th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Who would have predicted that a market full of average looking prices could ever brings sighs of relief? But that's what we have today when the Market closed and the Pet Pterodactyl screeched.

Watch out for very high rock prices, and take note of below average woven fur prices. (But not low enough for any shop higher than a Terra Trainer to make a profit with.)

Even with this small respite from the high prices, there are still key indicator shops which are losing money running from market stock. Please refer to the Red Ink Report after the price board for details.

Here's how the prices chalk up for the next 24 hours:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

They Say Third Time's The Charm

Market update for August 3rd, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

We can only hope that third new record high price for stones in 17 days charms someone. I know I'm not charmed, but surely the people lining their pockets at our expense must be living a charmed life at that price!

There's a boon for people using Wood at market today; at 500 coins per thousand, it's tieing with the lowest price ever recorded. With lumber still very high, I'm putting some of this cheap wood into my mills to make my own lumber.

With over half the commodities at market above average or extremely high, you're still going to have to be very cautious, especially in stores making things with stones, lumber, and fur.

My Hiking, Canoe, Cushions, and China shops are all on hiatus. How are you coping?

Here's how it looks for the next 24 hours:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Up Than Down

Market update for August 2nd, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

July's poor market buying performance is spilling into August. 3 High price records were set yesterday, and another one today - this time for Woven Fur. As if anyone needed to pay more for woven fur!

With the market careening out of control without regard to logic for the prices, I am loathe to attempt to glean, let alone believe, any intelligence on futures. Stock up on stones while it is still low, hopefully there is another day of wood falling after the record price yesterday. Food looks headed up, but nobody understands why.

And as we all stand in the buying side of the market, the selling chamber continues to sport insultingly low figures as if they were proud of them. The make no effort to hide the corruption that surely must have a grip on our market for the disparity between what basic commodities are being bought for vs. what they are selling at.

Here's how it looks for the next 24 hours, buy very carefully, and keep an eye on your break-even price point. As you can tell from the Red Ink Report below, there are still significant troubles facing village shops.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Market update for August 1st, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

The Market's Pet Pterodactyl screeched, and we blinked, cleared our eyes, and looked again. We needed blinders for some of these market prices.

First the good news, the price of stones and rock tumbled, and the price of food is still below average.

Now the bad news, Woven Fur is very high, and looks to be going higher.

And the Ugly? Three high price records were set today with Wood, Lumber, and Fur. We thought the Games were where the new records were supposed to be set this week!

The 'July Jack-Up' in the market has left commodities, markets, and shops damaged, the economy in a turmoil, and faith shaken in the Tiny Kingdom. Today's new high price records are now an added insult to the injury.

Here's how it looks for the next 24 hours, buy very carefully:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Back to Basics - Great Buys in 3 Key Commodities

Market update for July 30th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

The pterodactyl screeched and there was a small celebration on the market floor! Rock, Wood, Food - they're all great buys at market today. Fur is higher than average, but Woven fur is extremely high and still inching its way up the price board; Lumber is mid-yo-yo loop, and stones are falling. Watch for stones to go lower in a couple days as the low price of rocks drives the stones market down, too.

The mood here is hopeful that the excruciating prices are behind us and the market we know so well will be back soon.

Here's how it looks for the next 24 hours:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fur Reaches New Record High While Rock Tumbles

Market update for July 29th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

That screeching Pterodactyl doesn't bring much good news lately, does he? Rocks tumbled from near market high yesterday to nice and low today. I hope you have lots of things to do with rocks, because that's the only good news at these market prices.

Fur has set another high price record, the last record didn't even last a week. Woven fur will be heading up, too, because of it. The only question is how long it will take.

I'm pulling my stone carvers out of retirement and feeding them cheap rocks for the next several days. I'm giving my weavers a holiday, and closing my Tux and Canoe shops. Then I'm going to play Bingo and watch the Games. How are you living through this tumultuous market?

Be careful at Market - check the Red Ink List before you plan your purchases. The list today is long.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fur Drops - Lumber Sets New Record

Market update for July 28th, GMT/UDT

by Nanakins

Furriers and Weaver Factories are the winners today as the price of fur fell. Food vendors are going to be pleased, too, as summer crops help to keep the prices down. But everything else has fallen victim to the creeping market inflation and Lumber has set another high price record at market. The previous record price didn't even last 3 weeks.

With Today's Red Ink Report, there are quite a number of shopkeepers who are going to have to decide whether to lay off workers or run with negative profits today.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Buyers Stocking Up Today

Market update for July 27th, GMT/UDT
by Nanakins

As the prices were chalked up today at the close of market, the floor broke out in applause! Yesterday's nightmare at market was just a memory, hopefully one that we will never see again.

With an extraordinarily low price in lumber, Canoe and Woodwind Shop owners are going to be thrilled! Art Shop owners are positively green with envy, there is still no room for profit for them, even at this extremely low price for lumber.

Stock up on your stones today while they are affordable, everyone on Stone Street is still quaking when you mention the word, "Stones" after yesterday. It'll be rocky for a while.

People are wondering if lumber is next. I'm stocking up on that, too.

Breaking News: Starlilly66 Village Files For Bankruptcy

This is Elizabeth Emerald reporting live from the TVCO News Room. I have just received disturbing news from our field reporter, Scott Stone, who confirmed that Starlilly66's Village has filed for bankruptcy due to the high rise in market resources that began last week.

Rumor has it that Rupert Rock and Regina Ruby pooled all their resources together and partnered up weeks ago buying 3 more storehouses(currently under construction). Then they invested all their savings in extra resources,and the hiring of 16 more employees in order to resolve the market rising issues and prevent their lovely village from falling prey to a recession.

Now Tiny Kingdom Representative Matt has announced some horrific news. Apparently the workers chain bonus percentages have been gutted by some bureaucratic team, severely affecting their 401k. Employees are outraged and have gone on STRIKE!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stones Go Through The Roof With New Record High

by Nanakins

Two more high price records were recorded today as the Pterodactyl screeched at the close of Market. Records for Stones and Wood fell to levels never seen before. On the heels of last week's high market prices, this is a huge shock felt in the pockets across the Tiny Kingdom.

As the market barrels into uncharted territory for buyers, the seller's room is quiet. Prices here don't even look like they're related to the commodities being sold in the other room. Stones are selling for an insulting 1,390 coins per thousand-weight. I've done the math. That's over 400% markup.

I'm going to ask again - who is pocketing the difference?

Nearly every price at the market today is high. I can recommend the food. It's grown locally and the pineapples from Farmer Tom are especially delicious this week. Please note that the market only paid Farmer Tom 480 coins for what they are selling it to you for 770, though. Poor Farmers, they feed the world, and others make the bulk of the money from it.

Don't buy anything else. Just wait. Let the market sell to itself at these prices. Surely this must be the end of this chaos at market.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Some Prices Bring Small Relief

by Nanakins

In a season of blistering prices as well as temperatures, the market was down today. It might be a good time to think about doing your upgrades, before high prices come back, unless you need fur for your upgrades. The prices are just going up...up...up.

The new high prices this month have caused the year-to-date median price to rise (when compared to the 90-day figure) on 5 out of the 7 commodities traded at market. The most crushing price increase has been realized on stones, where it's a blistering 32%.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Fur's New High Price

by Nanakins

It happened. Today, fur reached the highest price ever paid for raw fur. The mood on the floor at Stone Street is tense as Market Prices continue to careen wildly up, and down. Nobody knows when it will stop - or at what price before it's done.

I'm going to get the Red Ink Report ready while you review today's prices:

Today's Price Board - expires midnight July 24th GMT/UDT

Introducing Elizabeth Emerald

by Nanakins

I'd like to introduce a new writer to Stone Street, Elizabeth Emerald. Watch for her pieces as she brings you the scoop from inside and the stories from out there. It's all the business news there is to tell across the Tiny Kingdom.

Elizabeth joins my Market and Shop analysis pieces with the more human side of the story. I'm sure you will laugh, you will cry, and you will love reading every word she writes.

We will try to remember to put our bylines on our pieces for you, but bear with us as we get the hang of this new-fangled job-sharing stuff.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

What's Next to Go Sky High - Food or Fur?

In the past two weeks, every market price has seen new high records set, except for food and fur. I'll bet you can tell where I'm going next ... yes, I think they will be the next victims of the seemingly arbitrary high prices we have been witnessing careening capriciously across the Tiny Kingdom.

Food increases could be particularly crippling, depending on how high it gets, and how long it lasts. Since we're in the middle of harvest season, the actual effects of the current Market conditions could be delayed in Foodstuffs until after the Fall crops come in though. Which leaves the Fur market...

The good news is that food is below average today. Stock up. I'm stocking up on fur, too. Just in case.

Today's Price Board - expires midnight July 22nd GMT/UDT

Week of Records Ends With Another High

Rocks are in the spotlight today on Stone Street, and not in a good way. 4 days ago, we saw the lowest price ever paid for rocks chalked up on the Daily Prices, 370/thousand. Today, we saw the highest price ever paid for rocks, 780/thousand. Perhaps too many people stocked up, causing a shortage that drove the price up this high? It's more likely that the underlying chaos in the market itself is to blame, though.

Top level officials in the Tiny Kingdom were summoned to a closed door meeting next week with leading industry representatives and economists to help work out a plan to ease the growing panic on Stone Street as the Market careens out of control.

Today's Price Board - expires midnight July 21st GMT/UDT

Rock is at an all time high at 780/thousand weight. Buyers are urged to approach this price with caution and double checking both your inventory and your cost analysis figures.  It can only go down from here, one hopes.

Stones have fallen from their highs this week to around average at 3,070/thousand, or what passes for average now. (2,790 +/- 15%) This price is expected to only go up in the short run.

is above average at 700/thousand.  It's going to go up before you will see relief.

Lumber is 5,810/thousand, which is average.

Food is above average at 920/thousand but going down.

Fur is a good buy today at 500/thousand. Stock up, this market may be the next one hit with a rocky future.

Woven fur tumbled after yesterday's all-time-record high, and now has an average price of 5,460/thousand.

The Red Ink Report for the Next 24 Hours

The following basic stores will lose money if you purchase your resources from the market at today's prices. The number in parenthesis is how many items in the shop's stock are affected.
    Toy Maker Store (1)
    Sculpture Store (2)
    Furniture Store (2)
    Art Series Stores (3)
    Tux Series Stores (3)
    Hiking Store (3)
    Canoe Store (3)
*Some stores are never listed above because they were designed to nearly always lose money, like the Education series shops and the supporting shops for the Wonders Challenge.

Be careful out there!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stone Street Highs Leave Buyers With Double Trouble, Workers Face Layoffs

The Market's Pet Pterodactyl screeched, signalling the end to the market day, and the start of the next. All eyes were on the board as the numbers were hastily scribbled out in chalk. And then a hush fell over the market.

This had never happened before. Buyers were still recovering from the all-time high prices 3 days ago in the stone and woven markets, and we were looking at new highs in the chalk at the heart of Stone Street.

I may have used "unprecedented" too soon in a report earlier this week. I clearly should have saved it for today. The markets and shops across the Tiny Kingdom are in chaos. Shop keepers are closing and sending workers home. Entire business plans are suddenly no longer viable, and I heard a rumor of bankruptcy from one quarter.

On Monday, the record high price record sat at 4,090 for stones, and 6,960 for Woven goods. The mid-week spike took those records to 4,140 and 7860, respectively. Today's new price sets the records at 5,360 and 8,350.

Here's how the rest of the prices shook out today, while I go take some extra time to get the Red Ink List ready, it's going to be long today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Midsummer Chaos in Market Sets New Low Records

One day after three commodities set new high price records, two more are setting low price records today! The price of Fur fell to an unprecedented 500/thousand today on Stone Street, 80 below the previous market low record. Rocks tumbled to 400, 30 lower than any price rocks have ever sold for.

Experts are not sure what to make of the expanding highs and lows in commodity purchases. Some suggest the instability is going to spread and get worse before anyone sees a benefit from it. If that's the case, shop keepers in villages across the Tiny Kingdom are in for a rough ride at times and need to be extra vigilant about their break even prices.

While the market is still repairing the harm done by the highest prices ever seen for Stones, Wood, and Woven Fur from yesterday, today's above average prices are actually welcome news.

Today's Price Board - expires midnight July 18th GMT/UDT

Monday, July 16, 2012

BAM! 3 High Price Records Set At Market

Ouch! It is going to be a brutal day at market. The Pterodactyl screeched, bringing the market day for one day to an end, and starting a new trading day. Suddenly, I swear, it screeched again as we watched in disbelief while one... two... three... high price records fell and were replaced by numbers never seen before on Stone Street. The scary part is, someone may have to pay those prices just to survive.

Stone, Wood, and Woven Fur
all have new high prices as of today. Before you purchase any of those resources at Market Price, be sure to check your shops' break even points. The Red Ink List is very long today. (It's at the end of this article)

There are still other bargains to buy, though, while savvy Stone Street Buyers are left wondering, once more, why they can't sell their stacks of resources for the same price the Market charges. Who is pocketing the incredible markup on Market Commodities? Who is controlling the Market Prices on the backs of Villagers everywhere in the Tiny Kingdom?

Today's Price Board

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Magic Emporium Shop Review

Crystal shops are quite an investment that every village has to carefully consider. There's more to it than just how much money or experience the shop makes - because the shop design could be so appealing to you that your village just needs it whatever the results from operating it could be.

Introducing the latest series of 'auto-multi-level' shops, The Magic Emporium.

It's an adorable store that's arriving only for the weekend, and just in time for the solstice - midsummer in the Northern hemisphere, midwinter in the southern. The shop comes in three levels that are automatically chosen for you,depending on your current level. If you are level 4 to 17, there's the 149 crystal version, it's yellow with a blue roof on the tower and the building. If you are level 18-29, the cost is 169 crystals with a purple paint-job and a wooden roof for both parts, and for those level 30 and up, you'll get a blue paint job with a purple roof for 189 crystals.

**Note that when you reach the higher level, the shop does not change. When you achieve level 30, you'll still have the level 18 shop.

In addition to the new hiked-up price-tags on the shops (the last sets of crystal stores were only 89, 119, and 139, retrospectively), you're going to face some fairly low break-even points on some of the recipes that will bear watching current market conditions if you are unable to produce enough resources on your own, otherwise you'll be losing money.

But there's good news here - the Rings Trick recipe profit and experience in this shop is great! You'll find the details at the Tiny Village Wiki for each Magic Emporium and it's recipes. But let me put it in perspective for you so you can decide if this shop is for you.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Low Stones Price May Be the New Market Low

15 July 2012 (GMT/UDT)

We haven't seen stones this low at market since April - when it hit an all time low a bit below this, and then within two weeks it had set a new all time market high price. I'm going to stock up on stones in case we are looking at the same scenario.

Here's the rest of the good and ... not as good news from new prices today on Stone Street:

Rocks are very low at 470/thousand and people wonder how low they can go this time. Rumors of a new market low within the next several days are keeping buyers on the alert.

Stones are very low at 1,800/thousand; personally I believe this is the new bottom of the market, but only time will tell us that. Stock up. Unless you have a time machine, stones don't come any cheaper than this.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good News at Market

14 July 2012 GMT/UDT

Rocks and stones are highlighted in my BUY orders today. Both are well below average and with rocks so low, expect stones to fall some more, too, as the trend trickles through to the manufacturing mills. The rest of the market is average. Which does not mean the Red Ink List is empty, be sure to check that before you put your shops into production with market resources.

Rocks are 480/thousand, well below average, and headed down.
Stones are 2,150/thousand, below average, and going lower before rebounding. This market could be volatile, watch it carefully.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Many Shops Still Running in The Red Despite Some Price Easing

July 11 (GMT/UDT)
There was a collective sigh of relief as lumber and woven fur prices tumbled from their record-setting heights yesterday. Selling for just above average, it's quite a welcome change. (It's not often anyone has welcomed prices over 5,500/thousand for resources.)

Rocks are below average at 470/thousand-weight.

Stones are well above average at 3,600/thousand-weight.

Wood is very low at 540/thousand-weight.

Monday, July 9, 2012

New High Market Prices Leave Buyers Stunned

Market Report for July 10th (GMT/UDT)

When the Pterodactyl screeched at the end of the market day and the new prices were chalked for all to see there were a couple gasps in disbelief and then utter silence across the Stone Street Market.

No one ever remembered seeing Lumber take a jump like that in one day, an increase of over 248%. Come to think of it, nobody remembered it ever costing so much. Woven fur, likewise, jumped into new high price territory. It was only 81 days ago that Lumber established the last high record that was broken today - only 84 days ago for the previous Woven Fur record.

All this and today Wood posted a record low price. I mean a beat-the-records-fall-through-the-bottom lowest price ever at Market.

Astute Market Watchers will quickly grasp the irony here. Lumber is made from wood. Why would the price of wood tumble, and at the same time, the price of Lumber increase so dramatically? What in the world is going on?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Some Prices Are Up, Some Prices Are Down

July 9 Market Update

As the market begins a climb, there's still some below average prices to take advantage of for those shiny new stores in your Village.

Rock is below average at 470/thousand. Stock up!

Stone is 3,610/thousand, which is above average. It's expected to do a yo-yo act for a couple days, though.

Wood is at 520/thousand, which is near the market low price. The buzz is that this price is going to go even lower than the record so watch this price tomorrow!

Market Trying to Hold the Line on Prices

While posting some rising prices, there are still more below average resources than than not on the Price Boards at Stone Street Market today.

Rock is 510/thousand, just (barely) below average.

Stone is 2,070/thousand, below average and on the way up.

Wood is 680/thousand, which is just above average again. Expect this price to fall.

Lumber is 4,600/thousand, which is below average. Stock up while the price is low. You read it here first!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Strike While The Market Is Low

There's only a few more hours of great prices left today before the Market Closes in the Tiny Kingdom (at Midnight GMT/UDT). You're going to enjoy lower than average prices for everything except food. Yes, everything!

Rocks are below average at 470/thousand-weight. They're going to yo-yo for the next days, so stock up when they are low and sit back on your porch and look smart tomorrow!

Stones are below average at 2,190/thousand-weight. Stock up and enjoy the prices today and tomorrow, it's going to be bumpy after that. (and when I say bumpy, I mean ... cost you more.)

Wood is just below average at 670/thousand, and is going to hang out around here and go lower in a couple days.

Lumber is 4,420/thousand - a nicely below average price. It's going to bounce for a couple days before it hits the top...and keeps on going. We're watching for records to be broken.

New Shop Review: Will A Canoe Do It For You?

On July 4th, 2012, Franchises opened across the Tiny Kingdom for the Canoe Shop. The shop requires your village to have achieved a certification to level 40.

You're going to suffer a bit of sticker shock on the asking price, I'm not going to sugar coat this, it's high. And you should evaluate this investment carefully, because it is not a cut-and-dried decision like the Bistro and Salad shops that were introduced at the same time.

The shop makes all it's inventory from lumber. And it requires a lot of lumber. As Market-Watchers know, Lumber is a volatile commodity whose price has only increased since the beginning of the year. Even at an average lumber price, the Canoe Shop is going to bring you nothing but Red Ink.

Don't check out on me yet, because there's a huge up-side to this Franchise that you may want to carefully consider.

The Hiking Store Review

New Hiking Store Franchises launched across the Tiny Kingdom on July 4, 2012. If your Village has a level 36 certification, you are authorized for one.

Read on to find out if you actually want to do that, though.

The good news is that there's an intermediary shop for the mid 30's.

The bad news is that it's going to generate red ink. A lot of it. On average market days, Maps could lose close to 20,000 coins a day and walking sticks around 2,700. When prices are above average, of course, those figures will only rise. The break-even point for the Hiking Store Franchise is 3,600-4,775 coins. Resources that exceed those market prices (which are below average) result in Red Ink for the Franchisee.

But there's more good news - the experience returns on this shop are stunning. You won't see anything that exceeds this level of experience until you can open a Canoe Store or a Scooter store.

New: The Village Bistro Review

Bistro Franchises became available on July 4th, 2012 to all the Villages of the Tiny Kingdom that can show their level 32 Certification.

In addition to the wonderful decor, I think you're going to like the shop! It falls into a niche that really needed a boost in villages, that slow period on the way to Apple-ville!

Let's compare it to the aforementioned Apple Shop. You're not going to make as much money, but you're going to earn a good deal more experience, believe it or not. You're going to love it!

But how profitable is it?

New Shop: The Salad Shop

Your Cave Mom and the Surgeon General have both told you how good salads are for you. Now Nanakins is doing the same!

On July 4th, franchise opportunities were introduced across the entire Tiny Kingdom for the very tasty Salad Shop! Here's why I think you should consider this investment for your Village.

All you need is your level 28 certification to purchase the shop. And almost 63,000 coins, plus some building supplies. Don't balk at the price, look at it analytically. If you keep the shop going with House Salads during your waking shift, and put the overnight shift to work on a Cobb Salad, the shop pays for itself within 4 days. Even quicker than that if the market conditions are right.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Emergency Hidings of Posts

Dear readers, I am about to embark on a very full day of work and I just learned that the new shops for sale may have already had their returns changed.

Until I am able to study it, I have pulled the stories on them, and am rescinding all BUY recommendations.

I will write more tomorrow. I'm somewhat in a state of shock at this, maybe the Abacus in the Tiny Kingdom needs replacing...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Market's Losses Are Our Gains

Not all the fireworks were in the skies! As commodity after commodity fell to lower prices on Stone Street, buyers and shop merchants reacted with glee. New Salad Shop and Bistro owners will enjoy a lower price for their recipes today!

Rocks are nice and low at 460/thousand; get them before they spike tomorrow. Other than that one spike, they're going to be low for the next 7 days!