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!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hooray!! It's Upgrade Day in the Tiny Kingdom

You've been saving up ... and the day is here! It's UPGRADE DAY for the next 23 hours, a national holiday across the Tiny Kingdom.

Rock is very low at 460/thousand. All those new Fireworks stores will need some!

Stone is 2,600/thousand, which is just below average.

Wood is 620/thousand, below average.

Lumber is 3,300/thousand, which is very low. It rarely gets much lower, so take advantage of stocking up what you need.

Food is 820/thousand - just below average.

is the only above average price at 930/thousand. Prices are heading down, so watch the market this week.

Woven Fur is at a market low; 2,900/thousand. It doesn't get any lower than this.

Remember Upgrade Day ends at the stroke of midnight GMT/UDT. Upgrade that Magic Rock and then resupply your storehouses!