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.

Today's Price Board - expires midnight July 20th GMT/UDT

Rocks are just a bit above average at 600/thousand.

Stones were one of the news-makers today at the highest price EVER, 5,360/thousand.

Wood is near a market low price at 550/thousand.

Lumber is below average at 4,790/thousand.

Food is above average at 950/thousand.

Fur is below average at 500/thousand.

Woven Fur
set two records today, it's own record highest price ever, as well as the highest price for any resource at market with a blistering 8,350/thousand price tag.

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.
Sculpture Store (3)
Furniture Store (2)
Terra Trainer (3)
Art Series Stores (3)
Tux Series Stores (3)
Hiking Store (3)
Canoe Store (3)
China 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!

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