The Advent Calendar is only active during the Month of Celebrating (December). Each day a member can visit the Advent Calendar in Happy Valley to watch a flash animation and collect a prize. These can be anything from food items to clothing, battle weapons to books. There are also avatars that are given out but they are few and far between. Users are only allowed to receive this prize once. Users who create multiple accounts to receive multiple prizes may have their account frozen. This is one time of the year that TNT (The Neopets Team) really cracks down on users that are trying to game the system.
For people like me (hoarders), this is a most glorious time of year at the website. People sell things for incredibly low prices because the market is flooded. Items that are selling for a few points in the month of December steadily increase throughout the year. Eventually the items become retired and that increase the demand for them. Items usually get retired a month or so before the new Advent Calendar is made active at the site but there are times when they seem to go retired at random. The easiest way to check the status is to keep a list of items that were given out then go into your SDB (Safety Deposit Box) and check the status of them.
How do you make a decision on what to stockpile? Anything that is a one time use item is almost guaranteed to increase in price, even more so if it was something that wasn’t given to all members or there was a glitch at the site. One time use items include foods, weapons and books. Last year I started buying Cranberry Gummy Slorgs when they were selling for less than 50 points, now a retired item, they are selling for at least 700 points. Suffice it to say, if you are planning on sticking around at the site for a while, its always a good idea to buy a ton of the Advent Calendar items and toss them in your SDB until the price increases.
With the addition of wearable items, everyone is scrambling to stockpile clothes. The Winter Belchy Hat that was an Advent item went wearable and the prices shot up from 150 points to over 4,000 points over night. This is where the stock piling technique comes in handy. If an item becomes scarce, is used for an avatar, becomes wearable or is retired and you have a ton of them you can make a tremendous amount of points. Let’s say Blue Oranges (not a real item) is selling for 50 points and all of a sudden it is something that you can feed your pet and get an avatar from the action. Prices will go through the roof as soon as the information hits the message boards.
Because it is a Special item (something given out by the Advent Calendar) there are only so many of them floating around the site. If you aren’t greedy and price them a little less than the average selling price, you will make a killing. 6 – 12 hours after an avatar is released the market gets flooded so time is of the essence. Greedy people who overprice them often get left in the cold because everyone rushes to sell their overstock.
2006 Advent Items that have steadily increased in price include: My Neighbour the Zombie, Shooting Star Muffin, Chocolate Jhudora, A Ruki Christmas and Mint Swirl Cookie. 2005 Advent Items that have increased include: Snow Brucicle, Gigantic Decorated Christmas Tree, Roaring Log Fire, Chocolate Dubloons, Plushie Petpet Paint Brush, Beautifully Wrapped Present, any of five different Crackers (toys).
The Advent Calendar is a really nice treat for players at the site but it is something that does get abused. Outside of the Halloween Goodie Bags that are given out on October 31st each year, there’s no other event that gets more site traffic. That leads to a lot of people creating multiple accounts to get a lot of free things. TNT does freeze people that abuse the site and breaks the rules so remember that when you are tempted to make another account for the sole purpose of getting free items, buying scratch cards or collecting daily events.
You can find the Advent Calendar here:
Each day there is a new item to be had; sometimes they aren’t all that great but you can’t think like that. You have to think of supply and demand; what’s worth five points today could very easily be worth a thousand points tomorrow. With November coming to a close I an anxiously awaiting the 2007 Advent Calendar and stockpiling all the wonderful freebies that are given out.