Are you new to buying Neocash (NC) and wondering how the NC Mall and NC boards work? Are you an established NCer but want some great tips to trading? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, you’ve come to the right place! I will be teaching you everything you need to know as a NCCer and more.
To start off, I will introduce the two types of Neocash items. Neocash items have two categories: They are either buy-able or retired.
Neocash Item Types
Buyable: NC items that you can buy directly from the NC mall.
Retired: NC items that were attainable for a limited amount of time. It can be all the way from a day to a few years. These are the most valuable NC items to have! There are also some categories of retired items, which I will explain below.
Daily Dare retired items: You can only get these items on the one day Lulu awards them during the Daily Dare. You must buy tickets to challenge her at the flash games and beat her score! These can be pretty valuable and rare because they are attainable for only one day. One good example is the Pink Mountain Cloud Background which trades for several caps!
MME/mini-MME: These are a gamble but many highly valued items come from these! You buy these in the mall for 300NC-700NC. Then, you watch it as it morphs in your inventory. You can even put it on your pet and watch the item morph. At the end of the morph, you will get all stages and a bonus item if you are really, really lucky! Many bonus items trade highly.
NC Event items: There are some NC events like the yearly Altador Cup NC events and Easter events where NC plays a part. You are usually required to purchase a set of tickets to the event that will let you redeem prizes. These too, can be quite valuable and rare. If there’s a bonus prize after completing the whole NC event, it can usually trade well.
Premium Monthly Collectible NC Items: These are NC items given out monthly to Premium players. Many people will have them but they are still retired and can be valued quite highly if they are popular among NCers. Maybe this is a good reason to get premium.
Key Quest tokens: Most of them are buyable but there are a few that retire! When unlocked, a token is added to your Key Quest album and you receive a limited edition NC item. The NC items that come from retired Key Quest tokens can be highly sought after. Some examples are Isca Wig and Sweet Silver Violin.
Capsules: There are a few capsules that are buyable but most of the existing capsules are retired. Capsules give out NC items when opened and often have some limited edition NC items too. Capsules can be pretty sought after but are hard to trade. Some capsules are valued over $1000!!
NC Game Items: Not to be confused with NC Daily Dare prizes. These are NC games like Shenanigifts, Jub Jub Power Bounce, Wonderclaw etc. There are usually a few months when you can get them before they retire. You buy a set of tickets and use them to play the games and win prizes! It’s usually quite a gamble because you cannot choose which prize you want. What you can do is swap them for other prizes with other NCCers, which I can explain in the next topic of trading.
NC Mall boards: The NC Mall boards are one of the most active boards in Neopets. Most of the threads are for the purpose of trading NC items. Typically, on the title of their thread NCCers will advertise what they are seeking and what they have for trade. NCCers usually make their own tradelist and wishlist on sites like Jellyneo and Dress to Impress. They trade their own NC items for other NC users’ NC items using gift boxes, the only method of transferring NC items.
Neocash Gift Boxes: For a while, NC items were no trade. But that has changed when TNT introduced the gift box. Each gift box can transfer ONE NC item to another Neopets account. The gift boxes aren’t free though. You can get them by opening gift box mystery capsules (200 NC), which are buyable for a week every month. GBCs award minimum TWO gift boxes but this number can be five if you are really lucky! You can also get gift boxes by redeeming Neocash cards, which a cheap option. One $25 Neocash card gets you 5 gift boxes. However the ultimate cheapest method of obtaining gift boxes is to get them through Turdy’s surprise, the daily slot machine.
GBC: Gift box mystery capsule
UFT: Up for trade
HTPW: Hard to part with
VHTPW: Very hard to part with
NTY: No thank you
GLT: Good luck trading
LE: Limited edition
Popular: NC items that are very easy to trade and get offers on. Everyone wants these. They are usually pretty highly valued too. Populars rarely trade for multiple small items. They usually trade for other populars that are similar in value. Some populars can rise in value rapidly, so it’s important to get them earlier when they are cheaper.
BG: background item
NCCer: Someone who frequents the NC boards.
Custom: When a trader is willing to buy NC items from the mall with their current NC. For example, a 600 NC custom means they are willing to spend 600 NC for a trade.
GBC sale: Some users hold GBC sales where they put their UFT items in a list or gallery. You can get some great deals, since some retired items in a GBC sale will trade 2:1. If you send 1 GBC to the trader, they will send you two NC items back. The magic number is 2 since GBCs are guaranteed to give out at least 2 boxes. Your trader will be betting on the change that they will give more!
Note that some populars also have acronyms. For example, Curly White Wig with Bow is “CWWWB” and Altadorian Wig with Gold Ribbon is “AC Wig”.
The Cap System: The currency for NC values are caps. One cap is equivalent to 200 NC, the price of a Gift Box Mystery Capsule. So for example, to trade for a NC item worth 16 capsules, you must spend 3200 NC, if the trader is looking for a custom. Value guides will show how many caps each NC item is worth. The current value guide is located on /~clara. However, take the values for popular NC items with a grain of salt because the value of your item is ultimately what YOU value it.
Now, onto trading! As I said, NCCers often have a wishlist and tradelist that they advertise on the NC mall boards. Tradelists often contain a HTPW section (or a highlights section!), a regular up for trade section, and sometimes a 2:1 GBC section. Wishlists often are composed of a Priority section and a Casual section. Priority means that the trader is actively trying to trade for an item. If you’ve got the item, there’s little chance they would reject a fair offer. Casual means items to be obtained casually, the trader is not actively seeking the said item. They can be value fillers in a trade for a popular item too.
Most NCCers are ALWAYS seeking GBCs. On sale days where GBCs are only 100NC each, you can get some pretty awesome deals!
Neocash Trading Etiquette
– Send your part of the trade before you receive the other persons’ items!
– Thank your trader for the trade.
– Don’t back out of a trade especially when the trader has already bought a custom for you!
– Don’t be greedy
– Don’t auction your items. This is different however than taking your time to choose the best offer!
– Be kind to other NCCers and don’t create drama. – Don’t block others just because you don’t like them. You never know…You can end up getting your sought after dream item by trading with them!
– Some people don’t like it when you reject offers with a “NTY”. Doesn’t take long to type: “No thank you, but good luck in trading!”
– Don’t take advantage of newbies’ lack of knowledge to the cap value system. Don’t rip them off!
Neocash Trading Tips
– Trade up by trading your multiple low-cap items for higher ones! This is less costly than trading a 8000 NC custom for a 40 cap item even though it may cost more gift boxes and time.
– Overoffer to get the item as fast as possible. Some populars inflate very fast and the value guides may not have accurate up to date information. Besides, most traders are very reluctant to trade off their populars.
– Be prepared to bump your boards for hours, depending on how hard-to-get your dream item is.
– Never give up!
– Invest in MMEs, especially MME bonuses as many populars originate from there! Daily Dare prizes are also a great investment as they can only be obtained on one day.