The we-Bay Manifesto

It would be nice if players could trade items (We Rule EBay) so that players who boosted their gift cart and ended up with six can trade with players who missed. Maybe if players spent mojo to make a trade ngmoco:) would actually consider it.

This weekend was a good example. A number of players boosted gifts to get the twilight flowers for the twilight meadow quest only to end up with more of the same trinkets they already had and no twilight flowers.

(Seriously, if you want the meadow and its purple unicorn, just spend the 50 mojo on the goal rather than blow it on a useless hunt through boosted gifts. And at the rate they’re giving out twilight flowers, you may not get twenty.)

Think it through. Make sure you want to spend 50 mojo on this building that’s slightly bigger than the caterpillar perch. I won’t know what it returns as idle income (50 hours delivery time) until sometime today.

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This unicorn may look large on the splash screen but he’d no bigger than the other one. Hopefully you can hold off and buy it on we Bay in a month or two.

Consider this inventory: 11 wedding chapels, 14 shipwrecks, 23 naval ships, 16 blue Venetian palazzos and eight Machu Piccus. What could we possibly do with all that inventory? What could a player possibly do with that?

Trade it and sell it on we-Bay. I propose that ngmoco:) (after they fix the bugs) add a third tab to the news/realms tab that launches the we-Bay site. There players can sell used inventory, and players looking for better deals can bid on it.

So let’s say I somehow ended up with six golden red dragons. I could take bids on four of them. The four best bids win. Or I could offer a direct-sale price of 400000c. I could clean out my Machu Piccu extras (they’re so big and no one needs more than one) for best offer above 20000c.

Did you install seven houses of worship and now only need one? Rather than sell them for 10 percent, why not see what you can get on we-Bay? The seller enters the item under her username and the buyer bids with his.

What does ngmoco:) get out of this? What do they always get out of it. They can charge 2 mojo for every transaction. Knowing ngmoco:), (and I might as well say this because they’ll come up with it on their own) they would charge 10m to buy 20 bids as well. Or 100 bids for 40m.

This means, as we all know, more players buy mojo so they can trade on we-Bay. If ngmoco:) can get a second-hand items market going (either in-app or online) they could pass Pages as the number one grossing app of all time.

If ngmoco:) does create we-Bay, of course, or anything remotely resembling it, I want the 10 percent of every mojo spent making trades credited to my account (better yet, the cash equivalent). 1 It was my idea, after all, and my readers were my witnesses. And Carol’s been pestering me to start making money on this blog.


1Call my lawyer, ngmoco:). He’s my brother in law and his specialty is real estate so you’ll probably do better than you would with a contracts specialist.back


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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SirCake
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 13:24:16

    First, the twilight flowers only come in UNboosted gifts. Read the splash screen.

    Second, when we asked for a way to give gifts to our friends (one of my 47 gold troll bridges, perhaps), we got the lottery cart instead. I can’t imagine what ngmoochco would do with your weBay suggestion, but you can bet it will include the spending of mojo.

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  2. chezmah
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 08:03:41

    Hi TT,
    your site is displaying in some weird format for the past few days. i thought it might come back to normal on its own but has not done so. it may be on my end, but, if so i dont know how to fix it.
    just thought i’d let you know incase its on your end…. and you can fix it ????
    have a great day !
    chezmah

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  3. ravenpuff
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 06:23:17

    My daughter has about 6 golden barns. And I have so many wedding chapels, if I get any more, they’ll have to sit in inventory. And I hate having inventory, as even an idle business is income.

    Hey, do you have any friends whose kingdom you try to access and then every time you try to access it crashes? I have two on my list, but I have already filled out a case on the ngmoco support site.

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  4. akkelly
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 14:31:07

    Hey Raven,
    I have had more problems with crashes in the past few days than ever. It’s even taking multiple attempts to completely load! Yes, i’ve already re-booted, logged out, re-booted, and every other tweak I can think of. All that’s left is problems on their end. And they want us to spend money?! Plleeaasssse!

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  5. Elizabeth
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 22:26:13

    I have so many Macchu Picchus and Wedding Chapels…Since the hunt for unboosted gifts for the flowers (I’m up to 17 now) I haven’t boosted any gifts…it’s been kind of nice since I don’t get tons of stuff i don’t want…

    I think I’ve finally broken the gambling cart addiction, and it was inadvertent since it was so I could get the flowers!

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  6. Elizabeth
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 22:32:22

    Just a random observation – my most consistently ordered items from friends right now (and have been for a while) are: Viking Forge, Dojo, and Hercules.

    The Viking Forge perplexes me really – the second an order finishes and I clear it, someone pops up to reorder! I got boost-gifted a bunch of these. I think i could fill my main realm with these suckers and they would all fill up. I can’t find a goal that needs them though – I must be missing something!

    My poor Kraken’s and Black dragons hardly get anything…although once I open the Large Animal Kingdom goal which requires idle earnings from Krakens there will be a sudden run on them….

    Oy, these goals!

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  7. Jiji808
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 22:56:47

    It’s strange how u r shown a dollar value return before u place ur order but u are not told how long that order will take to be completed. It can make it seem u r ordering from the highest paying shops when ur not. I wonder if that’s why folks (especially players who dont read the grimoire or mojo farm ect.) pass over the krakens? Im no expert, just a thought. Why not give the $/hr value anyway?? Makes more sense.

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  8. Homer Resurreccion
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 01:04:28

    Hey TT,

    your blogs really helped me strategise my buying of items and buildings and not spend cp and mojos on useless items, thanks, that is why my kingdom is filled with battlements and mayan, oreintal residence to the max.
    Your Carol is right, how about setting up an account that we can contribute some real $$ for your “diligent research” via paypal, even if you dont need the $$ I just want to send you as a way of my appreciation to your love for we rule. Maybe you can take her out for dinner with we rule$$$.
    Just my 2 cents.

    Jki218

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  9. Homer
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 01:19:16

    Hey, TT

    Is the a way you can remove my last name before posting?

    jki218

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  10. Homer
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 01:21:51

    Hey TT,

    your blogs really helped me strategise my buying of items and buildings and not spend cp and mojos on useless items, thanks, that is why my kingdom is filled with battlements and mayan, oreintal residence to the max.
    Your Carol is right, how about setting up an account that we can contribute some real $$ for your “diligent research” via paypal, even if you dont need the $$ I just want to send you as a way of my appreciation to your love for we rule. Maybe you can take her out for dinner with we rule$$$.
    Just my 2 cents.

    Jki218

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    • Totalthinker
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 04:03:17

      Thank you. We may do that. I know another site has tried it so I’ll run it past Carol.

      We will buy out next dinner in your honor no matter what.

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  11. ellylons525
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 08:09:18

    I shut down my 2nd kingdom & had to inventory everything because many players ignore the Gone Fishing sign. ITS TO ENABLE YOU TO NOTIFY OTHER PLAYERS THAT YOU ARE LEAVING THE GAME FOR A BIT. I had my sign up for a week or more & people kept placing . I started rejecting orders under that name (ellylons) & felt bad for doing so. Then I’d go back in & the same player was re-placing their order. I finally put it all in inventory & that was it.
    Initially i was not happy with the goals, but find myself enjoying the heck outta them now. Managing two separate kingdoms with multiple realms became a nightmare of trying to grow goal-oriented crops that i finally started writing them down in a notebook.
    Think i’m finally over the mojo addiction but still think ngmoco should offer mojo as a gift cart item and as a goal reward…….cmon, we’ve made you guys rich!
    Thanks ‘thinker, for your often hilarious postings (i was cracking uo when jenny many toes tookbover the column. Glad to know you’re looking out for us.

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    • Totalthinker
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 03:59:59

      You have to do the best you can. Players used to simply leave their fields empty and people still placed orders. The gone fishing signs should be a better warning, but…

      Thanks for inspiring me with a blog entry topic.

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  12. Sykiemikey
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 00:23:15

    I definitely noticed more people just place orders on whichever shop has the highest number no matter how long it takes. Ch mont, Forge and Hercules are my most popular…

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    • Totalthinker
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 03:48:03

      People have to play the game based on their sense of what will succeed. And it is definitely easier to park at a high return shop than to shop around for hourly values.

      Besides a lot of people don’t read this blog.

      Reply

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