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#1 Stephen

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:19 PM

Now you all want to know how to get from zero to a couple hundred million in a short time span. It can be done with quite a bit of hard work.

First, you need some Nexon Cash. The more, the merrier.

Part 1: Nexon Cash
Nexon Cash is critical to gaining mesos. You do not have to waste a lot of gachapon, you simply need a store permit. Below is a list of possible stores that are economical.

1. Standard Regular Store permit (18 slots)
This costs 1.8k NX and you can live for about 3 months with this, however, you will not be able to maintain a good FM spot as you will disconnect and ACers will be there to get you. More on ACers in a bit. You will also not be able to restock your store, however, there is no time limit on how long you can be there unless you disconnect or close on will.

2. Two week Mushroom House (16 slots)
This costs roughly 10k NX, but lasts two weeks. You can refresh the store (meaning you it gives you money and clears up a slot) and you can maintain the store at any time. It will not disconnect and you don't have to leave your computer on as it is a NPC. Only con is that it self closes after 24 hours, so you will have to "reset" the store every 24 hours. More on resetting later.

-Summary-

Basically, the cheapest way is to get the regular store permit, but then you can't play MapleStory. Getting the Mushroom house is the most convient way, however if you don't have money to waste, get the regular store permit.

Section Two: Getting Starting Mesos

You need mesos to start any sort of business. It's fairly easy in the world of the free market. First, find any spot between FM 1 through FM 6 in Channel 1 of your world and sell it. To sell a spot, put one single item up and then set a price on it. Different FMs have different prices, so follow this chart.

FM 1 - 2 Million Mesos
FM 2 - 2 Million Mesos
FM 3 - 500k
FM 4 - 100k
FM 5 - 50k
FM 6 - 10k

It's hard to find spots in FM 1 and FM 2, so just try to find any. Once you have 500k mesos, you're ready to start.

Section Three: Price collection

In order to be successful, you will need to know the prices in the free market. Get a sheet of paper out and draw three columns. The first column is 10% scrolls, second is 60% scrolls and the third is 100% scrolls.

The next step is a very time consuming one, but fairly easy. Go through every single shop in the Free market and find scrolls that have been sold (grayed out). Write down that scroll in the approiate column and put the price. If the same scroll is found later and was sold for a higher price, change it to the higher price on your sheet of paper. Keep collecting prices until you've got over 50 different scrolls. Now you're set.

Section Four: Shopping

It's time to shop. If you're lazy and don't like to communicate, simply find scrolls in the free market and try to find them at a price that is way below the price you've marked on your piece of paper. For example, if a Wand for Att 60% scroll on your sheet of paper is 1.8 million mesos, and someone is selling for 1 million, buy it.

Once you've used up all your mesos or your inventory is full, it's time to set up your store.

However, if you do like to communicate with people, you can go to either the Kerning City Party quest and channel surf saying "Buying scrolls" and try to convince people to sell a scroll to you at a lower price than the one on your piece of paper or go to other locations listed below:

Kerning City PQ
Ludibrium PQ
Orbis PQ
Free Market 1 Channel 1 or Channel 2

I find Ludi PQ is most effective. Remember to channel surf and be friendly.

Section Five: FM Spots

FM Spots are crucial to having business. The better the FM, the better the sales. Try your best to get a spot in FM 1, 2, or 3. Here's a great tip to getting spots:

At roughly 5:00 PM CST (3:00 PM PST), most people come home and want to play MapleStory. Thus, go to FM 2 and sit there and wait for stores to close. Once you see a store close, run to it and grab it.

Another tip is a very rough one. On the next server check, put your character in FM 1 and wait for the server check to be over. Once it's over, immediately login and grab a spot as fast as you can.

Once you get a spot, keep it. You'll learn how to keep it in a bit.

Section Six: Sales
You should be set now, people will start buying from you and you'll gain a profit. From the wand example above, you'd gain 800k mesos profit.

However, you need to maintain your spot.

Section Seven: Maintaince
Maintaining your FM spot is crucial for sales. If you have a mushroom house, yuo will have to close and re-open the store every 24 hours or so. If you double click your mushroom house while it's open, there will be a timer on the top right corner saying how much time is left. You should close and open the store before that time is out.

Last updated: July 23, 2007

July 23, 2007: Initial creation of guide.




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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:25 PM

If you have extra NX, buy Gacha to get some free scrolls.

Also, instead of the paper thing, you can also use Excel if you have another computer close buy. The other comp doesn't need internet access.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:30 PM

QUOTE(iforgot120 @ Jul 23 2007, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you have extra NX, buy Gacha to get some free scrolls.

Also, instead of the paper thing, you can also use Excel if you have another computer close buy. The other comp doesn't need internet access.


Gacha = waste of money. Don't do it, use the money to get a mushroom house instead.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:33 PM

In Bera I was able to sell CH2 FMs 1 - 3, 500k each .

Also when selling, do what department stores do. Make your stuff look cheap. Instead of selling for 1,000,000 mesos sell for 999,999 mesos (colour is also different, cheaper colour mush1a.gif)

Also be patient, sometimes you'll sell out in an hour, other times it'll take a whole day.

Edited by Blared, 23 July 2007 - 12:33 PM.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:56 PM

I don't think I have enough patience to buy for cheap and sell higher in my store... ^^;

Another thing I do is that I sell my stuff when I'm at work. That way, I'm not always checking to see what sell. And I currently use the spring summer permit (lasts for 3 months) =)

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:24 PM

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1. Standard Regular Store permit (18 slots)
This costs 1.8k NX and you can live for about 6 months 3 months with this, however, you will not be able to maintain a good FM spot as you will disconnect and ACers will be there to get you. More on ACers in a bit. You will also not be able to restock your store, however, there is no time limit on how long you can be there unless you disconnect or close on will.


You made a typo, stephen.
Other than that, nice guide mush1n.gif
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:37 PM

Nice guide. Ill prolly use it eventually with the buying and selling higher. Unfortunately i cant play right now cus no ones answering my technical difficulties topid mush1l.gif

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE(MrSweetFruit @ Jul 23 2007, 02:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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1. Standard Regular Store permit (18 slots)
This costs 1.8k NX and you can live for about 6 months 3 months with this, however, you will not be able to maintain a good FM spot as you will disconnect and ACers will be there to get you. More on ACers in a bit. You will also not be able to restock your store, however, there is no time limit on how long you can be there unless you disconnect or close on will.


You made a typo, stephen.
Other than that, nice guide mush1n.gif


It's 6 months assuming you charged 5k NX.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:46 PM

I have a question.

with the mushroom houses, can you use them for 90 days as long as you close and remake the shop before it expires?
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE(Omega Ansem @ Jul 23 2007, 06:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a question.

with the mushroom houses, can you use them for 90 days as long as you close and remake the shop before it expires?


Mushroom houses last 2 weeks max, depending on which one you buy. You can use it for 2 weeks straight.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 07:16 PM

Crap, our great secrets have been blown! You didn't have to share this, didn't you? xD
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 07:28 PM

Well, gachapon isn't necessarily a waste of money. You see, I bought 35 gachapon tickets with my first 30 k NX, being optimistic of course. I got a buncha scrolls and a 4 atk pink adventurer cape, I sold it the same night I got it for 400 mil. So in this case, yes it was worth it, but gachapon is so much luck that most people don't advise it.

The merchanting approach is much more stable and secure, unless prices plummet though. Which is a bad thing.

Your title is inaccurate also, because you need funding to buy scrolls with. Unless someone is selling them for free.

But I really like the guide, made some things clear. Suggestions for shop names? Like having "cheap" or "quitting" or "sale" in your title to draw more business?

Edited by okiyama, 23 July 2007 - 07:33 PM.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:52 PM

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Your title is inaccurate also, because you need funding to buy scrolls with. Unless someone is selling them for free.


Actually Life said to start off with money, to sell spots:

QUOTE
You need mesos to start any sort of business. It's fairly easy in the world of the free market. First, find any spot between FM 1 through FM 6 in Channel 1 of your world and sell it. To sell a spot, put one single item up and then set a price on it. Different FMs have different prices, so follow this chart.

FM 1 - 2 Million Mesos
FM 2 - 2 Million Mesos
FM 3 - 500k
FM 4 - 100k
FM 5 - 50k
FM 6 - 10k


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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:19 AM

QUOTE(Stephen @ Jul 24 2007, 01:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(MrSweetFruit @ Jul 23 2007, 02:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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1. Standard Regular Store permit (18 slots)
This costs 1.8k NX and you can live for about 6 months 3 months with this, however, you will not be able to maintain a good FM spot as you will disconnect and ACers will be there to get you. More on ACers in a bit. You will also not be able to restock your store, however, there is no time limit on how long you can be there unless you disconnect or close on will.


You made a typo, stephen.
Other than that, nice guide mush1n.gif


It's 6 months assuming you charged 5k NX.

Well, You might want to put in ' 3 months each shop' in it, as some people might get confused by this when they get in the cash shop and look.
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:40 AM

Great guide I'm going to try this ^^
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:37 AM

After seeing Stephan's guide on how to merchant I made a real quick (like 10 min) work sheet for keeping a log of prices and how much you sold for and the total profit you made from buying and selling.

What I need is for some people to just rate the overall layout 1-10 and tell me if there are any spelling mistakes or if I missed a scroll. Also suggestions would be appreciated.

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Edit* The picture is a tad big so it might take a while to see it if you have slow internet.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:56 AM

Bottem --> Bottom.

Only spelling mistake I found. :>

Also, could you explain the "Bought" column? Is that for how much you bought it for?

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:51 PM

Yes

Price = The average price for the item

bought = What you paid

selling = What you are selling/sold it for

profit = how much you made from that one item ( Bought for 1m sold for 1.3m = 300k )
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:06 PM

Woah, it's really good and it's highly organized. Did you include the different %'s of scrolls(10%, 30%, 60%, 70%, 100%) with the item name? Or did you just put the name of the scroll?

Example:
Bow Attk 10%
Bow Attk 30%
Bow Attk 60%
Bow Attk 70%
Bow Attk 100%



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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:50 PM

just put the scroll underneath the column with the correct %

I am going to right an x to resemble that I bought a scroll. If I bought 3 of the same ones it would be x3

I am going to put this to some use soon.

Edited by wowthisisfun, 24 July 2007 - 01:52 PM.

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