Hi. I'm FlamingTroll1970. My owner wants me to keep a list of questions and answers about Plushie Tycoon. He says he'll feed me something nice. He'd better. That codestone's looking pretty yummy. Oh, and anything in blue is his own idea of how to run things. Other people think differently, and some of them are better than he is. He earns Grand Master a couple times, and his ego goes through the roof.

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What's this game all about? Making plushies to make money. You buy the cloth, stuffing, a box or bag to put it in, and accessories if the plushie needs it, hire workers, ship the plushies from your warehouse, advertise, and sell out. Then you do it all over again. End the month with more than 50,000 NP in your Tycoon account, and you get a trophy, Neopoints, and the option to use the Plushie Tycoon Avatar on the Neoboards. Go broke, and you have to start over.
What are the prizes? Make over 50,000 NP in the game, and you get 25,000 NP. 250,000 or more, and you win 50,000 NP. Make 1,000,000 NP in the game, and you receive 100,000 NP.
How do you get the NPs from your store? You have to sell out the whole job. Yes, this does mean that making a 500 plushie job early on is risky.
Which plushie should I make? There's no right answer. Since the new "Supply and Demand" pricing system arrived in September 2004, everything is supposed to be profitable, although it may require selling at exactly the right time. And since some plushies will sell faster than others, it isn't always profit margin; faster selling plushies can be bigger winners in the long run. My best suggestion is to check NoDogKnow's page and find something you like.
What workers should I hire? Again, there's no right answer. The rule of thumb is one manager for every ten workers. Other than that, it's mostly personal preference.Personally, I hire in groups of fifty workers, hiring all types of workers. Dropouts are the last on my hire list.
My workers aren't doing anything! 1. They only work from 9 AM to 5 PM Plushie Tycoon time. The Plushie Tycoon time can be found on the main page of Plushie Tycoon.
On the bright side, they only get paid when they're working.

2. You need about 1 manager for every ten workers. They keep your workers from playing solitaire or dressing up like Fyora using your plushie cloth.

So should I fire my workers after closing time? It depends on what's happening at opening time. You don't pay them after closing time, so if you'll need them when the next business day starts, why do all that clicking? Even with the ability to save a default roster of workers, it's still time you could use for something else.
Can I hire the workers just after the update, then fire them just before the update, so I don't have to pay them? Sure. But if you don't pay, they don't work.
I can't keep track of my PT game when I go to school/work/karate class! How do I get the game to run at a time I like? Well, most people just set the time to their own time zone and have the game run 9 AM to 5 PM their time. But if you want something different, you can change your time zone before you pay any rents by clicking on the main page link. There will be red text at the top of the page.

Visit NoDogKnow's petpage to figure out what time you want.

What does expanding my factory/warehouse/store do? Expanding your factory adds production lines. You can make two batches of plushies for each level of factory. To expand your factory, start a new job when your factory is full.

Expanding your warehouse makes loading go faster. A level 1 warehouse takes roughly four and a half hours to load a batch of 100 plushies, and each upgrade shaves roughly half an hour off of that time. The larger the batch, the slower it loads. Plushies don't start loading until you look in the warehouse, though. Also, the loading speed is dependent on how many plushies are in your warehouse; if you produce plushies fast enough, it may take over twenty-four hours to load a batch. Starting in October 2004, you now have to pay upgrade costs on your warehouse.

Expanding your store makes it bigger. A store holds 400 plushies for each level it has, and a size 9 store holds unlimited amounts of plushies. This doesn't count sold plushies, so it's possible to have eight batches of plushies in a level 1 store if they're sold out enough. Also, it's possible to put more plushies in the store than it can hold. An overloaded store can't buy upgrades or ads. Rent payments will come due, and plushies will sell, but that's it.

None of your buildings go past size 9.

How long can I go without paying rent? I don't know; I've never taken the chance. Late fees start roughly two days after your rent was due, and if you go too long, you're declared bankrupt. I recommend not doing this.
What do upgrades and advertisements do? Upgrades and advertisements help with sales. Don't skimp on these. I used to buy everything except Neopian Times ads, and buy the remaining ads as quickly as I could. With the added expense for upgrading the warehouse, this is no longer possible; I'm redesigning my plan as I go.
If there are no plushie jobs in my factory, do I still pay wages? Yes. Either fire your workers, or get them something to do.
How far should I expand my factory/warehouse/store? Your factory should only expand when you need it. However, the more lines you have, the more plushies your workers can produce, up to the limit of what they can produce.

Expanding the warehouse is important, but since it costs NP to do so, it's no longer practical to send it to size nine at the start of the game. Some people start off with a size 5 warehouse, others with a size 7, and there are some people trying to work without expanding the warehouse at all.

Your store should only expand as you need it. If you're feeling cheap, you don't have to expand your store. However, it's useful to know that something is going to sell out at the next update, since you can rely on that income to pay for your workers.

What are good prices for raw materials? That changes from month to month. My best suggestion is to watch the prices, and get a feel for it. I try not to buy Rare Gems past 2,500 or Velvet Bags past 1,000 unless I need to start a new batch of plushies.
My raw materials prices are too high! When will they change? Price changes are from 10 AM to 5 PM, Plushie Tycoon time.
How much raw material can you have in your materials inventory? You can't buy any more once you reach 89. It's possible to store 98 items in there by buying 88 things, then buying 10 more. Just ignore the request to sell things on the wholesale market.
Why can't I make anything but Grundos? You don't have any accessories, and you have only one piece of cloth of the same color. Either buy accessories for a Shoyru or Aisha, or buy more fabric, or make Grundos. NoDogKnow's page has a list of what it takes to make each plushie.
LCPP? What the heck is that? LCPP stands for Labor Cost Per Plushie. There are two ways to calculate it:
  1. Divide labor cost by the number of plushies that were put into the warehouse that update.
  2. Divide labor cost by the number of plushies that were produced that update.

Either way, the lower the number is, the better.
How do the taxes work? Every five to seven days from when you started the game, the Tax Man comes along. If you're showing a profit, he'll tax you. But if you don't have over 50,000 Neopoints, he'll pass by. For the current number, check the Plushie Tycoon Neoboard. There's almost always one on the first page of the Games area.
I need more help! What should I do? Visit _blazing_fire's pet page. I consider it the best source for links to Plushie Tycoon information.



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