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Offline lprkaun

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Rummaging to make money
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:21:22 PM »
Out of curiosity I spent my first 3 days in town rummaging through trash cans around town managed to collect:

About 80 trash
400 scrap
30 newspapers
10 teddy bears
6 rubber ducks
4 candles
5 bottles of bubble bath
a large space rock
4 seeds
2 moonstones
a bloodstone
a smithsonite
Iridium
Iron
Silver
Palladium
and Plutonium

Altogether for 3 days of collecting I made 18,323 simoleons after paying to have the metals smelted and the gems cut with the emerald cut.  Not bad if you're starting a dynasty and need some starting funds.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 05:26:36 PM »
Good tip is doing that at rich people's houses :) You might end up with the game googles for 9k ! :D



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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012, 06:40:20 PM »
Hate rummaging. Your sim ends up stinking! Better ways to make money.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2012, 08:06:27 PM »
It's a fun way to go if you're playing a homeless type sim. Take the mooch trait too.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 07:39:20 AM »
You can get 7 items (max) while rummaging. A household with a net worth of 30,000 will be considered to have a "medium" net worth. Likewise, a household with a net worth of 95,000 will be considered to have a "high" net worth. You'll have a 20% chance to pull a medium value item from a medium net worth household, a 30% chance to pull a medium value item from a high net worth household, and a 3% chance to pull a high value item from a high net worth household. Ignoring net worth, there's a flat out 15% chance to get a flop quality book, insect, rock, gem, metal or plant. When rummaging, you can get scrap. If you rummage in a cheap net worth household ( < 30,000 ) then you can get 10 scrap, medium = 20 scrap and high = 50 scrap.

That's enough net worth for now.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 07:43:26 AM »
It would be funny if this is a hidden skill. That way you could level up and get better items.
But since this is based on change...

Saying that: Seabody, is it maybe true that the change increases when a sim is doing this often? Like when rummaging becomes a actual hobby or life style?

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2012, 07:45:43 AM »
Saying that: Seabody, is it maybe true that the change increases when a sim is doing this often? Like when rummaging becomes a actual hobby or life style?

Do you mean, like, the more your Sim rummages, the better they get? I'll take a look.

Nope, not that I can see. :)



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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2012, 07:57:17 AM »
Do you mean, like, the more your Sim rummages, the better they get? I'll take a look.

Nope, not that I can see. :)

Yeah, that was what I meant.
Thanks for checking though.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2012, 10:35:41 AM »
Thank you for the info Seabody. All my poor sim find most off the time are trash and old newspapers. :P

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2012, 10:41:45 AM »
Saw this thread and although I hate to rummange, when my sim is in law enforcement I prefer to rummage than do the questioning.  I spend too much time getting them to like me to answer questions.  I guess I need to have a higher skill in Charisma.

Anyhow, if I have to rummage for reports, at least I could make it worthwhile by getting something for it.

How do you handle it when you get caught rummaging?  Stay and talk or do what I do -- run for the hills!   :D

If you travel, you can buy the shower in a can and use it just after rummanging, it helps to remove the bad moodlet from stinking. 

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2012, 12:11:44 AM »
The bad part about rummaging is with the reputation system. My homeless sim somehow got celebrity status and was constantly having to sue for slander due to getting caught digging in trashcans.

Usually I try to do it when no one is home, or late at night.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2012, 10:47:20 AM »
I must have one unlucky sim (and not as a trait, neither lucky or unlucky), when I sent him out at night, late when everyone should be sleeping, someone would come out to see what is going on.
Sent him when no one was home, even watched them drive away.  And he has no sooner stuck his head in the trash and they showed up.   Guess that is why he chose the law enforcement profession, he knew he would make a lousy thief (he was a townie). 

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 12:34:27 AM »
Out of curiosity I spent my first 3 days in town rummaging through trash cans around town managed to collect:

About 80 trash
400 scrap
30 newspapers
10 teddy bears
6 rubber ducks
4 candles
5 bottles of bubble bath
a large space rock
4 seeds
2 moonstones
a bloodstone
a smithsonite
Iridium
Iron
Silver
Palladium
and Plutonium

Altogether for 3 days of collecting I made 18,323 simoleons after paying to have the metals smelted and the gems cut with the emerald cut.  Not bad if you're starting a dynasty and need some starting funds.

I saw this post a few weeks ago and gave it a shot. I went to two large 60x60 lots with large homes and on two consecutive days hauled out two of the expensive virtual reality goggles (forgot the game name). So my one and only venture in trash management had huge dividends.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 10:49:31 PM »
How do you rummage through bins anyway?

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2014, 03:56:07 AM »
How do you rummage through bins anyway?

You click on the trash bin in the neighbourhood, and it should say "Rummage" Try do it at rich people's houses :P

But don't do it if the home owners are nearby, cos then you will get invited inside. Also be careful if you are famous, since you can get the moodlet from paparazzi :)

And then its just have fun rummaging

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2014, 09:36:15 AM »
Dumpster diving seems to be much more lucrative. I've gotten furniture, expensive TVs, as well as metals and gemstones. Still get stinky, very stinky.

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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2014, 04:21:25 PM »
Curious if the family wealth has to be from townies or would it matter if it was a family added to the town.

I have been making some blank towns and seeding them with families where there is a newborn and possibly the female is pregnant in order to have future mates for the children my sims have.

Which has me wondering in the area of rummaging.  The wealthy families, such as the Goth's, have very nice items you can find in their trashcans, such as the reality goggles.
What about the seeded families?  I have couples that I am using that are from other games and they are quite wealthy; from $30,000 to $200,000. 
Would they have the nicer items in their trashcans, or would this go with only townies having those items?

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2014, 07:53:40 PM »
I'm assuming that as long as the game gives them the "rich" status (such as when you visit their house and get the "x sim is rich!" notification), they'll have good things in their trashcan. If a seeded family is considered rich, then they probably have expensive trash too.
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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2014, 04:02:10 PM »
Don't you have to be a thief or in law enforcement in order to rummage?
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« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2014, 04:20:24 PM »
No, I've had sims not in those careers successfully rummage through trash. Insane sims like to do it autonomously, from what I've seen.

Plus, any sim can dumpster dive and dumpster diving can be a lot more lucrative. The townsfolk like to throw away tiberium.
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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2014, 07:18:19 PM »
When I send my sims off shopping in town, they dumpster dive autonomously while I'm not paying attention. It's amazing what's in those dumpsters.

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« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2014, 08:29:29 PM »
I know I had a sim autonomously pull out a nice lounger the other day; Which has handy as the family is so close to destitution lol


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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2014, 09:58:22 PM »
Ok, I just had to give it a shot.  From arriving in standard Sunset Valley till 1:30 am my Sim dumpster dove and rummaged 3 trash cans.  I used tce to give her the ability to teleport and made needs static, (next time I won't do the static).  Once she got stinky enough, and was getting very low on hygiene, I teleported her to a free shower and off she went again.  For some reason she could not dumpster dive at the junkyard.  Her take (selling straight from inventory) was:

Pele's Postlight                                                  $125
The Bloomington Lamp                                      $ 50
2 Aristocratic First Oval Rug                               $160
Sawed Off Light Caster                                      $ 45
The Savannah                                                   $450
Iron                                                                  $ 18
2 Crocks O' Stuff                                                $ 90
Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly (criminal dumpster)   $ 18
30 Scrap                                                            $ 60
Blushing Torchere                                               $120
Tungsten Carbide                                                $ 58
Mount of Comfort Dining Chair                             $ 90
2 Bears                                                              $100

Total of $1,384 for one day of work.  Combine that with the three cars she swiped and the free food she harvested and this thief would have no worries financially, could easily build a small house, get a spouse and start a dynasty with style, basically within two days and with no skills (except she's a thief).  I didn't mention the value of the cars because that requires a skill and I didn't want it to count.
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Re: Rummaging to make money
« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2014, 11:17:05 PM »
I might have to try that with my Random legacy environmentalist sims Joria. :) The junk they recover from the junk yard never seems to be usable, just replaceable.


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