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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #175 on: January 02, 2011, 02:23:08 PM »
Has anyone tested playing the instruments in the subways?

It's ridiculous. I have not pushed it really high yet, but mentioned some figures in my band article on the Guide. If you had the "Star" Challenge done AND had around 1000 performances in the skill journal, I'd guess you could rake in close to a million simoleans over a 24-hour period. But, Pam says the subway mechanic was toned down in the last patch. I have not done tip playing in the subway since my article to get a feel one way or another.

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« Reply #176 on: January 07, 2011, 01:44:53 PM »
hi I just managed to register was having problems because of activation  :D. anyway, I have a sim with 3000 guitar performances, guitar star challenge and the rest of the guitar challenges and at the moment I'm getting a maximum of about 65000 simoleons each tip in bridgeport's subways. they give you so much more money in bridgeport as I was getting nohwhere near that before I moved from sunset valley.



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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #177 on: January 07, 2011, 05:52:45 PM »
hi I just managed to register was having problems because of activation  :D. anyway, I have a sim with 3000 guitar performances, guitar star challenge and the rest of the guitar challenges and at the moment I'm getting a maximum of about 65000 simoleons each tip in bridgeport's subways. they give you so much more money in bridgeport as I was getting nohwhere near that before I moved from sunset valley.

Wow. That's interesting? Now, you're saying you did not play in subways in Sunset Valley? I have not heard that individual tip amounts in subways are necessarily more than individual tips elsewhere — just that they fly at you a lot faster. At least that's been my experience. Nicely done on the 3k performances. I guess you and I are the exclusive partners in the 2-member 3000 club.  :D

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« Reply #178 on: January 08, 2011, 03:38:24 PM »
Hi Metro. I actually saw your first post in this thread and thought wow I want to do that so I got all my performances in SV. Then got ambitions and Late night for christmas and instantly moved to bridgeport because everyone was saying "the subway is the best for tips". It's really wierd but in carls guide it was saying you would earn more than what I was earning outside the SV theatre. I was really amazed with the tips in bridgeport. also a quick question for everyone. where do you live in bridgeport? personally I kicked old and new glam of their beautiful vista lot to somewhere else and built a house there  ;).

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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #179 on: January 08, 2011, 03:57:38 PM »
Hi Metro. I actually saw your first post in this thread and thought wow I want to do that so I got all my performances in SV. Then got ambitions and Late night for christmas and instantly moved to bridgeport because everyone was saying "the subway is the best for tips". It's really wierd but in carls guide it was saying you would earn more than what I was earning outside the SV theatre. I was really amazed with the tips in bridgeport. also a quick question for everyone. where do you live in bridgeport? personally I kicked old and new glam of their beautiful vista lot to somewhere else and built a house there  ;).

Odd... I got the same about the same thing for Christmas... Anways, I think the play for tips at the subway is way to insane. When I had a band, I had my whole band play in the same subway, and they got 4,448 Simoleans for just one session. So despite remembering what they said about someone fixing it in an update, it's still just as crazy as before. Two more things, One is that anywhere is a good place for subways if your Sims are really good and two the beautiful vista is really a useless moodlet, because you can only access it at home, and unless you can get an increase in job performance at home it really isn't that helpful. Whew I got all that done in one post.
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« Reply #180 on: January 08, 2011, 04:29:33 PM »
I actually find beautiful vista more useful than people think. being a self employed guitar player I actually spend a lot of time at home providing I'm not maxing a career like the stylist career for a neat perk (like at the moment) but When I was in sunset valley I made a pretty good replica of carls ironwood house and raised my tips level to 3000 outside in the garden. beutiful vista would have been a lifesaver back then because I was buying the best spa package once every week just to keep my over strained sim happy. considering I'm thinking of doing the exploit with every instrument just to say I have I think that the beautiful vista moodlet would be very useful indeed. secondly, when tilted at the right angle, it is actually a pretty nice view of bridgeport in the garden.  8)

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« Reply #181 on: January 08, 2011, 04:37:57 PM »
Also about what you said about any subway being good, I didn't just move to brideport for the tips, I was getting bored of SV and bridgeport looks cool and has pre made bars and clubs which don't look out of place like they do when placed in SV.



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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #182 on: January 15, 2011, 08:16:56 PM »
I would be happy to take up the gardening activity if wildredchild isn't working on it anymore. What I need to know is... can I use a level 10 gardener to do this? and can I sell the vegetables in the consignment store or should I do it in the grocery store?

I'm kind of confused though because money earning can be very influenced by traits and LTR and skill level.

EDIT: just realized that the consignment store might be problematic since it doesn't always provide a detail about what you sold and for how much. It wouldn't necessary allow me to get simoleans/hour of different plants, for example.

Oh, and I could do fishing if gardening is not available. My sim is also a level 10 fisher.

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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #183 on: April 12, 2011, 06:43:43 PM »
The best ranking? I dont think so :D. The best way you like, maybe. I like to make money from board breaking, it's really funny. And with the learn relic hunter ltr, my sim can get 2-4 soulpeace, rainbow, tiberium, or pink diamond pretty easy per day (spend 4 hours per day actually) :)
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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #184 on: April 13, 2011, 01:38:57 PM »
The best ranking? I dont think so :D. The best way you like, maybe.

Actually, this thread is more about the actual profit gained than it is about what people like doing (although they may often coincide).  If you noticed, a lot of people provided some numeric values, which is a tad bit more scientific than simply naming off items they got ;).

But, feel free to experiment so you can provide some numbers yourself, along with any information pertinent to your experiment (like game hours spent breaking rocks, skill level of the sim, traits and LTR that may influence profit, or anything else you might think would help the process), and I'm sure you'll get due credit for your findings.  Nobody here claims to know all there is to know about the Sims, so we're always open to new ways of doing things.

Personally, I like the Martial Arts skill.  Next to Photography, it is my favorite skills to train.  So, I'd be genuinely interested to see what you could come up with in this respect.  Likewise, I'm sure we'd all find it very helpful overall.

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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #185 on: April 14, 2011, 07:20:33 AM »
Oh. I'm sorry. I dont mean it, you know (insult, mock...), my English is not good. It's hard to say what I'm thinking of. Sorry if you (or I) get it the wrong way :).

Personally, I think there is many activities to make (alot of) money. Like you can sell 2 masterpieces from painting per day (about 6-10k if luck), masterpices from writing (not trying this yet, but i read somewhere that this is a good way too), sell some worth photos, gems, fish... So I think there is no-best (makes the best profits). That's all :D.

And for the record, I like photography too (a good way to make money too, I spent 3 days in Egypt, get the shot, back home, consign some photo, and get the money, about 10-30k :D). It's (so) hard to complete all the albums (I think it's impossible since there is so, so many, many pictures to get, also glitch, bug...), but I'll try to archive this in a far far future :D (I've completed 5 albums out of it, yeah!).

P/s: I'm sorry. Like i told you, my English is not good :D.
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« Reply #186 on: April 14, 2011, 08:02:27 PM »
Oh, no offense interpreted on my behalf.  I was only joking around.  But your English is a lot better that you give it credit for it, because I wouldn't have guessed that it wasn't your first language from your post.  I would have been more obvious about joking had I realized that, and I apologize if I appeared offended.

While others here may have already realized it, I had no idea that the "Learned Relic Hunter" LTR could affect gem values from space rock breaking.  It simply never occurred to me that it might.  So I was actually trying to encourage you to post some numbers because I was curious as to how much effect it actually had.  You don't have to...but I can hope.  ;)  I'll definitely try this out with my next Martial Artist, though.

Like I said:  I don't believe there is anyone here who would try to claim that they have Sims 3 all figured out.  Especially not me.  :P

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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #187 on: April 15, 2011, 06:17:36 AM »
Actually, 'Learn Relic Hunter' doesnt affect the gems value, but my sims have a better chance to get the higher value gems out of space rock.
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« Reply #188 on: August 09, 2011, 12:49:23 AM »
I was surprised to learn how much a guitar player could make.  :o

Useful for anyone who does this year's tournament challenge "Here's a Tip: Party Like a Rockstar!", I guess. :D
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« Reply #189 on: August 09, 2011, 06:15:40 AM »
I was surprised to learn how much a guitar player could make.  :o

Useful for anyone who does this year's tournament challenge "Here's a Tip: Party Like a Rockstar!", I guess. :D

The exploit is banned in the challenge actually. ;)
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« Reply #190 on: August 09, 2011, 08:46:10 AM »
Actually, 'Learn Relic Hunter' doesnt affect the gems value, but my sims have a better chance to get the higher value gems out of space rock.

I've never bothered with the Learned Relic Hunter LTR because I thought it mainly affected relics you found in the travel destinations, and travel is so buggy in my game that my Sims rarely go anywhere.  But if that LTR really does give your Sim a higher chance of getting valuable gems from space rocks, that would make the LTR a lot more interesting to me.  Who has experience with this?  Can anyone confirm that Learned Relic Hunter increases the chance of getting valuable gems when breaking space rocks?
 
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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #191 on: August 09, 2011, 12:57:03 PM »
Shipperke I can test that for you, in my immortal dynasty gen 3 spends most of her time at the beardbreaker and since Learned Relic Hunter is one of my free for all rewards I'll just go and get it and see if it has any effects :D

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« Reply #192 on: August 09, 2011, 02:17:55 PM »
Shipperke I can test that for you, in my immortal dynasty gen 3 spends most of her time at the beardbreaker and since Learned Relic Hunter is one of my free for all rewards I'll just go and get it and see if it has any effects :D

Thank you, Margerita!  I'll be looking forward to hearing your findings.  Also, it may be something for Carl to add to the Guide.
 
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« Reply #193 on: August 11, 2011, 09:39:50 AM »
The first part of my research regarding how much effect Learned Relic Hunter has on beard breaking gems is done. During one week my little boardbreaker got :

Alabaster - 12
Torquoise - 11
quartz - 11
diamond - 10
Opal - 9
Luminous gem - 9
Emerald - 9
Smithsonite - 9
Ruby - 9
Tiberium - 8
Pink diamond - 7
Soulpeace gem - 7
Rainbow gem - 7
Geode - 7
Yellow Sapphire - 7
Vampire's Eye - 6
Septarian Nodule -6
Lapis Lazuli - 6
Smokey quartz - 6
Tanzanite - 5
Amethyst - 5
Fluorite palmstone - 4
Citrine - 4
Blue topaz - 3
Jade - 2

Very nice amount indeed and I also found out that Carl has forgotten to add the two gems that came with Late Night to the gem section of the guide.
Now I'm going to take a break from counting gems for a day or two and then I'll see how a sim without Learned Relic Hunter does and if there are any differences at all.

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« Reply #194 on: August 18, 2011, 04:16:15 PM »
Ok none-Learned Relic Hunter (LRH for short later in the post) is done with her boardbreaking.
The result of that sim week is as follows:

Soulpeace gem - 11
Tiberium - 9
Septarian Nodule - 9
Yellow sapphire - 9
Fluorite palmstone - 8
Diamond - 8
Lapis lazuli - 8
Pink diamond - 7
Opal - 7
Vampire's Eye - 7
Luminous gem - 7
Torquoise - 7
Quartz - 7
Rainbow gem - 6
Alabaster - 6
Citrine - 6
Geode - 5
Smithsonite - 5
Tanzanite - 4
Amethyst - 4
Ruby - 3
Blue topaz - 3
Jade - 2
Emerald - 2
Smokey quartz - 2

Ok looking it over the none LRH sim got 145 gems while the one with LRH got 168 gems. Seems like the one with LRH got more gems, but that sim has also broken alot more boards.
The sim without LRH got 4 more Soulpeace gems, 1 more Tiberium, 4 more Fluorite palmstone.
No difference between the amount of Pink diamonds, both got 7.
The sim with LRH got 2 more Opals, 1 more Rainbow gem.
The sim without LRH had a percentage of 7,58% for getting Soulpeace gems, 6,20% for getting Tiberium, 5,51% for Fluorite palmstones, 4,82% for Pink diamonds and Opals, 4,13% for getting Rainbow gems.
The sim with LRH had a percentage of 5,35% for Opals, 4,76% for Tiberium, 4,16 for Pink diamonds, Soulpeace gems and Rainbow gems, 2,38% for Fluorite palmstones.

Seems like the difference from getting LRH isn't very big since getting the high lvl gems is rather random as it is.
I could continue to give percentages for how big/small the percentages was for getting each game, but not right now...

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« Reply #195 on: June 26, 2012, 12:51:28 AM »
I am curious why no one has mentioned buying food from the grocery store and selling it in the consignment shop. With the right traits and life time rewards, you can get loads of money. And the reason why it is better than [in my opinion] most everything listed so far is, it only requires really 1 trait [born salesman], and it takes like an hour out of your day every day. I believe I have reached like 100k 4-5 days after making my sim... He had ambitious and be worth more than 50k life time wish, so he was able to get haggler and suave seller pretty early.

You could probably make millions in a couple weeks since the growth is exponential. And it leaves you with 22 or so hours per day to do... what ever you want. Depending on the distance between your house, the grocery store and the consignment shop.

I generate so much money with it that I almost consider it cheating lol. I think I was buying steaks 1000 at a time, for 16 dollars a piece, and selling them for 59 dollars. You spend 6k and get 59k back... with a 1 dollar consignment fee. [Thats after a couple iterations]

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« Reply #196 on: June 26, 2012, 09:46:00 AM »
Sixofour, I've used the consignment shop of course but mostly just for selling Sim-made items like paintings, etc.  It never occurred to me to have a Sim make a living selling stuff from the grocery store, but your numbers make it a very attractive proposition.  Thanks for sharing your experience!
 
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« Reply #197 on: July 05, 2012, 02:46:39 PM »
I've made plenty of money through pets. Dogs in particular. A dog with a high hunting skill can earn lots of simoleons by selling the rocks and gems he finds.
And while he does this, your sim is free to do anything else :)
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« Reply #198 on: September 06, 2012, 01:38:08 PM »
I think there's a big difference between the best simolean producing activity overall and the best way to make money fast in a new game.

Having said that, the guitar thing is awesome (as a tip to help you grind performances, get your sim two instruments and put the sim on a different lot than your camera, then start queuing up performances. The sim will automatically cut each performance short, and you can keep the queue refreshed with the second instrument in the sim's inventory).

Sign me up to track numbers on vacationing for profit.  My current family are multi-millionaires from relic hunting and transfiguration. I'd be happy to start a new clan and keep notes.


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« Reply #199 on: September 08, 2012, 10:24:15 AM »
Adventuring for profit:

Started with two sims (this really works best with a household of two)

Sim 1 (Simon)
Adventurous, Athletic, Brave, Charismatic, Handy - this is my dungeon crawler

Sim 2 (Ginny)
Adventurous, Angler, Great Kisser, Loves the Outdoors, Virtuoso - all that's really important here is that she's Adventurous.  Loves the Outdoors is so that when she's excavating relics she gets a nice motive from being outside.

Mods: Error Trap, because WA doesn't work without it (Twallan, you are a Prince among Men)
Premium Content used: MultiTab, which is so awesome, it's almost a cheat.

The goal: cut the money grind by making a truckload of Simoleans in the first calendar week.

Day 1: Simon & Ginny get an empty lot and do a little kissing and a little shopping.  Bought them each a MultiTab, plus got Ginny some instruments (she never earned tips on them, but they made her happy).  Did not build a house or purchase furniture.  Wait for the first wish to travel (it doesn't take long) and then we're off to China for three days.

When we get to China, there are 9,420 Simoleans in the bank.

Day 1: he runs off on a dungeon dive adventure while she skills up on martial arts
Day 2: she collects metals and rocks for his adventure and finds relics, too!
Day 3: by day 3 at the Hostel, sims are usually hurting (and who can blame them?). She did a little fishing, he did a lot of adventures

When the vacation is over, they come home with metals, gems and insects worth a little over 15K (after cutting and smelting, with the cost of the cutting and smelting already subtracted from that total) plus 1,657 worth of common relics and 1,691 in Chinese Vases and another 900 worth of space rocks.

Bought some things at home: a display case for transfiguration, an outdoor shower (comes with Sunlit Tides, very handy thing to have, especially for sculptors and inventors) a fence to put around my little home campsite.  A table, a couple of chairs, and an outdoor kitchen set me up for the next few days at home (although I will have to be creative about finding places to use the toilet).

More importantly, my sims have been skilling up with the MultiTabs like mad, and they've gotten enough points for each of them to get a Lifetime Reward.  He now has Opportunistic (making his adventuring rewards more rewarding) and she has Prepared Traveler.

After two days at home, she's got Jetsetter and he's got Prepared Traveler.  They've also done their first transfiguration and gotten a Soulpeace worth 2,847. Sadly, it doesn't occur to me that an emerald cut would make this Soulpeace the perfect foundation for a tiberium transfiguration, so we are going to Egypt with a lot less cash than we could have.

Because both sims have Prepared Traveler, they get a 9 day vacation in Egypt for the price of 3.  Again, she fishes and excavates while he adventures.  Using the MultiTab, they both skill up to 8 in Photography extremely quickly.  She really hasn't done serious fishing - I had her use various baits in quick succession to complete the Catch Every Fish wish to get the 7,500 lifetime happiness points, but the total number of fish caught and the value of the fish weren't extraordinary - the most valuable fish she had were some Great Crocodiles. She had enough fish to get about 1K Simoleans for them from the food merchant, which gave her enough to buy the expensive camera.  A few photos around the market later, and she's level 10, a quick vintage panorama each of a pyramid and the sphinx, sell all photos, and buy a second camera for him.  For her, this means that she gets called a lot with requests to bring a picture of a treasure chest or a floor switch for visa points and Simoleans.

By the time they returned home, without selling anything else except a few skill max certificates (so just by filling opportunities) my sims had 19,382 in cash, plus 3,697 in money bags.  My adventuring Sim had a level 2 visa, they both had quite a few more LTRs, and enough gems, relics and metals to make plenty of tiberium.

On Friday of week 1, transfiguration of metals, gems and relics have yielded a balance of 217,131, using none of the collection relics in the process, plus a 32,359 compendium in inventory and another 23,000 Soulpeace gem (value after cut) on its way back from the gem cutters.  My sims had acquired a variety of skills, and maxed out several, and had put together a nice package of LTRs.

Overall, this isn't something I'd do as a long term strategy, say instead of playing guitar for tips, but my second sim could easily have been grinding performances (or writing, or fishing) off camera while my adventuring sim was dungeon diving.  For getting a household jump started, adventuring can be a way to make some pretty good money very quickly, plus collecting enough objects to make your house beautifully decorated.

 

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