For an amateur designer, I seem to be doing pretty well in obtaining vouchers. Or am I? The sad truth is ALL of these tickets have been gifts from friends or generous donations from strangers who see their satchel filling up with unused vouchers. Now that I find myself with one left and numerous designs in mind, the tension is building. You see, not everyone has a parent who is willing to drop fifteen dollars in their child's hand to buy virtual currency (pearls). I am one of those kids. Taken the situation that I'm in (and how gosh darn addicting Whyville is) I've been scouring chat rooms looking for potential sellers and donators.
My first time waltzing in and out of chat rooms on this determined search, it took me merely ten minutes to realize NO ONE had a set price for their voucher. Why is this? It's because no one knows the actual worth. It all depends on the part it's used for, how much that part sells for, and how many of that part is sold. Think about it. You buy a voucher for 1,500 clams and turn around to make an awesome pair of eyes that sell for 200 clams each. In just two days you've sold 30. That's 6,000 clams you've made off of a 1,500 clam voucher! However, unless you're a five-star designer I highly doubt you'd strike that pot of gold?er, clams.
Think about the amateur like myself. I designed some pink hair and set the price for 130 (because it took forever!). I stocked up and . . . not as many sold as I'd like. Many amateur designers like myself are at a constant stalemate because they make around the same amount of clams as the voucher used cost itself. Not to mention the extras such as paying for the template sizes and manufacturing. Many amateurs are in the hole! Also, you have an entire community of people who think the voucher in their satchel is worth a million clams. So, I'm making 1,000 off of this design and everyone around me is dropping bombs of 3 to 4,000 for their voucher. Customers are unpredictable and voucher sellers are unpredictable. You may think "This is the one! People will see this and just HAVE to buy it!" but you're fooling yourself and soon found in yet another stalemate.
So the question remaining is "How much is a face factory voucher really worth?" I've heard everything from 500 clams to 3,000 clams. (Don't I wish it was only 500 clams!) After asking a few Oldbies and City Workers, the price of 1,000 clams seems consistent. I'll get the occasional dreamer who says 600, but we all know that absolutely NO ONE would hand over their voucher for that price. I've taken it upon myself to prevent sellers from thinking their voucher is worth a million, and amateur designers from putting themselves in the hole for paying 4,000 for something worth only 1,000.
Maybe the unpredictability of voucher worth is beneficial to some (you know, the people that charge 3,000!), but, nevertheless, it's extremely confusing for the buyers. Who is ripping them off and who is giving them a good deal? We need to know these things! I think by setting a uniform price, our voucher economy will be one step less confusing and one step more sophisticated. In my and many others opinion, a voucher is worth no less than 1,000 and no more than 1,500. To the amateur, have fun on your voucher hunts and good luck becoming a five-star designer! We need more quality parts as far as I'm concerned.