The Money Tree
In the centre of Neopia Central, there is a tree. It is a friendly tree, and old and generous. It is the Money Tree! At the Money Tree, Neopians (and sometimes ghosts) donate Neopoints and items, after which other Neopians can collect these Neopoints and items.
Much of it, however, is rubbish. So how do you know what's good to get? Well, you'll probably recognise many of the items that you see as cheap items from dailies like underwater fishing or Coltzan's shrine; you can safely let those go. Other times, you'll simply have to learn. A few refreshes at the Money Tree will help you determine what comes up often, and you can also browse through a list of inexpensive items in Neopia to get an idea of what is junk and what is not.
Up to twenty items at a time are displayed at the Money Tree, and nineteen of those items will almost always be rubbish. Rare items such as paint brushes, Nerkmids, and morphing potions get donated very rarely. Just as rarely you'll see a Neocash item being donated via the Upcycle fortune cookie!
'Shopping' at the Money Tree
You may collectively obtain up to ten items per day at the Money Tree, Second-hand Shoppe, and Rubbish Dump. If you try to collect more, you will see the generic "someone seems to have taken this item!" message, albeit centred instead of aligned to the left, as is the case when you are not banned. You can be banned from seeing NC items that have been donated using the Upcycle fortune cookie while refreshing (usually after quite a few refreshes), with the ban potentially lasting a few days.
If you manage to get your item, you'll get this message: "Yeah! You got it! Thanks for visiting, we hope you enjoy your free gift. Remember, there are others out there less fortunate than you however..."
Occasionally you may see small bags of Neopoints that have been freely donated by generous Neopians, or forcibly redistributed from unwitting Neopians by random ghosts. You may only successfully collect Neopoints if you have less than 20,000 NP. If you have more than this amount and still manage to nab a bag of Neopoints, you will get the following message:
You can only take Neopoints from the money tree if you have less than 20,000 NP :(
If you see a message that ghosts have taken everything, it simply means that there are no items at the Tree currently. Maybe you should donate something!
Donating to the Money Tree
If you're interested in donating Neopoints, the Money Tree is glad to have you stick around. On the Money Tree page, there is a "make a donation" module at the bottom of the page. Fill in the amount you wish to donate, and then click the button. Simple!
Note that you can't make a donation bigger than 5,000 NP. It seems the weight of all those shiny gold Neopoints is just too much for the tree to hold.
To donate items to the Money Tree, you must work from your inventory. Click on an item, and select "donate item" from the dropdown menu. You can also donate via quick stock, by selecting the "donate" option in the item's row. If you're donating a Neopoint wearable, your item will make its way to the Second-hand Shoppe instead of the Money Tree.
Donating Neocash Items
If you have Neocash items you wish to donate, you will first need to purchase an Upcycle Fortune Cookie. These can be tricky to find and sell out quickly once they stock; the easiest way to get one is to type "upcycle" in the search box at the NC Mall and hope there are some in stock. Once you have activated the cookie in your inventory, visiting the Money Tree will display a prompt message at the top of the page directing you to the donating page. From there you can select the NC items you wish to donate from a drop-down menu of all the items you currently own.
For more information about Fortune Cookies and their uses, take a look at this page.
Every year on October 12th, Scamanders swarm the Money Tree all day long, taking up a majority of spots. (Only a few regular donations may be seen, depending on the rate of Scamanders being caught.)
For the most part, these Scamanders will squirm away when you try to grab one:
However, there is a very small chance you'll be able to grab one. If you do, you'll receive the usual "You Got It!" message as you would for any other item.
As a strategy, you may click on the same Scamander as many times as you can until someone else is lucky enough to grab it. We would recommend opening up the main Money Tree page showing the Scamanders in one tab, and then CTRL+clicking (or CMD+clicking if on a Mac) to click on a particular Scamander and open the result in a new tab. Do it enough times, and you may walk away with a new petpet.
There are times when you may see that a Neopian character has donated something. The World Events page claims that some characters will donate dozens or hundreds of items—although we have not confirmed any of the mechanics or if the donations are still active. If you see any happen, make sure to let us know!
This article was written by: Terry & Riley