The Shop Wizard
Alakazam!!! It's the Shop Wizard, one of Neopia's most useful price-searching people when you want to know what price you should be selling or buying something. He'll search a few shops that have the item you're looking for and show the cheapest ones.
Finding the Shop Wizard
A link to the Shop Wizard can be found in the drop-down menu under the "shops" heading, as well as in the old toolbar links found on such pages as your Inventory, your Safety Deposit Box, and your Closet.
Buyable vs. Unbuyable
Of course, the Wiz has his limits. Fellow Neopians are not allowed to put items in their shops priced over 99,999 Neopoints. An item that is worth over 99,999 NP is considered to be unbuyable. In order to buy unbuyables, you'll need to visit either the Trading Post or Auction House.
How to Use
Upon visiting the Shop Wizard, you simply need to type in an item name (or part of its name) to find it. If you type in a partial name, you may get other item results. So either refresh, or use the full item name.
To refine further, you can select either "Containing my phrase" or "Identical to my phrase", which means that it'll either search for items containing what you typed in, or exactly what you typed in. Only use the identical option when you're typing in the exact item name.
Make sure that you select "Shop" under area, unless you'd like to browse galleries!
You may also refine by price range as well, to have the Shop Wizard only display items for sale above the minimum you specify, or below the maximum you specify.
Since the Shop Wizard has limited powers, he can only search through one marketplace section at a time. The sections are divided up by the first letter of a Neopian shop owner's username. So, for example, if your username was "dr_sloth", you would be in the "D" section.
Here are each of the marketplace sections, by first letter of username:
- A, N, 0 (zero)
- B, O, 1
- C, P, 2
- D, Q, 3
- E, R, 4
- F, S, 5
- G, T, 6
- H, U, 7
- I, V, 8
- J, W, 9
- K, X, _
- L, Y
- M, Z
If you search over 360 times in a given hour, you will be "banned" from using the Shop Wizard for that hour. This has no negative effect whatsoever on your account, but rather is just a limit in place to make sure the Marketplace isn't brought to its knees by excessive searching. Sometimes, depending on how late in the hour you start searching as well as if you have been doing some Super Shop Wizard (SSW) searches, you will be banned much sooner than 360 searches.
Bans are lifted at the top of the next hour. So, for example, if you were banned at 2:23pm, you would be unbanned at 3:00pm.
If you are Shop Wiz banned, you should also avoid using a side account to continue searching. Although TNT has been quite vague on this point in the past, we're erring on the side of caution to say it's a bad idea.
Searching During Faerie Quests
If you receive a random faerie quest, your access to the Shop Wizard will be shut off until you either complete the quest, or abandon it. You may use a side account to search for the item in question, but purchasing it should be done on your main account. Alternatively, ask a Neofriend or the kind folks on the Neoboards to do a search for you!
The Super Shop Wizard
The Super Shop Wiz is a Neopets Premium perk that returns results from all 13 sections of the Marketplace at once. You can easily find the cheapest item in the Marketplace with one single search.
You may become banned from using the Super Shop Wizard as well. The SSW ban is lifted on the next hour just as the regular ban is, but the maximum number of searches per hour is significantly less than 360 (and varies). Just like with the regular Shop Wizard, you may also not search for items while you are on a faerie quest.
Unsearchable ItemsThere are some items that the Super Shop Wizard will not typically let you search for! The exception to these is 'price only' searches, which you may do for any item.
Nerkmids, paint brushes, petpet paint brushes, lab map pieces, petpet lab map pieces, and transmogrification potions cannot be searched for normally. You will have to price these using your 'price only' result.
And that's that! If you ever want to check the price of something, go on over to the Shop Wizard to look for it, but if you can't find anything under the name, then you either typed it in incorrectly or it's too expensive and you should go on over to the Trading Post. Happy spending!
This article was written by: Daniel