Fun fact: Nook’s Cranny, Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ general store, upgrades and expands 30 days after construction. For most folks who started the game around the launch window, those 30 days will be up right around this week. That’s terrible news for folks playing the Stalk Market.
You see, when Nook’s Cranny gets an upgrade, it shuts down for a day — you can’t buy or sell anything. Folks who have recently bought turnips and are hoping for a mid-week spike in purchasing prices may find that their plans to become a bellionaire are being foiled by bad timing; the store is closing right when prices are supposed to be high.
As of this writing, about half my Twitter timeline is getting wrecked by this particular nuisance, as are many of my real-life friends and acquaintances. There’s a lot more of this chatter on social media as well.
So my turnip prices should spike tomorrow for the first time ever!!— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) April 21, 2020
Also tomorrow Nook’s Cranny will be closed and there will be no way to sell anything.
I’d pray for good turnip prices tomorrow but nook’s cranny will he closed pic.twitter.com/GqePYFXOe8— bräk GIVEAWAY PINNED (@delfinobells) April 22, 2020
According to the calculator, tomorrow will the the day on my island with the highest turnip sell price. And thanks to my luck, tomorrow is the day Nook's Cranny is closed due to upgrade :)— 阿呆巻 (-∀-) (@thiccikomori) April 22, 2020
Nook's Cranny is getting remodeled today, so I can't check my turnip prices pic.twitter.com/PrR5sKZvIp— Franni ➡️ New Horizons (@frannibaka) April 21, 2020
When your turnip prices are predicted to have a large spike but Nook's Cranny is closing for renovations. pic.twitter.com/wncuUOvRVd— Anthony Nguyen (@Thingon_) April 21, 2020
the fact that my nook's cranny closes for renovation tomorrow......right when my turnip prices start picking up......— nana (@moosmint) April 22, 2020
The only day Nook's cranny will be closed (Wenesday) is the day there is a huge spike in turnip's price for the week.— Pengu123 (@Pengu1231) April 21, 2020
I spent all of my bells on turnips for 110 each.
Usually, if you don’t want to deal with this sort of headache, you could always just time travel your way forward. Except messing with your clock while holding onto turnips will run the risk of spoiling them, thereby losing your entire investment.
So, what can you do if you’re in this precise pickle? Beyond turning to friends, there’s always turnip.exchange, a website where people list their island turnip prices along with a price of entry.
You should be prepared to pay with anything from bells to Nook Miles Tickets, if not furniture or DIY recipes. And expect long queue lines, especially given that a lot of people are facing the same dilemma this week. You may even encounter a turnip bouncer or two, as these folks help control the flow of visitors.
Some folks will inevitably lose bells this week, but such are the vicissitudes of a living, breathing economy.
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