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Black Friday mystery box considerations/strategies

I haven’t found this discussed yet, but there are some interesting donut cost differences for the same prize in different boxes, that makes me think it is worth purchasing the lowest cost boxes (to an extent) to clear items out of the higher cost boxes to get your best value.

Here are some box items and the cost discrepancies between boxes:

Yard work simulator - Cyber: 75, Creatures: 15 😳!

Springfield Pet Shop - Retail: 50, Creatures: 15

Shauna - Characters: 80, Women: 60

President Lisa - Cyber: 75, Women: 60

Florence of Arabia - Women: 60, Imports: 50

Imaginary Bear - Bronze: 20, Creatures: 15

These were just from ones available to me. I’m sure there are more examples of items I already have.

Given, one’s donut surplus may prevent you from just purchasing cheaper items and not have donuts left for the bigger “want” items. But I would be annoyed to get the Yard work simulator in a Cyber box for 75 donuts when it is also available in the Creatures box for 15. I have a little over 700 donuts right now, over 100 items I don’t have yet, and some big ones I definitely want. At some point I will just have to try my luck but I am clearing out some Creatures first. 😝

Thoughts?

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  • Doing the same. Either someone wasn't paying attention or EA is trying to take advantage of people who are not paying attention.
  • Doing the same. Either someone wasn't paying attention or EA is trying to take advantage of people who are not paying attention.

    Agreed. I am happy with how I did with the creature boxes, too. Out of nine items, I got the Yard work simulator in my second box, and the Springfield Pet Shop in my third. Those two cost me 30 donuts rather than 125 in the costlier boxes.

    If it is just a difference of 5 donuts or so, it’s not the end of the world to me, but those wide ranges are annoying.
  • Thanks for this. I had noticed the same thing but haven't bought any yet so hadn't given a lot of thought to it. Your post should hopefully save me a bit of messing around when I start opening boxes.
  • I noticed it myself and did the same thing where some items were in a more costly box and a cheaper one only time I went against it is when there was not much in the cheaper box I wanted on the full ones.
  • DOHbeeWan wrote: »
    Doing the same. Either someone wasn't paying attention or EA is trying to take advantage of people who are not paying attention.

    Agreed. I am happy with how I did with the creature boxes, too. Out of nine items, I got the Yard work simulator in my second box, and the Springfield Pet Shop in my third. Those two cost me 30 donuts rather than 125 in the costlier boxes.

    If it is just a difference of 5 donuts or so, it’s not the end of the world to me, but those wide ranges are annoying.

    I had 11 items in my creature box and I got Plopper and CHUM in 4 tries. I immediately quit while I was ahead.
  • Another strategy is to avoid using your token on the Gold box if you can get available items in a different box.

    For example, I've long put off getting Drederick Tatum. I went after him in the Men box so I increased my % chance of getting what I want with my lone token, in this case, the Nerds, who are not available in another box.
  • Another strategy is to avoid using your token on the Gold box if you can get available items in a different box.

    For example, I've long put off getting Drederick Tatum. I went after him in the Men box so I increased my % chance of getting what I want with my lone token, in this case, the Nerds, who are not available in another box.

    I did the same thing but didn't get the nerds. However, this strategy will make it easier for me to get Moe's Express w/ Larry & Sam and finally get the Blackbeard/Ghost Pirate Airship combo I've been waiting forever to return.

    I'm so glad I didn't buckle and buy the airship by itself during Halloween. My cheapskate tendencies have paid dividends once again. :D
  • If you get Pet Shop/jubjub from creature MB you also get Chirpy Boy & Bart Junior. 15 donuts.

    If you get it from Retail MB you get only pet shop/jubjub. 50 donuts.
  • I think it sucks (again) that if you have the Pet Shop, Chirpy Boy and Bart Jr. aren't even offered.

    How is EA constantly screwing up these bundles?
  • aabcampos wrote: »
    If you get Pet Shop/jubjub from creature MB you also get Chirpy Boy & Bart Junior. 15 donuts.

    If you get it from Retail MB you get only pet shop/jubjub. 50 donuts.

    Wow, I didn’t even see that. I did get the Pet Shop in the Creatures box, so I got the set of the ones you listed. Yet another reason to put careful thought into the different price tier boxes.
  • Anyone who cannot get a bundle because they already own one of the items, you can either click ‘me too’ on @EllieGuseman initial post in the following thread, or post your own thoughts at the end of the thread.
    https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Simpsons-Tapped-Out/Bundled-Items-Not-Also-Available-Separately-THOH-2018-Edition/m-p/7103937#M127784
    Answers HQ Hero HELP THREADS
  • aabcampos
    247 posts Member
    edited November 2018
    Only 26 persons clicked on 'me too' . Os, the message to EA is we are ok with bundles problems.... too few people complaining
  • Forgive me if this has already been posted, but just curious.

    Most of the Black Friday Mystery Boxes list a minimum value at the bottom, and when you click to view on a few of them, I've noticed the amount of donuts varies in some of the boxes from what's on the outside.

    For example, Silver Mystery Box says 60 donuts minimum value on the outside, but it costs only 50 donuts to purchase.

    But on the other hand, Hidden Agenda Mystery Box says guaranteed minimum value of 60 donuts on the outside - and the cost is 60 donuts to purchase.

    Only 3 - Cyber, Hidden Agenda and Buildings match donuts purchase with the minimum value on the outside.

    All the others costs 10 donuts less to purchase than what's listed on the outside.

    I know it's not a big deal, but just wondering why some are less than others.

    I'm really enjoying this Black Friday Mystery Boxes - I'm able to make a lot of purchases!
  • It's a marketing gimmick. The item inside are all worth say 60 donuts. but the box only costs 50 donuts. So everything in the box is cheaper than its normal price, no matter which one you get.
  • ROSA is in Women MB for 60 donuts.

    But she is a free NPC everyone obtains for free at Maggie's questline.

    So, low level players can got it before they get Maggie. (What a rip-off!!)

    And what will happen when they get the one from questline? They will have two of them at their town?
  • aabcampos wrote: »
    ROSA is in Women MB for 60 donuts.

    But she is a free NPC everyone obtains for free at Maggie's questline.

    So, low level players can got it before they get Maggie. (What a rip-off!!)

    And what will happen when they get the one from questline? They will have two of them at their town?

    Where is ROSA on Maggie's questline?
  • End of the Beginning part 20
  • End of the Beginning part 20

    Thanks so much for your help!
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