For quite some time I have wondered what cards to buy on the market. As I could not believe that all cards were overpriced on the market, but yet it seemed like it was best to always buy random 1st edition cards.
It was only when I started using a spreadsheet that I found that not always should you buy random cards. Even though that is still a good way to grow and you could be lucky and get that Social Aid Office, at which point you can make a seriously good profit or save yourself a lot of sim for buying one.
What I am working with is averages. I use the 30 day average prices from the Cityhelper discord bot. I compare those with the expected SIM income increase from buying random 1st edition cards in the game. Also I look what you pay on average per 1 SIM income increase. So Luxury homes at a price of 222 SIM on the market that have 2 SIM income gives a price of 111 Sim per 1 SIM increased income for your dcity.
When you don’t have any technologies, then you pay about 120 SIM per 1 SIM increased income for your dcity. If you want to calculate if a price is right for a card on the market, all you have to do is take the SIM income of the card and multiply it by 120. If that is a higher number, then the lowest price on the market then you should buy from the market.
With cheap technologies like Basic Automation and GMO Farming this changes by the way. If you have Basic Automation, then you should multiply not by 120, but by 117.
Let’s look at the cards. I will give you the ones that I think are best. Do note however that I only look at the SIM income you get in return for the price you pay on the market.
Farm’s are really quite overpriced on the market, unless you have the GMO Farming technology. This turns Farms into the best card you can get, as long as the price is below 1100 SIM roughly. If you can get it for less than 1000 SIM, then you definitely should. Also because it has population included, so if your popularity rating is high enough, it takes care of its own workers.
If you can pick up an Hotel for about 1000 SIM or less, then this is also a very good card for your dcity and more profitable than random cards. Just like the Farm it has the potential to take care of its own workers.
Casino’s increase crime and can be robbed for 400 SIM, but when you have reduced crime in your dcity, then Casino’s are actually really cheap compared to the SIM income they generate. If you have a low crime rate, then if you can pick one up for less than 2600 SIM, you have a pretty good deal. That is without the calculations for the Gamer tokens they create. The price of Casino’s did go down, so perhaps you can get them even for a lower price.
the Weed Dispensary
The Weed Dispensary card is quite popular and for good reason. It has a good worker to income ratio, it gives a nice popularity boost and you can find it on the market for a good price usually. If you can get it for 1050 SIM, then you have a really good deal. I really don’t understand why anyone would sell them.
The Restaurant is pretty similar to the Weed Dispensary. The only difference is the Popularity. So if you can pick one up for 1050 SIM or less, then you have a good deal.
the Ad Agency
The Ad Agency is a card that is often overlooked I think. But if you can get it for 1000 SIM or less, you actually have a very profitable card for your dcity.
The Stadium is a card that didn’t get a lot of attention, until the moment they started producing Entry tokens. They are still not expensive and if you can get them for 1650 SIM or less, then they are really awesome.
the Night club
The Night club is another card that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but they are really quite inexpensive when looking at their SIM income. If you can get one for 850 SIM or less, then that is really good.
Cinema’s have dropped in price and this is great, because they have decent income and lower the crime rate of your dcity. Also the worker to income ratio is nice. So a really nice allround card.
Previously the Wind turbine was an interesting card, but they have become way too expensive. You better buy random cards instead. The Zoo, Gym, Job center, Circus and Forest aren’t bad, but they aren’t a really good deal either.
A final thought: since Casino’s are quite cheap and Cinema’s and Gym’s are not expensive either, you could create quite a profitable Casino dcity. If I were to start a 3rd dcity, I would probably try this just for fun :)
If you have any other cards that you would like to hear my opinion on, then do let me know.
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