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The Retail Store Challenge

AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member
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This challenge is for Retail Store ONLY: Starter Retail Challenge
BuyDeBug is your Friend in this, for Decor items that cost 0 simoleons
This challenge has a few twist to make it interesting! Well, we hope it does anyway!

You need to make a new sim, put her/him on the cheapest empty lot 20x15, cost 1,500

You have the option to either build your own store or download one from the gallery, but they can't cost any more than 17,000, and can not be re-uploaded if they don't belong to you!

The starter lot for your store can not be over 17,000. That gives you enough money to buy the lot to set it on and your residences lot! 20,000 is the allotted amount your sim can start with!

The allotted amount of money your sim can have to start is 20,000! They have to manage it well to have enough to get both lots and put a retail store on of the lots! Now the cheaper you make your store the more money you will have to buy a bigger lot! But no more than 20,000 to do all of it with! Once your Sim is on the residence lot they can not work or look for ways to make money to pay for the retail store! The retail store has to be bought right after placing your new sim on the residence lot! Out of the money, the sim has left after buying the residence lot!

The retail lot NEEDS some way for your Sim to eat, sleep and a bathroom at it! Your Sim will need to live there! (You can not live at your residence lot until you have met all the zoning requirements listed below!)

The residence lot CAN'T have anything on it to start! Your Sim will have no need to go back to that lot till they have made enough money from the retail store to build a house! This is if you want to build a house you don't have to build a house either you can continue to build an grow and expand your store instead or do both! But the money you get has to come from the retail lot only!

Twist
Before you can build on the residence lot you have to have made at least 17,000 simoleons from your store or the store's lot! Meaning you can have a garden to grow fruit to sell but it has to come from your retail store lot! Once you have made your first 17,000 simoleons you can start building your dream home if you wish! You can then continue to transfer money to your residence lot to continue building, (but only on Friday can transfer's of money be done!) You are also free to transfer your money back to your store if you so desire! But that can only be done on Friday as well!

Twist
You can only transfer money from your store to your residence on Friday! So each Friday you will need to transfer your money to your residence lot, so you can save up to start building your dream home! The twist here is you have to keep at least 1,000 in the retail store all the rest can be transferred to your residence, Once a sim week on Friday! Keep in mind you don't have to transfer at all if you don't want to, and you can upgrade your retail store lot as you get extra money! Upgrading your retail lot can be done at any time once your business has opened and as long as you have enough money to upgrade without using a cheat to get money!

We have lots you can use
The lots of Airis6962 and BreeMiles is right under 17,000 This leaves 3,000! You buy the residence lot for 1,500 and you place your build or our build on the next lot for 1,500 then purchase the retail lot after placing it! The retail lot should be 18,500 or lower to buy after placing your build on it!

Link To @Airis6962 Store Lot: Mobile Pastry Shop

Link To @BreeMiles Store Lot: Mobile BookStore

But, I repeat, if you decide to make one, please share it with us. No need to be a mobile one, but always under 17,000 simoleons!
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NOTE: Use: #StarterRetailChallenge, #GetToWork, #TheSims4 for this challenge so it will be easier for others to find your sim and lot in the gallery!
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NOTE: You can download Your home from the gallery (if you desire not to build one yourself,) as long as it's in the required price range and does not go over the amount you have made from your retail store! 17,000

Then buy the retail lot! remember you don't have much money left at this time! So the key is to make money using your retail lot! You can make extra money by planting a garden on your lot (retail lot Only!) No gardening, mining, catching frogs, searching logs, trash cans, or fishing sales, etc. allowed unless it comes from your retail lot! Nothing to do with earning money can come from the world it all has to come from your retail lot!

You can buy a bigger lot of your choosing when you have enough money made by your retail store, and you can place your store on a bigger lot at that time! (If you so desire)

Another Twist to the challenge

You have 5 mark up's to play for the retail lot! 5%, 15%, 25%, 50%, & 100%, you can use these but only on certain days!

Monday and Only Monday's You use the 5% Price Mark Up
Tuesday and Only Tuesday's You use the 15% Price Mark Up
Wednesday and Only Wednesday's You use the 25% Price Mark Up
Friday and Only Friday's You use the 50% Mark Up
Saturday and Only Saturday's You use the 100% Mark Up
Sunday you can take the day off and do what ever you, please!

Thursday, Here is the twist for Thursday's! You put the Open @ 50% mark up in Randomizer for Thursday and put Closed Thursday and Randomize what mark up or close to use for Thursday off! You can only do this for Thursday's!

Example
Add to Randomizer like this:
50%
Thursday CLOSED

Then shuffle the randomizer to see what you are allowed to do for that Thursday! Do this each week for each Thursday! The first one that comes in first place is the one you have to do for Thursday.

Feel free to use our siggy
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NEW!

A seasonal twist! (Optional)

October = Spooky Week
Starting 10 days before plum Week which is October 31! Decor your store in spooky items and sale items that have something to do with spooky stuff! plum Week per say, bake spooky cookies, sale garlic breads, draw/or sale spooky paintings, sale plum day toys, and such! The markups will stay the same as they are now for the challenge! Just follow the original markup!

November = Giving Week
Starting 10 days before Giving Week this year is November 24! Decor your store with items the pertain to the Thanksgiving season and sale items that have something to do with the season! Per say, bake cakes that have fruits in them or vegetables, Paint painting of outdoor crops and such, sale in toy store toys that pertain to Giving Week! In the nursery store for plants an each of the other stores, sale items that have the seasonal colours in them such as Red, Orange, Yellow, and decor your store the same! The markups will stay the same as the original challenge!

December = Gift Week
Starting 10 days before Gift Day will be December 25! So decor your store for the Gift Week season and sale items that pertain to the season for this month, such as Christmas cookies, paintings of cider trees and outdoors, sale Christmas trees and sale Christmas toys and such! The markups for this season will be the same as the original challenge!

January = Great Sale Week
Starting on January 1, you will not need to decor your store in any special way, During the whole 10 days you will need to sale your original items with only 5% markups for each of the days, on January 11 your marks up will go back to being the same as the original challenge!

February = Love Week!
Starting 10 days before Love Day which is February 14 you need to decor your store for the season and only sell items that pertain to Love Day, such as heart-shaped cookies, paint pictures of sims in love or hearts or roses, sale nursery items such as rose vase and such, and sell toys such as teddy bears with hearts an so on! The markup for Love Day will stay the same as it is for the original challenge!

March = Easter Week
Starting 10 days before April 1, So decor your store for the Easter Week season and sale items that pertain to the season for this month, such as easter bunnys, eggs, and such! The markup will stay the same for Easter Week as the original challenge!

Note keep in your budget as best as you can and remember you can sale any kind of items that comes from your store lot!

Also, Note these items will replace the item placeholders you already have! So if you are already selling 10 items then place the 10 new items! If you are selling 8 items then place the 8 new items and so on! You can't sale both your items, the old and the new, this is why you will be placing the new items for the placeholders you already have!

If you have questions on what kind of items you can sale for the days I will try to give as many pointers as I can! I'm sure all our wonderful players now will also help out with ideas!

Now if you are new to The Retail Challenge you can make your store starting with this twist and for the ones already doing the challenge, If you had rather just make a new store for each season please fill free to do that! Just keep in mind you have to keep it in the 17,000 price range, and don't forget to use the #tags for the challenge!
#StarterRetailChallenge, #GetToWork, #TheSims4

and please if you don't get to do each challenge for the whole 10 days because of Real Life its okay! I know we all get busy these times of year!


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  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
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    In conjunction with post one here are a few more rules

    Rules:
    1. You need to make a new sim! Only 1 sim aloud at this time! Male or female it doesn't matter, It just has to be a new sim!
    2. Add your sim to the cheapest empty lot, the 20x15, (1,500 is the limit to spend on the empty lot) this will be your residence! No home can be built on this lot at this time.
    3. Move your sim onto the Empty lot. It doesn't matter what world, but the lot can only cost 1,500!
    4. Place your retail lot on another 20x15 lot of your choosing! It doesn't matter what world, you use, just that the lots must cost only 1,500 for each!
    5. Your Sim can NOT get a job, they have to run the store and the retail lot will be their only source of money!
    6. No Cheats aloud with the exception of Move Objects On cheat!
    7. Your Sim can have what ever trait you wish!
    8.You can add Lot traits if you want! (Optional)
    9. Set game on Normal Life Span! (You can buy potions to make your sim Young again if you so desire)
    10. Once you have saved/earned 17,000 simoleons you can start building your house on your residences lot as stated above, (Don't forget to read the zoning rules for building on residence lot)
    11. Be nice and to one another!
    12. You can only start out selling 8 items, then each week on Friday you can add one more item for sale. Until you reach the Maxis limit on how many items you can mark for sale!
    13. You can make your retail store what ever you want it to be, such as: You can sell books, cakes, toilets, towels, sinks, stoves, counters, paintings, wheels, plants, etc, just to mention a few! but it has to be a starter, the build can't be any more than 17,000 to start off with!
    14. Your sim can't be married until they have made their first 17,000 from store sales! However, they can have a boyfriend/girlfriend, but they can't live on the lot with them till they are married, and they can't get married until they meet the required money from sales!
    15. You can update your store as you go along,
    16. You can download a lot from the gallery if you so desire with the 17,000 you have made from your store sales if you choose not to build your own!
    17. Once your Sim has made the 17,000 in store sales and built/downloaded their home with it on the residence lot! Then Your Retail store legacy will end! (Unless you want to continue on with an heir of the first born child after being married)! Still following the same rules as the parents did!
    18. If you make your on Home lot, or Shop lot, or Sim, then use the #tags below to upload them to the gallery to make it easy for others to find your work!
    19. Please be respectful and don't upload other creators work to the gallery as your own!


    Once you have your store going and you have made your first 17,000 you can venture out and find that one love or two or three, (well that's completely up to you how many,) and start your family and grow your business. Oh and build a house if you like once you have met all the zoning requirements!

    NOTE: Once you are married, your spouse/mate can have a job but the income can't be used for the store! However, the spouse's money can be used to update the residence lot after the initial 17,000 has been spent from store earnings!

    We reserve the right to change the rules as needed only to keep within the challenge!
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    Used for continuing the challenge! This part is (Optional) you don't have to continue on with the challenge if you desire not to!
    going with rule 17:
    NOTE: You can have or adopt your heir, if you adopt, it has to be as a toddler or child, but it has to be the first one unless death occurs before they get to become the heir! Then it will fall to the second child! If you only have one heir and death occurs before they can take over the store, then you will either need to have another or adopt another heir! Toddler or child
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    NOTE: Use: #StarterRetailChallenge, #GetToWork, #TheSims4 for this challenge so it will be easier for others to find your sim and lot in the gallery!
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    Please feel free to do Let's play's of this challenge and link them in this thread so we can watch if you want!

    Please feel free to use The Retail Store Challenge siggy in your signature
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  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
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    Q&A

    Question: Does this challenge require me to have all the game packs?
    Answer: No, You only need Base Game and Get To Work!

    Question: What if someone cheats?
    Answer: It's not nice to cheat, but we can't stop anyone from doing it, but they will have the guilty
    heart if they decide not to play by the rules! This is for fun!

    Question: Is there any gifts for completing this challenge?
    Answer: At this time, No, It's only for fun and enjoyment of the game and it's something a little bit new to try! It's just for fun and a bit of a challenge!

    Question: Who made or came up with this challenge?
    Answer: Sweet Airis6962, It was completely her idea! Bree only added a few of the twists to it! lol

    Question: What if I can't or don't know how to make a sim, can I download one from the gallery?
    Answer: We would prefer you make a new sim, however, if you can't or don't know how then you are free to download one from the gallery, but it has to be a sim with only 20,000 simoleons and not in your game at the time you start this challenge, and cannot be re-uploaded to the gallery!

    Question: Can I make a showcase thread with my progress for this challenge?
    Answer: Yes, and please send us the link to your showcase and we will post it in the participant's list along with your build links! We would really love to follow your story's also!

    Question: Can I post my progress in this thread?
    Answer: Yes

    Question: Is there a time limit on the challenge of when it needs to be done?
    Answer: No, play at your own pace!

    Question: Can I hire help?
    Answer: Yes

    Question: On the sims day off can they travel to other towns?
    Answer: Yes

    Question: On Sunday, which is a day off, can my sim travel to San Myshuno and participate in the karaoke contest?
    Answer: Yes they can participate in the contest in the city but all winnings have to be donated to charity or used only to upgrade your store!

    Question: What if I don't want to make the house on the residences lot, can I expand my home and store on the retail lot once I get 17,000 for my residences?
    Answer: Yes, You can make your dream home on the lot with your business once you have reached the 17,000 you need to make your residences home!

    Question: If I put out an item for sale and no-one has purchased it for the entire week, may I replace it with something else on Friday?
    Answer: Yes, of course, you can.

    Question: So if I have a mannequin that has 5 different clothing styles, does that count as 5 items? Or does each mannequin alone count as 1 item?
    Answer: Each mannequin count as One I'm pretty sure dear! The sale tag would be showing on each mannequin and not on each outfit! So you could have 8 with 5 outfits!

    Question: What if I want to dig for relic's in the world to sell in my store is that acceptable?
    Answer: Yes, you just can't sell the relic's straight out of your inventory!

    Question: What if I want to harvest items from the world for ingredients for my recipes is that acceptable?
    Answer: Yes, you can as long as you don't harvest to sell straight out of inventory!

    Question: Is it okay if I harvest fruits from the world for my personal recipes if I don't have them on my retail lot?
    Answer: Yes, You can harvest fruits to fix your personal food recipies, but you are not a loud to sell them from your inventory to gain more money!
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    Please feel free to ask questions and send feedback! We will add Questions with Answers to the Q&A

    Note: Before posting a question check the Q&A to make sure it hasn't already been ask and answered there!
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  • AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
  • CorwimCorwim Posts: 3,125 Member
    Sign me up! :) Didn't know this was gonna be a gameplay challenge, but that's even better! If I'm not mistaken, that means there is no time limit right? I don't get a lot of time to play the game lately, so my progress will be slow, but I've been dying to try a sort of rags to riches challenge with a retail store business and this is comes close. Plus I loved both your mobile retail stores builds it had me thinking of building my own already! B) Not sure yet mine will actually be a mobile store, or more of a container type store, will have to think of that. :) And yay, love spending time in CAS, so I'm so happy it also involves that part of the game! Already got a sim in mind, so watch this space for when he's ready. ;) Thank you @AIRIS6962 and @BreeMiles for hosting this super fun challenge!
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    @Corwim, Yay glad you are going to give it a go! No there is no time limit play as you can when you can share here your progress if you want! I for one am excited and looking forward to seeing all the things everyone builds and how it all plays out for them in their game! <3 <3
  • AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member

    YAY! @Corwim , it´s great to have you here! Welcome aboard! :smiley:

    You´re right, no limit of time at all.
    Yes, this challenge it´s a gameplay one, but it involves as well that you have to make a new sim (CAS), you can build your own retail store (build) and you can build your own starter home (build)
    Tell us: how far goes your ambition and craving for money? Will you sacrify your sim welfare ? We want to know B)

    Share here your sim, retail shop and starter home if you decide to build them. Don´t forget the hashtags and post them here!

    My dear @BreeMiles and I started that challenge in August and we are doing it too :) Really a lot of fun :mrgreen:

    Hugs <3
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    This is my founder and a pic of my shop

    Meet Marci Hamm
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    This is Marci on her blank lot
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    This is Marci's Mobil bookstore
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    Customers
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    I didn't want anyone to be able to go on the inside of the shop so I set my sell items outside on the picnic table an locked the doors!
    Enjoy my journey with Marci!
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    Not sure why but it made me travel to my home lot to pay the electric bill! Is this Normal does anyone know?
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 1,187 Member
    I love this challenge! Would like to try it....running to make my retail sim now! Woot!
  • AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member
    BreeMiles wrote: »
    Not sure why but it made me travel to my home lot to pay the electric bill! Is this Normal does anyone know?

    That never happened to me! :open_mouth:
    No worries. I think you can have a mail box in your commercial lot.
    SoulGal7 wrote: »
    I love this challenge! Would like to try it....running to make my retail sim now! Woot!

    YAY! Welcome aboard, @SoulGal7 ! :smiley:
    Can´t wait to see how goes!
  • AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member

    I love the pics, @BreeMiles ! I will post some too soon :smiley:
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 1,187 Member
    I have a quick question. On Sunday, which is a day off, can my sim travel to San Myshuno and participate in the karaoke contest? If they win, they can get $500 simoleons. Also, same question about winning at the festivals. Is my sim allowed to go?
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 1,187 Member
    @BreeMiles & @AIRIS6962 - both of the builds are great! Really nice!
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
    SoulGal7 wrote: »
    I have a quick question. On Sunday, which is a day off, can my sim travel to San Myshuno and participate in the karaoke contest? If they win, they can get $500 simoleons. Also, same question about winning at the festivals. Is my sim allowed to go?

    Yes Sunday is your day go where ever you want dear!

    Edit
    Let me finish answering the questions sorry I read it wrong!
    The answer is yes they can participate in the contest in the city but all winnings have to be donated to charity or used only to upgrade your store!
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
    @SoulGal7
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment on out builds sweetie and Thanks for the question it has been added to Q&A
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  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    @AIRIS6962 I uploaded another Starter home for the challenge dear this one is a Toy Store!
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    DOWNLOAD

    This is my founder for the Toy Store
    Meet Kaelyn Blanchard
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    DOWNLOAD
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 1,187 Member
    Could you explain a bit more on the twist for mark-up. I do not fully understand Thursday and where do I go to randomize the mark-up? I am not seeing it in-game. Maybe I am missing something? So, Sunday and Thursday the store is closed? Is that correct?
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
    SoulGal7 wrote: »
    Could you explain a bit more on the twist for mark-up. I do not fully understand Thursday and where do I go to randomize the mark-up? I am not seeing it in-game. Maybe I am missing something? So, Sunday and Thursday the store is closed? Is that correct?

    @SoulGal7
    Here is the link all you need to do is add to the list Closed, and 50% then click the button where it says randomize, the first one it picks is the one you will have to do for Thursday!

    Randomizer

    @AIRIS6962 Could you put the link for the Randomizer in your post 1
  • AIRIS6962AIRIS6962 Posts: 3,290 Member

    Lovely and cute Toy shop and a beautiful sim, @BreeMiles ! <3
    SoulGal7 wrote: »
    @BreeMiles & @AIRIS6962 - both of the builds are great! Really nice!

    Thank you very much, dear! I´m glad you like them :smiley: :kissing_heart:
    BreeMiles wrote: »

    Randomizer

    @AIRIS6962 Could you put the link for the Randomizer in your post 1

    Of course! :smiley: :mrgreen:
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    Me and @AIRIS6962 were talking about the randomizer, if you are not sure how to use randomizer then just roll a dice or flip a coin for Thursday will be okay! As long you flip, roll, or randomize what they do on Thursday, Close or 50%
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    edited September 2017
    Does anyone know If when the workers answer the questions do we still get the perk points?
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  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 1,187 Member
    edited September 2017
    @BreeMiles - A suggestion - put this rule in CAPS because I missed it at first. Then I saw it and I have played until Weds. now. I started with 5 items, then increased to 8 then 11. But, I was just testing everything, so I will re-start. This was completely my own fault, but just making a suggestion so that this particular rule is larger. Thanks so much :)

    12. You can only start out selling 8 items, then each week on Friday you can add one more item for sale. Until you reach the Maxis limit on how many items you can mark for sale!
  • BreeMilesBreeMiles Posts: 5,681 Member
    SoulGal7 wrote: »
    @BreeMiles - A suggestion - put this rule in CAPS because I missed it at first. Then I saw it and I have played until Weds. now. I started with 5 items, then increased to 8 then 11. But, I was just testing everything, so I will re-start.

    12. You can only start out selling 8 items, then each week on Friday you can add one more item for sale. Until you reach the Maxis limit on how many items you can mark for sale!

    Thank you dear for the heads up! I got it in red! No need to start over just sub track the ones down to how many you should have now! Saturday's is a killer for me! Most of the time can't sell anything on that day! LOL
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