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I have a low tolerance for repetitive dialog. This means that when I'm manning the store front, I mash every key that might possibly speed up the text and "get on with it".

This turns out to be bad for business: I don't always notice when someone comes in to sell me something rather than buy it... And let's just say buying something for 100+% of the base price makes for happy customers and a broke store owner.

Is there any way to tell whether someone's selling or buying when we skip directly to talking price?

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+1 for Monty Python –  World Engineer Aug 18 '11 at 4:41
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Is there any way to tell whether someone's selling or buying when we skip directly to talking price?

From: http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/604893-recettear-an-item-shops-tale/answers?qid=229370

The text color. If the text is in yellow, you're buying. If the text is white, you're selling.

I don't always notice when someone comes in to sell me something rather than buy it... And let's just say buying something for 100+% of the base price makes for happy customers and a broke store owner.

With the above text color guideline in mind, just use the guide here for optimal buying and selling prices: http://recettear.wikia.com/wiki/Pin_Bonus_Percentages (Use the data here as a guide, as data in that wiki article is from the demo version of the game and could be incorrect for some characters. It also has missing info.)

A previous, related question of mine about the discrepancies in the above Recettear wiki link: Recettear: Optimal percentages for maximum profit and experience when buying and selling for each customer

If your goal is to gain experience points as fast as possible, always selling at 104% to everyone is optimal for linking chain experience bonuses: How do you gauge the Near Pin % of a transaction?

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Thanks for the links. I don't have a problem figuring out prices, so long as I know whether I'm buying or selling. The first part of your answer is exactly what I was looking for. –  Anna Lear Aug 18 '11 at 12:27
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I ran into this same issue. I never was able to find an answer, and I'm unsure if there even is. I do, however, have some advice to prevent you from being the most generous item shop owner ever.

Know What's in your Store

If you're being offered an item that you are decidedly not stocking, or if the item in question is sparkling with the "SHOWCASE ITEM" it is relatively easy to determine whether they want to buy or sell.

When in Doubt, just go for 100%

If you want to be extra safe and hedge your bets, just go for the flat 100% price. Your customers will be happy, and though you might lose some profit on the transaction, compare the folly of selling an expensive item for 35%, or paying over 117% for an item of theirs.

When you reach a situation like this, if you have to guess, you've got a 50/50 % chance to lose money, or simply oversee another sale (like normal). If you don't want a potentially huge loss, simply stick to the median, and you create an option 3, and when considering "50% lose profit, 50% make normal profit" or 100% make some profit, it's easy to see why the third option is the most appealing.

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Given the accepted answer, this advice now seems unnecessary. –  bwarner Aug 18 '11 at 14:04
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@bwarner - unnecessary, but not useless or wrong. I had originally intended to post this as a comment anyway, but it grew too large for that. –  Raven Dreamer Aug 18 '11 at 15:25
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