# Can you have negative profit in the stalk market, or does it 'bottom out' at zero?

The stalk market badge in New Leaf has a badge for making a profit selling turnips. The bronze requires a total cumulative profit of 500,000 bells. I'm interested to know how this is calculated - if you keep making a loss every week, do you end up with a massive negative overall profit (which you'd have to claw back before you could even begin working back towards the badge), or does it bottom out at zero?

For example, let's say we spend 100,000 bells on turnips one week, and only sell them for 50,000. Is my total profit now -50,000 or zero?

• +1 That's a great question. How would someone find this info though? That's not something that we can ever see in-game, is it? Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 20:59
• Actually, you can calculate it if you know your present total spend and sell. Eg, let's say I know I've lost millions of bells on the stalk market. I then take care to earn exactly 500,000 (or more) bells in the following weeks. If Phineas now hands me the badge, then I know the system bottoms out at zero. If he doesn't, then I know it goes into the negative.
– Kai
Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 21:11