I keep seeing people differentiating between selling and shipping items. Do you get better or worse prices based on how you sell an item or is it just the difference between having money now or later?

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    From my experience, the pricing is identical regardless as to whether you sell or ship it for the morning. – Sean Mar 15 '16 at 16:35

Items put in the shipping container and selling directly to stores will net the same profit, so there is no difference there (Source).

With the shipping container:

  • You must wait a day for your money
  • Adds to the 'items shipped' statistic in the stats screen
  • No concern about when shops are open
  • You can put artifacts you cannot sell in the shipping container for some profit (Source)
  • There are three achievements for shipping items. One for shipping 1 of every item, one for 15 of every item, and one for shipping 300 of any single item (Source). These exclude artifacts. A full list of items needed for achievements can be found here.

The opposites of these points are true with selling to shops.

Based on these differences, unless you need money the same day, there is no downside to simply using the shipping box.

  • If only shipped items contributes to "items shipped" (seems obvious when I say it like that), does that imply that there's no Farming XP generated for items sold to shops? – Jeeva Mar 15 '16 at 16:52
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    I'm almost positive that farming XP is earned as soon as you harvest the crop. It's just that the levelup (if it occurs) is not applied until you sleep. I've seen my farming hit level 10 during the day, and that night I got to pick my talent. – Unknown Zombie Mar 15 '16 at 17:11
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    @Jeeva I believe Unknown Zombie is correct. According to the Stardew Valley skills page, Farming Skill is gained by harvesting crops. Hoe and watering can usage does not give experience by itself. Each level grants +1 efficiency to the hoe and watering can. Also... Each crop harvested (regardless of crop type or quality) is worth 8 experience points. Your experience level is increased once you sleep if you have harvested enough crops that day and you are able to gain multiple levels per night. – king14nyr Mar 15 '16 at 17:14

Price bonusses are only applied to shipped items. For example having the fishing level 5 skill "Fishing" (fish are worth 25% more) and selling a gold star puffer fish (value 375g), which sells for exactly 375g at Willy's store, but you get 375 x 1.25 = 468g (floored) after shipping.

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