In Recettear, when you're buying/selling, the tutorial gives you the base "range" of acceptable percents to offer to the customers. It seems that there's a magic number to put down in order to get the Near Pin bonus XP, and there's no real way to see this (understandably so, or else there'd be no real reward for doing so).

However, it seems exceedingly difficult to gauge this number when customers are both perfectly happy to buy things well below the given price range, and will typically pay the upper end of the spectrum as well. I'm pretty sure that I've hit Near Pin % bonuses on both high and low offers, though I could be wrong.

Does the Near Pin % fluctuate per transaction? Per customer type?


Searching around on the internet, I've found that apparently the best percentage to enter in order to get the most Near Pin bonuses is 104% if you want to get the most out of Near/Full Pin bonuses for Merchant/Customer experience levels. Each customer has a different percentage that they are willing to pay up to. For example, you may have noticed the Little Girl is an incredible cheapskate, while the Guild Master has a considerably larger budget.

Customer     Max Exp+rep     Max Profit    Max Exp+rep     Max Profit
              (selling)      (selling)       (buying)       (buying)
Girl         104%            112%(?)       70%             52%
Woman        104%            118%          70%             52% 
Old Man      104%            118%          70%             44%
Man          104%            127%          70%             39%
Guild Master 104%            127%          70%             41% 
Louie        104%            118%          70%             38% 
Charme       104%            127%          70%             47% 

Information is from this google doc, which has a more detailed collection of collected statistics overall about the game.

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    This appears to have pulled data from the demo version. Any idea how close to true this reflects on the full version? – TheQ Sep 13 '10 at 17:36
  • I'm fairly sure that this info is also accurate for the full version, as it's had recent edits since release. – FAE Sep 13 '10 at 18:00
  • I'll give it a shot when I get home. If it is, indeed, as simple as 104'ing every single offer to get the best average XP return, I'll be relieved, if not a little disappointed. – TheQ Sep 13 '10 at 19:47
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    Marked as answer, tested last night, amazing how much XP you can rack up with just sticking to your guns and doing 104% every time. – TheQ Sep 14 '10 at 12:17
  • Yeah, stacking Pin combos really really adds up quickly, and I can imagine it'll help a lot when trying to get xp for the higher Merchant levels. – FAE Sep 14 '10 at 16:19

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