1. Learn how it works
Daisy Mae will be on your island selling turnips every Sunday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., with prices varying from 90 bells and 110 bells and, of course, it’s always best to buy at a lower price if you want to make a good profit. Different islands will have different selling prices, so ask friends to see what their prices are. Timmy and Tommy will buy your turnips at varying prices each day, with different prices before and after 12 p.m. So far, I’ve seen turnips sell for as low as 0 bells and as high as 900 bells.
Another important thing to remember is that time travelling will rot your turnips and make them unsellable, as the turnips must be sold within a week between Monday and Saturday. Also be aware that you can’t put turnips in storage, so leave space for them. Keep in mind that, if you want to have a five-star island score, littering turnips outside of your house will damage your rating.
2. Get connected online
Possibly the best thing about the stalk exchange is that selling prices, just like with buying prices, are different on every individual island. You might be in the red on your island, kicking yourself for buying too many turnips, but fear not! There is probably someone out there with booming prices. Don’t have friends who play the game? That’s where social media becomes important. Have a look around the sites, find others who are playing the game, and set up a group chat! I myself am part of three different turnip exchange groups on Twitter, Discord, and WhatsApp. On these groups, people post their morning and afternoon prices and are usually very open to having visitors around to sell their turnips.
If a friend is in a different timezone or has time travelled, don’t worry about your turnips rotting because your turnips will follow your Nintendo Switch’s clock. Be careful, too, when playing online, as there are scammers out there who use the stalk exchange as a way to take advantage of unsuspecting players. To be safe, don’t go to islands who are requesting entry fees, such as in Nook Miles Tickets or rare items.
3. Track your turnip prices
Track your turnips to predict what the prices will be later in the week. Each week, there is a different pattern in how your turnip prices change, just like with the real life stock exchange. Take a note of what the morning and afternoon prices are each day to tell if your prices are going to increase or decrease, that way you’ll know if to save your turnips for a better price.
Thankfully, some fans out there have made some excellent online trackers if you don’t want to do it yourself! My favourite tracker, Turnip Tracker, uses an algorithm to predict your turnip prices, and all you have to do is put in what you bought them for and then what they’re selling for each day. The tracker, as well as predicting the trajectory of your prices, can also predict if there’s going to be a spike in the week.
4. Use the turnip exchange
On the rare occasion that you could find nobody with good turnip prices in the week, you can use Turnip.Exchange or the turnip exchange reddit to connect with a stranger. These sites are extremely popular for trading turnips, so if you should need to use them, get ready to patiently wait in a queue for a long time! Again, these methods of trading turnips are more likely to attract scammers due to their popularity, so be cautious when trading and avoid islands requiring an entry fee.
Besides finding islands to sell your turnips on, however, turnip.exchange also allows you to host queues for people to visit your island! This becomes useful when you have good prices and want a lot of friends around. Because of the way online works on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, having everyone compete for a slot on the island at the same time is a total nightmare and ends up with no one being able to sell their turnips at all. Use the queue system on this website if you want to avoid pulling your hair out in frustration.
5. Have fun and don’t take it too seriously
Animal Crossing: New Horizons brought many new things to the series, but one thing no one could have expected is for it to turn the community into competitors; stressing out over terraforming designs, charging real money for popular characters (looking at you, Raymond) and scamming others for Nook Miles Tickets.
Yes, the stalk exchange is a great way to make money, but what’s most important is that you’re having fun with the game and not finding it to be a chore. Don’t feel like participating in the market one week? Then don’t! These aspects of the game are there to enhance players’ experiences, not turn us into corporate businessmen on the Animal Crossing equivalent to wall street.
Most importantly, remember to be safe when playing online. The threat of scammers is real, but also avoidable if you remember to think smart, act smart, and do smart.
Happy stalking everyone!