Shopkeeping - Midkemia Online Online Help

6.11.4 Shopkeeping

Becoming a Shopkeeper:
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To become a shopkeeper, you must rent or buy a shop from a city. This is typically done by speaking to a representative of the city government, usually the Chancellor to see if a shop is available. Once you make arrangements to lease or buy the shop, the Chancellor will transfer the shop to your name and you can begin managing it. 


Shop Management:
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Please make yourself familiar with the rules your city has on shops, especially in the case of paying your taxes.

SHOP DUES         - check the outstanding taxes owed on your shop
SHOP PAY TAXES    - pay the taxes owed on your shop
SHOP LOG          - view the log of the current shop sales
SHOP BIN          - see how to use bins to better display your stock
SHOP ENTER        - enter your stockroom
SHOP LEAVE        - leave your stockroom


Shop Pricing:
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Once you manage the shop, you can place items for sale by:
1. Dropping the items on the stockroom floor.
2. Price your items using the PRICE command.

PRICE             - SET PRICE FOR [all] <item> AT <cost>

STOCK             - See a list of your current stock (even if not yet priced)

If you choose to price ALL, you will price all similar items on your stockroom floor at the price you set. For example, if you have 3 shirts, two of one pattern and one of another pattern, using SET PRICE FOR ALL SHIRT AT 1 SILVER will create two lines in your WARES, but the price for both types of shirts will be 1 silver.

In order to differentiate between similar items, simply SET PRICE FOR <item#> AT <cost> and omit the ALL differentiation. For example, to price the same set of three shirts - SET PRICE FOR SHIRT###### AT 1 SILVER will individually price each shirt. However, if you price two shirts of the same pattern at the same price, they will automatically be grouped together in one line.


Shop Bins:
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Syntax: SHOP BIN LIST
        SHOP BIN ADD <bin shortname> <full name for the bin>
        SHOP BIN REMOVE <bin shortname>
        SHOP BIN RENAME <old bin shortname> <new shortname> <new full bin name>
        PUT <item> IN <bin number>
  (note: You must be within your stockroom to see the SHOP BIN options)

Organizing one's shop is a great way to make sure your merchandise is displayed to the best advantage. Costing 1 gold per bin, a shopkeeper can have up to 10 different bins in their shop.

Once a bin is made, you can PUT <item> IN <bin #>
       (example: PUT COOKIE IN 23456)
Items in bins can then be priced as usual.

Each bin can hold up to 100 items, those items will not be counted as on the stockroom floor. Bins allow up to 500 items to be sold in a shop.


Shop Logs:
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Syntax: SHOP LOG [<starting line>] [<days back>]

The shop automatically keeps a log of all purchases, as well as all shoplifting that has occurred, making it easy to track your shop inventory. The logs are kept for the past 6 real-life days, and can only be accessed from your shop or your shop's stockroom.

The logs do not track who purchased or shoplifted an item from your shop, but does record the item and the price (if any) for which it was bought.


Transferring a Shop:
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Syntax: SHOP TRANSFER OWNERSHIP TO <person>

While standing in your shop, you many now transfer ownership to another player. Exchanging any currency for the transaction is up to you.

Upon transfer of a shop, all bins will be emptied and any items inside of them will be placed on the stockroom floor. The bins will be fully removed from the shop, and the new shop owner will have to put in their own bins as desired. Any items left in a bin will fall to the shop's stockroom floor. 

(See also: HELP SHOPS, HELP STACKING, HELP SHOP POLICIES)