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What an exciting day it was for all of us when we learned Neopets was offering rare items along with some of their merchandise! I immediately wanted to be in on it, but being a poor, starving university student, I couldn’t afford anything right away. Then, finally, while at Claire’s, looking at that Babaa plushie I so dearly wanted, I saw Doglefox stickers that tickled my fancy as well. I inspected them and discovered they had a Rare Item Code enclosed. This code, it promised, would give me a rare item! I checked the price. Ouch! 5.99$! But the stickers were nice, and I wanted really wanted that Rare Item Code, so I went to the cash register and emptied my pockets. Obviously, paying $5.99 (plus taxes, I might add) would be insane, were it not for the fabled Code!

COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Act) prohibits the storage or use of personal information from children under the age of 13, and the use of message boards.I, myself, am 12, and I have only ever seen the Neoboards in screenshots, or when watching my friend on his account. This is understandable, nevertheless annoying to the band of children that this applies to.

However, recently the ‘Edit’ button for pet pages disappeared. I was annoyed by this, as I was updating my Kyrii?s page at the time, hoping to win a site spotlight. Now that dream is shattered.

Shortly after, my ‘Break The Chain’ ad in my shop was replaced by a red X. Wondering why, I ventured into shop properties, and found that the previously HTML-enabled box had been replaced by a drop down list of corny presets. So much for a guild ad, a background (I had a really nice background on there at the time) or a cursor.

Well how about this. I think Neopets is unfair to a lot of people outside of the US! Like me. I’m from New Zealand.

First thing. A lot of those sponsor deals and those “Get 1,000 NP a day!” things are worthless. All of them are “sign up with our sponsor” and such while practically every single one of them I’ve seen have ONLY been for US residents. Granted, it’s not a big amount of NP but it still seems very excluding.

Timing for things doesn’t always seem too bad since things are spread out throughout the day/night. but one of the other things that annoys me is the merchandise. I’ve seen some really cute things in the merchandise, that I’d love to get my hands on.. Things in the wish list – but none of those items are available here. In fact there seems to be rather little of Neopets available here. I don’t know if that will eventually change but I saw some items that are listed ‘limited edition’ or whatever – does that mean they’ll not be available here because their stock all went to the US? I don’t know.

“Neopets has always been and will always be a free site!”

Those words always make me think of a sign that says “Free Kittens”. At first, you tend to think it’s a great thing and why wouldn’t you think so. Free is always good, or so we’ve been led to believe. I’d like to share some analogies and facts about free things that may help you to realize that while it’s a noble thing to keep Neopets free, it may not necessarily be in the best interest of the Neopets team nor Neopians in general. Please take a moment and consider the following information and see if you draw the same conclusions I did.

The eternal question no doubt (actually not really, but it makes good conversation!!). How much Neopets is too much and is it really good for you?

I once chatted with a lovely girl called Kaorichan and, after a while, the topic of “How much time do you spend on Neopets” popped up. After careful prodding and prying, Kaorichan mentioned once speaking to a man who told her he spent on average about 13 hours a day on it. The response, “Hello! Wake up, have a shave and brush your teeth!” seemed to be on both our minds.

While the example above is an example of someone who clearly spends too much time on Neopets to the point where it is unhealthy, I’ve witnessed some people who are absolute fanatics about the game to the point that it scares me, even more than Cruella Devil on 101 Dalmatians (she did a real good job of terrifying me).