I never thought i'd ever be able to afford a blue partyhat. But today I got one!!!!!
Here's some background if you are interested!!!!!
I've played this game since 2005. I've accumulated a lot of wealth over the years. I was able to afford a red partyhat back in February and bought it for like ~3.5b or something. I know even this is a lot of money, but like I said, I had played for over a decade. Anyways, in May 2016, the price of partyhats almost doubled. It sunk a little bit since, but it now made me red paryhat worth about 5.6b; it was nice because I didn't have to do anything except not sell it.
One day in May, I decided that I wasn't happy with my red. I had been playing this game for a very long time, and realized it was time to go for the very top; the Blue Partyhat. Unfortunately, a blue partyhat was worth about 10b at the time, and I couldn't double my money easily. So I went and sold my red partyhat and decided i'd try staking it (I wouldn't recommend staking, as while it's the best moneymaking method in the game, it is simultaneously the worst too). So now that I had 5600m to try and stake with, I decided i'd try a smaller stake first, and then a larger stake after in case I lost and that way i'd be able to recuperate my loss in addition to some winnings. I ended up winning a 1.9b YOLO stake and was now able to afford a white partyhat. So I bought one. I should note that white partyhats went down about 800m within two weeks of buying it, so I lost a fair bit of money here.
But I realized how stupid what I did was. I could have lost everything from staking. If I ever wanted to get a blue, I would have to do it in a much less risky way. So I decided to start merching phats. This is extremely time consuming, as you have to buy things as cheap as possible and sell very high and it takes time to find sellers eager to make somewhat unfair deals. Additionally, there aren't a lot of partyhat sellers so it makes flipping phats that much more difficult. However, it was rewarding; you could make ~100m off of purple/yellow/green/red partyhats and up to 300m with whites. I went from about 6.5b to 9.6b wealth in about 1.5 months from flipping. It's funny to note that I made almost the same in that one stake from before in only a day, but once again- I could have lost it all just as quickly.
Once I finally got enough money for a blue, I started trying to buy one. However, blue partyhats are special. They are completely different than all over partyhats because they are literally the most desirable object in the game. A blue partyhat is almost worth as much as three purple partyhats. It is way harder to find buyers/sellers for blues than any other partyhat. Consequently, blue owners can charge pretty much whatever they feel like and the price you may pay for one has a range of ~600m, so you never really know what to offer. They are extremely precious, and their sales are very rare. Not many people have them, and the people that do are very cautious when selling them, because they might not be able to buy it back should there be a sudden price change. In May for instance, over the course of the month, the price of the Blue Partyhat went from ~7b to over 11b. At the same time, selling can be hard because there are frankly not many people with ~10b to spare and therefore not many buyers.
Anyways, I was able to find someone who wasn't able to sell their blue for around 2 months. And therefore I bought. The screenie is attached! Thanks for reading!!!