Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

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Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by mockingbird288z » 10 May 2017, 10:59

This topic is for info on and to chat about the bundles that are offered for sale in the specials tab of the Online Store.

If you have any questions about the online bundles ask them here! This topic will work like the previous one, feel free to add pics when you are offered a new bundle and discuss the bundles.

A guide with pictures of online bundles that are from past limited time events and quests can be found here.

A guide with pictures of online bundles that are only offered in the online store can be found here.

A guide with pictures of online bundles that are items already available in the game can be found here.


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*The "Sale" price for these bundles is blatantly false. They are never offered at the "original" price.

*The time limit for the sales is also a sale tactic. These bundles will return to the online store.

*The prices for the bundles change. Sometimes when the bundles return they are cheaper than last time and sometimes they are more expensive.

*Sometimes bundles are "repackaged". You will still get offered the "new" bundles even if you have already purchased the clothes or furniture in a previous bundle (or like the Alternative Style clothes for free).

*The Restore Purchases button does not work for most of the bundles. If you start a new game you will not have access to most of the bundles you purchased on your previous game. It will be like you never purchased them.

*Save your game to the cloud immediately after purchasing a bundle! If your game crashes or you reset your game and download saved data from before you purchased a bundle you will not have that bundle anymore.

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In the event that you purchased something and you do not receive it you need to contact Firemonkeys Support and/or your app store provider.

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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: A Guide

Post by mockingbird288z » 11 May 2017, 23:11

A notification on the shopping cart indicates a new online bundle. Repeated offers do not get a notification.
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When you tap on the shopping cart and go to the Specials Tab you can see all of the bundles available to you to purchase at the moment.
You can then see the prize for the bundles, how long they will be for sale, how many VIP Points you will get for purchasing them, and, for some bundles, you can tap on the "i" to see what is included in the bundle.
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For furniture bundles tapping on the "i" will show you all the items that come with the bundle. Items in the bundles are added to the Home Store for you to then buy with in-game currency like items that are already in the game. The price for the items once they are in the Home Store is shown on the left.

You also get at least one of each item for free. How many items you get free is shown on the right. When it just says "Included!" that means you get 1 of that item for free. "2 included!" means you get 2 of that item for free, "3 included!" means you get 3 of that item for free, etc.
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Scrolling to the right shows you all of the items in the bundle.
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When you tap the "Buy" button you get a screen that asks for you to confirm your purchase. If you cancel out of the purchase you are not charged anything. You have to put your password in to confirm the purchase.
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For furniture bundles the Home Store will now show a notification indicating all the new items you've just purchased.
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The free items will show in the New Items tab and notifications will appear on the tabs where the items have been added to the Home Store.
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The items are added to the Home Store where they are now like any other item in the game.
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The free items will also show in your inventory.
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For clothing item bundles tapping the "i" will show you all the clothing items that come with the bundle.
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Scrolling to the right shows you all of the clothing items in the bundle.
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Congratulations screen after purchasing a clothing bundle.
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For clothing bundles the Create-A-Sim menu will now show a notification indicating all the new clothing items you've just purchased.
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And in the tab that has the notification the outfits added to your wardrobe will be marked "New".
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After the first time you enter the Create-A-Sim menu the clothing items will no longer be marked "New" and they will no longer be at the top. They can usually then be found at the bottom before VIP exclusive items.
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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by bluebeariscool » 16 May 2017, 20:45

This is most helpful. Thanks so much for the pics and the explanations. Even oldies get confused with all the new tabs and the way the information is displayed. I spent half an hour today being really bugged by knowing I had something new because there was a 1 in a circle showing on my furniture tab and I couldn't find it. Turns out it was the laundry tiles which I'd seen through the new items tab but hadn't looked at in the house view so was they were still showing as a new/unseen item. I appreciate you sharing your understanding of the game and explaining it in a way we can all understand :)
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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by mockingbird288z » 17 May 2017, 01:59

bluebeariscool wrote:
16 May 2017, 20:45
This is most helpful. Thanks so much for the pics and the explanations. Even oldies get confused with all the new tabs and the way the information is displayed. I spent half an hour today being really bugged by knowing I had something new because there was a 1 in a circle showing on my furniture tab and I couldn't find it. Turns out it was the laundry tiles which I'd seen through the new items tab but hadn't looked at in the house view so was they were still showing as a new/unseen item. I appreciate you sharing your understanding of the game and explaining it in a way we can all understand :)
You're welcome!

What we had before worked fine when it was just the 5 original bundles in the online store. But there's just been so many bundles offered in the past year since FM finally figured out how to use the online store that we thought it was a good time to update the topic. Hopefully now with the different dedicated topics for the bundles it will be easier to find info on and see what's in a bundle before purchasing it. And then this topic for info, help, opinions, people to ask questions, post new bundles they have, and chat, etc.

The notifications can be annoying! Today I opened the game to see tons of notifications on all the tabs. I looked through all the tabs and items I've had for years were all marked new. :? I had to clear all the notifications before doing anything else. :lol:
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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by mockingbird288z » 01 Jun 2017, 17:42

I guess there is a new bundle in the online store. I have the notification for it but when I tap on the online store there isn't anything new and the notification doesn't go away. But I see posts for the new bundle on Facebook. :?
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Although, since almost everything from the last French furniture bundle is currently in an architect house I'm not sure I would buy this even for $3.
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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by Simsfanatic » 01 Jun 2017, 18:09

mockingbird288z wrote:
01 Jun 2017, 17:42
I guess there is a new bundle in the online store. I have the notification for it but when I tap on the online store there isn't anything new and the notification doesn't go away. But I see posts for the new bundle on Facebook. :?

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Although, since almost everything from the last French furniture bundle is currently in an architect house I'm not sure I would buy this even for $3.
Same here . It said 7 days left but there was not other bundle besides the currency bundle. And now that I open it again I now have the playtime bundle. It's a shame I really was looking to buy that bundle. Hopefully it shows up for me.

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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by lollipop369 » 02 Jun 2017, 02:10

Same here, too. Annoying!
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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by SKatF » 02 Jun 2017, 21:24

I got notice on Android phone but couldn't open it either. Transferred game to Kindle and was able to buy it.

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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by Voldyslovechild » 03 Jun 2017, 00:01

Thanks for the new layouts for bundles. I've been thinking about purchasing something clothing based (because you can't get some of them in the game without real money) and I appreciated the closer look

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Re: Online Store Specials Tab: Chat & Info

Post by SimCitySue » 03 Jun 2017, 00:13

mockingbird288z wrote:
01 Jun 2017, 17:42

Although, since almost everything from the last French furniture bundle is currently in an architect house I'm not sure I would buy this even for $3.
If you had to have all the French furniture in all the colors :lol: At least it's new furniture instead of junk that's already in the game. That being said, I'm going to wait for them to be in an architect house :)

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