Yasmin, 11 hours – 3 Rainbow Fruit, 1451 coins

Mai, 2.5 hours – 5 Shrimp, 161 coins plus a crate (a turtle brought me a pearl)

Rico, 1 hour – 14 Bamboo, 42 coins

George, 3 hours – 9 Lemons, 227 coins

Unnamed Woman, 1.5 hours – 3 Crab, 100 coins plus an axe (another pearl)

Mai, 4 hours – 9 Cacao, 354 coins

Rico, 3 hours – 9 Peppers, 302 coins

Unnamed Woman, 2.5 hours – 7 Wheat, 172 coins

I chose not to trade for the lemons and peppers, so my dock was tied up unproductively for 6 hours. In the remaining ONE hour, I was able to grow or harvest all of the items. (And the other 6 hours let me do some actual real-world work to make a living.)

Using MY cost and taking into account only the trades I made, I came out ahead with 336 coins plus a crate, an axe, and 2 pearls. Assuming I sold the pearls and axe at max cost on the WM, I would have made a profit of 716 coins. That

**the loss of 193 coins on the first trade.**

*includes*Most people, I think, could make or grow all of those items. But ...just for fun... here’s the calculation if I had made ALL of the trades and bought/sold ALL of the items on the WM at max cost: The first trade would have lost me 946 coins. The remaining trades would have been at a profit of 213 coins, for a net loss of 733 coins. BUT, that doesn't consider what I might have been able to make in those idle 6 hours.

I hope this little exercise helps in some way to explain why it

**be in a player’s interest to go ahead and make an unprofitable trade to clear the dock.**

*may*