Have you noticed that some premium items are offered for sale in the build menu in different ways? Some items, like Frink’s lab, are always there basically from the beginning of the game to tempt players to spend some donuts. You will seemingly have forever to decide whether you want some items in your town or not. Go ahead and take some time to think about it—it’ll be at the store, if (when?) you decide to buy a non-limited time item (no rush)!
But other items require a more hurried shopping experience, because if you don’t buy soon, they may disappear for up to a year or for forever. It seems like items that are offered during seasonal events will eventually make their way back into the game. So, if you missed Santa’s Village during Christmas, for example, don’t fret too much, it may be available the next holiday event.
The episode tie-ins, seemingly like Gil’s bargains, are only around when they are around, and there does not seem to be a rhyme or reason as to when or whether they will ever return. In the case of Gil, I think you can expect him to return, but I also think you can expect his deals to change. Except maybe his spectacular Christmas sale when donuts are discounted, that might (hopefully) be a seasonal tradition forever.
(Hint: take advantage of Gil’s discount donut deals during Christmas, because, if you play all the time, they are a good value in my view, especially when combined with sales for iTunes or Google Play gift cards.)
The episode tie-ins seem to be one-and-done offers. Either you take advantage of the offer to buy—or get taken advantage of, depending upon your feelings about the purchase afterwards—as the items do not seem to return for purchase. This makes the episode tie-in deals particularly exciting or stressful (again, depending upon your point of view). You have to act fast with episode tie-in deals.
How do you feel about the limited nature of some items for sale in TSTO? Are there items you wished you had purchased but now cannot? Are there items you’re hoping for in a new update? Do you fear that some particular item is forever lost to the digital EA storage yard? Let us know what you think in the comment section!