I’ll cover the impact it had in my personal life in a later post. Today, let’s figure out the economics of animals on Farmville.
Are they there just to look pretty? Should I sell them, ignore them, buy more?
We’ll work with the same assumptions we used for the treeconomics:
- Investment period and residual value: the animal is sold for its residual value after 90 days.
- Discount rate: to simplify I’ll do a comparison of investments.
- Available investments: at this point only the cow, chicken and sheep are available to purchase.
First we’ll compare the animals among themselves to see which one has the highest daily revenue:
|Cost||Revenue/Harvest||Days to Harvest||Daily Revenue||Daily Rev/ Invested $||Days to Payback|
Not surprisingly the sheep wins. On “bang per buck” (or ROI) both the chicken and cow look better though.
Let’s compare a 90 day investment in a square full of sheeps with some crops and trees. Don’t let cartoon logic fool you, you can actually fit 16 sheeps or chicken in a single Farmville square. Only 4 cows though.
|Daily Profit||Total Profit||Initial investment||Residual Value||Profit|
|Date tree square||$368.0||$33,120.0||$12,800.0||$640.0||$20,960.0|
It seems that animals are not a great investment. It turns out that the best among them is a chicken square, given that the cost is much lower than a sheep square. However, it is still lower than, for example, pineapples.
Animals in Farmville will earn you badges but won’t make you rich. They also make a beautiful gift for your friends.