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The Sims Freeplay- Simtown Market


The simtown market has been added to the October 2016 update of the sims freeplay. If you have finished upgrading all the workstations at a profession workplace and have been wondering if there is any point in sending your sims to work to collect resources or if you have reached your limit on the resources you can store, and find it a waste just to sell them- then this update is for you!

The simtown market allows you to use these spare resources to earn prizes! You earn market points by shipping market orders (these orders are made from resources, for example, you may be asked to ship 1 coffee and 2 popcorns) The more orders you ship, the more market points you earn, meaning the more prizes you will unlock!

The more developed your workplace is (the more workstations you have built/upgraded) the more market points you will earn as you will receive a bonus %

Couriers appear at the workplace and they need to be helped by a sim who works in that profession. Like helping a normal sim in this profession, when you complete all the tasks and help the courier you earn market tokens but there is a time limit in which you will need to help them in otherwise they will leave and you won’t receive the tokens.

NOTE: it costs SPs to speed up helping the courier- not LPs

Shipping tokens earns you a lot more points than shipping normal resources but you can only store 3 so you have to use them to collect more!


Simtown Market Tutorial– completing the tutorial unlocks access to regular special events, allowing you to earn prizes you previously missed out on or completely new prizes!

NOTE: you cannot start the tutorial until there is an event available- check in your goal tab to see if an event has started or is coming soon!

  • View the Simtown market (go to the Movie Studio (this may be a different profession workplace if you complete this tutorial during a different event) and click on the symbol of the person holding a parcel)

  • Complete a market order (again view the simtown market and click on a box and select ship order)

  • View the workplace overview (this is the button in the left hand corner of your screen while you are at the movie studio)

  • Start helping a courier- the courier will arrive at the movie studio:

(a sim needs to be working at the studio to be able to help the courier- the same way you help other sims at a profession workplace)

  • Spend a market token (go to the simtown market again, click on the box and select ship order)




Special Events- I am not going to be creating a post each time a new one is released as I believe they will all work in the same way

All you need to do is ship market orders and earn market points to fill up the bar in the time limit. Each time you reach a line on the bar you will receive a prize! The green is your current progress towards the prizes.

Most of the prizes are different for everyone as it depends what you have already unlocked but the grand prize is a new item so that is probably the same for everyone!

If you have completed all the current orders you will need to wait 30 minutes for new ones to appear or skip waiting for 10SPs- you can also unlock new slots for SPs!

Currently I am still upgrading my workstations so I probably won’t be using this too much unless I cannot collect new items without selling my resources but I think it is a great idea!

Time Extension Event- this works the same as the other events but instead of just using resources from one profession you can ship resources from all professions and the grand prize for completing this is a time extension which can be used if you run out of time on a quest or hobby- previously only available as a VIP perk


If I’m on the last task helping a courier will he stay if the time runs out?

He doesn’t seem to stay anymore, annoyingly!

If you unlock an extra slot costing social points in the market event does it stay unlocked for future events?

Yes, they will stay unlocked

Thanks for reading!



Author: weightlessmagic

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87 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Simtown Market

  1. How many times courier appear in a shift? Is it for as long as they still in a shift? I’m at 96.3% in movie studio. Had to stop upgrading for a while to complete this event.

  2. I think you can get more than three market tokens per event you just have to use them for a shipment as you can only store a maximum of three. When I earned them they appeared in that top box but when I used them it went back to zero?

  3. I collected 3 market tokens so it appears I have full storage of them (3/3) yet I keep getting more npcs (couriers) after collecting 3?! 😛 So I guess what Kuku said is true. My question is, how do I use the tokens? All the shipments I got are of normal resources. Do I keep having to send shipments until I get a token one?

  4. How do I earn new market tokens? I can´t seem to get couriers to come around. ^^

  5. Some things I have noticed with this update, 1. If you click on the circle containing what level you are at, it now tells you how many XP you need to level up. 2. I received a weekly task I have never seen or heard about before “cancel an action”. 3. All the buildings, monuments and locations now have little symbols in their bubbles indicating what they are. Also all the empty/ un- constructed lots have a person inside the house silhouette.

  6. HI, as always you are right on top of this. Sounds like you had an amazing time at the EA convention. Glad you are getting the recognition you deserve! Kudu is correct – you can use more than three courier tokens per event, but you can only store 3 at a time (haven’t been able to store any as I use them right away). I wasn’t sure how I felt about this simtown market but it actually goes quite fast and my movie studio is only 41% developed (less than yours). I am down to 6 days left and I just unlocked the 4’th prize. I have not used any sp’s to speed up tasks so getting the grand prize is achievable. I did use sp’s to unlock shipping slots though. Hope that once they are unlocked, they are unlocked for all future market events! Slot 4 costs 50 sp, slot 5 costs 100 sp, and the last slot (which I can’t afford to unlock and am not sure I really need) costs 250 sp. The market is a really good way to keep all those profession workplaces (that we worked so hard on) involved.

  7. Do you think there will be more events for different workplaces? I’m wondering because I haven’t built the hospital yet but maybe I should now because I don’t want to miss out?

  8. I’m really enjoying the marketplace. It’s like a little mini event with prizes in between updates. Just a note, sims at the workplace do not have to be at any particular skill level. All three initial workstations (escort car, id booth and concession) work for the event just fine since the courier doesn’t need any resources collected. I tried to put my level 9 sims in to level up and just ran into frustration, so I’ll wait until after this is over to finish them up. Also, the courier takes about 4 hours to complete for a token. I usually get another sim working on resources, cancel both shifts after they’ve gotten through the first two hour task with the courier since they are nearing their work limit, and then just restart them. The courier remains at the studio.

  9. After the first day no couriers have shown up!

  10. How do I spend tokens? I have 3/3 so I can’t collect the one that I just completed. The boxes I can ship only have resources in them, no tokens. I even shipped 2 boxes and waited to see if the tokens would show as an option to ship. No luck! Please help. Thanks 😀

  11. I bought an extra slot with SPs and this seems to speed up getting the tokens being the resource to ship out so I have not reached the max. I am sure eventually one of the regular slots will require it just maybe not as often? You get anywhere from 3000 to 6000 coins when you do depending how far along you are upgrading the workstations.

  12. Why the ship order costs 2 social points?

  13. Is there any reason to keep the tokens (as opposed to sending them out in a shipment) you get from completing the courier’s requests?

    I now have 3, and have not seen new couriers since I got the third (although, that was just a few hours ago). But, I guess a similar question would be, is there any reason not to just immediately send out a token-shipment once you get a token? Why do they even have the “0/3” noted on there?

  14. I finished with a day to spare. When you unlock the boom camera you do get one free.

  15. I just completed it and I got the camera! First one is free and after you got to pay 50,000 for another one

  16. After working multiple shifts in a day for all three profession locations, I believe there are only four couriers a day. In order to complete without many upgrades in my locations (ranges from hospital 18% to the police station at 44%), I ignore my specialized sims for the duration of the event – or play them later in the day after the four couriers are gone – and use level 1-6 sims to grind through the couriers and accumulate resources.

  17. Hi,
    I’ve been checking your blog for a long time and I’ve always been able to find answers when I needed them. Only now, with the market, I have no clue what to do.. It didn’t start the tutorial when I got the update, and I don’t know how and if I can start it manually? Do you have an idea?

  18. Hi, I have just got my police station to 100% and I am not getting any of the bonus points. Does anyone know if there is some other hoop to jump through before you get the bonus? I thought I was going mad so I used a calculator to add up what I was expecting before filling and order and it did not give the bonus.

  19. How do I get the market place tutorial, I have couriers but they are grey and the message says there a re no events, check later
    Is the long hair event, coming soon, an event that will lead to the tutorial?
    I have already completed this event previously so was not going do it again, as it would be a waste of time for my fashion hobby sims

    • It says in the post: ‘NOTE: you cannot start the tutorial until there is an event available- check in your goal tab to see if an event has started or is coming soon!’
      The long hair event is a timed hobby event, this isn’t a simtown market event.

  20. If the courier has 5 minutes before leaving and you start one of the actions 20 mins long will the he stay to complete the action or leave in the middle of the action when his timer finishes?

  21. Just a tip: When you are nearly done with a market place event, i.e. you have 59700 out of 60000 points or whatever, don’t finish if you still have time left in the event! Make sure you have an order that will give you enough points to trigger that grand prize and resources enough to fill the order. Save that (and you could cancel all other orders to keep your overview). Wait for the courier to come back and collect up to three tokens for your market place inventory, then finish the event and get your grand prize. Next time an event starts you will have these tokens and will be ahead of your game already 🙂

  22. If you collect a courier token but don’t use it in the current market event, will it go away at the end of the event or will it be in your collection to use on the next market event?

  23. How do you spend your tokens? I have all 3 and I cannot collect anymore. How can I spend it to make room?

  24. Is there any way to get rid of people who you can’t help at the work places?

    At my movie studio I have someone who needs the task, which takes 35 minutes, and you have to be at level 8 to unlock, but since it’s a mystery Sim, and I won’t be able to help other mystery Sims there’s no way for any of my Sims to advance to that level.

  25. The Reindeer event was supposedly available to everybody but I never got the opportunity to do the Reindeer Simtown Market event. It never showed an event available for me like it did with everybody else (or so they say)

    Any ideas? Thanks

  26. On my new account, one of my sims got to level 3 in the movie studio but the simtown market still says I need to make level 3. I even had the sims go level 4 with the movie camera and I still cannot do the tutorial. My main account had several greater than 3 professions when the simtown market came so I didn’t have to worry about this problem. Is there something else I need to do? The game says that is the only requirement not met but I did.

    • The current simtown market event requires the hospital profession so maybe you need a level 3 in the hospital profession to be able to do the tutorial right now.

      • So other people can find the answer if they ever have the same problem, It let me do the event after I closed and reopened the game. I had to take care of my cat and when I opened Sims Freeplay afterwards, it gave me the event.

  27. The very first Simtown Market event I got when Simtown Market first came out was time extensions event. When I got that back in October, I needed 155,000 points in order to receive the time extensions. The extensions event came to me again on the same device, this time I only need 78,000 points to get the time extensions. Do you know why I need much fewer points for the time extensions now than I did a few months ago? My newer account got robo-cat needing only 46,000 points. What is with the point requirement variations?

    Thank you.

  28. Once you unlock a shipping slot, does it remain unlocked for future events?

  29. It said I received the campfire event, but where do I find the object when it’s completed?

  30. Does anyone know if the additional slots for SP’s stay unlocked for all future market events?

  31. Darn it, the courier doesn’t seem to stay after the time runs out anymore 😦

  32. Do you know if you unlock the last theee “extra slots” (the ones that cost SPs), if those will carry over to future events? Or do I newd to buy them again next time.

  33. Will an event from the sim town market come back? I just built the movie studio and then the sim town market event came and I really want the prize but I don’t think I’m going to finish it.

  34. How often is the market open? My man is grayed out so I know I can’t ship orders but it doesn’t say how much longer until its open.

    • I would say once or twice an update but it can vary, it doesn’t tell you when the next one is but there will be a pop up when it begins.

      • It’s been months since I’ve seen a Market event. I personally love them because I can get resources and unique prizes. Not many othet new evwnts eithet. Have developers moved on to other games and forgotten Freeplay?

      • I’m still seeing them in my game, have you updated your game recently to get all the new events?

      • Within the game, I haven’t received notification of updates. I went to google Playstore, and the Sims Freeplay game itself is not an option, which usuallu means my game is up to date. I have also downloaded all software updates from my carrier, AT&T, and restarted my phone (Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge). Always got the in-game notices of updages before, but I can’t figure it out. Should I email Firemonkeys and see if others are having this issue with this phone? (Thanks for your blog, it is amazingly helpful!)

      • Did you have the Halloween Quest? If so then your game is up to date. If it bothers you then definitely email the makers and let them know so they can fix this issue for you! You’re welcome!

  35. Lately I have realized if I am on the last task and ignore that area until it would be completed I get the token. This did not used to happen so I think it is with a new update. I also keep my storage at 3/3 so if I have a day left I make sure to get tokens before finishing so that the next event I start with three. HTH

  36. I have a time extension from a previous market event. I haven’t used it yet. My new market event prize is a time extension.
    Question 1. Do they stack ? Will I have 2 once I finish the new market event? I don’t know if there is an option to see how many you have…
    Question 2. Can I use both in one hobby? Like, one after the other.

    Thank you! (:

    • They do stack so you can collect more than one time extension but you can’t see how many you have so far as for your second question I am not 100% sure as I have never used one, it would make sense to be able to use more than one but I don’t know if this is actually correct, maybe someone else can let us know!

  37. I won the prize but I can’t find it in my inventory

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