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As longer-term players know, Gil Gunderson, Springfield’s hapless salesman, occasionally appears to offer an unbeatable deal on promotional items. He’s appeared 4 times so, but we haven’t seen him since February (and, for newer players, here’s his deal history.) For months, we’ve all been expecting him to appear again, but he’s resolutely stayed away from New Springfield. If he does appear, though, what might he have up his rather capacious sleeves?

There are 7 deals in the files that we haven’t seen yet. Five of them are for donuts:

The Observatory plus the Tire Firefor 75 donuts
The Aztec Theater, a Homer Buddha, and Lard Lad for 150 donuts
A Broadcast Dish and a Burning Bush for 30 donuts
Otto’s Bus and $5000 for 75 donuts
A News Van and a Mystery Box for 30 donuts

There are also 2 that are a bit odd in that they have cash prices attached to them rather than donut prices:

Squeaky Voice Teen and a Mystery Box for $4.99
The Duff Brewery and the Springfield Sign for $29.99

So, when will he next appear to offer any of these? Honestly, there’s no indication yet of when that might be. The Observatory and Tire Yard is the next deal on the list after the ones that have already appeared, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the next one we’ll see. But I hope he’ll be back soon – and that EA are busily preparing some slightly less resistable deals that include some of the more recent premium items.

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This is a question a few people have been asking and, honestly, I think it’s unlikely for lots of reasons – the most important reason being that it would be guaranteed to spark an outcry from players who paid full price for the items, something that EA may want to avoid after the overwhelming outcry over the Whacking Day extension.

Gil’s deals haven’t been updated in the files (and, I know, there’s still a post due on exactly what they are). There are no dates at this stage indicating whether a deal is on the way. And none of the deals includes anything that was launched later than level 22.

So, if you’re waiting for Gil to appear and offer you a special price on any of the Yard Sale items, my feeling is that you could be waiting a long time (and, sadly, there’s nothing yet to suggest a sale on donuts, either).

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Gil is a temporary character in the game and only ever appears for a few days to offer special deals on promotional items that will help him feed his kids. He first appeared in the game back in December last year and, since then, he’s been back only 3 more times. So, in answer to a question from Jess, here’s the history of Gil’s deals:

1. Christmas Special – 19-22 December, 2012
Santa’s Village and Santa Homer for the standard price of 200 donuts, but with a Holiday Tree worth 75 donuts thrown in.

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2. Donut Offer – 23-28 December, 2012
Up to a 25% discount on day-old donuts. You can read all about this particular deal here.

3. A Sign and Doom – 11-14 January, 2013
The Volcano Lair and the Springfield Sign for 250 donuts. As the normal price of the two combined is 370 donuts, this was probably one of the best of Gil’s deals to date.

4. The Nerd Farm – 22-25 February, 2013
Frink’s Lab plus a Homer Buddha and $50,000 bonus for 250 donuts, which Gil claimed to be have a 490 donut value. You can see my thoughts on this here.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gil, and I fully expect him to return before long. (In fact, with no update, this would have been a great weekend for him to return, but I’m sure EA has its reasons.) At the moment, though, there’s no indication of when his next appearance will be or what he will offer. But with an episode promotion possibly on the way next week, though, I don’t expect him to be back very soon.

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Just once so far in the game Gil has appeared to offer a special deal on donuts. Over the week of Christmas 2012, Gil arrived to offer “day old donuts” at up to 25% off. What that meant in practice is that you received up to 25% more donuts for the regular donut price.

Here’s what you would have received if you took Gil up on his offer and what that meant for the individual donut price (with a little rounding). I’ve used $US, but the impact was exactly the same in other currencies:

Package Price Donuts Price per Donut
A Dozen Donuts $1.99 15 $0.13
A Stack of Donuts $4.99 75 $0.07
A Tray of Donuts $9.99 165 $0.06
A Truckload of Donuts $19.99 375 $0.05
A Store Full of Donuts $49.99 1125 $0.04
A Boatload of Donuts $99.99 3000 $0.03

You can compare these against the standard prices from yesterday’s post, which you can find here.

So, will Gil be back and offering something similar in the future? Honestly, it’s hard to say. While there’s still a discount donut promotion in the files, it could reappear at any point between now and the end of the year. I really hope it happens again, though, as it was one of Gil’s better deals. And I’m sure it kept Gil’s kids fed over Christmas!

Thanks to Lee for the question that prompted this post.

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