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Zap Friday... the biggest money-making day of the year for Rich’s Barnyard Bargains. Every year, ponies made a dash to the large discount store and through the aisles in the hopes to be one of the so-called Lucky One-Hundred; the first hundred customers to buy ten items or more receive a free jar of Sweet Apple Acre’s renowned Zap Apple Jam. Those who didn’t make it for the jam got special discounts on all purchases, ensuring that nopony didn’t get a raw deal for being a late bird. And as Filthy Rich, owner of Rich’s Barnyard Bargains, looked out beyond the glass doors at the entrance to the hordes of shoppers waiting for the store to open, it looked like this year would be no different. With only five minutes left until opening, Mr. Rich performed a last inspection of the various departments of his store. On one side, the Home & Farm improvement section was stocked full with anything one needed to do a “little” outside work, from lumber, ropes, and paint to hammers, plows, and wheelbarrows. Over at the grocery department at the store’s opposite end, exotic fruits, vegetables, and spices that weren’t grown in Ponyville enjoyed prominent display in the section’s center. The surrounding aisles meanwhile teemed with miscellaneous food items that customers could purchase in bulk; things like breakfast cereals and bags of chips. And just in time for Hearth’s Warming, brand-name toys and seasonal decorations inhabited the center of the discount store. As he preformed his last look-over, Filthy Rich made sure to look over everything else too. Here and there, a big colourful banner advertised additional sales and discounts other than the Zap Friday promotion. The earthly orange-brown floor was as spotless as it could be, and every one of the wooden shelves and display stands were in good order. All the store’s large green pony-drawn carts and smaller strap-on saddlebaskets were also accounted for as well. Most importantly of all however, all of Mr. Rich’s green-vested employees were energized and ready to go... even if many were suppressing their anxiety over the upcoming storm of shoppers. Thirty seconds until opening; [colour=#8b4513]“Are we all ready to go?”[/colour] Filthy eagerly shouted. After receiving a chorus of affirmative responses from his workers, Mr. Rich took his position in between the doors and the cashier area, intent on personally greeting as many of the customers as he could. The seconds whittled down; five... four... three... two... one... ZERO! Nodding to the doormare to unlock the glassdoors, Filthy stood there with a beaming smile as ponies started pouring in. Zap Friday had now officially begun.....
Ice Storm woke up early this morning. Lore had been very kind letting her stay there with him while she was looking for a place of her own. than being said, she remembered what the mayor had told her before about a pony named Filthy Rich. She said that he would be the pony to talk to in regards abut a business loan to help her get started with at least enough bits to get the supplies she needs to get started. She was perfectly fine working out of a tent for a while in the market place until she could afford to purchase an actual shop, but she still needed the flavorings and something to at least keep the water contained in. She needed something almost like an aquatic tank to keep the water flowing. It made the highest quality snow when she used her magic on it, and in turn was the highest quality for snow cones, she would also need the items required for smoothies, and milkshakes as well. Looking at everything that I need, I estimate that the water tank and the blenders would be the most expensive. The water itself for the ice sculptures shouldn't be that difficult, since it's just water, and those are done by request anyway. The syrups shouldn't be all that expensive either. In Canterlot an entire bottle of one flavor was only a few bits. Then again, these treats weren't very popular there either so that may have been why they were so cheap. That being said, I should probably expect them to be a bit higher here. so lets say about ten bits-ish for each flavor, and I need... lemon, lime, raspberry, cherry, punch, grape, apple, watermelon, orange, strawberry...she thought to herself as she continued walking towards town hall. The Mayor said Mr. Rich was always by the business bulletins every morning, she she hoped that she would be able to catch him. I think that's all for snow cones, I'll also need a good supply of actual fruit for the smoothies, and a good supply of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shake syrups. so just in syrups alone, I'm looking at. hmmm... at least a hundred and thirty bits just to get started with one of every flavor. I 'could' probably do without some of the flavors startign up and get multiples of the basics, but then I wouldn't be a true frozen treat stand if I didn't offer every flavor imaginable. She continued thinking to herself on the manner, and before she knew it she was at the town hall. Okay, so to get started with everything to get everything I need assuming all my math is accurate, eight hundred 'should' be enough to get started. That would give me enough for three bottles of flavoring syrups a piece, a couple blenders, and the water tank I'm looking for with a little bit left over to get more supplies if needed. I could go 900 to make sure, but I don't know How Mr. Rich would react to somepony asking to loan that many bits. It is a business loan sure, but that's still a lot of bits, she thought to herself concluding her estimates before heading inside.