How to Maximize Profits
The purpose of this is to break down the mechanics of Bakery Story so that you can maximize your profits. Be warned some of this math might get troublesome at times, and some amount of rounding and estimating is present so your results will vary. Also this all assumes you have 100 customer happiness meaning you will be getting 1 customer a second entering your bakery and you are not blocking your doors (which can cause surges when you unblock). I will also be ignoring: ramp up times like the time it takes for your bakery to fill up when you log in, since it washes out the longer you stay in, out of sync errors causing it to forget the last x customers that were in your bakery, and broken hearts.
Max number of customers in the bakery at any given time: 27
The max rate customers can enter your bakery at any given time: 1 per second
Maximizing Profits while Offline:
While you are not in your Bakery the game will use a fixed time for how long your customers will spend in your bakery, and so no matter how cool, awesome or poorly designed your bakery is it will always be the same. That time is 75 seconds. So you will sell:
60 seconds / 75 seconds wait per customer * 27 customers = 21.6 plates a minute.
At 21.6 plates a minute if you go with the average 4 coin dishes you can expect to see
41,472 coins if you spend 8 hours offline.
If you want to maximize your profit while offline you should go with red velvet cakes since they have the highest profit per plate at 7.02 coin a plate. Since you are selling plates at 21.6 a minute you will need:
21.6 servings / (1,225 servings / 22 hours to cook / 60 minutes in an hour) = 23.28 round up to 24 stoves to bake all those red velvet cakes in order to keep up.
So if you are a higher level you only need 24 stoves while you are offline in order to maximize your profits, if you have more than 24 stoves you will need to spend time online with an efficient bakery to keep up. If you have less than 24 stoves mix in faster recipes to keep fully stocked.
Maximizing Profits while Online:
This is where the fun begins, since while you are in your bakery, the design of your bakery comes into play thus affecting how much money you make. There are three more constants you now have to worry about:
customers walk at 1 square a second
customers take at least 5 seconds to get past the register (probably represents the time it takes the customer to decide what they are going to have)
customers take 10 seconds to eat
The goal to maximizing your profits while online is to serve and get the customer out the door faster than the rate they can come in. The rate they can come in is 1 a second, and with a cap of 27 customers in the bakery means if you can have each customer spending less than 27 seconds in the bakery then you will process one plate a second, or 60 plates a minute. Now to be safe your goal should be 26 seconds. Now 15 of those seconds are gone off the top from the customer eating and waiting/getting to the register. That means customers can only spend 11 seconds walking after the register around your bakery, before your max through put gets hurt.
First is location of register(s)
Your registers need to be within 5 squares of their respective door. It is best to have them at the edge of that range to minimize the walking being done by the customer.
Second multidoor vs single door layouts
If you go with a multidoor layout like us crazy few you can achieve that easily by adding more doors (with some players having gone all out). But you can actually achieve it with only 1 door without using any exploits. Look at this layout:
This layout has just enough chairs to serve the customers. In its case the average time spent walking is: 9.78 seconds. Round that up to 10 seconds + 10 seconds to eat + 5 seconds to register = 25 seconds total which is under the magic 26 second mark meaning that it can achieve the max profit while online. Kind of sad that something so basic can do it, but you really don't have to do anything crazy (even though I do but that is just because I am crazy).
If you want to maximize the online profits it is still best to go with Red Velvet Cake, but this time around if you want to sell red velvet cake and leave your phone/tablet on 24 hours a day and not use it for anything else then it would take 65 ovens to keep up. If you average 50/50 then you will need 44 ovens to keep up. So plan your recipes accordingly.
Last edited by greygull; 11-21-12 at 01:01 PM.
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Wow you put alot of thought and effort into this, thanks!! So if Im reading this correctly, no matter how big your bakery is, there is no point in having more then 27 tables and chairs available for customers? Thats not counting those who put out extra tables to increase tips.
I'm just trying to wrap my head around the offline and online differences. So if you're planning on being offline order red velvet cakes, but if you're online order some of the cheaper quicker items to stock up? Is that an easier way of putting it or have I got it wrong? :S lol
Only order red velvet cakes if you have the ovens to handle it, or if you have too much food on your shelves and need to work it down. If you plan on only logging into to tend to your bakery, and never let it run unattended then just focus on the offline numbers.
I took a peek at your bakery and you have 10 appliances, but a lot of food, so in your case if you are focusing on making money I would recommend focusing on red velvet cake irregardless of how much time you spend online. Also with your bakery's current layout you will make more money offline than when you are in your bakery.
Thank you for starting this thread, your advice is great! Would you mind checking out my bakery and seeing if there is anything I could improve on? I am going to completely redecorate and expand my bakery for the holidays! Thanks again!
Update: After looking at several peoples bakery's upon their requests I noticed my walk time is off. Customers seem to be walking closer to 1 square every 1.25 seconds. For me I had trouble noticing it because the customers were walking such short distances, but looking at larger bakeries I was able to quickly notice it. So remember customer walking is bad, but it can be brought down to a reasonable level.
Could you give my bakery a look over? I have so many counters and still am not sure if I have the optimum set up to clear these counters! I typically only cook a dish until its mastered then I wait til the newest release of recipes come out.
it might be easier if you post a picture of your bakery; some of us aren't accepting new neighbor requests.
Originally Posted by sweett383
The quickest way to check if you are maximized is if there is no gaps while customers are coming in. Which in your case [sweett383] I looked at it and you are at or close to max.