Should I Spend Donuts On the Discounted and Returning Pin Pals Items?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

New mini event is underway in our pocket-sized Springfields!  The Pin Pals are here with their bowling skills & drinking powers!  Of course an all new mini event is a perfect excuse for EA to dust some premium items off and bring them out of the TSTO Vault.  (and throw a few other regular ones on discount)

Of course with that limited-time label it can be tempting to buy everything that looks awesome because it’ll be gone soon.  But don’t sweat it!  That’s where we come in to tell you what’s worth those donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add any of the Pin Pals discounted or returning premium items to your Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding this throwbacks to your Springfield…

All rebates and limited-time items leave stores May 23rd..


Item: Rolling Rock
Donut Cost: 80 Donuts, Rebate 30 Donuts, NET 50 Donuts
Earns: 3.5% bonus on all cash and XP
Previous Post: Should I Buy
My Opinion on it Now: 
If you’re into bonus % this one is a great buy with the rebate offered.  But if you don’t care, pass.  It’s big and bulky & there are better items to spend your sprinkles on.

Building: Alley Mc Balls
Donut Cost: 40 Donuts, Rebate 20 Donuts, NET 20 Donuts
Earns: $350,35xp
Previous Post: Alley McBalls Details
My Opinion on it Now: 
Apu has a task there, not a bad buy for a premium building.  So if you’re looking for a building expansion pick this one up.

Building: Gridiron
Donut Cost: 40 Donuts, Rebate 20 Donuts, NET 20 Donuts
Earns: $300,30xp
Previous Post: Gridiron Details
My Opinion on it Now: 
Meh. Another decent buy (price) but, meh.  If you need another building, pick it up….otherwise save your donuts.

Building: Shorty’s
Donut Cost: 60 Donuts, Rebate 30 Donuts, NET 30 Donuts
Earns: $105,11xp/3hrs
Previous Post: Should I Buy
My Opinion on it Now: 
Of all the stand alone buildings offered, buy this one.  While it’s always available in the store it’s offered at a disctouned price and will give Helen Lovejoy a 1hr task…finally!  Most useful of the buildings offered. (Rolling Rock is still the best deal for bonuns % though)

Building/Character Combo:

Not returning content. Barney is always available in the store once unlocked, he’s just available for now with a discount.

Character: Barney
Building: Barney’s Bowlarama
Donut Cost: 250 Donuts, Rebate 90 Donuts, Net 160 Donuts
Earns: $105,11xp/5hrs
Previous Posts: Should I Buy
Opinion on It Now: Buy him.  Great price for Barney, and one of the few chances you’ll have to get him below 200 donuts.  Buy him.

And that my friends wraps up the details of all of the discounted/returning premium items back for the Pin Pals mini event

What are your thoughts on the items?  Which will you be picking up?  Passing on? Why or why not?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

29 responses to “Should I Spend Donuts On the Discounted and Returning Pin Pals Items?

  1. Its the last day and still can’t get barney 🙁 I got to 175 but can’t get there lol dunno what to get now I’m tempted by the buildings but maybe I should wait for whatever comes next and spend them all then 🙂 I’m kem farming but finding it a lot harder now I’m 939 and run out of money so sometimes jus getting the 1 donut ..

  2. Yeah it doesn’t seem like they discount Barney that often. I believe this is only the 2nd time I have seen a discount on him. Great deal if you missed out on him during the Deep Space Homer event when he had a rebate of 130 donuts and and the Astronaut Barney skin.

  3. I decided to get Shorty’s, since I enjoy the early seasons, and figured that a rebate like this would be a good chance to buy it. Got Barney too, and I have no regrets. Finally, the most expensive character in the game is now mine. Opened up another part of the Suzanne questline too, surprisingly. I thought I got that all done last Halloween. Very happy with what I got, and I’m planning on getting Jacques and the Bowling shops too. Great event for early season goodies!

  4. Interestingly, the price for Alley McBalls increased to 50 donuts with a refund of 25 for a net cost of 25 donuts. I thought that it was 40/20 yesterday.

  5. I think I will take the alley mac ball for my bowling decoration

  6. Otto showed up in the store with “limited time” but no rebate. Huh?

  7. argh… I managed to collect pretty much of bonus donuts at the end of the secret agent mission, yet i’m still far from getting Barney.
    How to get 90 bonuts in 7days??

    • Indiana P.R. Underwood

      I’m 130 from getting Barney. About to drop $10 to get him! There goes my freemium player title 😹😹

  8. In one game I got apus pin pal outfit after the storyline and another game I didn’t. Is that normal was Apus pinpal free or did I miss something?

  9. Shorty’s is finally on a great discount, thank you! 🙂

  10. Otto?

  11. Yes! A chance to FINALLY get Barney! I’ve been waiting for his combo to be discounted for a while now

  12. Anyone know why shorty’s isn’t showing up for me? I’m level 48xp level 42 storyline.

  13. Off topic….

    In case it wasn’t already mentioned…
    If you now play the drone-scan mini game…you get a handful of railyard/heights currency


    • The nice thing is that it still pays out if you’re at cap, which means I can stockpile a ton of trash during the week.

  14. I believe Barney was free when the game first came out. I remember grinding for so long to save 250 doughnuts to get Barney. I’ve noticed there are a lot of deals thrown our way in the lady few months. We had Kumiko, Crazy Cat Lady, Hank Scorpio and now Barney. Now that I’m obsessed with KEM farming I hope EA keeps up bringing out these deals. I’ve wanted Costingtons for the longest time. I know I’ll need to wait for the Christmas event probably. I wish EA would leave everything in the store but I guess the “Limited Time” gives people the idea to buy now mind set.

    • I thought Barney was always a premium item but for one event or one time, they made a way for you to obtain him for free.

      I want Barney but he’s always been too expensive and since I rarely save more than 200 without spending them, I will wait longer.

  15. I’ve always figured that EA deliberately kept from giving Helen any new 60-minute tasks in new buildings and such in order to keep pressure on us to buy Shorty’s.

    • Aafreen Inayat

      Personally, Im not spending my bonuts on any building just to give any character a missing task ……. Helen & Fatov are the only characters who I have to manually send on tasks sometimes, but that takes max 5 seconds

      Id rather save my bonuts for character rebates/discounts

  16. Had no interest in anything until you noted Shorty’s having a 1-hour task for Helen. Finally, only Fatov will remain when I use the unemployment office.

    • If you put Faroe and Homer on their joint one-hour task and then use the employment office you’ll capture everybody – that’s just what I do!

    • Aafreen Inayat

      Just out of curiosity, it takes me about 5 seconds to send Helen & Fatov on tasks (I send all others on tasks, using the unemployment office)

      Are 30 donuts really worth the saving of 5 seconds??

    • I never really liked Fatov…since he was free and has no tasks that are really entertaining, I have granted him early retirement in digital storage.

  17. The discount on Barney and his Bowlorama is a pretty sweet deal as I had miserly held off getting him till now

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