What is the Drop-Off Box for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Explaining what the Drop-Off Box is and what happens when you use it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a ton of interesting things to play around with, including the Drop-Off Box at the Nook’s Cranny Shop. Once you’ve unlocked the Nook’s Cranny Shop, you’ll become familiarized with the shop’s hours, and what you can do when the shop is closed. To make everything a little bit clearer, we’ve put together a guide explaining what the Drop-Off Box is for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

What is the Drop-Off Box for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

What is the Drop-Off Box for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
You can use the Drop-Off Box outside Nook's Cranny to sell items when the shop is closed in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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  • Can use the Drop-Off Box to sell unwanted items to the Nook’s Cranny Shop after it closes.
  • The Drop-Off Box buys items for 80% of their normal value.
  • Bells from items sold to the Drop-Off Box will be credited to you the following morning.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Drop-Off Box outside the Nook’s Cranny Shop is used to sell items when the shop is closed. Normal shop hours are in real time from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., during which you can sell your goods directly to Timmy and Tommy. After 10 p.m. the shop’s doors close and the only way to sell your items is by using the Drop-Off Box.

With that said, we don’t recommend using the Drop-Off Box for most items. The reason for this is because the number of Bells you get when selling your items through the Drop Off Box is less than when you sell things directly to Timmy and Tommy. Specifically, the Drop-Off Box pays 80% of an item's normal value, deducting 20% in fees.

The Drop-Off Box buys items at 80% their normal value, deducting 20% in fees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The Drop-Off Box buys items at 80% their normal value, deducting 20% in fees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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With high value items like Tarantulas and Oarfish, you’re going to want to save them in containers by your house and wait until morning to sell them to Timmy and Tommy. To do this, open your inventory and select the item. In the dropdown options, select “place item” and a plastic container will pop out.

There’s no limit to how many of these containers you can place by your house. For lower value items like seashells, cheap fish like Sea Bass, branches, rocks, and so on, feel free to place them in the Drop-Off Box. The “handling fee” that’s deducted from your final total isn’t as painful when you’re dealing with items you weren’t going to make a lot of money on anyway.

You can store high value items like Tarantulas by your house and wait until morning to sell them for their full price in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
You can store high value items like Tarantulas by your house and wait until morning to sell them to Timmy and Tommy for their full price in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Additionally, it’s more of a pain to store things like seashells as you don’t get a fancy plastic container for them. You can either have to let take up space in your inventory, or drop them on the floor of your house. It’s a lot of clutter to deal with, so there’s no real harm in using the Drop-Off Box as you farm for Bells at night.

Note that the Bells earned by selling items through Drop-Off Box won’t be given to you immediately. Instead, they’ll be credited to you the following morning. Sales are final with the Drop-Off Box, so think carefully before you use it. You can't trade turnips through the Drop-Off Box, and it won't pay full price for hot items.

Now that you know what the Drop Off Box is used for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to read through a few of our other helpful guides including all of the mystery island types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, how to find all of Gulliver’s Communicator Parts in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and when you can spot all of the different island visitors in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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