For some of you, this information will not be news. You've known about this for some time, and you had no idea people weren't aware of this little tidbit.
For some of you, well, this will blow your mind.
I was one of the latter category. I had no idea that this little trick existed, and when a friend showed it to me my jaw was agape. And I'm not alone. I've shared this with others in my corps and they've been dumbfounded like I was. It's always fun to share information like that. So here goes:
You don't have to buy the first Hot Sale item in order to get to the next one. If this doesn't ring a bell you might not be a spender. However if you are a spender, you know that the Hot Sale items listed along the right-hand side of the screen are usually some pretty good deals. You might also know that the deals offered change every day, and sometimes multiple packs are offered on the same day. And, you might have thought (as I once did) that in order to get to the other deals after the first one shown that you had to purchase that first deal. I'm here to tell you that isn't necessary.
Here's what I'm talking about. The Hot Deals screens are available on both the Command Center and Battlefield pages. The icon sometimes changes, but usually it's three colored marbles with the word "HOT" along the bottom. I've outlined it in magenta here:
If you click on that icon you get to the first Hot Deal offering:
Now, your friends might have told you that you can buy a 7-Day Aegis today, but the only deal you see is the one offering 40 Advanced Teleports and other items. Your friends might have told you that it's the 2nd deal. In the past, I always thought that I had to purchase the first deal in order to see the next one. (At this point, those of you that know this trick can't believe I thought this, but it's true, and a good majority of the people I've asked about this thought the same thing.) The truth is that you can get to the 2nd deal without purchasing the first offering. The trick is the Magic Green Arrow. See the little green arrow to the right side of the picture with the 3 army men? I've highlighted it here:
I never noticed that green arrow, but once someone points it out to you it's clear as day. If you click that arrow you can get to the 2nd deal!
There it is. Now you can buy that 7-Day Aegis without having to buy the Stealth Scout + Advanced Teleports pack. I can't count how many times I purchased all the packs in the front trying to get a pack further down the list, being very unhappy that AMS was tempting me to buy all the crappy packs in order to get to the one I really wanted.
So there you have it. Hopefully this tip is the pleasant surprise for you that it was for me, and hopefully it saves you some money too.