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Tabulating exactly what's available in this game led to some interesting conclusions. The most important ones, in my opinion, are as follows:

JpG is the most common designer in the game, with 25 appearances, 15 of which are paired with another designer. MC follows with 24 appearances, sharing 14, and LL tails with 23 articles, 13 shared. Finally, 24 items have no designer. This means that Abigale is the easiest designer-related Servant to appease.

However, quality and thus price also differs between the designers. JpG has an average elegance of 2.48 and average price of 684 £, MC has 2.42 elegance and costs 667 £, and LL is 2.35 elegance and costs 647 £. Because of the pricing rules, while no designer items have an average elegance of 2.13, their price skyrockets at 738 £. Such is the price of flexibility, but that's really hard to maintain for the husband, making Agnes a bit of a weak Servant in my opinion.

Essentially, if you have a rich husband, chosing JpG and MC as your brands ensures you'll have high selection and high quality, but accordingly high prices. There is only one item of highest quality that doesn't fit into those brands: the 3 elegance boots, which are exclusively LL.

For the relative value of item discounts, we can see that Clothes have an average cost of 724 £, Accessories cost 532 £, and Jewels cost 844 £, making the Jewel discount very attractive. Bear in mind that the Lady probably wants a dress, though, and that 7 of the 10 dresses cost 800 £ or more. If your wife still doesn't have a dress and the truly amazing ones haven't been taken, consider trying to get the Clothes 50% off contract.

Speaking of contracts, all goods are evenly represented across the contracts as a whole, but they clump interestingly. Flour and Coal appear on only 6 of the 15 contracts, while the other resources appear on 7. For elegance contracts, look for Coal and Tea; they each appear on three of the four elegance contracts.

Bear in mind that the base cash payout for a contract is equivalent to each good being worth 200 £, and the bonus kicks that up to each being worth 300 £. The daily 100 £ increases change that equation, obviously. When considering a money payout or ability for the contract bonus, try to quantify how much that bonus is worth, and how much money your wife is likely to ask of you that evening.

At maximal efficiency, ignoring the 100 £ contract increases, the husband can make 900 £ a day. Expect his profits to be lower, but consider 300 £ a floor.

There are 4 types of Clothes, 4 types of Jewels, and 5 types of Accessories. Accessories are also the cheapest item type, so you should try to be the first or only shopper for Accessories to maximize your benefit there. Accordingly, this makes Lenora a particularly good Servant.


EDIT: It looks like the JpG/MC 1100 £ dress should instead be a MC/LL one. This single change would balance all the designer discrepancies.
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