Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Same Old Same Old

So I was on a little vacation and I get back and see that GW manages to make their annual price rise announcement even more annoying to there fans by both announcing that their shift to resin-plastic from metal comes with a price increase even though the material is cheaper and that they will no longer allow retailers to ship to certain areas where they have set the prices to such outrageous levels that it is like half the cost to order from UK than buy down the street.

The price rise is standard operating practice, many items did not get increased but those that did saw a large rise of 10-20%. I have yet to find a good description of their decision structure about what to increase or not. Some of these items look like thet just went up last year. Would it be better to have a few percent across the board increase as opposed increasing random kits large amounts each year. I know the big jumps help to move those items at the current prices to meet you end of quarter targets.

As someone who has really step away from GW in the last year, I am not surprised by any of this. I am going on 9 months without buying anything from GW and still doing fine. Other hobbies and interests have filled in the gap. I never played enough to really warrent my huge investments anyway. The idea of building a new army and the 1K it would now is pretty scary.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say that I'm with you...I haven't bought anything GW in about the same amount of time. I've had to cut way back on my budget, and since I have such a backlog of minis to paint anyway, I'm not really missing anything. If they keep raising prices at the rate they are, I feel like even if my budget comes back and my backlog goes down...I still won't be all that keen on buying new stuff.