Tuesday, 19 March 2013

April Fool Early?





There is a rumour doing the rounds that GW have informed independent traders that they will not permit them to continue online sales of GW products from June.

Hopefully this is an early April Fool

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  1. Couple of important things to note here. First is that this is GW USA. Second, that online sales have been prohibited in the US since 2003, the major change this time around is that it now includes Canada. Third, the real hammer-blow in this deal is the requirement that all products be sold in their original packaging, i.e. no bits!

    I'm not sure how it would go down in the UK...

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    1. It does seem to be N. America so far.

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  2. I spoke to a retailer a couple of weeks ago and he said this was likely to happen.

    GW is becoming the Soviet Union of wargaming.

    I have nothing to do with them - thank God.

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    1. You can still be sent to the Gulag, just saying.

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  3. Hi John I hope to run a Napoleonic naval game on Sunday at the club. A rules learning exercise for the Club as a Pre Broadside game so that on the day a few people other than myself know the rules.

    As for GW. I honestly cant say I care either way. GW have been making increasingly bad decisions ever since they stopped making Necromunda.

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    1. See you Sunday. I'm apparently invading Normandy.

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  4. I am slowly wanting to Ebay all my GW stuff and tell them to F'off!

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  5. Bloody Hell that is amazing and is that to happen in the UK too. Have they lost the plot

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    1. Not sure it will happen in the UK. It may not be legal here under European Law.

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  6. I only have a GW miniatures and a couple of rulebooks that will get flogged off soon anyway. If this is the UK I'd say its another nail in the coffin for them. I think its more a sign of the economy as well everybody is trying to save cash/bring things in house.

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  7. I've never been a fan, and this doesn't come a surprise, but suppose 40,000 owners of GW stuff all listed something on the internet on the same day without mentioning GW or a GW trademark anywhere in the listing...

    "Unknown skeletal warriors for sale, some bits, might be good for role play games, D&D maybe? See photo's"

    ...I feel a protest group is needed!

    Hugh

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    1. They can't stop a private seller doing whatever he/she wishes. It's your property.

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  8. If this is true then this will be the final death knell of my GW buying... no matter how much I might want the new Hobbit stuff... I am simply NOT paying local prices...

    Interestingly... what would happen if these independant dealers listed these products under a pseudonym via ebay...?

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    1. That thought had occurred to me. How will they police this?

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  9. My first thought is "First-Sale Doctrine." Once a distributor sells the merchandise to another party, that party can do as they please. I suppose GW has the right to terminate distributor accounts as they see fit for selling bits, but that will only lead to a multi-tier sales model.

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    1. It's difficult to see how this will be policed.

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