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Looking at the new releases of Scaven and the new Beatmen I am just appauled at the price of the new models. I just don't understand how they justify the wild differences in price between each piece.
I was soooo excited to see that Dark Elves, WoC, etc were selling AWESOME sculpts of cavalry for $22US. I thought to myself "wow this is great, they're actually selling stuff for a price that won't prevent so many people from playing. Then all of a sudden single ogre size models costing $42?!? What is the deal with this?
I understand the concept of their expectations of sales on particular items based on the games rules, but the differences in price are just obscene imo.
I'm just going to throw out the fact that I have 2 armies worth 4k+ each in game points, so I am a big spender on the products.
Anyone have opinions or reasoning on this subject?
Yeah the pricing issue makes me scratch my head to. Here is one big thing that I think is ridiculous is the newer empire plastic models that were released. 10 Plastic Empire Great swords 41.25 USD. When they were metal 5 for 22, command was 5 for 25. So by making them plastic you save like 5 bucks? But wait 10 Plastic Empire soldiers are 10 for 22. Same size as Great swords why can you get 20 for the price of 10? Then compare the 41.25 Great swords to other armies elite foot soldiers. Temple Guard, Grave Guard and Black Orcs. You get 10 models in all the box sets but Great swords ar 41.25 and the other three? Cost 28 USD. What??? Temple Guard and Black orcs are bigger than man! they get a larger base to prove it! why do they cost 14 dollars less? Oh and those 3 units could destroy Great swords in combat.
So yeah GW pricing is weird to say the least. That is why besides the bitz packs I buy everything from ebay or other web sites.
Repainting Orks not sure how many points yet
Warriors of Chaos shelved until further notice
How much do you think it cost to make the plastic sprues and they have machines that do this so why can't they lower the prices. I mean how much of a profit is GW making? My estimate, a lot, but I think it would be beneficial for them as a company to lower the prices to get more people to play seeing as how that is the number one thing that stops people from playing or to at least have like a one month sale where everything is like 20% off. But that would just be GW being smart....
WH 40k Armies (W/L/D):
Tyranid: 2250 Points of Awesome (5/4/1)
Necrons: 1000 Points (4/0/1)
Lowering prices would reduce that profit, no matter how amazing it would be to bolster the customers' liking of the company. It simply wouldn't counterbalance the loss of money from the sale. GW works on tricking and conniving to make money. A decent normal business plan comes with a decent normal profit. They want to make way more profit than that.
Moreover, lower prices will not get people to play. It isn't as popular as some things, so there is nearly no way other than people walking by the store, or people recommending to their friends that people enter the game. The kids that nag their parents to start the hobby wont be affected by price, and I'm sure people who are mildly interested that just walked in off the street while passing by won't be swayed by 20% off, when the original amount is still enormous.
Personally, I find even things like 30% off to still be really high, though that might change after I find myself a part-time job.
Last edited by Bluesystem; January 16th, 2010 at 04:39.
It wouldn't bring in new people, but if I could get an army for 20% less I would be more willing to buy from them then to get that 20% off eBay
I do agree however as a customer there prices are over the top, but I must admit in a market like this I would do the same because they can do.
Not to have a go at anyone, but this topic does seem to come about a lot on forums and it has got a bit tiring.
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Topics kind of dead anyway but I figured I might as well voice my opinion on this one. I fully and whole heartedly agree with you, the prices are much too high ($41/44 for minotaurs for example *cough*). My understanding behind it though is because they give you more bits now! extra pieces!
At least what I was told when I asked a staff member in my local gw a while ago.
Miniature wargaming sure has risen to cost a substantial chunk of change, no doubt about it! Personally I lust after a Forgeworld Keeper of Secrets, but wow, over 100 for a single model? Most of all, I think all I can do is adapt my gaming and buying habits. I've been a fan of GW since the first 'Slaves to Darkness' chaos book, and I remember when you could get 5 chaos space marines for $5.95. I've been horrified by every price increase since then, ha ha So now I have abandoned my old mindset where I had to own everything in my army book, or buy them all at once. When I start a new army, I find my friends are very willing to help and play small point value games with me, (500 pts for example), and it's good fun even if it's not as dramatic as it will be once I have 3000 pts of Slaanesh The day will come when I will have to say 'It costs too much' and I will sadly have to give up this wonderful game. Thankfully, it's not quite yet....
Slaanesh bless and cherish you all!
The pricing is getting a little extreme in some cases, but hey. The less models I buy due to cost issues, the more time I end up spending per model and the higher quality the outcome is. Not as if the amount of time spent is bad compared to the amount of money paid, in most cases it's much higher than a lot of things. You can spend £20 to buy a blu-ray that'll keep you entertained for an hour and a half, after which there's a pretty high chance that it'll sit on a shelf for years to come gathering dust.
One of the main reasons I buy games and miniatures more often than I buy films is due to the cost/time spent ratio being far better and often more entertaining. I could easily spend a good few hours painting an individual infantry model and considering my army choices, I need a lot of infantry models...
Still, you really can't beat having a 1000 point army where even the cannon fodder looks better than the other players' 4k point army commander .