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I don't know about the rest of the world, but it has seemed like Games Workshop products around here have gone sky high, despite the strength of the NZ dollar.
When we arrived in NZ a year ago a Battleforce box set you back $120 ... today that price is $170. Ouch! I was talking to a shop owner who's been a bit miffed by the price increases.
I'm not sure what you mean, mate. I've been working in a FLGS for the last 4 years and the battalion prices have slunk from about $160 to $175 which isn't that bad. Some things are cheaper- Cold ones, chaos knights, black orks, boar boys, flaggelants, ravenors, deff-cans just off the top of my head. That said- I don't find GW cheap.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Yeah - looking at the Assault on Black Reach prices it's gone up from £40 (saw the original price in White Dwarf for late 200 to £55.
The shop keeper in Upper Hutt was saying some figure prices for Space Marines were being increased by as much as 30% in NZ / Australia.
ATM I'm still quite a bit miffed about the price of the new WHFB Rulebook or as I like to say it, "The Big Red Brick". £45 is a lot considering it's a book about "fiction", heck most good text books out there cost around the same price as this... Some of you can call me a whiner here but I too can say that I'm disgusted by some of these prices, the Codecii for instance, £17.50 for a ~120 page book with like 15 colour pages... huh?!?!
It's a good thing that I don't pay via GW prices. Ebay, Second-hand and Discount sites is the way I roll.
I've been quite lucky that I've built up my Space Marine army by collecting cast offs from friends who've given up on the hobby. And I've picked up a few model tanks that were not GW to use even though the scale isnt quite right.
As you said eBay seems full of gamers who are selling on armys, so it's been quite handy.
Also for Imperial Army, I've managed to make my son a couple of squads by finding cheap WW II figures and painting them up. He's also got a Tau commander and etherial who are slightly adapted sci-fi figures I found cheap.
It all helps bulk up an army until you potentially decide to buy the real thing, but I've always felt it's kind of frowned upon as cheating GW.
It's a negative trend that's just going to keep getting worse. Here is a timeline of events:
-GW prices are a bit to expensive for some people so they resort to second hand products/cheaper retailers
-To recoup some of the losses GW has to raise the prices
-More people resort to second hand products
-GW raise prices again
-Even more people leave GW stores and go to eBay
-GW charges £50 for a single Space Marine head
-Everyone now plays FoW/Warmachine and GW goes under
My Arena Champions: Kharn'eth The Bloodcleaver and Gorzag Iron Jaw
I was pretty ticked, but one trip to the Staples copy & print center and $5 later I've had it spiral bound and it's ten times better than ever before!
I'm considering dismantling and re-binding all my codexes/army books now, whether they need it or not!
Even before this latest plastics price-hike, I vowed to never again buy from GW directly (meaning their website - I don't have a GW store near). Been eBaying a ton lately, and I will always buy from my local indie game store. Letting GW keep all the profit of their ridiculous prices seems absurd to me. They obviously sell the best miniatures, but as RobtheGuru hinted at, they might see such huge losses to go under if they keep treating their very loyal customers this badly (I would say wargamers are especially loyal consumers). They should be careful and look at cutting costs not raising prices.