Suden Posted September 15, 2013 Share Posted September 15, 2013 I think distributors are just mad they don't get their cut from kickstarter profits. It's why kickstarters can offer such comparatively good deals, they eliminate a couple intermediate profit taking steps. They are trying to poison the well for companies like Reaper, so they can tell other manufacturers the only safe way to bring a product to market is through them. Never mind that kickstarters are an exciting new avenue for minatures, and are bringing new (and returning) folks back to miniature purchasing. Even if you are adamantly anti bones, it is clear just from perusing the forums that there is a ton of new blood in the hobby thanks to Reapers and others kickstarters. It is the same narrow minded thinking that has all but killed the comic book business. I don't have any insider knowledge of Reapers methods of order fulfillment via distributors, but I have had eight orders filled by Reaper in the last year and the kickstarter never delayed any of them. I can't imagine they treat the distributors who are their bread and butter any worse than they treat the little guys who order via the web store. The only valid complaint I see is the lack of new metal minis in the last several months. I think that was caused by the size of the first kickstarter blowing up bigger than expected (I know they plotted it out to $4 million, but I doubt they really expected or fully planned for it). As long as this doesn't become the norm, I think it's a pretty weak reason to drop a company you have been doing business with for years. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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