Dr.Bedlam Posted September 16, 2013 Share Posted September 16, 2013 I must respectfully disagree with Doug Sundseth.The video store is dead, and I mourn it. True, I can now access a wide variety of streaming video via the internet, but I liked browsing the racks and finding hidden treasures, forgotten cult films, and arguing with the counter guy about Stanley Kubrick. And most people would disagree with me. And that's okay.Your friendly local game shop is not a video store. It's a hub for like minded individuals to gather around. It's a source of news, gossip, drama, a place for the tribes to gather. Sure, I can get most of what they offer through Amazon, but I ain't the kind of nerd what lives in Mom's basement. I wanna go out and BOTHER people, durnit. And having this opinion, I make a point of supporting FLGS, since I have seen far too many of them sink and vanish without a trace.Kickstarter is not a sales option, per se. Kickstarter is a way of getting your project funded and launched. It's a PRE sales option. The fact that it provides product is incidental, although I'm sure Reaper wouldn't have done so well with their experiment if they HADN'T offered the rewards that they offered.I am aware of three FLGS that ordered Vampire packages and sold the contents piecemeal, probably for a profit. I have yet to hear anyone who owns or runs a FLGS complain about it. And I'm still uncertain that any distributors wish to punish Reaper for their kickstarter efforts; it's a mug's game. I really doubt anyone at Reaper is going to say, "Oh, noes, we has alienated a distributor! We must readjust our business model to suit said distributor, before further calamities rain down upon our widdle heads!" Experience has taught me "Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity." In short, I will wait until I see actual evidence that someone's mad at Reaper before I draw any conclusions. Meanwhile, I will continue to believe in the power of great stupid. While I disagree with Doug Sundseth on the idea of brick and mortar stores, he is very solidly right when he says that "Distributors lie." They do. And far too many FLGS depend on one or maybe two distributors, for the sake of convenience and the saving of money... meaning if one distributor doesn't wanna carry Reaper, then all FLGS that rely on that distributor ain't gonna get Reaper, whether they want it or not... and, well, it wouldn't be the first time a distributor lied for the sake of convenience or saving face. "Oh, Reaper ain't shipped any product in months, we ain't got Reaper, sorry," as opposed to "We don't wanna deal with that. You want this Warmachine stuff or not?" 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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