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--- Quote from: Toonces on September 01, 2021, 06:16:34 PM ---Hey W8.

First, Compleat Strategist is an absolutely fantastic game store!  Isn't that the one in Alexandria?  Color me jealous!

Second, I read this article in the New York Times just a few days ago that talks about how global shipping rates have skyrocketed, and this is impacting the price of everything.  I'll link the article below, but this quote in particular is relevant:

"In Miami Beach, Eric Poses, an inventor of board games, developed a product aptly named for the pandemic: The Worst-Case Scenario Card Game, a title that could also be applied to his experience relying on China to make and ship the product.

Before the pandemic, shipping a 40-foot container of games from Shanghai to the warehouse he uses in Michigan cost $6,000 to $7,000, Mr. Poses said. His next shipment, scheduled to leave China in mid-September, will cost at least $26,000. And his freight agent warned him that the price will most likely rise, to $35,000, because of rail and trucking difficulties in the United States."

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No but there was a Compleat Strategist in NYC at one time I believe.  I'm not sure but you could be right about the store in Alexandria.  Yeah supply chain price increases is a bummer. 

--- Quote from: Ubercat on September 01, 2021, 03:07:34 PM ---Who waited on you?

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A guy I've not seen before.  He was probably about in his 30s maybe.  The usual guy (who dresses in female clothing) was not there. 

Heh. "The usual guy" and I would always carpool to WBC, pre-Covid. She's even been my room mate there a couple of times. The only woman my wife is okay with me sharing a hotel room!

It IS a good store. A bit farther than I'm willing to drive so I've only been there a couple of times.

^Oh wow that's pretty cool that you used to go with her to WBC.  She is very nice and knowledgeable and did indeed mention a trip to WBC in which she played a few games there.  Man I wish I could go.  Unfortunately every time WBC was held in the past it was always 1 week after the family vacation. 

Maybe someday I'll go if they open it back up again.

COVID may well be a trigger to cause prices to rise, but what tends to happen is prices are then inflexible downward - ie: once people are used to paying top dollar suppliers will do everything in their power to keep it there, so even when shipping prices fall (which of course they will) don't expect a corresponding price drop. Only way to get prices down again is to stop buying.


--- Quote from: W8taminute on September 01, 2021, 01:15:58 PM ---Last week whilst on vacation I visited "The Compleat Strategist" an old school wargame hobby shop in the greater Philadelphia area.  They had several games on the shelves that I was prepared to buy on the spot until I flipped over the box to look at the price tag.  I was stunned. 

A game like "Empire of the Sun" which retailed at about $80 back in 2019 at this shop now sells for $110?  Has the price of store bought wargames increased that much in your neck of the woods? 

I can buy 2 or more computer games for that much money!  I check the price of GMTs games directly on their website and noticed that games have gotten more pricey there too.

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  I tend to buy on ebay and get used and/or sat-upon games.  It also helps like unpopular games from a few years ago at ebay auctions...the semi-old ones nobody likes can be pretty cheap.


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