With quite a drama going on between Stonemaier Games and retailers, I'm curious: Where's your go-to place for buying games?
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R0land1199 Supporter13 months ago | 3 points[-]
I have a shop near where I work which has good prices and good staff. Kind of your typical FLGS idea. I'm always there when it's quiet mind you so they have time to chat with me. :) Their selection isn't the greatest but they can generally get in what I want if it's not too esoteric.
On the other hand there's another store in a mall that has a great selection, staff is reasonably friendly, but their prices are a bit high. I'll generally pay it if it's reasonable.
Finally, I'll always check out boardgameprices.com to get an idea of what a reasonable price is. I've ordered items from most of the stores on there and I've never had a problem.
philryuh Supporter13 months ago | 3 points[-]
That sounds fun! For locations like those, I can see why there are people who'd rather support them even if it means paying quite a bit more for their games.
I've been to my FLGS a couple times in the past and always enjoyed looking at their relatively big collection of video games ranging from classics like NES to the most recent consoles (just brings back a lot of good memories). Really like the retro/old vibe of the place and it's cool to see their music and comic collections too.
I recently visited their board game section but it was disappointingly small and limited to maybe 3 different shelves :( They didn't carry any of the gateway games I was looking for to play with my wife either. Unless I get to really know their staff I think I'll be sticking to what's most friendly to my wallet for now haha
derekduff 13 months ago | 3 points[-]
I buy many games through Amazon & Big Box Stores but more hobby games, I will default to my local game store.
philryuh Supporter13 months ago | 1 point[-]
Is that because hobby games are usually more available at local games stores only?
derekduff 13 months ago | 1 point[-]
That is part of it but also when I play games at a local game store, I am willing to pay a little more than online retail in exchange for opening the store up for gamers.
zerotozero 13 months ago | 2 points[-]
Mostly Amazon and Target since I don't have any brick and mortar stores in my area. I have bought from conventions and a few other places in the past though.
R0land1199 Supporter13 months ago | 2 points[-]
Check out boardgameprices.com. Amazon is often (though not always) more expensive.
philryuh Supporter13 months ago | 2 points[-]
So how exactly do these stores compete against Amazon (especially if users have prime)? Is it just smaller margins?
R0land1199 Supporter13 months ago | 1 point[-]
I don't know for sure. If I had to take a guess it would be that the games we are looking at don't have a massive audience so many of them are sold through third parties. I could be completely wrong on that of course.
trentellingsen Supporter13 months ago | 2 points[-]
Same for me. Amazon & Target are were I get most of my games. I'll buy from Miniature Market or another store every once in a while if there's a good deal though.
1nf1n1ty Supporter13 months ago | 2 points[-]
It might have been easier to ask me where I don't buy from.
I expect no less from you haha. Do you frequent Captain Nemos at all?
Yes. I am in there 1-2 times a month.
I do. Typically I buy from the used game section. I bought two out of there a couple of weeks ago.
It is at the end of the board game isle on the left. It is hit or miss. Often there is a bunch of crap, but sometimes something good shows up. Prices are usually good.
Will head there probably next week. Hope I find something good, my wishlist is only getting longer as I get deeper into the hobby but my budget gives me a reality check every time
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