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Karl Deckard
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There should be a flag on each game page that can be checked by a user if the game is out of print. I've seen the question asked repeatedly in forums and I've seen mutiple geeklists on the subject, but the most obvious solution is to have it located directly on the game page. Users could even do advanced searches for out of print titles from particular companies.

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Hear hear!
 
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Very good idea!
 
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use tags...
 
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arnest_r wrote:
use tags...


Why not use both?
 
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Many BGG members consider a game out of print when it's easily available in Germany (for example). You'll need an out-of-print flag for each country.
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You could add this to the Wiki part of the description. This would allow for dif. versions.
 
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dipdragon wrote:
Werbaer wrote:
Many BGG members consider a game out of print when it's easily available in Germany (for example). You'll need an out-of-print flag for each country.

Having followed the OOP threads for a year, I agree with this statement; you'd have to define what it meant - no stocks with publisher, no stocks with distributor, no stocks with retail shops, no stocks with online shops, etc - and have to do it country by country, and then there's the problem of which version is OOP; the original German version, the Rio Grande reprint/re-issue/International version. The situation is too complex to simplify down to a simple tick box.


"Out of print" means out of print by the publisher, not whether it is still sitting on a shelf somewhere. That would be "out of stock".

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If you take it to mean "unavailable anywhere in the world", then the chances are that the information would be useless to most people as it would only apply to games 5+ years old, whereas most people are interested in whether newer games are still available.


I think it is hard to gauge what "most people" want, but I know that if I see several GMT games on the shelf of a retailer, for instance, I would like to know which ones are out of print. If I plan on getting several of them over time, but can't afford them all right away, it makes sense to buy the OOP one first.

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For now, I'm quite happy for people to create Lists of games going OOP on a country-by-country/continent-by-continent basis.


I'm not. It's inefficient and less likey to happen. Before posting this suggestion, I did a search for OOP lists and some were good, some only had one entry, but none had the information I needed.

I understand your position, though, because different people use the site for different reasons, so your feedback was useful.

Thanks.
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Mitchell Waldbauer
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a tag to just suggest that it "may be out of print in your country" could help. Then if it's marked OOP, you know that it might be available outside your country?
 
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I'm not saying this isn't a good idea, but this is exactly the sort of problem tags were created to solve.
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I agree that if a flag were to be implemented, it would need to mean that the publisher is no longer offering the game for distributors to order additional copies.

The one thought that immediately sprang to my mind was that it would need to be a flag that was publisher specific. For instance, Britannia is OOP with regards to Avalon Hill, but not where Fantasy Flight Games is concerned.
 
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This seems a bit backwards to me. A vast majority of games in the database are out of print. It would seem to make more sense to note that a game is still available from a publisher.
 
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