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Just picked up Food Chain Magnate for $99.97 from GameNerdz.com

Miniature Market $135.00
Amazon $178.46

Be sure to create an account as well to get 250 bonus points. Only paid $97.47 after I redeemed my points. I know what me and my friends will be playing next weekend.

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majetta04 wrote:
Just picked up Food Chain Magnate for $99.97 from GameNerdz.com

fwiw that looks to be $10 more than they were selling it for before... from

http://www.boardgameprices.com/prices/foodchainmagnate

it says $89.97... but unavailable... clicking on link from BGP show it's is in stock but now $10 more

fwiw next closest is $108 at cardhaus (but free ship only on $125+ orders)
 
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Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.
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cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


Small print runs in Europe will cost more per unit than large print runs from China.

Aka, "Because Splotter."
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macgruff wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


Small print runs in Europe will cost more per unit than large print runs from China.

Aka, "Because Splotter."


Yup, "Because Splotter"

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cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
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eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt
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How soon? 1 month? 2 months? 7 months? You forget this game only came out last November and didn't start really buzzing till January or so. That's given these guys 7 months to even work on this without knowing the full idea of popularity? Would the 2nd print run sell out? Would the 4th? Jesus Z-Man can't keep Uwe games in stock and we're raking these guys over the coals for doing all they can just to get games in our hands. I'm really over this argument... Splotter keep on splottering!
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cunning stunt wrote:
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt



2,700 people state they own FCM on BGG

3,279 people state they own roads and boats, printed on and off since 1999 and still garnering prices around $180

2,200 people state they own Antiquity(2004) prices going for around $250

2,061 people state they own Indonesia(2005) prices going for around $100-120

I dunno, I have a feeling, $85 is probably going to be on the low side ONLY while they are still in print. If it goes out of print for a few years, you'll see price hike up pretty quick.



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How soon? 1 month? 2 months? 7 months? You forget this game only came out last November and didn't start really buzzing till January or so. That's given these guys 7 months to even work on this without knowing the full idea of popularity? Would the 2nd print run sell out? Would the 4th? Jesus Z-Man can't keep Uwe games in stock and we're raking these guys over the coals for doing all they can just to get games in our hands. I'm really over this argument... Splotter keep on splottering!
Nobody's raking anybody. We're just having a civil discussion about prices, as we're apt to do here on the Hot Deals forum.
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eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?


This is reasonable.
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cunning stunt wrote:
$85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt


Only if they do a large print run. I suspect they will all be too small for economies of scale to really kick in.
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cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.


Sooner. Or not*. soblue

It was announced a few months back that Passport has picked it up for distribution.

*(see follow up below)
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NuMystic wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.


Sooner. It was announced a few months back that Passport has picked it up for distribution.


Oh... thanks for that tidbit of info. I doubt there's much point in picking up a Splotter copy then. I will await the inevitable price drop.
 
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NuMystic wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.


Sooner. It was announced a few months back that Passport has picked it up for distribution.


Oh... thanks for that tidbit of info. I doubt there's much point in picking up a Splotter copy then. I will await the inevitable price drop.


My understanding is that passport is distributing copies printed by splotter in the US as they have done for other titles by them. Not likely to have a price drop as they aren't printing/publishing the game.
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hippiephysicschick wrote:
Misterboy wrote:
NuMystic wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.


Sooner. It was announced a few months back that Passport has picked it up for distribution.


Oh... thanks for that tidbit of info. I doubt there's much point in picking up a Splotter copy then. I will await the inevitable price drop.


My understanding is that passport is distributing copies printed by splotter in the US as they have done for other titles by them. Not likely to have a price drop as they aren't printing/publishing the game.


Unfortunately it looks like you're right as R&B and Zimbabwe certainly never saw any significant price drops apart from the very rare sale.

So much for dreams of affordable Splotter titles. Which is not to say I don't think they're worth every penny. I played Food Chain Magnate at ConnCon and it was immediately added to my buy list.

On a strictly physical component level I have to confess there's a great deal less in the much smaller box than Roads and Boats and Antiquity for the price. Don't think there's ever been a Splotter title more ripe for full scale production at an affordable price point than this one.
 
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FYI, just checked the for the splotter preorder shipped to South Carolina. It's ~$112 for anyone wondering.

Edit: My keyboard hates me this morning.
 
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mls5stokes wrote:
FYI, just checked the for the splotter preorder shipped to South Carolina. It's ~$112 for anyone wondering.

Edit: My keyboard hates me this morning.


Is that minus the VAT? I thought I paid less.
 
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For anybody still looking for a copy at a slightly-less-than-exorbitant price, you can get it from philibertnet.com for 62.50 EUR + 20 EUR shipping = 82.50 EUR total, which is roughly $94.

Similar to Amazon.de the initial shipping is steep, but you can add on other titles for less than 20 Euro shipping apiece which helps spread the pain. For instance they also have Indonesia and Zimbabwe for preorder for the same 62.50 EUR price and total shipping for all 3 is 50 EUR.
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cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt


I have it on pretty good authority that most of the 'big box' titles from Splotter have 2,000 game print runs.
 
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cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt


Why would they want to take the risk of a much larger print run? And if they did a bigger run why would they want to cut the price? It's sold out at the current price and there would be long term ramifications if they cut the price. Namely, people waiting for a price cut on their new games they produce going forward.

I don't see any reason for Splotter to cut their price on FCM.
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MWChapel wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.

*number pulled from my butt



2,700 people state they own FCM on BGG

3,279 people state they own roads and boats, printed on and off since 1999 and still garnering prices around $180

2,200 people state they own Antiquity(2004) prices going for around $250

2,061 people state they own Indonesia(2005) prices going for around $100-120

I dunno, I have a feeling, $85 is probably going to be on the low side ONLY while they are still in print. If it goes out of print for a few years, you'll see price hike up pretty quick.





Pretty sure I saw a comment from one of the Splotter guys that said they have sold more copies of Food Chain Magnate in ~9 months than they have of Roads and Boatts since 1999.
 
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My local shop has pre-orders on a handful of Splotter releases. Great Zimbabwe and Indonesia. Along with Food Chain Magnate.

Seems like pretty good pricing, they are all 105.99 and you can use the 10% off coupon code. They also have free shipping on orders over $89.

https://boardlandia.com/products/food-chain-magnate
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hippiephysicschick wrote:
Misterboy wrote:
NuMystic wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
eapeas wrote:
cunning stunt wrote:
Why is this game so expensive? "Because Splotter" seems to be the only explanation anyone can offer.


It's 75 Euros direct from Splotter, plus shipping. That seems completely reasonable considering the boutique publishers that they are (ie. small print runs). Very much in line with other small print run games from Europe like most Spielworxx games, Lignum, etc.

Would you disagree that that's reasonable?
I read somewhere that a typical Splotter print run numbers between 150-500 games, but I'm guessing Food Chain Magnate is closer to 5000* by now (five reprints so far?). $85 seems reasonable for a tiny print run, but sooner or later, economies of scale should kick in.


Sooner. It was announced a few months back that Passport has picked it up for distribution.


Oh... thanks for that tidbit of info. I doubt there's much point in picking up a Splotter copy then. I will await the inevitable price drop.


My understanding is that passport is distributing copies printed by splotter in the US as they have done for other titles by them. Not likely to have a price drop as they aren't printing/publishing the game.


Ah! Thanks for the clarification.
 
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