This Christmas, we are trying something entirely new for us which is repurchasing and reselling games that are out of stock / have limited stock in Canada. Due to the numerous exclsuvie distributorships and the increasing popularity of board games, some ‘hot’ games have become extremely scarce very quickly. For example:
7 Wonders: Duel – we received about 25% of our pre-order (which had been sent in months ago).
Pandemic: Legacy – Just a really popular game that F2Z hasn’t managed to keep in-stock.
With games like these, rather than not selling the games at all, we have been picking them up from secondary distribution sources (i.e. other retailers) and reselling them to customers. Obviously, this means that these games are being purchased at a cost significantly higher than what we would normally see if we picked them up via distribution and we have to then pass on the costs to you, the customer.
It also is why in many cases, our stock of these products is limited and the prices so high. We’ll see how this works out this year, but it’ll be interesting for sure.