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#31066
Price Increase Coming Jan. 1st, 2009 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
We did place an order. I hopefully got it under the wire. I will be looking forward to looking at Advanced Builder Set 2. We use the first set quite a bit. Any previews on these sets?
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#31067
Price Increase Coming Jan. 1st, 2009 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Something to consider...

The United States is a major wheat-producing country, with output typically exceeded only by China, the European Union and, sometimes, India, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Almost half of the U.S. wheat crop is exported.

A recent Associated Press report showed that the average cost for white bread in 1998 was just 85 cents per pound and in February 2007 it was up to $1.03. The price rose to $1.32 per pound in February 2008. According to federal data the price in November was 1.51. That is almost a 100% increase. Now consider other industries that use flour that do not bake bread. And the impact goes far beyond the weekly loaf of bread. Pasta, pizza, cereal and other wheat and flour-dependent products are getting more expensive to help offset the price of wheat, as well.

Like everything else everyone has to evaluate for themselves what they can afford. America is going through a sobering time that will continue for some time. While americans catch up on their debt demand for new product will decrease as some of us will do without. As a result manufacturers will have to charge higher due to teh fact as they innovated their methods and production they were financing it with assumed future volume. With volume down they will have to pass teh costs on to others, which will in turn pass it on to others.

Being in sales and knowing quite a bit about the whole process from invention to taking it to market to cost reduction life cycle management etc I understand many of the pressures. One pressure I do not like is disti, resellers, vars, and retailers. Those are 4 steps that cut into my profit but yet when teh end user wants to be sold they come to me or if they have a problem they come to me. So I pay commisions out 4x and assume all responsibility for damage/loss malfunction, miss representation etc. Naturally cutting those guys out will incur some costs in teh end DF must be profitable to continue to fund new projects. A direct model is easy to control costs as they are fixed. How much does it cost me and how much do I need to continue. I believe that DF has done their best to maintain in this economy. So in regards to teh price increase, I do not mind. The cost is appropiate to what I feel the rest of the world has done if not less.

Keep this in mind, if you enjoy the product adn used to buy 5 sets at 69 and get maybe a 10% discount from your FLGS (Is it still there?) then you spent $310 a year. You can still purchase any 2 sets and pay for shipping with that much money and continue to increase your collection per year.

Other examples. I am a coca cola drinker. For 10 years a 16 oz plastic bottle of coke was 89. For 2 years it was 99. This year it went upto 1.29 or 2 for 2. In order to get teh same price I have to drink twice as much. Also note that in most states that I travel the 16 oz coke is no longer 16 oz. It is now 14 or 15 and change. So I am paying more for less.

Look at ice cream. In 10 years it has doubled or tripled in cost and is no longer 1/2 gallon for most brands.

I am done now. I know I rambled. Stefan, jeff keep on keeping on. Your product is the only product that I have used for 10 plus years and is in just as good of shape today as it was then. I will pass these onto my children. I also have slowed down but still have budgeted 2500 for 09. (I need new sets and filler for MBS)

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#31068
Price Increase Coming Jan. 1st, 2009 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Again, someone has posted that retailers they have spoken to believe Dwarven Forge to be out of business. That statement, coupled with the fact that DF sets still in production often sell on e-bay for very close to (or over!) the price offered on the DF web-site leads me to believe that setting up an E-Bay store would be a profitable way to at least advertise the fact they DF was still very much alive and even expanding! I don't know what kind of cut E-bay takes, or what rules they have about providing links back to the DF web-site on auction listings, so maybe it wouldn't actually work, but it seems like a good avenue to at least look into to increase sales and visibility....yes?
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#31069
Price Increase Coming Jan. 1st, 2009 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
Wheat prices topped out last year at a record high of $25 a bushel and for most of the year ran $9-$10. Like most commodities, the bottom fell out in October and has been running $5-$6 since. Poor analogy using commodities in the short term. Everything went up until October. It isn't October is it?
Yes, we have too evaluate what we can afford. The greater the price, the less I can afford. That is true for most people. It is called the Elastisity of Demand.
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