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#34793
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jeff,

I'm wondering if DF buyers could receive more specific notifications about remaining quantities of limited-quantity sets. I'm sure there may be others, like me, who would like to know when DF is down to the last 50%, 25%, and 10% of the limited quantity items. When the first such set, DOE R&P, was made available, I remember seeing at least three or four "shipments" from overseas containing that set. I kept wondering how many out of the 1500 remained to be sold and when "this shipment" would be the last shipment. Now that the DOE R&P is OOP forever, I'm looking towards the remaining such sets (I believe them to be the DOE-WE, DOE-R, RotA, and RotA-2 sets).
Would it be possible for DF to list on their web site, in newsletters, and perhaps on the forum how many of each of the limited quantity sets remain to be sold? Perhaps these numbers could be updated quarterly or at some other specific interval.


Thank you for considering this request,

John
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He who does not have the extra money to spend right now, but does not want to miss out on limited sets before they are gone.
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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#34794
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
In all fairness, I did check through past e-mails and found this from the 8/8/08 newsletter: "The final 80 sets that will ever be produced of the Den of Evil (Room and Passage) Set have arrived. Get them while they last."
And this from 5/29/08: "The final 120 sets that will ever be produced of the Den of Evil (Room and Passage) Set are arriving in August. You can place your pre-order for these final sets on June 2nd."
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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#34795
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Plus there was a count-down thread as the last 50 sets were sold....
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#34796
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
It also doesn't make much sense for DF to put up a count if customers are only going to buy when the number available drops below a certain point. They would actually be discouraging sales.
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#34797
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
I saw that possible side of the track too, Jackattack. That, however, is not what happens with every order or even every "I'm short on cash" order. In my case, I bought one DOE Room set. I know I cannot afford another - period. However, if I knew that DF was down to the last 250 or 100 of such sets, I'd probably spend the money anyway (so, by advertising that they are down to the last 10% or so, DF would actually be encouraging me (and probably others) to spend money I would not otherwise. I think if you queried the customers (or evey checked DFs sales records), you'd find that advertising when you're down to the last 15% or so of stock would actually spike sales until that last 15% is exhausted.

I missed the DOE R&P countdown thread as I haven't been active on the forum in a while. Apparently, I didn't read the news letters carefully either. I was probably dazzled by the "new sets" mentioned and didn't look at the other details.
Lesson learned; read more carefully.

Just like the Gama expansion for the space sets. Those are so cool. While I'm not into the space stuff (I read space novels but don't roll-play in that genre), I bought four of those sets as only 300 would ever be made and I didn't want to miss out on such a great set. Perhaps I'll move into the Space stuff in the future, or perhaps these sets will make great gifts for friends who are Star Wars nuts. :) (or, perhaps my children will be thrilled with them as they grow up)
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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#34798
Notifications regarding limited quantity sets 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Yes, but the spike in sales follows a slowdown caused by the countdown, as some potential customers wait for it to hit ##%, or X units. As a business, DF should be moving their merchandise as quickly as they can, not giving their customers an excuse to let it sit on the shelves. And the longer inventory sits on the shelf, the more inventory there is (as new shipments arrive) -- at some point, I would expect their warehousing costs to increase, causing a reduction in profits or an increase in prices.

If the number of countdown-conscious customers (times the number of units they will order) exceeds X units, then the sets will be sold out before some of those customers can order. So somebody is still going to miss out. Knowing how many sets are available is only efficient if customers also know how many sets will be in demand when inventory reaches their personal crisis point.

Delaying an order is also risky in an inflationary economic environment, as prices might increase while the countdown customers are waiting. DF has been shockingly good about notifying customers ahead of time that this would happen, and giving us time to place orders beforehand, but they are not obligated to do so. And if they miss the news, then customers might find that they suddenly can't afford the number of sets they had hoped to buy.

If DF wants to put up a notice that the last shipment of something is coming in, then great. If they want to put up a "limited quantities available" or "inventory liquidation" notice, that's great too. But I don't think they should put up exact numbers to accommodate customers who are going to use those numbers to delay buying as long as possible.
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