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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

I was at one of the local stores today and they were all sold out. However they have another two copies coming in on Tuesday so I pre-bought one of them. I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to pick it up though.

Looks like it is back up for sale on the GW site:


I'm more excited about the terrain in it than the game itself, but the game might be pretty fun too. I'll probably use the terrain along with the bug hunt corridors I get at Adepticon two weeks ago to make some really cool voidship layouts.

If they are in general release again, then I will probably buy another copy. If not I'll at least buy another set of this:


I'm just glad I got one. I expected it to be all sold out. I guess the store did get 16 copies in earlier today but they were all gone by the time I got there at 2:30 this afternoon.

D A THB08 Apr 2017 11:55 p.m. PST

Every time I see something new from GW I really like, I have a look at the cost to buy one locally and get a shock at how much extra we seem to pay over here.

Sector Mechanicus Galvanic Magnavent is 75 USD and 149 NZD.
Looking at the exchange rate that should be about 101.64 NZD.

I guess I won't be getting into 40k anytime soon.

Pythagoras09 Apr 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

Technically you are using the 'wrong' number since GW is a British company, the cost is 45 British Pounds. That converts to 80.30 NZD at current exchange rate. So 149 minus 80.30 equals 60.70.

As to why the price mark up, there are probably many import duties, currency exchange rates, fees, shipping costs, etc. While GW does receive their ounce of blood, the reason for the difference isn't just the greed they get accused of. Changes in currency exchange rates can sink a company overnight.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

I have always thought that the antipodes prices on GW stuff was amazingly high. Someone will often post a link to new GW stuff in the store and it will be the NZ one since you guys get them before us, time being what it is.

Since the price is in $ I don't notice at first and it is always shocking. But Pythagoras is right, I suppose for a business as large as GW it would be impossible to just charge for everything in pounds around the world.

Even in the US the price is significantly higher than it should be if you translate the UK price to US dollars.

The thing I linked should only be $55 USD instead of $75. USD

But I can see how a company couldn't possibly be expected to keep changing prices based on a changing currency rate. The pound dropped from $1.50 USD to $1.25 USD almost overnight (ish) and does GW go through the catalog and send orders to the store to drop US prices by 1/6th across the board?

What if the pound goes back up?

Still you're right about the sticker shock. Even the Start Collecting deals don't seem that amazing when you should be paying $125 USD NZ and end up paying $165 USD NZ.

D A THB09 Apr 2017 10:32 p.m. PST

In the past local gamers ordered from Australia which had a cheaper price, but that loophole was closed about two years or so ago.

The reason I used the USD verses NZD was that they are both export markets which would have been a fairer comparison than with a UK price. I guess that if you shop at the last bus stop before the end of the world, the bus fair is higher than the first stop.

The prices do not seem to fluctuate with the exchange rates, they just seem to keep going up. Same with petrol prices.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 8:56 p.m. PST

I just picked up my copy today. Man that is a heavy box packed with all kinds of plastic goodness. I'll have to wait to get started on it until tomorrow at least but I'll read the rules before bed tonight.

Scanning through them they do look a lot like Necromunda. I already have figures and my new terrain to play a game so if I have a chance this weekend maybe I'll try to talk someone into a game.

Lion in the Stars26 Apr 2017 5:42 p.m. PST

There's $175 USD worth of terrain in that box, plus the book, a squad of Scouts, and a mob of Orks. Actually good value for the $130 USD!

(Got me back into GW games, with a Grey Knights kill team)

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