aoffan23 wrote:But in all seriousness, this is dumber than when they restricted online sales of their products about a month ago. So much dumber. It's like they hit rock bottom, and then decided to mine under that shit.
As dumb as it seems on the surface, there are folks in the toy industry saying the sales restriction might be a tricky short-term strategic play. Killing the online sales alienates all the fans, but that's not going to make any difference really; getting shit on by GW has always been a part of being a GW fan. What's more important is that now that everyone has to buy from GW directly, they're making greatly increased revenues on the same amount of sales activity. Inflating the short-term revenue figures is important for boosting the company valuation if they're trying to prep themselves for sale to a larger company like Wizards of the Coast; it's the same as putting on lipstick and glitter eyeshadow and fishnets. GW:DTF.
Well, yeah. For the present and very near future, it works. The whole online sales deal isn't the dumbest thing to me. I think the worst decision they made was to limit how much Special Order products stores could order. I guess they're counting on stores putting a little of everything on the shelves, which would prompt people to look to GW if the store sold out, but they're mostly limiting the amount of shelf space they take up. I also understand that they want to make the more popular product much more readily available, but I can't see how making a product harder to find is going to help with the whole popularity issue. The popular products pretty much sell themselves, so shouldn't they be looking for ways to bring attention to the rest of the range?
I know GW has enough of a monopoly at this point to do stuff like this, and I know that they have guys that research this stuff more than I ever will, but it just seems really counter-intuitive.
BFenix wrote:That's just the stupidest thing ever. A Space Marine is exactly that. A marine, in space. It's like we would figure out that Brikwars should sue anyone for using the name Space Pirates, Space Vikings or Space Ninjas.
No, that's not true. A space marine is a marine in space. A Space Marine is a member of the Space Marines, which is a faction in the WH40k universe. I'll bring up my point again about TMNT. A foot soldier is just a soldier on foot, but a Foot soldier is a soldier of the Foot clan, which is a faction in the TMNT universe. See how this works?
It's the same situation between earth (dirt/the ground) and Earth (the planet), the sun (a specified sun) and the Sun (Sol, the sun at the centre of our solar system), etc.