So I’ve been thinking a bit overnight about Games Workshop’s world pricing policies. I no longer think it matters whether or not they actually implement their rumoured ban on European re-sellers selling overseas or not. That is not the real problem – the real problem goes far deeper. Australians and other customers simply should not have to pay the exorbitant prices that GW are trying to foist on us. It is unjust.
What we should be demanding here as consumers is fair pricing world-wide. I don’t want to buy from Maelstrom. I want to buy from Games Workshop in my own town at prices comparable to those offered to UK and US citizens. If there is some real, pressing reason why this is not possible, I want to know why. This is 2011, we all have access to the internet, we can all check the prices across websites. We all know (or can easily discover) how much shipping and taxes and currency exchange rates actually add up to, and many of us can put two and two together.
If we care about this issue, as consumers we should be trying to force a fair world-wide pricing structure from GW, not sneaking around behind their back buying from discounters. That leaves all the power in their hands, as the current issue (whether true or not) demonstrates.
This does not appear to be a big issue morally (we’re talking about little plastic soldiers I know), but it doesn’t actually matter what product or industry we’re talking about. Customers in different parts of the world should not be charged vastly different prices for the same product without a plausible explanation.
Here is a facebook petition. This is a good idea I think, as facebook is a third party with a vested interest in attracting traffic, and they are MUCH bigger than Games Workshop. Please join the group if you can spare a few moments.