The consumer driven campaign to force Games Workshop to bring their prices into line with UK prices worldwide continues unabated. For those of you who aren’t personally involved or can’t be bothered trawling through forums and facebook pages, here are some recent events. I haven’t bothered to link any proof because quite frankly this depresses me so I don’t feel like putting the extra work in. Believe me or not, as you like. Most of this information comes from the facebook petition which I still urge people to join.
So, what’s happened in the last few days?
- Letters and emails continue to bombard Games Workshop Australia and UK.
- The petition on facebook now has nearly 900 members. James Sutherland, one of the organizers – and not me by the way 🙂 – has a meeting scheduled with the head of GW Australia on the 31st of May to discuss the issue and present the community’s concerns.
- Mark Wells (CEO of Games Workshop) has also agreed to meet with James later in the year. This is actually pretty amazing.
- Games Workshop has presented an official reply to the petitioners, the folks at Wargamerau, and others who have written in concern. Basically it claims that the reason their stuff costs so much in Australia and other markets is because they think their hobby won’t grow without their stores, and they need to keep the stores functioning. Also something about currencies recently moving away from historical norms.
- Many petitioners (including regular Warp Signal poster Capn Stoogey) have been banned from Games Workshop’s official facebook page for asking awkward questions.
- One of the petitioners, who was also an employee of Games Workshop Australia, was fired due to a conflict of interest yesterday.
- Australian gamers are attempting a June boycott of all GW products.
So. Real things are happening in the real world. GW’s response seems a bit strange. Pricing their products beyond what people are willing to pay in order to keep their stores open seems like putting the cart before the horse.
Personally I’m starting to think that GW is in financial trouble, and that they are reluctantly but deliberately bleeding their remote, small markets so that they can artificially keep prices down in the US and Europe. If I’m right, there’s no hope for us Aussies and others to get price parity.
I like to be positive here at Warp Signal and this sort of thing is sad to report. I promise my next post will be a positive hobby post. My Eldar rangers are nearly done!