Originally posted by allosaur176+Jan 10 2006, 07:29 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(allosaur176 @ Jan 10 2006, 07:29 PM)</div><!--QuoteBegin-SurferGeek@Jan 10 2006, 10:22 PM
Damn... Are these gonna turn into another MR Sting?Â :cry
would that be a bad thing?
Well, I'm one of the lucky ones who waited on the Sting and got a great deal on it, and probably wouldn't have purchased it if it stayed at original priceOriginally posted by SurferGeek@Jan 10 2006, 10:35 PM
Â I'm sure that people that have the Sting FX weren't happy to see the value of those items tumble.Â Why would decreasing value be beneficial to anyone?Â It puts less profit into MR (and distrubutor's) pockets, it degrades the potential for future projects in the same venue...Â Bad for all except the "late adoptors" who get a good deal.Â People were buying up Sting FX's to give to children to use as toys... Not what they were targeted at.
This is a situation of "Quantity has a quality all it's own". Yes, they make a smaller profit margin on each individual piece. However, the lower price point opens up a much larger market. Many more people will buy the product at $80 than will at $100. So, while each individual piece earns less profit, the product run as a whole makes a larger net profit than it would at the higher price point due to vastly increased sales. These high volume products are what allows companies to make the higher quality, lower production run, higher priced products. Chevy doesn't make money on Corvettes. They make money on Malibus and pick up trucks. Because they sell so many Malibus and pick up trucks, they can continue to make Corvettes. Force FX and the up coming Collectors Editions are the product lines that will allow MR to continue making Limited and Elite Edition products.Originally posted by SurferGeek@Jan 10 2006, 09:35 PM
Why would decreasing value be beneficial to anyone?Â It puts less profit into MR (and distrubutor's) pockets, it degrades the potential for future projects in the same venue...Â
Originally posted by KevVader@Jan 10 2006, 10:40 PM
....plus they may have a warehouse full of these things that they have to get rid of.
:confused I should have thought of that. MR probably has nothing to do with this. The price drop a product of Best Buy's Marketing Department. It's just a hook to bring in shoppers. Geeks like lightsabers. Geeks like "electronic gadgets". Use the lightsabers to bring the geeks to the gadgets and seperate them from their money. If I didn't already have a Vader and Anakin FX is would work on me.Originally posted by tripoli@Jan 10 2006, 11:04 PM
This looks to be purely a case of Best Buy selling them at discount for their own purpose/reason.Â Talking to the BestÂ Buy manager here, they have had a hard time keeping them in stock as well.Â More likely they are using it as a draw in purchasers to other products in the store.
Originally posted by allosaur176@Jan 10 2006, 07:47 PM
where as the Sting was grossly over sized, so they weren't selling as much...
Very good point.Originally posted by Stormleader@Jan 11 2006, 07:54 AM
I don't think the FX line is or was ever meant to be a high-end collectable that "holds it's value".Â Low price point, not super accurate- but close enough, unlimited edition size.