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Stores are reopening, but no word on Store Anniversaries as yet.

Normally, Milton Keynes is the first to get the new Anniversary Models. But, that’s typically in June, which has of course been and gone.

I suspect they won’t crack on with Anniversaries, which are normally a decent source of income and custom until things are relaxed a little further.

Either way, I’ll Looting for the Loot Group (Tat for the Tat Throne!) at the earliest convenience. Think my local Store is normally September, so provided that’s not changed, fingers crossed it’s just a couple of months.

Want one for myself, as I bought a ‘for charity’ Carl Weathers, and he needs his boss lady! (no I will not part with Carl Weathers. Ever)

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A few of them are in the wild and on ebay, though your wallet may have to pass a leadership check to BFI.

I've seen Warhounds cheaper than some people are bidding.


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Checking the completed listings on ebay shows that a few have already been sold, for various prices, by sellers in the USA. None have become available from the UK yet.

It seeems a little ridiculous to me that you can't even get them if you go to Warhammer World.

Is there any way to find out which stores will be opening/having birthday events without using Facebook? I really prefer to avoid using social media.
   
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Word of mouth, really.

I don’t know if GW Stores use other social media.

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GW stores all have their own FB page and normally put up on them when events are, but they vary a lot depending on the store manager (some use it more than others). At the same time GW has a LOT of stores worldwide. Best thing is to keep an eye on Mad Doc's Loot GrouP (check the ilnk in his signature 2 posts up)

   
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I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.

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Kinda, yeah. Community engagement is definitely a thing.

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We'll find out soon enough eh.

 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


Then perhaps they should just make these models available without all the preconditions and limited availability, and just have them be something you can order at any time by going into a store.

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 Yodhrin wrote:
 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


Then perhaps they should just make these models available without all the preconditions and limited availability, and just have them be something you can order at any time by going into a store.


Because then people would just go en-mass when it went on sale and never again. Don't forget these models go on sale along with other discount gifts like backpacks and art. It's all about creating an "event". They pair it to money spent so it not only encourages you to go to the store get the model, but also to know your local store's birthday and save up. Generating a sales spike for each store irrespective of model sales.

And it works. Heck when Ossiarchs came out I was doubly lucky in that it was also the same week of my local stores' birthday so the money I was going to spend anyway got spent direct at GW instead of through a 3rd party and it was spent in store. I got some extra stuff and the store got some sales- everyone wins.


The main downside is if you don't have access to a local store or fail to keep in touch to know when their birthday event is. Then you can have issues. That said with ebay, loot group and facebook and forums I'd say provided GW is working as normal, then if you want a a birthday model then you can typically get hold of them.

   
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 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


They did publish a list of all stores b/days briefly last year but it wasnt available for long, there are some screen caps of it buried somewhere deep in the Loot group.

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Some Stores also tend to have their birthday event on a day other than their birthday, eiher so it falls on a Saturday, or to cope with absences/holidays etc

having a widely available list of birthdays would mess with that

 
   
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 Original Timmy wrote:
 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


They did publish a list of all stores b/days briefly last year but it wasnt available for long, there are some screen caps of it buried somewhere deep in the Loot group.


I’d be very grateful if you could find the list and post it here on Dakka!

The Loot group is not an option for people like myself who don’t do Facebook.
   
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We'll find out soon enough eh.

 Overread wrote:
 Yodhrin wrote:
 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


Then perhaps they should just make these models available without all the preconditions and limited availability, and just have them be something you can order at any time by going into a store.


Because then people would just go en-mass when it went on sale and never again. Don't forget these models go on sale along with other discount gifts like backpacks and art. It's all about creating an "event". They pair it to money spent so it not only encourages you to go to the store get the model, but also to know your local store's birthday and save up. Generating a sales spike for each store irrespective of model sales.


In what way does making them available on a continual basis after the original launch - still only via their own stores, mind - not achieve that same end?

As to "it works" - does it tho? Stuff like the Loot Group wouldn't exist if it worked on everyone, and even there and on ebay the highly conditional ones where you have to spend a set amount of stuff on a set day after sacrificing a goat to Artemis during the blood moon etc are incredibly uncommon even if someone did want to buy one, and from what I've seen online and in person they're hardly more common in people's armies. In fact I didn't see a single one of those Terminator Chaplain models IRL at all until after they became available via "the Eastern road".

I've also never met or spoken to anyone who ended up giving a gak about their local store's birthday or opening times or "community"(such as they are these days) because of these limited models beyond the limited models themselves, anyone who cares about that stuff already did care about it because the store is their primary venue - the rest of us just try to get in and out as fast as possible.

In the end, the present policy might give GWHQ a nice predictable bump in each store's KPIs one day a year, but if I worked at GW I would hate the practice(since whether you can surpass those KPIs to whatever level of growth GW have demanded on an annual basis next year is entirely dependent on whether the next super-duper-exclusive mini is something enough people really want to trek in and spend the excess, and if it isn't then oops that's a black mark on your record regardless of the fact it's not even remotely your fault), and I firmly believe they could achieve a similar return in a more sustainable way without all the restrictions and hoopla - at the end of the day, people who like GW stuff want to buy GW stuff, you don't need to force their hand by holding models hostage, and for some people trying to do so will achieve the opposite result to what you intend.

 Undead_Love-Machine wrote:
 Original Timmy wrote:
 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


They did publish a list of all stores b/days briefly last year but it wasnt available for long, there are some screen caps of it buried somewhere deep in the Loot group.


I’d be very grateful if you could find the list and post it here on Dakka!

The Loot group is not an option for people like myself who don’t do Facebook.


Why not just set up a throwaway account? My FB profile has a fake name, a cartoon avatar, and zero personal information. I use it to check a handful of hobby-specific Groups and that's it.

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 Undead_Love-Machine wrote:
 Original Timmy wrote:
 Jadenim wrote:
I always figured it was a deliberate choice on GW’s part to not publish the store birthdays, as they want you to go in regularly and build up a relationship with the store, rather than just turn up on the one day you can order a special model.


They did publish a list of all stores b/days briefly last year but it wasnt available for long, there are some screen caps of it buried somewhere deep in the Loot group.


I’d be very grateful if you could find the list and post it here on Dakka!

The Loot group is not an option for people like myself who don’t do Facebook.


Il see what i can dig up for you.
   
 
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