05-18-2017 10:24 AM
05-18-2017 11:10 AM
I just need to add
Makes me laugh... Group Buys... the last "massive" GB I had was in 2015... so if peolpe miss out the pre-order phase, it's not because of those...
Agreed, it's not a major factor at this time since the selection of collectibles has been pretty much downsized upon the transition of FS into BB, accordingly in 2015.
Fact still remains that if BB was to releases a Canadian exclusive, it wouldl look pretty attractive at a 30% discount to foreign collectors.
As it stands, it's the other way around these days, but it's still a factor to be mentionned.
05-18-2017 12:06 PM
Sorry for showing my ignorance but I have no idea how steel book group buys worked during the days of Future Shop. I became interested in steelbooks around Sept 2013; approx 2 years before steelbooks downsized upon the transition of FS into BB, accordingly in 2015. The closes I became to being aware of group buys is when 2012 and Future Shop had their exclusive John Carter steelbook and seeing how many Americans wanted to get their hands on this movie (wish I had picked one up but my dumb a** had no idea how popular they were or no interest in steelbooks at that time). Could you explain hoe this works and could this idea work for Canadians wanting to get certain titles in the USA.
05-18-2017 12:28 PM
Concept is simple:
A member of a forum or blog located in the country of the product, offers his assistance to purchase copies for other forum members worldwide, who otherwise would have to go through hoarders.
It started as a service for Collectors doing cost + shipping + a couple of bucks extra for the trouble.
Problem is that hoarders also saw opportunities by joining these forums, thus marketing purchases at a set price + shipping, without incurring extra fees charged by auction sites. Call it evolution of a favourable concept....
05-18-2017 12:28 PM - edited 05-18-2017 12:29 PM
I'm not either of those two guys, but I can answer your question.
There is basically an organized purchase where you pay a private individual the cost of the SteelBook + shipping + nominal fee and they will get the SteelBook and ship it to you wherever you are (yes, even to Canada).
It costs a little more than ordering directly from the retailer (if that is even an option) but there are several advantages:
o you are more likely secured a copy
o you will get a copy without a spine slash or dent because the owner of the GB will inspect each item.
o you have access to many more SteelBooks that otherwise would not ship to Canada.
o it will be properly packaged because these are fellow collectors shipping them out
Once you commit, there is no backing out or you will be blackballed by the community. This can sometimes be a problem because if Best Buy Canada announces a SteelBook later, you may be stuck with a previous GB order. That is the risk.
It would help everyone involved (Best Buy and collectors) for BB to announce and accept pre-orders as soon as possible. That way, I wouldn't pre-order with a GB someplace else as I prefer to shop Canadian whenever possible.
05-18-2017 01:11 PM
No @SonicBoom my friend you may not either of those two guys, but your input and advice are always greatly appreciated and respected and you and @Jacques1400 both answered my questioned beautifully. Thank you to you both; on a side note as you stated SonicBoom it would help everyone involved (Best Buy and collectors) for BB to announce and accept pre-orders as soon as possible. That way, we wouldn't pre-order with a GB someplace else as I also prefer to shop Canadian whenever possible.