Well, June is almost here and many people are talking about the new flyers. The second topic of the week are June price increases. This is expected every year, and this year it seems like the increase is a little bit high, but that is the price of our game. If it truly does come down to a 4% increase like rumors say, I for one will just eat it like normal. Now if only we could all get 4% raises to accommodate we would be happy.

Here is the rumor. I think this one is pretty much a fact of life now, but add a little salt for the details

via spikey bits
4% when averaged across the board.

Stormraven to $82
Landraiders to $75.
Rhino $37.25 
 Razorback  $41.25.


I have also seen the spreadsheets of the entire GW range, and they match up, so I am going to assume these are 100% accurate.


I also have this that was sent into me via Tyarlashan

This is an email from Mini War Gaming about the prices for Games Workshop in Canada

It's almost June again, which means that Games Workshop will be doing another price increase.

I just received word that the prices will be going up between 5 - 20%.

For example, the Space Marine battleforce is currently selling for $130, but will go up to $155 in a week.

I do not know the differences in prices for each between countries. So I will leave the information as it stands.

OK, please keep the comments civil. If you are going to quit warhammer due to a few dollars price increase on all the models that you already have, by all means enjoy yourself, no need to share since you wont be around anymore.

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  1. Personally, I've been doing this hobby for over 20 years. I have no plans to quit now!! It is kinda disheartening to see the yearly price increase, but what company is not in business to make money? Plus this hobby is my vice. Just ask the wife LOL

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  2. I'm glad I already have 4 Landraiders.

    So I know you stick to 40k but I don't suppose any pictures of the new plastic Orc models coming out were included in the flier picture dump? I would really like to see that Shaman as I have Fantasy Orcs too.

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  3. I dont think anyone will be overjoyed at this, but it is not a surprise event, as it happens each year at the same time. We dont like to see it happen, but GW are a business, and operate upon a specific business model.

    However, we must remember that although this is the price increase of the recommended retail price (set by GW), independent sellers with a licence to sell GW products can and do sell them cheaper. There are some independent hobby shops that can sell the models for as much as 25% off. A recent example from myself, I bought a brand new and sealed Dark Eldar Ravager with 35% off from a toy shop selling through Amazon!

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    1. yes the retailers offer good deals and you can save 30% + if you are from outside the UK

      but still... they up their prices too
      and there is no end in sight

      i have the 2001 annual catalouge and belive it or not most models that are still the same cast have trippeld in price

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    2. all good and well buying GW stuff at discount from indy's but you don't seem to realise that the profit at the discounted price is not much and if up against some of the bigger indys such as Maelstrom etc, it's zero profit so not worth selling online. Ebay has totally skewed the market with indys going against GW's T&C's regarding online selling. Take for instance a £20 box set. Cost to retailer is £13.30 or thereabouts. Ebay seller is giving 15% off making it £17 and with freepost. So seller receives £14.90 of that sale (£17.00 - fvf 10% & listing fee of 40p = £14.90). Then he sends it freepost with the minimum postage for that item based on size (not weight) costing the seller £2.20.
      So £14.90-£2.20 = £12.70 when it costs £13.30???.....wheres the profit on that? even at 10% off there is virtually no profit so wheres the scam? or is it the big few with endless bankrolls trying to screw the smaller indys out of business??

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  4. have seen the rules of the flyers and i am not impressed... buffed speeders for double the cost

    price hike sucks once more

    hope 6th ED will still be under 100,-€
    but i guess not

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  5. I won't quit, but I'm certainly curtailing my purchases. Not that I could make any at this moment anyway. I might even pare it down some, and sell off some more of my armies. Orks, CSM and Warriors of Chaos is probably more than enough.

    It does cause me to consider other alternatives. Flames of War, I've been researching a lot on it and it seems like a great game without quite the investment. I've already got a Trollblood army which I'm selling most of, and Malifaux gabg that I think will go as well. I may look into Dust as well.

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    1. Really? I've heard that FoW is the most expensive mini game out there.

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    2. Dust Tactics or the Tabletop? Same minis, but stats are different from one setting to the other. Small rule book, and seems to take whats best from multiple systems (for table top game) and bring them together nicely.

      Always wanted to get into FoW, not sure as to why I haven't really.

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    3. Its no where near as expensive as this if you buy them unpainted its between 15 - 20 bucks for a squad and you dont need anywhere as many as GWs games.

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    4. From my experience with Flames of War (though it's not too much) is that it can be cheaper than 40k, as expensive as 40k, or more than 40k all at the same time. It really depends on how you want to play with the way their system works, since picking your army is a two-step process, as you have to decide nationality and if it's Infantry, Mechanized, or Armored.

      And people probably say it's the most expensive minis game since (for example) ~$50 for a box of Shermans gives you 5 ~1/100 scale models. But points wise in game, that's almost half an army in a 1000 point game.

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    5. This won't stop me from buying models. Just models from GW. There is always eBay and Craigslist.

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  6. 4%, sucks but I'll deal... too much already invested at this point, its the occasional models here and there... up to 20% in the grain of salt email from canada eh' I would be fuming... Is there a demand high enough and customer base growing enough to warrant such an increase?

    I feel bad for new people trying to get into the hobby...

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    1. 4% averaged between everything. I think one of the big things is that a lot of vehicles are having their prices increased by around 15%. Unless 6th ed isn't mech like 5th then that will probably end up translating to much more than a 4% price increase for a decent army.

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    2. This is what alarms me. I had a hard enough time getting started as a bonified grownup (House, Kids, Career, Etc) 6 or 7 years ago I can't imagine if I decided to start now. It just wouldn't have happened.

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  7. I shop at a discount website rather than GW anyway so will still be saving.

    Won't deny I'm not happy with the price increase though. Every year I ask myself is this really worth the price?

    Moan, complain, I'm giving up; can't wait to pick up those new flyers and 6th Edition.

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  8. I wont kit, but i will prefer to buy used stuff nstead of buyng new one.

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  9. Another point I was thinking on, how can they as a company keep their business growing with new people when it's so expensive?? Saw a mother bring he child into the local GWS and drop a grand!!! Yes 1000 dollars and he got the paint station, big tool kit and a bunch of nids and some paints and the spray gun. Probably missing some things he got but my point is, what parent has 150 dollars to spend on a hobby that their child becomes intrested in, that they may not like a month down the road? Let alone a grand!!! Hell buy him an xbox or something

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    1. I you charge 5 dollars fo gas & 3 people buy u make 15. Noe if another place sells gas for 2 and 7 people come they make 14. See how this works???

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    2. Sound a little more educated, then we'll talk. Because you sound like you ate all the pieces from a scrabble game, took the most powerful laxative you could find, shit all the scrabble pieces out, then wrote them down here.

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  10. This what kills the game stores. People buy from webstores at 20% off and play at the Local store for free. It does take long before there is no local store to play at

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    1. This is especially true in my area. We went from 2 GW's and 5-6 LGS to....1 LGS in the past 5 or 6 years.

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  11. Bye!

    To be honest, I can probably afford a small army without crying over my bank statement. But the money can be better spent elsewhere.

    No moaning, complaining or hate. Was fun while it lasted.

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  12. I wonder if the guys at GW realize that just because they have called it an "annual price increase" in the past, they don't HAVE to increase prices every year. By setting that pattern, it seems like they are on an inevitable course towards pricing themselves right out of reach for most gamers and hobbiests (if they haven't already).

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    1. The already kind of have. Of the people I used to game with the most over the last nineteen years, there is a grand total of three still playing the game, all others left for the same reason: The price of the hobby has risen to an, for them, unjustifiable level. Mind you, they all have a reasonable income, yet they still left.
      Also, the fact that there is something like a 'annual price increase' and people mostly just shrug about it speaks volumes of the whole matter.

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  13. At least I can still have enough for TURTLE SOUP

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    1. Not again... really?

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    2. Yeah man not now

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  14. To cut a long story short, the price increases are so high because of the effect the Eurozone (countries that have adopted the single currency of the Euro)countries have had on the UK.

    It's also revenge on the rest of the world for the excessive shipping costs added to anything the UK imports ;)

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  15. I am worried that GW will eventually raise prices so high, that our community will stop seeing independent retailers carry their products. That is not good, especially in the U.S. where we love our small businesses. This creates another problem for a gamer like me as well, since there is no GW store in my state.

    Is it possible that this is GW's plan? Do they just want to be an online retailer or only sell out of their own stores?

    To me, I cannot see them sustaining these price hikes without eventually seeing drastic diminishing returns.

    Anyone for a grassroots boycott? LOL!

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  16. You eithe pay it or you don't. Some increases are so large as to seem gougey, but a 4% across the board, for models that probably haven't had their prices raised in awhile (they aren't the same ones raised last year, for example), isn't completely out of line. GW is entitled to make a profit, after all, and this is a LUXURY, so don't skip out on food or healthcare to buy one more damn Rhino.

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  17. 4%? Whatever. Suddenly, a £41 Stormraven costs £42.80. That's almost irrelevant. I don't think it'll make much difference to be honest. On the other hand, a 5-20% increase would really put a stop to things. Suddenly a Stormraven costs £49.20. That could put a hell of a lot of people off. I feel sorry for you guys in Canada.
    BTW, does anyone know whether Forge World puts their prices up as well, or do they just do it very infrequently at different times?

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    1. I don't think FW does an annual increase, I haven't seen their prices go up in a long time. That actually makes me wonder if we'll see a bump from them i the near future, because their dreads and a lot of their IC's are now becoming price competitive with plastic. an $80 dollar Stormraven also makes the $120 dollar Storm Hawk pretty tempting.

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    2. FW definately do, but I think it doesn't follow a set pattern or have any sort of set yearly amount.

      Put it like this, around 9 - 10 years ago I bought an ork squiggoth from them, the same one that they now sell for £73 - I paid just shy of £30 for it.

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    3. lol stormraven is £50

      GW love raping its customers.

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  18. Well I have no plans on buying anything from GW for 40k for even a year now, due to university work load, and the fact that I don't take my army to uni.

    Meaning that the next time I will be free to sit down finish off what I got left to do, will be next summer.

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  19. Im not going to quit becasue like many of you, I have so much invested over ther years. Here is my issue though. Im a 37 year old player, and I have been in this hobby for well over 10 years. Id say that makes me a veteran. My local shop has about 12-15 40k gamers, and I am the oldest. You you take into account the fact that the world economy sucks right now, and the fact that mosr 40K players tend to be younger folks, I fear that the price hikes will hit a breaking point.
    Its one thing to say "Oh its only 4% stop whining!" Yes, but 4% every year for 5 years is 20%. In the last 5 years, most people are not gettin a 20% increase in pay, in fact they are lucky to get anything.
    I understand GW has got to be in it to make money, but in order to make money, you have to have a product that is still affordable. I am a long time space wolf player, but I have starting collecting orks because Im a creative scratchbuilder, and so I dont have to pay for vehicles, which is the only reason I could afford to do a 2nd army.

    My biggest fear is that GW is going to push to the envelope, not know when to stop, and then plumet in popularity becasue guys like me have gotten too old, and young folks just cant afford to get started in the hobby.

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    1. They're going to run themselves out of business at this rate. But hey, I'm sure eBay loves this!

      I probably save 40-50% average and don't step into my local hobby shop except for paint (which I don't feel like having shipped).

      The sad part is that it's killing these hobby shops. They are already suffering enough as it is without GW price gouging.

      [And YES, it absolutely is price gouging]

      When you can get a similarly sized tank from Revell for 15 bucks compared to 75 for a LR, something is off...

      Also, take into account that the cost of 1 Terminator Lord is 819% that of one Tau FireWarrior (I'm sure you could find a bigger discrepancy if you tried.)
      Is that a production cost difference?

      Lol.

      eBay and Craigslist! I got 10 Khorne Berzerkers for 8 bucks on CL the other day! Got 7 Plague Marines for 24 bucks including the shipping!

      That's over 50 bucks saved. At that rate you can have twice the amount of units for not buying GW.

      I say don't quit what can be an AWESOME hobby. Just say screw GW and buy it somewhere else.

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    2. That's also the reason why new players haven't really joined at my local GW. Me and my friend came in around the end of 5th, and I still can't afford a 6th edition rulebook because I'm trying to prevent my army from stagnataion. Some people I know got into 40k, but as soon as they saw those prices, well, You know what happened.

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  20. Now that I have sixteen complete armies and two armies nearing completion this is not much of an issue to me, but I think it is a poor buisness plan to just keep raising prices ever so often, without addressing the fundamental flaws of the company. You can't do that forever, even the most dedicated customers will cry bullshit at some point. And once your entire fanbase hates you relentlessly, there is not much profit to be made.
    That being said, I will enjoy watching a couple of redshirts squirm trying to rationalize the company line when I innocently ask them about the price hike.

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  21. Looking at this trend, it seems like the possibility of Land Raiders hitting 100 USD in a couple years is not such a far fetched prospect. GW has to realize at some point that this annual price hike is at some point going to bite them right in the ass.

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    1. Yeah some of these prices are getting out of hand, others are reasonable. I don't mind paying 37.50 for a daemon prince, but more than 50 dollars for a tiny little predator is galling. The biggest issue I have is that kits like the LR and Pred are really not very good, rather small, and pretty unimpressive when you assemble them. If you buy one for 55 bucks and sit down to put it together, you come away with the conclusion that you've been ripped off. If you want to charge me a lot for a model, it should be a great model. GW is capable of making great models, but their older sculpts just don't look that good. Compare the pretty that is a trygon or a triarch stalker to a predator, shake head in disbelief.

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  22. The price change certainly won't drive me out of the game, but with 3 complete armies and 1 almost complete army (come on plastic plaguebearers for my daemons) I certainly am changing my buying strategy. For one, I just started planning an Astral Claws army that was going to span several codices (since they fought with the Lamenters and Mantis Warriors and Executioners, along with the tyrant's legion, the plan was to build for a Blood Angels, Vanilla, and GK (chimeras+henchmen for legionaires) army. The cost of the Stormraven going up really kills my enthusiasm for a dual SR BA list, and I'm beginning to think I should just resign to building my army incredibly slowly out of mostly FW kits. The older marks of armor, the new termies, the new apoths, etc.

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  23. GW model prices rise, costs associated with 3D printing decrease. I mean, it's going to reach a point where you will be able to buy a home printer for the same price as an army.

    How long will the fluff keep us around? I love this game, truly, and dearly, but like most my life revolves around financial income. Income that can not totally be wasted on a hobby.

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  24. So are they trying to bring people in or make them leave it makes no sense. I know the new stuff is continually more impressive but really its gotten out of hand.

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  25. Ha good thing my doctor sallary can cover most o this.... *sigh* why don't they try decreasing prices but cut down model production? I know people will think this is BS but if it means a few less plastic kits and 1 codex out o the year for cheaper prices I'd take it.

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    1. Better yet drop codexes and army books and move it all online. Online they can constantly upgrade it while there focus goes to miniatures.

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  26. It easy to say the price increase won't affect you since you own the models you need. But how many times has GW invalided or neutered your favorite army with a new rules set? Its happened to me quiet often.

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    1. I'm a beginner and the prices got jacked up right as I started.

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  27. Everything is going up in price, news report from today, coffee beans are up in price by 10%-20%. Adjust and move on, so maybe I have to wait a couple weeks or a month more to get some of the things I want, oh well, I can deal with that.

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    2. That was a stupid reply.

      Every goes up is not an excuse; although, it is clear that this is the midset GW has.

      It's a matter of business ethics. You don't arbitrarily raise prices every year just because you think you can get away with it and assume your customers are just going to bend over and take it. (Forgive the phrase but any of you buying from GW are indeed "taking it".)

      I would love to see the sales increase that companies that exclusively sell GW products on eBay see every summer after these price hikes.

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  28. Every year its the same thing, people start ranting and raving how unfair the pricing changes are, I get the frustrations, but at the same time people need to realize that GW is running a business, yeah its going to take me a little longer to afford what I want, not a big deal, it is what it is. I just get sick of all the negativity

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    1. That's the mind-set that got prices here in the first place.

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  29. As an owner of an independant retail outlet in the UK I find it very hard to justify some of the price rises.
    I am fortunate enough to run the business as more or less a hobby paid for by my full time job but as a business it really doesn't stack up,(very possibly because it doesn't have my full attention). However my gaming area is as busy as it was 3 years ago with 30 plus still in the store on a Saturday but sales have died this last year. My real job is in a completely different sector and the story is the same. I know many other business people and the story on the whole is the same there too.
    Many of the large price hikes are on entry level items such as battallion boxes, etc. In the current climate I just can't see how the price rises stack up on any front.
    Yes you can buy from online retailers for 20-30% off but once credit card charges are added on even online retailers are only earning very small margins and as someone who ran an online business for 6 years before the bricks and mortar store 99% of them are doing tiny volumes for a lot of work.
    It won't kill the hobby now but it wont do it a huge amount of good either.

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  30. Hi all,

    I think that some of the price rises are too opportunistic. Increasing both the price of the Space Marine Battleforce and the Chaos Space Marine battleforce by 33% just because they're the armies in the new starter set, is wrong.

    I am happy to see that lots of price have stayed the same, overall their pricing policy doesn't make sense.

    Regards

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  31. they are bringing global prices in line with the prices australians have been paying for ages,

    maybe you should have been paying attention and supported australia in the boycott last year after they pushed prices through the roof in australia at the same time as GW introduced the global shipping embargo on internet shops/suppliers.

    All that evil needs is for good men to do nothing.

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  32. They're going to run themselves out of business at this rate. But hey, I'm sure eBay loves this!

    I probably save 40-50% average and don't step into my local hobby shop except for paint (which I don't feel like having shipped).

    The sad part is that it's killing these hobby shops. They are already suffering enough as it is without GW price gouging.

    [And YES, it absolutely is price gouging]

    When you can get a similarly sized tank from Revell for 15 bucks compared to 75 for a LR, something is off...

    Also, take into account that the cost of 1 Terminator Lord is 819% that of one Tau FireWarrior (I'm sure you could find a bigger discrepancy if you tried.)
    Is that a production cost difference?

    Lol.

    eBay and Craigslist! I got 10 Khorne Berzerkers for 8 bucks on CL the other day! Got 7 Plague Marines for 24 bucks including the shipping!

    That's over 50 bucks saved. At that rate you can have twice the amount of units for not buying GW.

    I say don't quit what can be an AWESOME hobby. Just say screw GW and buy it somewhere else.

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