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Games Workshop Price Increases June 1st



There is some chatter around now that there is an official price jump coming for several items from Games Workshop on June 1st. This seems to effect mostly paints, hobby tools, and some scenery kits.


While I have not seen an official list or notice, here is where the information is coming from.
http://www.gamingfigures.com/

via Gamingfigures. There are more details on their site.
As of the 1st June 2015 several of their ranges (mainly hobby/paint ranges) will be going up in price.
The RRP on paints will be increasing to £2.55 (currently £2.40). Chaos Black, Skull White and Purity Seal sprays will be increasing to £10.40 per tin (currently £9.80).
The price increase will also affect the Tools, glue and other modelling supplies.
The Aegis Defence Line scenery kits is increasing to £22.50 and both Realm of Battle boards are increasing (Sector Imperialis up to £220.00 and the standard board up to £200.00).


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  1. This isn't news.

    The sky is blue, the earth is round, the sun is hot, and GW raises prices every year.

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    1. Actually in some regard they have been increasing same size & Content boxes with every releas.
      Instead of the annual hikes we used to have before 2013. So this is News!

      I wonder if they will still hike stuff with every releas ontop of annual hikes that might ne back to stay.

      On the other hand. Who cares?
      Its like they pur out a good game & rules in wich to use these expensiv models ;D
      Saved so much money in the last few years.

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  2. You mean the already outrageously overpriced hobby tools are getting more expensive? Way to move that product!

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  3. Eh, that's not too bad. Also sensible of them to protect core kits from price raising (although the new strategy seems to be progressively raising the price of each new release. Kind of a price increase by stealth).

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    1. True, but it's only with some kits. Take for example the Skitarii. That kit is good value for money, as are most of the AD Mech stuff with the exception of Electro Priests. Finecast kits that get converted to plastic almost always work out cheaper than buying the Finecast ones unless (like the Bloodthirster) the kit gets a lot bigger and GW can then put a bigger price tag on it.

      It all depends. Some prices go up, some go down. At least they stopped upping their old kit prices otherwise Landraiders would cold around £70 by now!

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    2. True on the AdMech stuff (for the most part) but the price of clampacks and the Harlequin release in general was eye-watering! Don't get me wrong, I know this is a luxury hobby but yeesh!

      And yeah, totally agree on that last point. Keep thinking I'm lucky to play an army like Dark Eldar. All our kits are 5th ed era and pretty cheap comparatively! £18 for 10 Warriors? Hell yeah! Wracks, the Voidraven and the HQ clampacks are our only new kits and they're *quite* expensive! Especially Wracks at £22 for 5 dudes!

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    3. Weren't the old finecast wracks more expensive? Plus you get the extra bits for raiders and venoms in the new one, plus more options.

      I at least felt it was a somewhat better deal than the old box.

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    4. Yeah, bout £3 or so. It's better than the finecast box, but still not great for when you're building a Coven army. And the Raider bits aren't even usable without sacrificing a pair of legs so you end up with less dudes.

      I'd be cool with £25 for 10 guys like a tactical squad or something but £22 is a tad steep. Oh well, I went and bought them anyway so I guess GW's happy either way =P

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    5. Finecast cost less than plastic from what I seen on characters. $30 for a power armored librarian finecast is $10 less. characters are overpriced compared to units it's like there is a set markup of $20 over cost on all plastic kits

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    6. Finecast clampacks of average size and what not are 21$, plastic is 31$ Canadian Dollars.

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    7. Prices should be dropping thanks to the drop in oil. Most plastics are oil products, I doubt GW plastics are different. I would assume that then the oil that was refined and made into the matierals GW would then use for models had decreased. Which would result in further profits for them. Unless they seen a significant drop in sales, which, I can't imagine that sales in this sector would have plummeted so low for a time(finally raising). But then again companies are rehashing business plans to survive the long haul on this one.

      For those unsure of what I'm talking about. Canada is a large oil producer, we produce dirty oil which is used in plastics and other crap. The barrel went from 110$ a barrel(give or take day) to 59$ a barrel(it's rises quite a bit from it's lowest point) in my path of thinking this would result in more profits for GW being able to purchase materials cheaper. So they MUST have seen a decrease in sales and undergoing some sort of change to accomadate changing economies. Before anyone says it, Canada is NOT the only one affected by this, Oil affects most economies significantly.

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    8. I mean, I'm no expert, I'm just some guy working in the industry. Vaguely mind you.

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    9. It annoys me that GW refuse to hedge on their basic commodities. Especially when they're so reliant on one in particular.

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    10. ya i agree, it doesn't seem to bad. As to oil prices being low i think The actual cost of the plastic itself is one of the smallest. Compared to what the molds, R&D, shipping, their retail outlets, the third party factors, dividends if issued even the packaging is probably more than the raw plastic.

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    11. Yeah it costs like thousands of dollars just to make a mold.

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    12. Stronger the pound gets the higher they will charge.

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    13. Josh
      The price of the plastic cost on any kit is the smaller faktor. Plastik costs cents.

      Some say the mold is the cost driver. But thats also untrue. GW makes back the money in no Time. The development of the kit is the biggest cost Faktor (weeks of Work).
      Still. They make enough if they make models that people buy.
      This new hike is all about greed once again.
      GW is Not selling as much anymore since 6th ED. If anything they should drop prices to make sales / keep stores running.
      Hikes just help GW HQ that can cut staff and produce less. What is a retailer with hardly any staff going to do when he loses customers?

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  4. Yep it's that time of the year cut content and increase prices.............

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  5. Any Canadians considering a Realm of Battle board, do it now, because the price jump is going to be about $52 bucks from $348 to $400.

    Glad I got mine when I did.

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    1. This is shitty now I'm pressed to buy one. But what color to paint it? Lol

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  6. Eh, all are easily replaceable. As long as they don't try asking even more for land raiders or flyers I'm fine with it. That said I feel like they aren't doing themselves any favors competitively pricing these products more than the nearly identskl options available elsewhere.

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  7. Seriously? They're freaking increasing prices on the paints again?

    I already pay like $4 a pot here, and that's way too much to begin with. Its honestly the biggest hurdle to entry for newbies. You may pay $40 for a squad of tacs or $50 for a codex, but for a solid range of paints to paint an army you can need up to 20 paints..

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    1. I am happy I switched to armypainter so much cheaper and color matching is simple

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    3. There really isn't a reason to purchase a competitor's paints. Armypainter, Valejo, P3 to name just a few.

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    4. Uh what? The competitor's paints are as good as if not better than GW's. Often at a lower price point too.

      The only problem is availability sometimes, depending on stores in your area.

      Now, maybe you meant "there isn't a reason not to purchase..."

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    6. My local store basically only stocks Citadel, but it also comes down to convenience. All the Citadel guides and everything use those paints and washes and technical paints (some of which don't have equivalents in other lines or are off-color.)

      I just hate the cost of paint, if they replaced the pots or something with a new pot, maybe then I could understand it, but with these crappy little pots they use now I can't see what justifies it.

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  8. I am just going to purchase halfords primer from now on As they are much better for half the price

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  9. well darn, i dont get paid til the 1st, so no last minute grabs for me P:

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  10. i am half an inch from boycotting these leeches completely until the current business model fails as miserably as the parasites who bend the rules to turn a profit deserve. ruining the spirit of the game and tearing the culture that brought gw to the position that it is in into essentially three camps has done it for me. anyone who pays these money junkies this much for paint is either an idiot or a worse. i bought about 100 pots from direct mail by phone about 15 years ago, a few from local shops along the way, and stopped. now, i use standard acrylics (liquitex was best ime but can't get 'em where i live anymore) exclusively and would try other brands if available, but it is time to stop feeding the money junkies. screw gw. after these fascist leeches suck all the value from what was once a multi-generational prosocial acute social-critical cultural phenomenon, and cash out for their golden parachutes, responsible men and women might rebuild, or more likely it will be forgotten and the last of these once treasured "luxuries" will suck dust from the bottoms of bargain bins once sims give the same experience minus all the hard work over the web for a fraction of the cost...

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    1. +1000. Does anyone NOT own an Aegis at this point?

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    2. "anyone who pays these money junkies this much for paint is either an idiot or a worse"

      Yeah, anyone who doesn't hobby just like us is stupid!

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    3. man, seriously, i am with you. if you can afford 6-8bux a pot then really, they are great paints, get 'em. i could afford 2.50 a pot, and i got a ton of them then. loved them, especially the old inks. but, sad to say, i simply cannot afford 6bux pop ... wish i could. can't. really, the terrible thing is that the culture is being economically stratified by this 'luxury hobby' bs. seriously? my last car, and i will never buy another, was a 735. i rebuilt the entire thing, bottom up, but for the engine (paid for that). sure, my "hobby" and a daily driver. why not? now, car manufacturers wanna make it illegal to work on your own mfn car. soon enough, will gw follow suit? no more conversions? no more non-gw 8bux a pot paint schemes? screw this. hobby like "us"? man, sorry mr. bottomless platinum card. i can't afford to "hobby" like the 1%. i don't like cocaine and i don't want cokeheads telling me how to play games. you follow who you want. up to you. not my bag

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    4. goodbye then. we don't need you in the hobby.

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    5. Current biss failed!

      They had 3 years of ever worse annual Reports.
      They fired Kirby the ceo.

      They now focus in Mini fraktions & lots of limited releases.
      Apperantly thats also not working, sence this price hike.

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    1. Seconded, unless you really want stuff for the release day.

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  12. Now all we need is for the precise price increase to be released in order to capitalise on the GW sale.

    Step 1. Buy a certain quantity of product that will increase in price.
    Step 2. Wait for price hike.
    Step 3. Return to GW store for exchange of unopened box at higher price.
    Step 4. Enjoy bigger collection of models.

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    1. smart. wreck 'em good.

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    2. I don't think that's how it works. Your receipt will say exactly how much you paid, and even if you "lost" it, there's still an electronic record of the transaction. Sorry, you're probably not going to get back more than what you paid

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    3. It's an undocumented feature of their Customer Service Policy. As long as the product is current and unopened, you can exchange it without a receipt at full market value.

      This worked beautifully when a FLGS had a close-out sale. Bought $200 worth of GW models at 60% off then "cashed in" at the GW store for a bit more than $400 worth of Necrons.

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    4. You need the reciew.
      It Show the price and when you bought it you super brain!

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    5. Seb, I'd heard of your fabled rudeness prior to this day but never had the pleasure to be its target.

      It's a joy to witness a petulant child such as you revert to name-calling while knowing neither the person you're addressing or the full facts of the story he's referring to.

      Regarding this particular anecdote I did, in fact, exchange said amount of GW product with no questions asked and with no receipt.

      Maybe things work differently in Canada but those are the facts and that's what I did.

      Now be a good little child and run along to deal with your internal denial somewhere else.

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    6. I don't think that's how it works. Your receipt will say exactly how much you paid, and even if you "lost" it, there's still an electronic record of the transaction. Sorry, you're probably not going to get back more than what you paid

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    7. Dark_Gear, you just went to a guy in a good mood or that dont even care, its like in France, When you can get stuff at staff price (-50%), if you know well the gw store manager. i didnt buy a full priced product in years, tht doesnt mean everyone that will knock at the door asking a 50% rebate will get it.
      i mever ever saw them refunding someone without reciep and i did saw tem saying no reciep = no refund. There is no way what you experienced was stanfard ane applicable anywhere

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    8. It wasn't just one guy, it was at both GW stores in my city.

      It's also not just me getting this "deal" because I know a manger as I know a lot of 40k players who do the same thing, also at multiple stores and without knowing managers.

      Here it's pretty much their policy that they will exchange, (not refund) at current country-specific market price, any unopened GW product for an equal amount of GW product.

      Five or six years ago, when the Fortress of Redemption price hike of 50$ was leaked, a bunch of players bought what they could, waited for the hike to happen and then exchanged at a higher price. No questions asked.

      But whatever, feel free to doubt me on this.

      I'm just here to let you guys know of an interesting loophole in the GW return policy that allows you to get more models for your money. Do with it as you like...

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  13. the prizes go up!!!! the salaries go down!!! this is the world in 2015... imagine how to play the hobby in Spain where if you are lucky u get 1000 euros/month and warhammer is even more expensive than rest of europe countries...

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    1. Just do like everyone else in spain : free shipping warhammer on website where its 30% Cheaper than gw price.

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  14. Sometimes GW is just like a dilbert business...
    "Sales and profits are down, what do we do?"
    "Raise prices of course, that always increases demand!"
    "Brilliant! "

    With the right leadership, they could be a billion dollar company.

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  15. Really? That seep an increase for the Aegis Defence Line? Wow. I mean yeah, I did think it was cheapish and affodable, I guess thoughts like those are HERESY THAT NEEDS TO BE PURGED BY GW :D

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