For many reader's their response to the title of this post will be "Thank you captain obvious", however GWs most recent anti consumer move (the one that inspired this post) should really hammer that line home. Let me make it clear: Games Workshop doesn't like you, it doesn't value you as a customer, it doesn't care about you and it certainly doesn't respect you, all we (the legions of people who buy things from GW) are revenue flow to Games Workshop. Revenue flow that can be condensed to at will, talked to as if we were stupid and above all we are the kind of revenue flow whose reactions to GW's moves are completely ignored.
No doubt many of you will be wondering what sparked that decidedly dark and grim opening paragraph, allow me to explain. Today i was linked to an in depth article that did a excellent job of explaining GW's recent move to try and limit the sale of its products to only Games Workshop stores. If they succeeded then, in Australia, stores similar to Mighty Ape, Slave to Painting and The Hobby Store would not be able to sell GW products any more meaning no more discounted GW product, and considering that GW already has raised the Aus (and NZ) price of its product to ridiculous heights already it will only make things worse for Australian GW hobbyists .
The aforementioned article comes from a blog called the Ten Copper and i advise anyone who has yet to read that article go and read it before continuing to read this post as it does a fantastic job of explaining what is going on and from this point on this post will be written assuming that you have read it.
For the longest while now i have been seesawing on my view about GW, at times i disliked them for what they did and at other points in time i started to warm to them. Now i think i truly do despise them and not just because they charge so god damm much for hunks of over priced plastic (which, lets be fair, is exactly what GW sells) but because this control freak urge they feel the need to act upon, and the manner in which the act upon it, angers me on a ethical level to the point where i am half considering abandoning GW games and finding a cheaper wargame to invest time and loyalty into.
I apologize if this post has come off as anger fueled and ranty, its the night before a tournament that i have been looking forward to playing in and reporting on for some time now and i want to make it clear that my anger and frustration is directed 100% at GW, and any offense i may have caused you is purely accidental and i apologize deeply for it. But somewhere there must be a line, and once that line is crossed we must say enough is enough and start pushing back and for me that line has almost been crossed.
Before i finish i just wanted to bring up two final points, 1) The case is being heard in Aus and i assume that if GW wins then it will only apply to Aus until they try it here and 2) There is something that we all (Australians and Kiwis alike) can do. At the end of the Ten Copper post there is the following paragraph:
What can you do about this?
We spoke to the case officer at the ACCC in charge of Games
Workshop’s application, and he informed us that while the case was still
ongoing — and may not be resolved for months, potentially — the
Commission was very keen to hear submissions from interested parties and
members of the public.
Submissions to the ACCC can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
and quoting the notification number N97404 in your submission.
According to the case officer, the ACCC is particularly looking for
information that will help them make an evidence-based decision, and not
for form letters or emotional pleas.
According to the ACCC petitions can be useful as they help to demonstrate “broad public concern” — so here’s one that you can sign
(please share it around). Even if Games Workshop does succeed, however,
the ACCC can overturn the arrangement at any time under review, and the
case officer in charge stressed to us that such a thing is quite
So my dear reader i implore you sign the petition (i believe they accept NZ signature so go, go,go) make submissions to the ACCC (i am not sure if they will count submissions from NZ but there is no harm trying), lets not stay silent, lets fight this tooth and nail and let GW know that their customers (the ones who keep them in business) are fed up with money grubbing ploys and are ready to fight back. Until next time.
(One final note, there wont be a day one tournament post tomorrow as i want to give this post time at the top)
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