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FS: Asmodee. Bargain at 2 Billion euros

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18 Dec 2021 05:00 #328886 by Virabhadra
ELI5; why is it such a bad thing that Asmodee would own Miniature Market?

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18 Dec 2021 08:12 #328889 by Gary Sax
Vertical integration can end up pretty bad for consumers would probably be the argument. I don't really care myself but it's not like a great sign.

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18 Dec 2021 09:36 - 18 Dec 2021 10:08 #328896 by charlest

Gary Sax wrote: Vertical integration can end up pretty bad for consumers would probably be the argument. I don't really care myself but it's not like a great sign.


Not hard to imagine MM now selling Asmodee titles below MAPP to gain a competitive advantage and squeeze out competition.

There are all kinds of possible negative implications from this. If an online retailer does something they don't like, they could cut them off with little downside.
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18 Dec 2021 09:38 #328897 by Msample
People saw what happened to FFG and are thinking it will follow a similar path. Cut payroll, decrease customer service.
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18 Dec 2021 10:44 #328898 by n815e
For me, the prospect of bad customer service is the problem.

Someone on reddit joked that you used to go to the publisher with problems like missing parts, but Asmodee sends you to the retailer. Now that they own the retailer, they will send you to the factory.
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20 Dec 2021 12:13 #328954 by Msample
Found the BGG freak out thread:

boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/126073?commen...3008#comment10613008

Makes for some entertaining reading. Me, couldn't really care less. Funny how before this became public, nothing seems to have changed regarding MM's level of service. Now the pitchforks came out. And the BGG crowd wonders why they didn't announce it when it happened. Some are in fact petulantly asking why it wasn't "disclosed" as if it was any of their business to know.
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21 Dec 2021 09:30 #328976 by n815e
Embracer has just bought Dark Horse as well.
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21 Dec 2021 14:47 #328984 by ChristopherMD
I stopped using MiniatureMarket years ago because they kept sending me spam for upcoming kickstarters. Like not even store sales or upcoming releases. Fucking kickstarters that haven't funded so the games are at least a year out. I drew a line and have no regrets. Plenty of other places to shop.

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21 Dec 2021 20:09 #328985 by Sagrilarus

n815e wrote: Embracer has just bought Dark Horse as well.


Horizontal integration of the nerd marketplace. Doctor Who is surely in the crosshairs next.

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