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US Game Retail Stores

In other news....

I was shown some figures this evening for average sales in US Game Stores. Now I've known for a long while that Leisure Games (where I work) is one of the leading game stores in Britain and that the 'average' games store in America does about a tenth of our sales but the figures I was shown blew me away.

If they are correct (and they came from a leading retailer in the States) then Leisure Games is making over double the best sales figures that he knows of in the States. To say I'm pleased is an understatement and it makes our shiny new brochure I'm taking to GAMA even more interesting. In it we've disclosed last years turnover (translated into US Dollars) and it'll be mightily interesting to see the look on peoples faces after hearing tonights news ;-p


Mar. 10th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
If you disclosed it in US dollars, wouldn't that make it look huge compared to their income anyway, since the exchange rate is pretty obscene at the moment (1 UKP = 1.8 US$?!! Holy cow!).

Plus the UK prices are more than the US prices anyway (you're selling the PHB for 20 UKP - equivalent to $36 - and the US price is $30). I wonder if that difference is mostly taxes though?
Mar. 10th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well there are no sales taxes on books (as long as you don't put them in a box with a dice, at which point they become a game and thus suffer a 17.5% sales tax).
Mar. 11th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
At the moment the exchange rate is certainly in our favour but if you even take the old excahnge rate we're flying way above the highest US store quoted.

The UK/US prices are fairly similar in most cases. At the moment some of the back stock carried in the UK is looking fairly expensive due to the dollars nosedive but newer stock that is being brought into the country by distributors is reflecting the current exchange rates. WotC (D&D and Magic The Gathering) stock is priced well in advance so pretty much stays the same regardless of exchange rate flucuations. Also US prices go up (slightly) if you buy over the counter because of sales tax. I'll always remember my first book buying experience in the States when I went to school over there (I was 12). I got my allowance (something like $4 or $5 at the time) and choose a book for $3.99/$4.99 and then found I didn't have enough money because of States Tax which they didn't bother showing on the price tags. At least in the UK the price in all included on the sales ticket (apart from some computer stores...).

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