Monday, August 22, 2011

Bargain Hunting with Embargo

I have some gaming buddies that can't quit the GW plastic/resin crack addiction lol. I'm writing a brief guide on buying from UKGW direct online store.

UKGW direct online store charge shipping and here's the shipping cost break down:

Orders Cost vs Shipping cost
£0-50 -----> shipping £10
£51-150 ---> shipping £29
£151 - infinite -> shipping £40

The above are all standard shipping cost. There's a choice for express shipping, but is crazy expensive. I recommend getting from the LGS if you are in a rush. Standard shipping would normally take around 10-14 days, at least for me. 

Anyone can see that when buying, try to get as close to the order cost threshold as possible. Consolidating group purchases is a good way to save more money as the shipping is split making it cheaper than buying from Maelstrom/Wayland when they are not running promotions. 

All non-UK order items except for books/magazines (publications) have 16.65% discount from the RRP. 
(RRP = Recommended Retail Price, basically the price you see for the item on the website) You will only be able to see the discounted price after you press checkout and choose some other countries for delivery address. If you want to see the discounted price on the shopping cart, after checking out and choosing countries, just press another link on the website (e.g. warhammer -> show cart)

Paypal, credit cards. The standard stuffs...

UKGW advantages are:
  1. 16.65% on everything except publications.
  2. Actual currency conversion.

UKGW disadvantages are:
  1. Shipping cost and time.
  2. Buying more and near the order threshold. (to make the shipping cost more worth).
  3. 7% GST... if you exceed the S$400 for the order cost (GW declared fully the order cost on the box).

LGS advantages are:
  1. 5% member discount (some of us have it).
  2. Getting the product instantly on launch date. 
  3. Changing defective product on the spot.

LGS disadvantages are:
  1. UKRRP * 2.53 
  2. Transport cost :) (does not apply in some conditions)

From my two £50 purchases from UKGW online store, I calculated that it is around S$8-16 more expensive than buying from Maelstrom/Wayland when they are not running promotions. It would be on par and maybe even cheaper than Maelstrom/Wayland if more people could consolidate their purchases and hit £150 for their order. 

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