I often find myself troubled when I buy from online retailers. I want to use my money to support local stores but often it is difficult to do so. Sometimes games are not available or available in limited amounts. It is sometime quite difficult to figures for some smaller games in Canada. They are either not available or they can take several months to get in stock. Often the simplest way to get new releases for games is to order from places like TheWarstore.com or Wayland Games.
Games Workshop is another matter. While it is not possible to get GW figures from the UK any more you can still get them from TheWarstore.com. Between the lower US process for GW miniatures (wtf?) and the discount that they offer the price difference between the local price and the price from online retailers in the US is substantial.
So while I have been making efforts to pick up individual Finecast characters for my new Vampire Counts force I don’t know that it is really economically feasible to buy any large priced GW figures or boxed sets. Even with a rather hefty shipping fee I still saved $35 dollars on a small order of GW figures. What I would save on a large order makes it even more appealing.
It is a bit of a conundrum to say the least butnwhen I can save $14 on a GW army book by buying it online I find myself really unable to put all of my money into local sales. This particular situation has been a problem in Canada for some time and I continue to wonder why it is that local retailers don’t complain moreto GW about the impact that their differential prices make.