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5E Instant gratification versus saving money

Gundark

Explorer
I live in an area where a WPN store is 5 minutes from my house. However if I buy the PHB today it's a lot of money. Or do I wait and get it from Amazon for around 50% off. What would you do?
 

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Boarstorm

First Post
I'm planning on supporting my FLGS by purchasing multiple books today.

But I'm blessed with disposable income, and I totally get how much money $20 is. Many of my friends have chosen Amazon for just that reason (hence the multiple books -- so they can borrow and jump in immediately).
 

Salamandyr

Adventurer
There isn't really a right or wrong answer. It's all a question of relative value.

In a years time, you probably won't remember what you spent the 20 dollars on that you will save if you purchase from Amazon, but at the same time, in a year, the two week wait for delivery will have ceased to be an issue as well.

Some people would recommend, if you play games at your local game store, that you buy your product there, and consider the extra 20 bucks a delayed entry fee for all the free game time you've at the store.

(I ordered from Amazon. I don't have a pressing need for the book this week, and I don't play in any of the local organized games, so no reason for me to pay more. The twenty dollars was more valuable to me than having the book an extra two weeks.)
 

Tormyr

Adventurer
I am in the position where I have to save money when it is easy to do so. A couple years ago, when my wife still had a job, I would have gotten these at the FLGS.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the monsters and other stuff added to basic. As a DM in a converted 3.5 campaign, that is going to be of more immediate use anyway.
 


Uller

Adventurer
If you value your FLGS you should support it with your money if you can. I live in a rural area. The farm down the road maintains a small grocery store and sandwich shop. Their prices are 50% higher than the big box stores in town but those are thirty minutes away. So I try to stop in once a week even if it its just for a gallon of milk or something. They appreciate the business and I get to meet my neighbors and like the convenience. But we dont do our major shopping there.

If you like having a FLGS but saving $20 or so on the core books is a big deal (which it is to me...thats a couple meals for my family), get the books from amazon but find a reason to spend some of the savings at the local store.
 

Evenglare

Adventurer
I'm going to my FLGS when they open here in an hour or so. So it's a must buy, I'll probably get one off of amazon as well just have to have 2PHBs for anyone who doesn't have one and wants to play at my table. Secondly, I would hardly call waiting this long instant gratification, I know what you mean, but I think I have waited quite long enough.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
What would you do?

If I regularly played in a FLGS that had the book on sale, I'd support it. If it weren't a WPN store, I'd even consider waiting and buying it at full price when it does get to that store.

If I don't play at the store, I'd ask myself, "When am I really going to use the book? Do I need it now?" If I don't need it soon, I'd trade off speed for low price. If I do need it soon, I'd pay the extra cash.
 

Agamon

Adventurer
Well I will be taking an early lunch to go pick up my new books. That's my answer.

I'm leaving work at lunch, myself. It feels like 8-year old me at Christmas again. :)

I've already stayed out of any of the spoiler-y threads this week. I want to read it all myself (and not gloss over it because I think I know it already...I'm bad for that). So, I'm pretty patient for most things and buy a lot of stuff more cheaply when I can. But this is the exception. I like supporting the game store when I can, too.
 


KarinsDad

First Post
I don't really have an FLGS that I go to anymore. However, I found one 20 minutes away that will have the PHB.

I am mostly picking it and Hoard of the Dragon Queen up there today because a) it is on my way to work, and b) the group wants to play next on Aug 23 which is too early for Amazon (I also have HotDQ ordered by Amazon, just in case the FLGS does not have it).

I also ordered a copy of the PHB off Amazon for each of my players because all of the players are close friends or family.
 


Gundark

Explorer
So what I'm hearing is.....1NSTANT GRATIFICATION FOR THE WIIIIINNNNNNNNZZZZZZZ!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!one!!!!!!!

I mean...*ahem* I should probably support my local FLGS. Yes that sounds reasonable.
 

Crothian

First Post
I'm waiting for the local gaming stores to go out of business.

I'm getting it from Amazon. I would not being using in the next couple of weeks and I can turn the money saved into more gaming books.
 

Reynard

Legend
I'm waiting for the local gaming stores to go out of business.

I'm getting it from Amazon. I would not being using in the next couple of weeks and I can turn the money saved into more gaming books.

Gaming stores sell more books than Amazon -- not because they physically move more copies, but because they keep a community of gamers active and interested. And if your FLGS doesn't do so with games at the store, you should probably start running one. Ours is an inherently social hobby that doesn't just benefit from new blood, but absolutely needs it to survive.

And it does not have to be Pathfinder Society or RPGA or any other sort of organized play. Just play at a table with an open chair policy. Create gamers.
 

Xodis

First Post
I went ahead and bought it at full price at the FLGS. I didn't intend on doing it because they are primarily a MtG store and I never play anything there, however by just showing up and looking at the book I found a new group to game with...so it was a no brainer. Loving the book, love that the FLGS worked for me, and I feel its right to support them.
 

Hand of Evil

Adventurer
Epic
Trying to fight the urge to buy.

I have ordered a copy from Amazon but I just found out there is a local store with it. The problem is I have Gen Con fever but I am not going to Gen Con this year, so I find myself wanting it even more.
 

pkt77242

Explorer
I have been to my LGS only 1 time and while they seemed nice the prices seemed steep as well. So for my $50 I am thinking of getting:
1 PHB (Amazon, $30)
1 new set of dice (Amazon, $7, almost bought at the LGS but they sold the same set for $14, if it had been $10 I would have bought it there)
1 PDF version of X10 Red Arrow, Black Shield $5
1 PDF version of Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign Guide $10

So I would spend about $52 and get much more gaming pleasure out of it.
 

Crothian

First Post
Gaming stores sell more books than Amazon -- not because they physically move more copies, but because they keep a community of gamers active and interested. And if your FLGS doesn't do so with games at the store, you should probably start running one. Ours is an inherently social hobby that doesn't just benefit from new blood, but absolutely needs it to survive.

And it does not have to be Pathfinder Society or RPGA or any other sort of organized play. Just play at a table with an open chair policy. Create gamers.

I have zero interest in running games and supporting stores that have bad customer service and worse habits. I understand the need for gaming stores to keep the hobby alive and I'm not for the end of all hobby stores just the few local ones I have. They do run games there and they do benefit the hobby but they don't provide anything I need and certainly don't make me want to shop there. I support stores that act like they want me as a customer.
 

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