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Best Stern distributor?

By Brian541

3 years ago

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    #98 3 years ago

    Seems to me with Stern's price fixing or fixed price like they call it, is somewhat taking the ability away from the distributors to really compete, and is absolutely a bad thing for the casual NIB buyer.

    If you were a loyal customer, you could get a free shaker, allow for local pickup (save on shipping), or a few bucks discounted, on future purchases, now all thats gone?

    Seems to me everyone is sticking it to the little guys again.

    If I no longer am able to get a small fringe benefit here or there, besides the obvious customer service expectations, what else brings me back to the same guy over and aver again? Really Nothing....

    Why would I buy from someone 3 states over when I can buy from a guy in the same state or the next one over at the same cost?


    #127 3 years ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    Seems to me like most of this is based on pricing. But WHAT makes a distributor the best? Is it the service before and after the sale or is it pretty much the all mighty all bottom dollar? Personally I'd pay more for a game if the distributor would push Stern to get my game made six months sooner rather then later. Distributers that sit back after the deal has been made and don't get there games shipped to them are not worth doing business with if you ask me. If I was a Distributor I'd be on the phone with Stern everyday pushing them to get my customers there paid for games. Months and months of waiting and nothing to show for it is ridiculous, and in the meantime Stern is off making the next newest title before they can fulfill there prior commitments. Distributors that go the distance for there loyal customers are what I'd be shopping for regardless of the pricing.
    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, MI.

    I agree John
    Customer service should be an expectation from everyone.
    If some distributor is a slacker they would eventually loose repeat business regardless of price.
    Now that this fixed price system is in place, that might be accelerated somewhat.

    What I don't know is, did Stern raise prices to distributors?
    Or is this just a fixed distributor pricing system?

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