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Re: [Icehouse] FLGS ditched Treehouse

  • From"Tom Phoenix" <rb+wunderland@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSat, 20 Oct 2007 21:45:21 -0700
On 10/20/07, Christopher Hickman <tophu@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> I wouldn't want to demo Treehouse without the same product that I'd
> be encouraging them to buy (just like I wouldn't demo Fluxx with
> homemade cards from Blanxx), and I don't have the right colors to do
> a full rainbow nor a full xeno set.

That's a good way to go; but there's little point in doing any demo
unless the store has the product available for sale. After all, the
store manager isn't going to want you to end your demo by saying, "and
if you like this game, buy it from the LL website"! It's the store
manager's job to make sure that the game is in stock on the day of the
demo. So, if you're ready to buy the product yourself, the first one
out of the box on demo day is yours.

But there may be an even better way. When you schedule the demo, ask
the store manager to check whether their distributor will send along a
"store demo copy" (or whatever they call it). Sometimes, retailers can
have an extra copy of whatever they're selling for demo purposes, if
they merely ask. Even if it's not free, the store manager may be
willing to get one to use as a demo copy. In this case, you get to
leave the demo copy with the staff, so you also teach the staff how to
demo the product (I mean, play the game) after you're gone.


--Tom Phoenix

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