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RE: [Icehouse] FLGS ditched Treehouse

  • From"Bob Winans" <rwinans@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 21 Oct 2007 09:15:03 -0400
You have another option.
Ask your FLGS to special order you two sets of rainbow tree house and a
Martian coaster set.

Use one set to demo with.
Demo tree house and Martian coasters.

Keep the other set in reserve.

When someone asks where to buy, let them know that their FLGS can order it
for them.
If you run into someone who needs that instant gratification, sell them the
second set (at the same price the store would charge)

If you have another person who needs tree house right then; tell them you
will sell them the set you used to demo with after the demo. Same thing for
the Martian coasters set.

Then just have your FLGS order you another set or two.

Schedule another demo in two weeks.

This generates interest in the product.

Your FLGS should jump on board and stock a few for the next demo.


-----Original Message-----
From: icehouse-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:icehouse-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tom Phoenix
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 12:45 AM
To: Icehouse Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Icehouse] FLGS ditched Treehouse

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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