Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yes, Gloomhaven is Worth That Much

In case you missed it, Gloomhaven released in verrrrry limited quantities about two weeks or so. The people who backed it on Kickstarter got their copies and then a fairly limited number of copies of the game made it into distribution with an allocation of less than 10%. Meaning that if you ordered 10 copies, a store could reasonably expect to get one.

Currently, unopened copies are selling online for anywhere from $250 to $500 for a game with an MSRP of $120. Are people getting ripped off? No, for two reasons:

Reason #1:  Supply and Demand. As noted above, there is a very limited number of copies of the game available for sale and the law of supply tells us that, when there is a restricted supply, the price increases, as long as there is sufficient demand to drive the price up.

Reason #2:  Nobody is making anyone buy Gloomhaven. The people paying the increased price are doing so because they feel owning the game is a better use of their money than doing other things with it. If you don't like the price, you don't have to buy the game.