But where from? There’s plenty of places offering these items for sale but which offers the best value? As part of your ongoing education in ‘Frugalnomics’ let’s have a look...
The first step in shopping around is to be clear on what you want buy, otherwise you may fall into the trap of spending more to make up to a free postage limit, or just get carried away with the excitement of it all and spend more than you’d planned. Decide what you want and then stick to it! For this exercise, we'll look at a typical Frugal gamer, lets call him ‘Percy’, who is an Orc and Goblin player. Percy wants to buy the new orc and goblin army book, the aracnarok spider and a set of magic cards. After a bit of looking around on the internet he chooses the following online stores (Total Wargamer, Maelstrom Games and Wayland Games) and compares them to his local Games Workshop (Please replace pounds sterling with crazy foreign equivalent as applicable.):
|GW||£ 36.00||£ 4.10||£ 22.50||£ 0.00||£ 62.60||£ 0.00|
|Wayland||£ 28.80||£ 4.71||£ 18.00||£ 4.41||£ 55.92||£ 6.68|
|Maelstrom||£ 32.40||£ 3.69||£ 20.25||£ 0.00||£ 56.34||£ 6.26|
|Total WG||£ 30.60||£ 3.48||£ 18.00||£ 3.99||£ 56.07||£ 6.53|
So, by looking at the table, Percy can see that Wayland Games is cheapest overall. But he also notices that by buying the army book and aracnarok from Wayland Games and then buying the Magic Cards from his local GW next time he’s in town, he can increase his savings to over £7. Good work Percy!
Next time you’re thinking about your next purchase, have a look around and compare prices, a little bit of time spent searching can save you pounds (or crazy overseas equivalent).
Please note that prices were correct at the time of writing this article, please check prices yourself before making any purchases!