Welcome back to our weekly newsletter, Projections.
It has been busy as heck for a quite awhile now. I keep worrying that the economy is going to slow down and we will see a drop in business, it has not happen, yet. Knock on wood.
The only downside to being so busy (which of course we want to be busy, selling keeps the doors open) is I am burnt out. We are not having any magic gaming this Saturday, June 18th. I need a break. Our Magic sales have always been driven by casual players playing their friends at home. Casual players come in buy product and leave. No hours of playing a game at a store needed by them. After we reopened from Covid we did not have Magic gaming for quite awhile it did not hurt our Magic sales. Haven't had Dungeon & Dragons gaming here for years. When we had Dungeon & Dragons gaming here it did not move the sales needle a bit. It was frankly a waste of time. People just hung out for free. Not customers that real businesses want.
It can be extremely difficult to get a gaming event put together that works for people to make it to. We have Magic players that are fun to deal with when we have Magic events, which helps makes it worth having, that and the fact I can do online sales while they play helps. It is hard to have everyone have the time to play. Heroclixs, gaming events for that is profitable for us. There are people that want to learn to play, I want to teach them. We have people that drive for hours to play here. One heroclix gaming event almost happened this month then life got in the way for people. It happens. As I joke with others I have to be here. It is summer time so people are traveling. Will we play heroclixs in store again? Sometime when everyone's schedules work out. July 4th is coming up, I have family coming into town in July so it will be awhile. Amazing how time flies.
Hostage negotiations are taking place, I mean lease negotiations are taking please currently for the store. More stress. How much of a rent increase will we be hit with? 33 percent increase is what has been proposed. I of course said no, let us go lower. Now we get to play a delicate game and see what happens.
The next Magic set Double Masters 2022 comes out July 8th. Magic players are already complaining how high the price for this set is going to be. Now I get to guess are they just complaining and will they still buy into the set or are they seriously upset that the set is so pricey? I remember years ago going through the same thing with Ultimate Masters. One gamer laughed that we would have no one show up for a draft for it. He was wrong, we had plenty of people show up and even had a second draft for the set the following week. Will a Double Masters draft be a hit for us or not? The guessing game. We order months in advance knowing basically just the name of the set of Magic and then get to see on release day if it is a hit or not.
Make no mistake I know I am stressed, I also know I am extremely lucky to have such a great group of customers. I know if Covid had hit during the first few years of us being open odds are we never would have been able to bounce back. We had great customers back then, just not nearly as many as we do now. Comic sales have been great, back issues are red hot. Some set backs have happen, such as cardboard once again is super tough to get in. We are hoping to get more shipping boxes in soon. If we are still unable to we will have to change how we ship things. Though through out everything over the years positive and negative we have grown our customer base with a great group of people. Our online sales have grown also. That is great and I hope we keep dealing with more and more good people for a long time. Been doing this for nearly twelve years. During our first year I wasn't sure if I would last two years. Over time things have really taken off. Now we are established, that has really helped. Though my attention was to help other comic stores and educate gamers and comic buyers I believe my writing for bleedingcool has helped the store a lot also.
That said I am taking a break. Penguin Random House, when the just stopped sending me Marvel comics for a few weeks made me realize just how little my business meant to them. If I treated my customers they same way we would be losing business. Be nice to the employees while I am on break. There might be a few pictures showing up on Facebook in the next few days showing if I am having fun or not.
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Be safe and as always we hope to see you at Rodman Comics!