I don't think that is suspecious at all as long as people pay more for FW items than they would by buying from FW directly (and would not have to pay 15% shipping).
BTW, whenever I sell stuff on eBay (I am from Germany), I put it on the German AND the UK page. You get about 10-150% higher final price compared to putting it only in Germany. Ofc it depends greatly on the item aswell and the simple fact that entire Europe is checking the UK-site, but not the German one
Maybe it would be a good consideration for Forgeworld to start selling directly from eBay with instant-buy-options. I bet lots of people would prefer Paypal over credit-card. Especially those who do not own one and therefor buy from eBay-resellers
Last edited by Hendarion; 28-08-2011 at 08:07.
Search ebay for Forgeworld and loads of buy it nows are in Germany where the sellers are buying from Forgeworld and marking up. I wouldn't accuse these sellers of recasting unless I'd seen the casts. Reselling Forgeworld and breaking up kits into bits seems like a successful business model for a few ebay sellers without needing to recast.
But I do know from having been involved in the garage kit scene that re-casting is a huge problem, and eBay is a primary source for re-cast kits worldwide. There are numerous individuals and groups in Hong Kong and Thailand who are recasting pretty much anything and everything that will sell. It's mostly anime- and video-game-related stuff, since that's the majority of the scene; but I've definitely seen re-casts of Forgeworld and old Armourcast kits out there. And not all sellers are up-front about their products being re-casts; quite a few try to sell their stuff as originals.
Obviously you'd know more about the European scene than I would; and I'm probably just being overly suspicious, a result of having been stung by too many crappy Thai re-casts in the past.
Eldar - Craftworld Badb LanFari [2500+ points]
Eldar - The All Singing, All Dancing, All Harlequin Army of Sparkly Doom [2500+ points, unpainted]
Dark Eldar - The Kabal of the Stygian Abyss [building and painting]
The Devoured (Chaos Eldar) [codex in development - beta]
Well, at which age you normally get a credit card? 18? So a big number of possible customers is already cut off from FW direct sales. Then in how many countries you won't easily get a credit card or at least pay a comparable big (50€ per year is huge for example in romania or greece compared to their income) amount just to have one? I guess that's yet another huge percentage. Paypal is easier after all - even I would prefer using Paypal over sending them my credit card details.
How about this one?
£25? I have a box of ten that cost about £5!
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@yabba... What? I'm merely saying I think they should accept paypal, pretty standard for most companies dealing online.
FW target demographic are adults with lots of money, and therefore bank/credit cards. Always has been.