Courtesy of Japanese importer NCSX’s web store:

Valkyrie Profile Silmeria Artifact Box @ $289.34
Speculators appear to be on the loose again this week and are snapping up supplies of the Silmeria Artifact Box. Due to a newly announced “shortage” situation in Japan, vendors have raised our cost for the Valkyrie Profile Silmeria Artifact Box to Y29,800 which converts to US$259.34 based on this morning’s exchange rate. That’s our cost before shipping charges. NCS originally accepted preorders at US$155.

I have a standing policy regarding the disreputable tactics of cocksucker businesses like National Console Support: Fuck ’em.

I’m of the opinion that when you make an agreement to sell a product to someone at a given price, honoring that price is the risk a vendor takes to secure your business. If the final price is as volatile as all that, they ought to make that clear prior to the sale. That said, if they do not notify the buyer that the price is subject to change upon release and commence with that shit anyway, it shouldn’t be enough to merely cancel the order. It should impact any future consideration of doing business with them as well.

By the same token, I as a the preorderer agree to the risk that the price they offer may result in an excess profit for them. Hence the reason one shops around and selects the best deal. To suddenly raise the price because of a projected loss on their part makes including them among one’s prospective orders too dangerous to bet on, especially on high dollar items. They would have us believe that, despite the retail price being set long beforehand, the wholesaler with whom they are affiliated arbitrarily decided to charge more. In that case, they should either accept the loss they will incur and/or find a different and more consistent wholesaler. Any smart business would do the same.

I don’t buy their “speculators” excuse for a moment. I could be mildly sympathetic if their “supplier” arbitrarily decided they could only provide some number of the item less than what is preordered, forcing the business to either cancel/charge more for customers in reverse chronological order. But the retail price is the retail price. I suspect, in reality, their supply was actually less than the demand for which they accepted preorders. And they decided to make a buck off it, while at the same time reducing their preorders (based on people who would cancel) to come in line with their actual supply.

I have absolutely no problem with charging what the market will bear for preorders, given their potential supply, even if that’s $300! But to preorder at a low price and then raise it after the fact does a disservice to the customers who chose to trust them with their business.

Consider yourself warned.

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