Posted 16 September 2011 - 03:24 PM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:45 PM
For the record I haven't had mine delivered yet! SAMI and MAM have both beaten SAM this month, which is rare
Posted 17 September 2011 - 06:54 PM
There you have it. Those are the facts, no speculation, so BS and no misrepresentation. I don't see what else I would need to add so if you have any further questions or would like a response I ask that you e-mail me directly as this will be the only comment I post on this thread.
If you are having trouble getting the magazine in your local Smiths I suggest speaking to the store manager or contacting the publishers through the Guideline Publications website. We pay money to ensure the magazine is stocked and if it is not in the required amount of outlets we are paying for nothing.
Carl, pay no attention to the rumourmongering and speculation here.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:09 AM
Is it possible to order individual issues online?
Posted 18 September 2011 - 09:03 AM
That startles me somewhat! I suppose that's the reality of retail these days.
This is unfortunately not something new, and has been used by some distributors for many years.
Some 18yrs ago I asked about getting a magazine stocked and was informed that it had to meet strict criteria and cost would be a number one factor to be put on the shelves.
Smiths I was informed do not have an overall stocking policy as regards magazines so not all shops sell them.
My local shop informed me that if sales dropped to a certain level they would not be on shelf following month in the particular store.
This proved to be correct in my store as it disappeared from shelves for around 3 months, the only reason I had a regular copy was to have it on regular order at the shop.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 09:24 AM
Paying to have magazines stocked is nothing new, and the amounts required by some retailers are huge. A friend of mine has recently started publishing a very specialised Diecast model magazine and its very popular. Tesco's wanted a £24,000 up front payment to start putting it on their shelves. I believe the WHS amount is a lot less than this though.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 05:15 PM
This issue has been out for at least 3 weeks now, this is probably why you are struggling to get hold of it now.
Try looking on the web for release dates, then popping down asap to pick it up!
I regularly check Smiths for the latest modelling magazines and even the staff said they didn't get it in so I don't think I missed it! It doesn't matter though, I'll just order it online.
Jay, PM sent.
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