I totally agree with jack on this one. The crossover is small. I would say that the only crossover I see happening with Yu-Gi-Oh players is that they buy a few of the Manga titles (Case Closed, Inu Yasha, Trigun, Etc) that are being shown on Cartoon Network. Most of them however, are so addicted to their gaming habit that they have very little free cash to spend. At our store, comics have been largely overshadowed by our games sales. While it is depressing, I will gladly go along with the flow. I have even broke down and started playing Yu-Gi-Oh (ZzZzZzZz). If for no other reason than be a competent judge for the tournaments. This Yu-Gi-Oh wave is huge, but I am riding it with complete caution.
I think I have found a new corporate enemy to moan about. Upperdeck! If you ever plan on ordering any of their products you better make sure you order exactly how much you want for the forseeable future. Essentially, that will be all of their product you will have for a long period of time. Upperdeck doesn't even let the gaming distributors place orders. They get allocated a certain amount that they can offer to retailers. For some reason I bet if Wal-Mart was sold out and needed more Upperdeck product they would have it by tommorow. This is quite possibly the most absurd business model I have ever seen. I don't even need to point out the many ways that they are losing money on this and at the same time causing many retailers to lose money. This problem has been going on for quite awhile now and Upperdeck refuses to budge. The only excuse I can see is that they realize that their silly little game is nothing more than a child's fad and they don't want to overproduce the product for fear of the bottom falling out. Of course they are helping that bottom fall by not allowing the product to get to the hands of the truly dedicated gamers. Everyone knows that hardcore gamers go to real gaming stores and these same hardcore gamers are the ones that will support a game after it has outlived it's fad status. Real gaming stores help drive up the prices of singles, which in turn creates a higher demand for the boxes/packs that Upperdeck sales. This is a symbiotic relationship in which one of the organisms is totally fucking the other. Eventually, the organism that is getting screwed will find a more equal relationship. OK, that all sounded quite stupid after I wrote it, but anyway. I need some boxes at wholesale prices and can't freakin' get none. You guys got any suggestions.
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