Fansproject stuff

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  1. conan050

    conan050 Well-Known Member

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    So I don't get why Fansproject keeps there stuff so limited. There is clearly still interest in almost everything they've made so far which means more money for them, and yet they don't keep making any of the stuff. It just really sucks when you want something and you have to pay outrageous amounts because they are no longer being made. I'm sure they still have all their molds of everything too, heck even if they made stuff to order they'd still be making money! Do they purposely keep sets so limited or something?!?!?
     
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    Unfortunately, it's simple physics and cost.

    Each mold die only has a certain lifespan before it is no longer useable. The masters the molds are made from are the same way. Hasbro goes through lots of them.

    Fansproject is a small company, and can only afford to invest so much for a run. So while they might be able to sell 5,000 units of something, they won't see that money until it's finished and delivered, and they only have the funds to finance 2,000 units. So they finance the 2,000 units, likely the most they can get out of a single mold die before the tolerances degrade noticeably. They then sell those 2,000 units, and use that money on the next project.

    If something is popular enough, they WILL come back to it. But the other side of the coin is, it's not worthwhile to produce LESS than that 2,000 units (Or whatever their typical run is) and so unless there's enough demand to sell another full run, they won't bother.

    They're a small fan company that really doesn't make any profit. They have to be extremely careful, because it wouldn't take much of a flop of a product to put them under. It's safer for them to sell 2,000 units and have leftover demand than to try and sell 5,000, and be left with 1,000 units moldering in a warehouse somewhere unsold, or sold for below cost.
     
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    conan050 Well-Known Member

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    Well thank you. That was very informative and explained a lot!!
     

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