Something thats been tugging at my conscience for a while, Yoymart, Yoymart for those that don’t know is a heavily discounted website based in China, it sells a wide variety of things, but most interestingly for us, Warhammer 40k, the website sells Warhammer 40k recasts for dirt cheap prices, Wriathknights have been selling for £20-£25, Forge World Hornets are £15 each new releases have been known to go up on Yoymart 48hrs after release. As I say, heavily discounted off the RRP that GW sells at!
Is this a good/bad thing? I mean, Ebay has been around a while now, it’s not killed GW, but then again at some stage someone has bought a GW model, so at least they have had some money go through the bank account. Yoymart, nothing goes to GW... and with falling sales, Ebay and places like Yoymart are most likely taking that custom or customers are leaving the hobby.
For those customers that are saying the high GW prices drive people to look for cheaper ways to buy plastic and what Ebay, Element Games and Yoymart does bring is a more affordable hobby, for some, take myself as an example, me and the wife have agreed a £50 budget each per month on our hobbies, she rides horses, I buy plastic toys... it works. As I have a meagre budget for GW stuff. My budget couldn’t even buy an Eldar Battle force box direct from GW now at £70 a pop, it blows my budget, if I want a few items take a Wave Serpent and a squad of Guardians from GW its £50 and my budget for the month is shattered in one go, I have to scour Ebay or the other discount websites like Element games to purchase my plastic, or I can go to the dark side, Yoymart.
A little comparison on the current Eldar battle force:
GW £70 (£89 if bought separate)
Element Games £59 (£79 if bough separate)
Yoymart Vyper for $18, Falcon $30, Guardian squad $20 and Dire Avenger squad for $18 – Google tells me its £50 (remember its £50 for a Wave Serpent and Guardian squad from GW)
As you can see, Yoymart is very very cheap, only £10 cheaper from Element on the Battleforce, but if you’re picking stuff up separate it jumps to almost £30 and almost £40 in comparison to GW.
I’ve used Yoymart a few times now, the sculpts are not 100% amazing, a few bent weapons, bubbles and even a broken leg on a Kroot (maybe broken in transit), all are easy fixes and at 30%/50% off RRP I was expecting worse. The lead times varies massively 1-4 weeks has been the norm for me so there is that to factor in, if you’re urgent for something, then maybe Yoymart is not the way to go.
I have mixed feelings about Yoymart, Element games is fine for me, it has to buy from GW afterall... Yoymart just recasts and sells at cheaper than GW... completely undermining their work, but myself and I suspect many others GW prices are driving me to places like Yoymart to continue to collect and ultimately play the game.
What's your take on placed like Yoymart? Is this a hobby killer or life saver?
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