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Posted by: PAUL W Two months since any kind of discount
Posted on: 11/05/2021 16:42:50

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Posted by: PAUL W
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Hi, just wondering if osprey had decided to discontinue its discount on particular series each month? Its been 2 months since the last sale.

Posted on: 11/05/2021 16:42:50
Posted by: Paintybeard
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PAUL W: I would gladly forgo a few sales if Osprey would concentrate on making the full price of their books better value by doing more quality control and improving their digital prodution.

Posted on: 11/05/2021 17:06:45
Posted by: PAUL W
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I don't see your point painty. Surely the quality of the book should be the same regardless of wether they charge the full price or a discounted price. My point was more that by having regular monthly sales of different series. People are able to spread the cost better rather than having one or two big sales of everything.

Posted on: 11/05/2021 17:50:34
Posted by: Gavin Brown
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I seem to recall before the pandemic hit, all-series sales were always seasonal. Like Easter, summer holidays and December, with single-series sales spread in between. Since the pandemic hit sales have been put on more randomly but they've always been all-series, so I don't mind.

Posted on: 11/05/2021 18:31:29
Posted by: Paintybeard
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Paul W: Perhaps there are 2 issues here.


Firstly; how often are sales held, and for what items: This is purely driven by Ospreys desire to keep market share and make a profit. If sales are low (which they must be due to the pandemic,) they will hold more sales so as to keep stocks ticking over. As the pandemic is coming (hopefully) to an end there are likely to be fewer sales.


Secondly, what is Ospreys approach to their product quality? I have no inside knowledge on this, but it seems to me that they are letting production values slip a little so as to stop prices rises. I think that is a short-sighted policy. Books of better quality and more interest should be the goal in what has to be a niche market. 

Posted on: 12/05/2021 10:04:11
Posted by: PAUL W
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In the past, certainly before the bloomsbury takeover, there were predominantly series  sales per month or a particular time period, I remember at least 2 first world War period sales. Since the takeover there have been longer general sales but fewer series sales. I'm not really sure the pandemic would of affected this as it directly only affects the direct online sales from osprey which remained "open" throughout. If anything with bookshops shut I would've thought potentially ospreys online sales may have gone up. That said obviously people's ability to afford to buy books may have been affected.


Previously, a while ago,  on the blog osprey had said they would try and say which series would be discounted in which month. That was basically what I was looking for, to have an idea which series would be discounted when.


I've not noticed a slip in production values. There are the odd errors, like those pointed out a few months ago re the wrong description for the two vehicles in the new vanguard tile on lrdg and reference to churchill and Coventry in the yamanto book. The wrong descriptions is a poor one but I remember a similar issue with the map in the stalingrad book a while back. The Coventry/ churchill is a bit more foggy. Personsonally I would not of been as definite as the author but I do feel there is enough ambiguity about it not to be able to totally dismiss it.


I'm not really sure it's as niche a market either, virtually all waterstones have osprey sections in their shops, so they must sell pretty well. I think the current price is still quite high for what you get. If the price goes up much more then alot of people with just a general interest in a subject may look elsewhere. 


It would be nice if osprey could let its members know what sales they have planned. They may loose the odd few book sales if members wait a month or so to get it at a discounted price. But the sales would still be direct to osprey rather than looking at other sites or shops like amazon, waterstones, eBay etc. That was basically the point of my first post.

Posted on: 12/05/2021 18:38:52
Posted by: PAUL W
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Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

Another month and no update re any planned sales.

Posted on: 02/06/2021 08:33:22

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