News, reviews, business articles and site updates for a board games store in Canada

Space Confirmed – 185 East 11th Ave – Unit B!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Posted in business | No Comments »

After months of quiet work, we've finally confirmed and received our business license from the City of Vancouver.  We can now inform everyone that we'll still be in the general vicinity of our current location but we will be operating ...

Opportunities in the Board Game Industry

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 Posted in business, general | 6 Comments »

A recent post on a forum asking if it was a good idea to start an online game store had me thinking.  The simple answer is no (definitely not in America, not so great in Canada either really).  However, the ...

2016 in Review: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 Posted in business | No Comments »

2016 has been a mixed year for us, mostly with overall improvements in the business but with some setbacks as well. Industry Consolidation & Restrictions We continued to see industry consolidation including the purchase of F2Z by Asmodee creating a single company ...

Bestsellers since 2010

Monday, October 17th, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

We decided to look at (dollar value wise) which board games since Jan 1, 2010 were our bestsellers.  Surprisingly, even across almost 6 years that we looked at, some of the bestsellers we've ever seen have continued to do well even ...

Charities & Budgets

Monday, September 12th, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

We get a request for a charitable & promotional contribution of some form about once every 2 weeks. Most of these charities or groups are people who we've never even heard from before and many don't really offer much in ...

The Summer Free Shipping Promotion

Friday, September 9th, 2016 Posted in best practices, business | No Comments »

As many of you know, the Summer Free Shipping Promotion has ended. As with any promotion or marketing tactic, one of our main goals is to evaluate the promotion to understand whether it actually hit it's goal - that ...

A Rental Game Library?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

As many of you know, we used to run open houses.  During the open houses, we allowed people to borrow games from our game library (mostly consisting of games from our reviews and some demo games) for play.  Since we ...

Fair Value – What is it?

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

We are running a flash sale on our clearance / used games right now, attempting to discard some extra stock that we really don't need clogging up our warehouse space.  Once more, it's gotten me thinking about 'value' and how ...

Business Misconceptions

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

This is a more random post than normal, just a few business misconceptions I've come across recently. Revenue = Profit / Make it up in volume! This is probably one of my favourite one's. When a customer sees that they have paid ...

The Game Wizard (Part 2)

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

I've recently gone on a spree revamping the Game Wizard once more.  The last time I touched it was in November when I wanted it a bit more up to date for the Christmas season, but we were still missing ...