Author Archives: Tao

  • Business For Sale - PDB Sales Inc.

    Posted on June 8, 2018 by Tao

    Big news!
    PDB Sales Inc. which includes Starlit Citadel, the Starlit Logistics (our Kickstarter fulfillment brand) and our other online websites is up for sale. After consideration, after over 11 years in this industry, I (Tao) desire to pursue some other projects. As such, rather than just shut down the business entirely, I'd like to see [...]

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  • Kickstarters in 2017

    Posted on January 30, 2018 by Tao

    As many of you know, we help publishers ship items within Canada. Last year, we did a total of 45 Kickstarters in Canada, more than we've ever done. Here's the list:
    01.04.17 Santorini
    01.19.17 BrilliAnts
    01.24.17 Ghostel
    01.28.17 Siege of Dragonspear(video Game)
    02.2.17 Vampire Hunter D(Comic)
    02.9.17 Battleborn Legacy
    02.15.17 Dresden Files Card Game
    02.16.17 Rare is Everything(Book)
    03.02.17 Flying Pig Redux
    03.02.17 Unfair
    03.09.17 DVP [...]

    This post was posted in business and was tagged with kickstarter, logistics, sales

  • Discounting, MAPs and distribution

    Posted on October 20, 2017 by Tao

    I was recently at a distributor's event and was chatting with a few retailers as you do. As always, the talk returned to things like MAP, discounting and sales. Not surprisingly, most retailers are against discounting from MAP (whatever that is in Canada) for any reason.  Since we started as an online retailer, we've got [...]

    This post was posted in business and was tagged with MAPs, margins, pricing, purchasing

  • Retail Store Manager

    Posted on September 1, 2017 by Tao

    Starlit Citadel is looking for a full-time retail store manager that will drive sales and attendance at the retail store while keeping expenses in-check.  Store manager responsibilities will include supervising assistant store managers, purchasing, merchandising and some customer service.  As a small business, we require a high degree of flexibility in all applicants.

    Develop business strategies [...]

    This post was posted in business and was tagged with hiring, store mananger

  • Retail Store Move FAQ

    Posted on February 13, 2017 by Tao

    There have been a few questions recently about our move to a retail store, so in an effort to reduce repetition on Elise's part, I thought we'd just write this post.
    What's your address?
    187 East 11th Ave., Vancouver.  Yes, it's changed slightly as Vancouver City Hall decided to change it.
    When is this move happening?
    In late-February with [...]

    This post was posted in business, general and was tagged with B&M, retail store

  • Now Hiring - Retail Store Employee (Vancouver, BC)

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by Tao

    Starlit Citadel  is hiring again in Vancouver, BC!
    This is a year-round part-time position that works in the retail store and at conventions as needed.   With our move to a full brick & mortar location, we have need of a dedicated retail store employee to work with customers at the counter and answer questions.
    The retail employee's [...]

    This post was posted in business and was tagged with employees, hiring, hr, retail employee

  • Space Confirmed - 185 East 11th Ave - Unit B!

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by Tao

    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 as a full retail store. Here's a map to our new location as of (tentatively) [...]

    This post was posted in business and was tagged with B&M, business, flgs, FLOGS, local game store, retail, store, vancouver

  • Bestselling Games since 2007 (Top 100)

    Posted on January 29, 2017 by Tao

    This is mostly for those data junkies out there.  One of the things I'll be working on in the next few weeks is a series of lists of bestselling games for a variety of different players (family / 2-player / solo / Eurogames / etc.).  To do that, I needed to pull our bestselling games [...]

    This post was posted in bestsellers and was tagged with bestseller list, bestsellers, products

  • Diversification and Margins

    Posted on January 26, 2017 by Tao

    One of the major themes for us in the past few years have been diversification.   We've worked on broadening our revenue streams, not just in terms of new product lines like clothing and figurines but in miniatures too such as bringing in over 400+ new Bones mininatures.   We even briefly tried to bring in Guildball.  [...]

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  • Opportunities in the Board Game Industry

    Posted on January 21, 2017 by Tao

    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 fact stands that there are a significant number of opportunities in the industry currently which [...]

    This post was posted in business, general and was tagged with business, development, entrepeneurship, industry, opportunities

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