ownI am glad to see a dice company, Dice Envy – https://diceenvy.com/, has decided to forgo limited edition dice sets – https://diceenvy.com/blogs/news/reconsidering-limited-editions.
From the Dice Envy link above:
What is new?
1. Customers now have the option to sign up for updates on out of stock products. If any particular set has 400+ people interested in a revival we will start a new print run.
2. I believe in our product. They are great dice! It doesn’t matter if there are 5 or 5,000 of them out in the world. So we are eliminating limited editions. I’m aware some people bought dice in the past from us and we have labeled them limited edition. Maybe that was even a selling point for you. So I am opening up a buyback. For the month of June, if you bought a set of dice because we marketed them to you in the past as “limited” or “exclusive” you can mail it back to us and we will exchange it or return your money. It doesn’t matter if you bought them yesterday or two years ago.
To me, this is one of the marks of a great company. I also like how Dice Envy offers monthly subscriptions, ranging from $5 – 22, depending on your budget and needs. You can change your subscription as needed and suspend it temporarily if you have a cash flow issue.
I find the prices Dice Envy charges for their dice to be reasonable. In my personal opinion, dice shouldn’t be that expensive ($4 each or less unless the dice are made of metal, high quality wood, semi-precious stones, or some substance that justifies a higher price than $4; or the dice are larger than standard sized dice). Dice Envy sets tend to be $11.95 for 7 dice (non-metal) which is less than $2 each, not counting shipping which is pretty reasonable. Metal dice tend to be $29.99 – $49.99 which is reasonable in my opinion.
I wish other dice companies would do the same, both on doing away with limited edition sets, offering reasonable pricing (some do, some don’t – I have seen some dice companies charge $7 – 40 each for a single die that’s made of plastic or resin), and offering dice subscriptions. At least one competitor acknowledges limited edition series are an issue, but it has done nothing to stop selling limited editions. Worse, they sometimes offer a non-limited edition set that they decide to make a limited edition series after assuring customers it would not be a limited edition series. This company frequently does sells where you have to be Quick Draw McGraw (i.e., very fast) to jump on ordering and hope you are one of the small group that manages to snag a set. Many others, the ones that want to sell the sets on EBay set up ways to get multiple sets ordered.
This company’s diehard fanboys/girls defend its actions as the company is a small company. It’s a large enough company now that such excuses don’t fly with many people.
Unless and until this other company decides to adopt a no limited edition series policy like Dice Envy, I won’t be doing business with them. I will continue to support Dice Envy when I have a little extra money as I find their dice to be high quality and I don’t have to make sure I am awake, online, and have my fingers on the trigger when Dice Envy offers dice.