Yesterday seemed to be my day for random, odd requests. "Do you have..." starts the phone call, or the guy in the door, and then the most specific item I can imagine.
Lots of calls for chess sets, cribbage, backgammon and go.
Too bad I hardly ever get calls for this stuff the rest of the year. (Would it work to have a large, diverse inventory of these games? I wouldn't know without investing a ton in very expensive, space consuming variety....)
Found myself doing what I hate to do, but really....the 17th volume in the Wagon's West series? Serenity PVC figures? I tell them to go 'online.'
Last year was my first year in carrying board games, and I sold out of the big three (Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride) about 2 days before Christmas. I decided to go with the same numbers this year.
Have tried to warn customers that I could run out, but they just move along. Had a woman buy both copies of Ticket to Ride in stock, and not half an hour later had someone else want it. I have more coming tomorrow, but she didn't want to nail it down by pre-paying.
Still, I'd rather sell out than have leftover copies going into inventory time in January.
Again, I don't think people realize that most stores are probably pretty lean right now.
Oh, well. Just doing my part to drive business to the internet.
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