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Pre-orders
How often/regulary do you Pre-order a car ?
Almost all the time68.33%
Occasionally1115.28%
Very Rarely1419.44%
Only if its a very limited edition1013.89%
Never3143.06%
 

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After hearing that pre-orders are often used in this industry to gauge potential success of a new model, or order of release I thought this was a bit unrepresentative.

Personally I don't like to pre-order, and only do if I know its due in the next few days or its very limited and I really,really want it.

But I may be in the minority, so what about you ?
 

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Golly, if pre-orders are being used as a gauge then I'd say the gauge is faulty.

Speaking personally, I've never ever pre-ordered. And I've only missed out on cars that I want when I haven't had the funds to buy them within a month or two of release.

If any manufacturer wants a real barometer of how popular a car will be then they're welcome to offer them to me for free, and if I say no they should cancel the run!
 

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The last time I preordered something, I forgot to cancel and ended up with two.


For Slot Cars, no, there are usually enough to go around - if you are buying at the time of release.

However, there are times when a pre-order makes sense, desirable items like the Lotus & Eagle twin set or 007 Aston Martin DB5. The trouble with these items, even after only a short time, the prices can reach silly values!
 

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I used to pre order box sets and cars I really wanted but only if I could pay when they arrive as some times they never arrive, the issue I have us when the company you have preordered with doesn't get the stock when others do, also you never knw when you will get a charge to you card and can't bulk order to save postage.

For this reason i cancelled all my pre orders this year.
 

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I preordered a Ninco Lotus in the Red Bull livery early last year and I'm still waiting for that one, plus the last time I check on the site I preordered from (TSATs) it was'nt on there.

So I guess I can kiss that one goodbye then.


If the Industry are using preordering to gauge potential success of a model then you would have thought a Red Bull livery would have been a winner.


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Looking at it from another angle - wouldn't the pre-commitment for ordering be between the maunfacturer and the distributor / retailer - Therefore based on their perceived consumer demand and not necessarily based on actual end purchaser pre-commitment?

The only rare instances where i pre-order a car will be maybe a week before a car is due for release and provided i have some level of reasonable certainty that any delay would only be a week or two at the most. Slot.it seem pretty good at this as release dates approach maybe a week or two then its available.

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I always pre-order as soon as the cars are announced. I've never missed out on any cars using this method and selecting the right suppliers means that fingers crossed so far I've always received what I've ordered regardless of the quantity and never been unlucky not to receive a model due to limited stock being delivered or it being sold out to pre-orders.

There aren't that many cars that get sold out to pre-orders of late.

As for postage a good supplier will hold the item(s) until a decent size package can be sent (assuming you can wait).
 

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Crazy, if the industry needs some indication they should talk to their dealership - or much more interesting for us, doing polls in this Forum :)

I am in the hobby now since 8 years and bougth around 200 cars, and sold again some of them, but I never preordered one single car in the past - and never will.
It think it's easy deciding what to do - at least some times, when cars run out of stock at the local dealers, like the Scalex Lotus 49 versions or the Fly Lotus 78 JPS just do the same car in the same livery with another driver/number. Or do they think Jochen Rindt/Ronnie Peterson cars will be shelfqueens?

On new moulds their riscs seems to be dramatic, otherwise Scaley would have changed to a Porsche 997 already instead of doing another 996 prefacelift.... Honestly I prefer Ninco and SCX, Scalex I am only buying if there is no chance to get it from an other manufacturer - like Escort MKI, Lotus 49,...
But that answers another question, doing moulds no one is producing will be better than doing the 5th version of an almost released car.
 

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QUOTE (Savage @ 29 Jan 2012, 23:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>After hearing that pre-orders are often used in this industry to gauge potential success of a new model, or order of release I thought this was a bit unrepresentative.

I think you have misunderstood the information, Savage.

It's the pre-orders from the trade that are taken at the Toyfairs at the beginning of the year that have a bearing on what cars are likely to produced during that year. Not pre-orders of retail sales.

But the poll is an interesting insight into peoples buying habits anyway!
 

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Pre ordering before release means you don't know exactly what you are getting.

There is some variation in the standard of product from just about all the manufacturers. Pre release publicity isn't a reliable guide (the publicity guy is employed to promote the product, not to give an objective assessment!). So prior to release you don't know if you are going to get one of their gems or one of that fell rather short of their finest hour.

Guess if you've got to have whatsit brand model of thatmodel F1 and don't care if its a top notch item then pre ordering makes sense.
Otherwise it sounds like a bit of a risk.
 

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Last week was the first time I pre-ordered something, and it was the Allan Moffat Falcon from Scaley. Being a Ford man and it being in limited production I'd hate to miss out on it. Then having to pay triple on eBay months later.
 

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QUOTE (Mr.M @ 30 Jan 2012, 10:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think you have misunderstood the information, Savage.

Well it wouldn't be the first time


QUOTE (Mr.M @ 30 Jan 2012, 10:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's the pre-orders from the trade that are taken at the Toyfairs at the beginning of the year that have a bearing on what cars are likely to produced during that year. Not pre-orders of retail sales.

But the poll is an interesting insight into peoples buying habits anyway!

Ah yes, I was thinking retailers pre-orders to distributors/manufacturers, based on the pre-orders they got from the public.

Still, its all good clean info
 

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While on the topic of pre-orders. I pretty much stopped doing them. However, I DO want to pre-order THIS car:

http://scalextric.hornby.com/shop/ca...t-gp-r31-2011/

Have any of you bought from Scalextric direct before? I tried the stock notification before on a different car and I NEVER got an email when it came out. It doesn't look like you can pre-order this from the site (which I would).

Hints, clues, help, greatly appreciated.

Regards,

-- Rakete --
 
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