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Do we have any Sydney members?

Last updated on 2 months ago
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Jason
Admin
Posted 3 months ago
Edited by Jason on 30/04/2021, 3 months ago
KiwiKiwi
Super Admin
Posted 3 months ago
I still have a heap of these to scan but only up to a certain date. I can trawl through them and let you know what issues I have though in case these are later issues......

Update: I still have issues 56, 57, 66, 69 - 74, 80 and 82 waiting to be scanned but there may be a few in the basement however I don't think had anything much from 83 onwards so if those issues are from mid-2013 onwards then we could really do with acquiring them!!
Edited by Kiwi on 30/04/2021, 3 months ago
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Jason
Admin
Posted 3 months ago
Looks like I have secured these, so stay tuned
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Tricky
Newbie
Posted 3 months ago
Hey guys. I live in Sydney. Let me know if there's some way I can help.
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Jason
Admin
Posted 3 months ago

Tricky wrote:

@Tricky - Hey guys. I live in Sydney. Let me know if there's some way I can help.


Thanks Tricky! I'm just waiting for the seller to reply again. If shipping for him turns out to be a hassle I'll let you know

Cheers
KiwiKiwi
Super Admin
Posted 3 months ago
We already have issues 01 - 83 with the exception of three issues and I cannot tell what the dates for those being offered are so if you can get clarification from the seller before plonking money down that might be prudent.

I think we are only missing 18, 24 and 25 so if they aren't predominantly for 84 onwards it might be better to negotiable a price for those three missing issues if the seller has them and is prepared to sell them separately.
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Jason
Admin
Posted 3 months ago
I paid for these today, I'm treating them as a lucky dip Smile The bloke was very helpful and is going to box them up for me, so I didnt want to ask him to go through them all.....for $25 I'll take a punt that there'll be some goodies in there.
KiwiKiwi
Super Admin
Posted 3 months ago
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Jason
Admin
Posted 2 months ago
Great news, most of the issues are post issue 80 and in mint condition, so we'll have some great new mags to add!
KiwiKiwi
Super Admin
Posted 2 months ago
Great stuff!! Looking forward to fleshing out the OPSX (AUS) collection.

As a matter of interest is it still published? As the bookstores here are carrying pretty much zero computing/console content nowadays.
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Jason
Admin
Posted 2 months ago
Yeah its still published here, I saw one at a newsagent the other day. But yes, its pretty slim pickings at newsagents nowadays.

it's down to The Oz Playstation Mag, PC Powerplay (which is a shadow of itself now, its just content lifted from PC Gamer UK) , APC, and the occasional UK import. Retro Gamer must sell well still as it is widely available There's no US magazines at all.

Some newsagents airfreight imports from the UK so a few have a wider selection but the typical issue costs an arm and a leg Sad
KiwiKiwi
Super Admin
Posted 2 months ago
APC is the only mag I saw on the shelf last time I was in a bookstore browsing the mag section.
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slider1983
Member
Posted 2 months ago

Jason wrote:

Some newsagents airfreight imports from the UK so a few have a wider selection but the typical issue costs an arm and a leg Sad
I find it slightly disturbing Australia having to import video game magazines from another country to have some kind of representation of the hobby. There aren't even that many UK gaming mags left! Sad
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Jason
Admin
Posted 2 months ago
Yeah its a sad state of affairs. We have the same issues that the UK mags face, with the onslaught of the internet, but the extra costs of a population of just 25 million living in the same sized landmass as the lower 48 US states.

Distribution is this country is expensive, and with such a small market (add another few million for our Kiwi friends) it's even more difficult for local publishers to make a profit.
kitsunebikitsunebi
Admin
Posted 2 months ago
Hell, the last time I visited America (in 2019), there were only maybe 4 gaming mags at the Barnes & Noble, and 3 of them were UK imports (and the 4th was PC Gamer, which at this point is just a sad reprint of the UK mag). The USA more or less no longer publishes gaming mags at this point. As Jason pointed out, in a country that large, the distribution costs are so high that it just doesn't make economic sense unless they can sell massive numbers of copies, which is no longer possible.

The UK is a relatively tiny country, so lower shipping/distribution expenses allow for lower sales to still bring in a healthy profit.

Japan is definitely the healthiest region for gaming print journalism. But Japan has always had very strong sales of books/comics/mags, and always at bookstore cover price, since things like magazine subscriptions have never existed here.

True story: there's a fairly large multi-story bookstore very near to my home which is almost always packed with so many customers that there is literally a line of cars waiting in the parking lot for a space to open up whenever someone leaves. Dunno about the UK or Australia, but you definitely don't see bookstores doing that kind of business in America anymore. And btw, that bookstore I mentioned has a gaming section in their magazine department consisting of about 6 shelves full of gaming mags and mooks (magazine-books - sort of like deluxe magazines that are kept in print like books). Even back when I lived in America during the heyday of magazines, we never had it so good.
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