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Military Watches partwork popularity strong

Mark Fletcher
August 19th, 2014 · 17 Comments

partwcollectThere is continued strong interest in the Military Watches partwork. The coverage of World War 1 related stories heading into next year’s anniversary are part of the reason. We promote the title so it’s seen by people who will purchase on impulse.

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Category: magazines · partworks

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  • 1 MURRAY // Aug 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    been trying to back order parts 1 and 2 for many weeks now.
    Received this by email today

    ‘Thank you for placing an order for Military Watches, however we are no longer taking backorders for Military Watches Part 1 or Part 2.’

    Partworks are a COMPLETE JOKE !!!

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  • 2 Steve // Aug 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I like this partwork, even though I don’t have a customer collecting the series (how many cheap watches does anyone really wont?) I’m doing well out of selling them to customers who just need a watch.I’ve never carried watch’s as I’ve thought with most everone carrying a mobile phone that has a clock there wouldn’t be a market. If this part work keeps selling as well as it has I might have to rethink that.

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  • 3 Brett // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Mark,

    How is it you have stock? Or is that an old pic? I have 10 put always and get 2 copies!

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  • 4 Mark Fletcher // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Current photo. I took it on Saturday.

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  • 5 Brett // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Well that’s a sign the part works models is broken. I could sell them three times over but have none.

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  • 6 Mark Fletcher // Aug 20, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Brett one problem is that for partworks they allocate up to six issues out – meaning what you are currently getting for this title would be their best guess from pre release.

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  • 7 Brett // Aug 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Your comment confirms my notion. Their best “guess” is exactly what it is, there is no consistency in supply. I get dozens of some and little of others.

    Their best “guess” might be better if they looked at the data I pay them to collect!

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  • 8 Gary // Aug 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    gotch partworks is severely broken, I have back orders of knit and stitch in over 25 issues!

    Also under supplied in Black Pearl, Military Watch, Sovereign and the railway, star Trek. Don’t get enough for even putaways.

    this is with no returns and yet my allocations of each continues to drop.

    Am I alone in this, as I’m always being told there are no stock available.

    Updating my allocation has had no effect.

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  • 9 shauns // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    out of 3 lots of partworks coming in tomorrow fronm GG not one I can fill orders with after being promised weeks ago that my standing orders will be fixed , had enough not sure I will do partworks in the near future because all it does is loose customers

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  • 10 Brendan // Aug 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    I have been asking for seven copies of Red Bull for 18 issues now to satisfy put away customers and today I checked and my next allocation was for 3. I’ve expressed my dissatisfaction to them again tonight and cannot understand how they can not realise that someone who has invested well over $1k in a project won’t fail to see it through. At this stage drop of rates must be almost non existent. If they are basing their supply on my sales they will always be incorrect as I can not sell what they don’t supply. They have had plenty of time to set accurate supply for this issue. Hopping mad and getting madder!!!!!

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  • 11 Brendan // Aug 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    shauns, I’ve had the same thoughts today. Utterly sick of this part of the business due to the scale of short supply over the last year or so. It’s far worse than a few years back.

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  • 12 Brett // Aug 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    10 customers for Watches and tomorrow I will get one. Brilliant!

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  • 13 Jenny // Aug 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Trains, watches and black pearl all under supplied. Will not take any more orders as we can’t fill the ones we have already and I know it won’t improve.
    Makes us look useless!

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  • 14 Gary // Aug 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    and you know what? One of my customers call up subscriptions and was told every issue was in stock, kept pushing him to subscribe instead of buying them from me. It’s bad enough my customers miss out on the bonus items by not subscribing, this under supply may very well be another tactic to steal customers from our channel.

    what a joke! Otherwise why launch new partworks knowing demand will vastly exceed supply, at least wait until production can catchup.

    At least I know now it’s not just me.

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  • 15 June // Aug 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    New rules with partworks in my shop. NO PUTAWAYS FIRST IN FIRST SERVED.
    The problem has been around for 40 years
    that I have been in the industry and no amount of asking, cajoling, or begging will change it. They use (ABUSE) newsagents to get it shown in the marketplaceand then cut us out with their
    subs offer.
    The only real way to handle them is for us
    to UNITE (HA HA HA!) and refuse to handle ANY of their partworks (can you envisage supermarkets taking it on???)

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  • 16 shauns // Aug 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    After being promised my order for model railway would be fixed for todays delivery still not right ……. Customer is pissed off and wants to know why other newsagents can get stock in sooooo lost customer

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  • 17 Brendan // Aug 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Same with us June. We’ll complete current putaways but in future those who don’t get in early enough will have to pay up front for a non refundable order (unless supply is not available) we probably need to set a time of 2 or three months before an order is deemed unavailable.

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