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Topic: OPEN BOX at Penguin.
Message: Posted by: Acar (Feb 1, 2015 02:25PM)
Announcing OPEN BOX
http://www.penguinmagic.com/

On every page at Penguin now, you'll see we're featuring a single open-box product. Open-box means someone ordered it, and for some reason it came back to us. Usually in near-perfect condition.. but no matter HOW close to perfect it is, we don't want to re-sell it to you as new.

That one product's price will drop every single minute until someone buys it. Then we'll feature another. And another.

You're helping us make some room for new stuff, and getting an incredible deal on some fantastic magic while you're at it.

Acar
Message: Posted by: Magic.Maddy (Feb 1, 2015 03:36PM)
I think it's brilliant.
Message: Posted by: MagicallyMe (Feb 1, 2015 03:52PM)
Cool idea. Now we need an Open Box Blizzard.

Btw how to I see all,of the cool box deals on an iPhone? My phone only seems to show me the first item.

Dan
Message: Posted by: bowers (Feb 1, 2015 04:30PM)
Great idea for sure.
Todd
Message: Posted by: Magic KL (Feb 1, 2015 06:30PM)
Wow, that's great!
Message: Posted by: TheDirectionalist (Feb 1, 2015 06:51PM)
Wow that's awesome!
Message: Posted by: brucewilcox (Feb 4, 2015 04:44PM)
This is like crack! I'm finding myself checking the Penguin site every few minutes when I'm able, but I haven't found a way to check the current Open Box item on my iPhone!
Message: Posted by: NebA (Feb 15, 2015 03:25PM)
Hey is the Open Box permanent? I thought at first that it would only be for a few days, but now it's been two weeks so I am curious! Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Fire Starter (Feb 15, 2015 03:27PM)
Fantastic idea.
Message: Posted by: James_Kelsey (Feb 15, 2015 05:27PM)
This is brilliant, you should consider adding it to the cool box app.
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Feb 16, 2015 09:21AM)
Nice idea. I remember one magic dealer - now out of business - that used to resell these as new, even when they were returned because they didn't work. I'd only suggest that you make it a little more clear on the site itself what "open box" means. It's on the same page as "cool box," in which case the word "box" does not refer to the packaging.
Message: Posted by: MagicDamo (Feb 16, 2015 07:27PM)
I wish the UK dealers would do this. Nice idea.
Message: Posted by: guyjr (Feb 17, 2015 05:28PM)
Excellent idea!
Message: Posted by: ace1323 (Feb 18, 2015 09:10AM)
I think its a great idea as well - but think it would have been good to provide a list of what items would be included or order listed or something to that effect - just to have a general idea of what may be coming up when. I think I would have made some purchases knowing ahead of time what was coming vs just checking randomly every so often when I could.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Feb 18, 2015 10:17AM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2015, ace1323 wrote:
I think its a great idea as well - but think it would have been good to provide a list of what items would be included or order listed or something to that effect - just to have a general idea of what may be coming up when. I think I would have made some purchases knowing ahead of time what was coming vs just checking randomly every so often when I could. [/quote]
No. Then you would know when you need not bother visiting the site, which defeats the purpose of this innovation.

Its purpose is to get you to visit the site more often (and to be in the mood to make an impulse purchase).

In short, the goal is to put you into buying mode 24/7.

Excuse me, I need to go check the Penguin site...
Message: Posted by: Wenzelo (Feb 18, 2015 10:27AM)
Interesting selling psychology. price decreases each minute, yet only one available so one is in a big dilemma whether to buy it now or wait later and risk it being bought by someone else.. nice
Message: Posted by: mikenewman (Feb 20, 2015 02:58PM)
This is by far the dumbest thing ever!!!!

I'm 100% joking

I'm freaking addicted to it!!!

Like when you bid on an auction site... hitting F5 every 2 seconds!!!!

What a great idea!

I love it! I hate it! I love it!!!!!!

Penguin does it again!
Message: Posted by: JollyGreenGiant (Feb 20, 2015 03:34PM)
[quote]On Feb 18, 2015, Wenzelo wrote:
Interesting selling psychology. price decreases each minute, yet only one available so one is in a big dilemma whether to buy it now or wait later and risk it being bought by someone else.. nice [/quote]

Happened to me with the Extractor gimmick. Price was good, but hoping to get it when it went lower and missed out. :(
Message: Posted by: Paul Rathbun (Feb 23, 2015 11:00AM)
This is just what my OCD needs.
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Feb 24, 2015 10:58PM)
Just picked up Greg Wilson's "Dishonest Abe" for $17 - very happy, as it's sold out otherwise, and the props alone are worth the money.

On the other hand, I also picked up Paul Green's "I Knew It All the Time" last week via the Open Box, and the jumbo cards were discolored and not particularly attractive. Maybe you take the wheat with the chaff buying seconds, but the ad copy does say "like new."
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Mar 13, 2015 05:24PM)
[quote]On Feb 24, 2015, MaxfieldsMagic wrote:
Just picked up Greg Wilson's "Dishonest Abe" for $17 - very happy, as it's sold out otherwise, and the props alone are worth the money.

On the other hand, I also picked up Paul Green's "I Knew It All the Time" last week via the Open Box, and the jumbo cards were discolored and not particularly attractive. Maybe you take the wheat with the chaff buying seconds, but the ad copy does say "like new." [/quote]

Well guess what - Mr. Green saw my post on here and sent me a brand new "I Knew It All the Time" set out of the blue. I offered to pay him but he wouldn't take anything. The set is sooo much nicer than the ones I received through the Penguin Open Box - clean and white, spanking new. Big fan of Mr. Green before this, but what an incredible gentleman.
Message: Posted by: Magic KL (Mar 13, 2015 09:26PM)
Nice guy!
Message: Posted by: Steve Haynes (Mar 14, 2015 11:50AM)
Met Paul many years ago,and I concur...Super nice and thoughtful...
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 14, 2015 12:06PM)
Love Mr Green. He's just awesome. :)
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Mar 14, 2015 04:58PM)
You can't wait too, too long or someone else will jump on it. I was interested in a certain item that came up for sale and it dropped quite a bit. I thought I would wait for it to drop just a little bit more, but I was too late. Someone else jumped on it before me. This happened on 2 occasions.
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Mar 14, 2015 09:05PM)
You can practice on items you don't plan to buy. Think of a price that you would pay for the item and see if you would have been able to buy it for that price. :jesterhat: