Mushroom wrote: ↑Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:16 amCollectors and enthusiasts.steelcity16 wrote:joeldworkin307 wrote: ↑Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:02 am
At the same time I know that doing it online is an expensive and labor intensive proposition. The sale was cancelled in either 2013 or 2014 due to the team having done too good a job at quality control and not having enough seconds. If I get a vote on the Shadowy Council of Spyderco Fanatics, it would be to postpone this year and wait until 2021.
Yeah, I guess it depends on how many they have. If it is a small amount then perhaps holding them over until next year is best. If they have a ton they want to move quickly, maybe an online fire sale could work and could be fun for people who don't get to attend in person. Increase the minimum order to $200 then to reduce the # of orders they have to ship, blow them out at 10% of MSRP, make the notch bigger and/or stamp a big old "S" to reduce flippers, max order of $500 and limit of one of each mode to further reduce flippers, because aside from flippers who needs $500 worth of knives at 90% off every year?
Also, pricing isn't a general across the board discount. The discount varies by knife and sometimes the same model will even be priced differently.
In my experience, the inventory never completely sells out. There are always knives from previous years that don't sell and then there are more added each year. I'm not exaggerating when I say its hard to imagine how many knives there actually are to look through. The 'flaws' are not always purely cosmetic. Like Pokey said, sometimes the knives are used and damaged. People will be getting those knives if it is an at random online sale and seconds do not come with a warranty and can not be returned.
That's why I suggested a $200 minimum order and 90% off. Not sure if Spyderco could make that work, but I think if most people were able to get 5-10 knives for $200 they could live with some issue. If people are worried about it they can wait until the next in person sale so they can obsess over every detail so they can feel like they are getting a "like new" knife for 90% off. I think a lot of us here just want a chance to grab a bunch of users in different models and steels to hammer on and put through the paces as work knives, so as long as the knife is safe I could care less about some imperfections at that price.