We asked for 100 pre release kits. We got 80. We sold out.
Yes, it is a good problem to have. But pre release events are the bread and butter that keep Small Local Game Stores in business.
The 80 pre release kits just paid for our sign. Our sign is the last of several one time start up costs. Had we had more kits we could have possibly broken even in our 3rd month.
It was bitter sweet and I e-mailed Wizards of the Coast a list of 18 players that were denied the joy of prerelease by our limited allocation.
The prerelease went smoothly and we sold all 38 of our booster boxes and I used the extra 2 boxes (we got 40 booster boxes to sell at prerelease) to properly prize out our events. All stores got shorted 4 packs per 20 kits in prize payout with this set. Getting 80 kits we were shorted 16 payout packs.
We prized out heavily in our Saturday night 2 headed giant.
By the time that our Sunday event had ended, all of our extra packs were used. I even sold 2 players 6 boosters packs with no kit just so they could play on Sunday our our list would have had 2 more players on it.
The players were happy with the events and the payouts.
Hopefully the next pre release we will get over 100 kits. Our customer base is growing daily and in 3 momths 100 kits will not be enough.