Sold by Gameology.
(Inexperienced poster here, so maybe I'm posting a duplicate? If so mods can please remove/merge/update other deal.)
Technically not a dupe,
Firstly, lower price, secondly different seller on Amazon.
I could be wrong - I’m yet to post a deal…
great game and price!
Great price! But not a shipped by Amazon product, so no buyer protection from Amazon if that matters to anyone.
That being said, Gameology are a pretty established and reputable store. The same thing is going for almost double on their website(I bought mine from there years ago for ~$60):
Settlers Of Catan 5th Edition Core Set, $72.95
Wow was deliberating on the $53 one from Amazon. Glad I'm indecisive! :) Thanks OP. Now I need to get Dominion.
ps should be able to get Cashrewards/Shopback as well?
Not sure that this is relevant to this specific sale, but I regularly see this available for $40 at my local bargain stores.
Fairly confident there are some knock off versions of this getting about, not saying this is a knock off (but $40 is about the range) or that the knock offs are bad quality, but they are certainly out there.
I'm fact if you want to save some $ why not buy from Aliexpress, here is just one option I found after a quick search https://a.aliexpress.com/_dVDkMDu
Quick browse of the reviews show that this could be a knock off? Missing items, misprints, not aligned pieces…
There is absolutely no doubt it's a knock off.
My point is you know what you're getting and it's cheaper.
I suspect a lot of these inexplicably cheap versions are just resellers selling this very same product to you
Edit: sorry didn't realise you were referring to Amazon reviews. Yes they indicate some are fake, but as stated below the reviews are combined from every supplier.
Some on Amazon use knock offs some likely use legit.
The reviews are of the product from every store on Amazon just mashed together.
Wouldn't trust AliExpress. There buyer protection sucks
I've found AliExpress's buyer protection to be very good. On par with PayPal.
Gameology is a legit local store so I doubt they would be selling fake copies….
Yep thats the whole point of a brand and reputation.
Not to mention, if they were caught selling fakes any distributor rights they have would be stripped off them very quickly!
The issue is that Amazon commingles stock. In Australia they claim they don't commingle Toys and Games (https://sellercentral.amazon.com.au/gp/help/external/G200141...) so you are probably OK. But I don't buy boardgames from Amazon, on principle, since a reasonable proportion of games in the US seem to be fake.
Good price and good game!
I've bought from Gameology heaps of times and they've been great. They're a legit game store so these are probably even less likely to be fakes than the ones sold by Amazon…
Hey considering grabbing this - but is it right, no protection if item arrives fake etc?
There’s ACCC protection.
Gameology's owned by Justin, who's a member of the ozb community. Pretty sure it won't be fake.
I’ve had assistance from Amazon when the third party seller sent a different product and didn’t respond to messages. They basically refunded my money and even said keep the product!
Ahh bugger. Unless I’ve stuffed up I’m pretty sure price has jumped back up. Was keen to grab it.
was just about to buy and price changed to $53
damn, i just missed this…
To those who play this, is it better value to buy a bundle with some expansion packs first or buy the expansion packs separately?
Catan is a 'chatty' game since every turn you need to negotiate trade with each other, and needs at least 3 people min to make it good. If you've never played these types of games before then see how you+your cohort go with the vanilla first.
Agree with all the above and definitely get the base game first, it’s good to learn from, and you’ll get hours and hours of great gameplay from it. When it starts to get stale you can add expansions to make it exciting again
@JamPackedJack: sorry late to the party, definitely agree with the above as well. Try the base game first, this will give you around 10 plays before you figure out a lot of the strategies.
@tomwhiteallnight: Thank you all for your advice! Seems unanimous!
Got one. Never played this game before. Can this be played with 6yrs old?
It is possible to teach a 6 year but the strategic planning won't be there. …so less fun for the adults playing
Great game! Just be careful if you buy the add-ons because there are "expansions" (eg cities and knights) and "extensions" (5-6 players). I know a few families who bought Catan base game and the seafarers extension (5-6 player) instead of the expansion. You must have the expansion to use the extension so they had to go out and buy the expansion too….if that makes sense…
In any case I suggest playing the computer version of Catan first because it will teach you all of the rules (you cant do the wrong thing). The base game ifs free to play.