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WizKids Cancels Q2 – Q3 2020 Public Events


WizKids released the following statement on March 23, 2020, in regards to COVID-19.

The safety and well-being of our players, staff, business partners and their families is of the utmost importance, as such we have made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming trade and consumer events during Q2 and Q3 2020. This cancellation notice includes both Origins Game Fair (June 17-21) and UK Games Expo (August 21-23). We feel this is a necessary and responsible step. As we will no longer be attending Origins Game Fair, we are currently discussing options for the status for our WizKids U.S. National Championships and will follow up with a separate announcement in the coming weeks.

We understand that things are changing rapidly all the time, and should it make sense and is safe to do so, we will consider attending events during the Q2-Q3 timeframe but with a smaller footprint than you are normally used to seeing from us. If so, we will post when and where these events may be held.

At this time, we are still planning to attend our regularly attended Q4 events. This includes The WizKids World Championships at GracelandPAX UnpluggedBGG Con and more. Keep an eye on WizKids.com for the latest news about our event schedule. We look forward to seeing you all later this year!

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this trying time.

There is no mention of San Diego Comic-Con (July 23-26) or Gen Con (July 30 – August 2) at this time.

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$299.99 Hand Sanitizer?! Coronavirus Price Gouging on Amazon

After hearing multiple reports of Coronavirus price gouging on Amazon (Amazon affiliate link) I decided to take a look at hand sanitizer out of curiosity.

The first item to pop up was a 6-pack of 8 ounces Assured Hand Sanitizer (Amazon affiliate link) bottles.

Amazon Price Gouging Historical Pricing Data

I was stunned to see an initial price tag of $299.99, which then dropped to $109 (screenshot above) and then was suddenly out of stock.

It wasn’t until this past week that people started to figure out that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was coming to America too. And at that point, the price shot up from the normal price point of under $15 in February and $10.75 in January.

See the historical price data below.

Yes, Amazon is Selling Dollar Tree Products

For those unaware, Assured is a Dollar Tree brand and these are always available (but probably sold out right now) for $1 each, or $6 for six of them, at any Dollar Tree in the country.

As stated above, the normal price Amazon sells them for is $10.75, and given what Amazon selling fees are, that’s a reasonable price. You’d still make little profit from that.

But THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS, or $6.25 per ounce, is absurd.

Amazon is Basically eBay with a Fulfilment Network

Many people are unaware that Amazon is really no different than shopping on eBay these days, except for the fact that Amazon has a HUGE fulfillment network which warehouses and ships products stated: “Fulfilled by Amazon” (FBA). If you’re buying something with “Prime”, it could be a product that Amazon carries or it could be a product that someone like me has purchased and sent into an Amazon warehouse.

Note that this offering is 3rd party fulfillment, not Fulfilled by Amazon, which is really the same as buying that product from eBay instead. In other words, anyone can sell “Fulfilled by Merchant”.

If Amazon actually had the product on hand in their warehouses, the merchant fulfilled items would be pushed to the back and possibly not seen at all.

Amazon Called Out on Price Gouging

And of course, the “reviews” are coming in. While I’d typically take comments like this with a grain of salt, it’s warranted in this case. It is indeed despicable.

Amazon Cracking Down on Price Gouging?

Given how fast this item dropped in price and went “out of stock”, you do have to wonder if Amazon caught this and flagged it. But with comments being a few days old, that’s hard to tell. One could only hope because it opens the door for price gouging lawsuits.

One of Many

I’m sure that this is just one of many such examples of price gouging running rampant on Amazon right now in relation to the Coronavirus fears.

While I wouldn’t want the job of policing that, I hope they do indeed nip it in the bud. And they should even go as far as to temporarily “gating” (an Amazon term for blocking unapproved sellers in a particular category) the entire category until cooler heads prevail.

Amazon Price Gouging Screen Shot

Here’s the full screenshot if you’re interested in seeing the entire page.

Amazon Price Gouging Screen Shot

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Wendy’s to Launch Breakfast in the U.S. in 2020

The Wendy’s Company announced plans today to launch its breakfast menu across the U.S. system in 2020. The menu features signature items including the Breakfast Baconator®, Frosty-ccino, and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

The Wendy’s Company announced today that it plans to launch its breakfast menu, currently available in more than 300 restaurants, across the U.S. in 2020. The menu features signature items that takes the best of Wendy’s, from Applewood smoked bacon to the Frosty®, and creatively delivers them to fans for breakfast. Signature items include the Breakfast Baconator®, Frosty-ccino, and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

The Wendy’s Company announced plans today to launch its breakfast menu across the U.S. system in 2020. The menu features signature items including the Breakfast Baconator®, Frosty-ccino, and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

“Launching breakfast in our U.S. restaurants nationwide provides incredible growth opportunities,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “We are well-positioned to pursue it. We believe we have the right team and structure in place, and we put Wendy’s fan favorites on our breakfast menu to set us apart from the competition.”

Wendy’s is Fast Food Done Right: your go-to for real, fresh, crave-able food that doesn’t cost a fortune and the new breakfast menu attests to that. To support its expansion into breakfast, the Company and its franchisees plan to hire approximately 20,000 crew members across the country. Individuals interested in providing high-quality experiences that match the high-quality Wendy’s food should visit careers.wendys.com or a local Wendy’s.

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Grandpa Beck’s Games at Gen Con 2019

Check out Grandpa Beck’s Games at Gen Con 2019 in Booth 2342 and online at https://www.grandpabecksgames.com/

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Video: Geoffrey Esper Beats Joey Chestnut at 2018 Ice Cream Eating Championship

Geoffrey Esper, currently ranked fourth in Major League Eating, won the second Prairie Farms World Ice Cream Eating Championship on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the Indiana State Fair by eating 15.5 pints of ice cream in 6 minutes. Joey Chestnut came in second with 14.5 pints of ice cream.

Miki Sudo still holds the world record by eating 16.5 pints of ice cream in six minutes, which was set last year.

2018 Ice Cream Eating Championship Results

1 Geoffrey Esper 15.5 pints in 6 min
2 Joey Chestnut 14.5
3 Juan Rodriguez 12
4 Dud Lite Dudzinski and Derek Jacobs 11.5
6 Adrian Morgan 11.25
7 Gideon Oji and Matt Hazzard 11
9 Matthews Raible and Cohen 7.25
11 Meliss Klabel 5.5

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Gen Con 2018 Costume Parade & Cosplay

Gen Con 2018 Costume Parade & Cosplay.

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What Do You Meme? Demo at Gen Con 2018

What Do You Meme? Demo at Gen Con 2018

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Gen Con 2018 Kickoff!

Gen Con 2018 preview & kickoff in Indianapolis! GAME ON!

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Health Department to Offer Special Flu Shot Clinics Oct 24, 26 & Nov 2

The Marion County Public Health Department is offering low-cost flu shots at eight special walk-in clinics scheduled around the community in October and early November. These clinics are in addition to the flu shots available through the health’s department’s district health offices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. It is especially important for pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and anyone with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.

Flu shots are $20 for adults and for children ages 2-18. Some fees may be waived based on insurance status. Shots for children under two years old are free. The special walks-in clinics are scheduled for the following locations and times:

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Southport Presbyterian Church
7525 McFarland Blvd.
9 a.m.-Noon

Thursday, Oct. 26
Cathedral Kitchen
1350 N. Pennsylvania St.
9-11 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 2
Sharing Place
(located inside the Lawrence Education and Community Center)
6501 Sunnyside Rd.
10 a.m.-Noon

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Stop The Sales Scams of Robocall Hell

For the past several years the robocalls have gotten worse and worse. So bad to the point that most of us don’t answers calls from numbers that we do not know.

You’ve probably heard from “Rachel from Card Services“. And from the “Your Car Warranty Has Expired” scammers. Or from countless other such robocall miscreants. If you’ve not, please consider yourself lucky.

Do Not Call Lists

In Indiana, you can signup for the Indiana Do Not Call List with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2445.htm.

In the United States as a whole, be sure to check out https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-calls-texts-and-faxeshttps://www.donotcall.gov/.

Though in our experience, much like any government mandated bans & laws, this is often fruitless. Scammers are still going to scam. And they’ll spoof numbers too. And call from multiple numbers, often within minutes of each other.

Stop the Robocalls From Ringing You

That said, we like to keep track of these numbers and stop them from bothering us again. While they tend to use multiple numbers, eventually you’ll see the same one again. So what we do is save the number in our phone and call it something like “Robo Scams”. Then assign the number a custom name such as “Rachel”. And the final piece of the puzzle is setting “Robo Scams” to go directly to voicemail. Sometimes they leave messages, sometimes they don’t. But regardless, they’ll never get a live answer.

If you have any advice to add, please leave a comment below.

Known Robocall Numbers to Block

And without further ado, here are the numbers we’ve received robocalls recently to personal numbers that are on the Do Not Call list. The type of call will be noted when known.

  • 317-413-4357 (Security System Robocall)
  • 317-490-2766
  • 317-490-3687
  • 317-490-5241
  • 317-490-6895 (Security System Robocall)
  • 317-490-9241 (Security System Robocall)
  • 317-506-4594 (Security System Robocall)

Note that every single one of these is a “local” Indianapolis number, which appears to be in the wireless number exchanges. But we have also seen these from other area codes as well.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

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