BAToys appreciates the support we have been receiving. As as we have stated before, we completely understand that without our customers- WE ARE NOTHING! This simplistic but essential core value is being reinforced through additional expansion, and in a big way.
As we have gotten this far WITH our customers, it only seems right that we continue on the journey, together. We have learned in a relatively short time: ideas must be acted upon to measure their potential. Whether ideas succeed or fail is irrelevant. The only true failure is an idea that passes idly by.
As the ultimate goal for growth in business is an increase in sales and/or services, BAToys is no different. Business, in general, SURVIVES ONLY ON INCREASE. Increase in sales, increase in products, increase in consumer spending, increase...increase...increase. Where most companies put forth effort to provide excellent service and prices to promote growth- they do so purely at the expense of their customers. There is obviously nothing wrong with this. Constant customer expense is fundamentally taught as a required nature and necessity of business.
Although BAToys already provides the best service that we currently can and the lowest prices we can currently offer, as usual we are striving to do even better. We have been among the norm in building our business upon our customer's expense & have been no different. Until now.We believe a business can be fundamentally sound
AND attempt to make the "business of business" mutually beneficial.
Read Up and follow our lead- we'll pilot, so you can soar!
WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR IMPLY SUCCESSFUL RESULTS WHEN RESELLING ITEMS. INFORMATION IS OPINION ONLY.
If you enjoy reselling items, this is definitely a program to take note of. If you have never tried reselling items, you may want to try your hand at it. With the extra little boost we will attempt to give to BAPilot items, it may be a great way to supplement financing your collections. BAPilot will NOT have any impact on or be a requirement of our standard sales- this is simply an added benefit available to you should you choose to utilize it.
We feel that BAPilot offers a unique opportunity and meets our biggest challenge to date: How to continue the growth of our company WITH our loyal customers and not simply at their expense.
While that may sound crazy to some- it is a seemingly natural and needed BA Toys progression- it's just how we roll!
The BAToys Pilot Program(BAPilot)
was initially launched as a test case in regard to Series 7 Halo Mega Bloks. The support for the program was over-whelming. Our realistic expectations for the initial launch announcement were exceeded after only a few days.
In simple terms, BAPilot works like this: Any item tagged as BAPilot means that we are selling that particular item directly form our website ONLY. We will NOT be listing BAPilot items on ANY other venue. We feel this makes BAPilot items prime candidates for direct purchase and then reselling on other venues- at your own pace.
If it helps, think of BAPilot as an affiliate program on steroids. Instead of the old-fashioned way of building links and putting constant work in promoting someone ELSE, BAPilot allows you to physically BECOME the "LINK". We are of the belief that PEOPLE still promote sales and growth better than any computer or algorithm ever will. Since YOU are now the "link", you decide how much time to devote to building yourself and your content, online or physically. Why build a bunch of spammy and eventually useless links for SOMEONE ELSE? Affiliate links still serve a purpose when used properly, but many that utilize them, do so incorrectly. (We will soon post our opinion as to why affiliate link programs are outdated & failing. In addition, incorrectly formatted affiliate links are now being targeted and penalized by Google.)
Or, think of BAPilot as an investment approach: Rather than buying shares of stock in the market or IN our company(you actually can't, YET)- you are buying literal "shares" of inventory STOCK FROM our company, with the intentions of reselling it at higher prices due to demand or collectability. The advantage to this is that YOU have no MOQ's(Minimum Order Requirements). As you become familiar with BAPilot & reselling items, you can become involved a little, or a lot. It is totally up to you.
WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR IMPLY SUCCESSFUL RESULTS WHEN RESELLING ITEMS.
INFORMATION IS OUR OPINION ONLY.BAPilot is founded upon a core belief: "Don't forget who brung ya."
The opportunity for our customers to buy items tagged as BAPilot
and resell them on other venues, without competing with BAToys- fully commits us to not forgetting the people that got us here. EVER.
Concurrently, we hope encouraging our customers to resell BAPilot items on other venues will put some of the fun back into collecting. Let's face it- we have become a rather formidable force among 3rd party selling venues. Although still a microscopic drop in the bucket of total ecommerce sales- our exit from 3rd party venues in regard to BAPilot items is a huge commitment to our customers.
Not only are we foregoing the extra streams of revenue in regard to BAPilot items- we are also taking a risk that our website may not be so readily shared among friends.(Especially if you are reselling items TO them.) We believe it to be a worthy risk- perhaps an unintended outcome shall ultimately be: "BAToys- the best kept secret on the net!"
It is worth pointing out that BAPilot items are NOT exclusive to BAToys. Other retailers will sell them as well. However, in a competitive market, our commitment to BAPilot is SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT than most business models.
Additionally, we will STILL continue to work for the earliest fulfillment we can muster.
- Are we guaranteed to get items first? NO.
- Will we continue to try and do so? YES, HARDER IF SUCH A THING IS POSSIBLE.
- Do we feel that our hard work of constantly trying to fulfill items quickly will give BAPilot Resellers a slight advantage in the marketplace? WE DO.
- Do we intend to offer additional savings on BAPilot items as we are able? Yes.
- Do we successfully pick short-term & long-term winners? Our company is built on it.
Added benefit: BAToys customers may possibly be, and often are, some of the first to market items on a 3rd party venue, when demand is at its peak. Going forward, we WILL eventually be offering unique closeout opportunites as BAPilot items- meaning not only will we try to guide you for the initial releases, but also alert you to a possible resurgence of demand due to item discontinuation or simply an amazing price.A Documented Example
Remember in LATE 2012 when we sold the Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Elephant for $67 AND included FREE shipping? Those sets were discontinued not long after. If you had bought a few and held onto them, even if only until now roughly 9 months later, you would be over-joyed. The UNSC Elephant sets are already commanding $140+ per set and going higher. We had alerted everyone to to stock up. We even offered to fill as many sets as required. Just imagine if we had also tagged the remaining Elephant sets as "BAPilot".
Opportunites like the above Elephant, arrive once in a great while. The trouble is that when competing to actually secure the last, or even just "some", of the remaining units- time is critical. The last remaining units of hot items can & do literally disappear in minutes.
The above example also illustrates the need for an additional program(coming soon) which will compliment BAPilot, as well as our future BA Rewards Program coming in 2014.Why not start with something simpler?
In terms of simplicity- a program would be hard-pressed to be more simple than BAPilot. It may currently seem involved- but that is merely due to the fact that it is a new premise. Also, we sometimes simply feel the need to write at length, with which you'll just have to deal! :P
Although we could have started rewarding customers with a customer loyalty program- we have chosen to launch BAPilot first. The customer loyalty program we have slated for 2014 is not your average loyalty program and requires extensive time to implement. It needs to be, and will be, a BA Customer Loyalty Reward Program with tentatively proposed levels & tiers, special reward items & more. It will also fully integrate with BAPilot and BANOPI(coming soon).IS THERE A FEE TO PARTICIPATE?
There is no fee to participate in BAPilot. We are making this offering of our own accord in an effort to encourage and promote the active collector community that often already fully engages in reselling items. ALL of our customers will continue to receive our great pricing based upon case assortment availability whether they resell or not! Those that choose to resell will likely just be buying multiple units or cases.Is the number of participants in BAPilot limited? What about additional discounts?
The number of participants in BAPilot is currently unlimited. You have the opportunity to simply partake in BAPilot items & be in on a ground-floor opportunity. Simply purchase the item and do it. Through creativity- you may find unique ways to offer "bundles" of items to add value to your offerings. This will give you a clear advantage over larger retailers who simply cannot take the time to customize bundles.
We tentatively anticipate providing "additional" discounts for this program in 2014. As this program increases in volume, EVERYONE receives the benefit of additional discounts for each particular BAPilot item. When dealing with the reselling of items, even an additional 3-5% off of our already amazing prices is a huge bonus.Will BAToys be monitoring performance of SELLERS?
We will not yet be directly monitoring sellers of BAPilot items. We may generally check market conditions for pricing information and view specific seller items to be nosy- but that's it. Any issues that should arise with unscrupulous sellers will appropriately be dealt with by each 3rd party venue's feedback system. IF someone abuses the system by posting fraudulent listing details, misleading dates, extremely poor service, etc... each 3rd party venue's feedback system deals with those people. If WE directly receive complaints, WE WILL become involved should it be required. A simple denial of BAPilot item purchase for certain accounts would squash any unethical behavior or activities. As we sometimes receive items extremely early- it will often not be hard to tell if a seller is reselling a BAPilot item. Due to our already existing base of sincerely caring and kind customers, we do not believe monitoring performance will even be an issue.IMITATION
We do understand that variations of this program might already exist in some form or another, in history or currently. We honestly have no idea as we didn't check. We do believe that other programs similar or identical to this, will now start springing up all over the place. As they say: Imitation is the highest form of flattery. We already have one of the largest retailers in the world imitating us. (we will disclose who at a later date)
WE HAVE ALREADY SIGNED BAPILOT AGREEMENTS!
We are extremely pleased to announce that we have already signed agreements with major players in the collectibles market regarding BAPilot! We are currently finalizing details and will have some major announcements soon in regard to entire lines being BAPilot.As Mega Bloks are currently our official core function of business, we will NOT be exclusively listing Mega Bloks lines as BAPilot, only select Mega Bloks items with which to showcase the programs potential and success.
There are some AMAZING opportunities coming up for Mega Bloks BAPilot items.
As they say, good things come to those who wait!
...SO, IT'S OFFICIAL!
We are extremely pleased to make BAPilot official! Watch for BAPilot items and opportunity.
IF you are brand new to reselling items, there is no need to buy BAPilot items blindly. Your very first time, you should only buy BAPilot items that you currently collect or would purchase YOURSELF. Items are MUCH easier to sell when you are self-invested and completely believe in the product line or theme! Additional information and other valuable resources will be posted soon.
ITEMS ARE NOT BEING OFFERED AS WHOLESALE. ITEMS ARE/WILL BE OFFERED AT FULL RETAIL/DISCOUNTS OF RETAIL PRICING.
PERFORM YOUR DUE DILIGENCE IN REGARD TO THE LAW, TAXES OR ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION PRIOR TO RESELLING ITEMS.
IN NO WAY DO WE GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL RESULTS WHEN BUYING AND RESELLING ITEMS. INFORMATION OFFERED IS OUR OPINION ONLY.
IF ONLY A FRACTION OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OF DAILY VIEWERS UNDERSTAND THE EXPLOSIVE MARKET IMPLICATIONS OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE LEVERAGED BUYING POWER WHICH MAY RESULT- PARTICIPATION MAY ULTIMATELY BE LIMITED TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY PARTICIPATED BY PURCHASING A BAPILOT ITEM, BY A CUTOFF DATE TO BE DETERMINED IN THE FUTURE.