- Player's Handbook (SC). A woman once called about buying a softcover D&D Player's Handbook. Her brother was in prison and they don't allow hardcover books. The next year WOTC came out with the Player's Kit, which had a softcover version of the book. I still refer to it as the "prison edition."
- The Frog Guy. A very nice customer who probably kept me afloat in the early days would buy cases of rubber water frogs. He gave them out with his business cards at large social events, like rotary clubs. This resulted in some amusing conversations with my sales rep, who made me promise NOT to tell him what I was doing with all those frogs. Unfortunately, I can't get the frogs any longer.
- Adult Games. I've had some interesting conversations with people looking for "adult," X-rated games to play with their spouses ... or in groups. As a general rule of thumb, I avoid those types of games, although I caved on Dirty Minds, which is a best selling board game for us.
- Real Magic (good!). I've had people coming to the store looking for books on how to cast real spells on people. I would carefully explain that the books are for games, and will not allow you to cast authentic thaumaturgy, including the book called Authentic Thaumaturgy.
- Real Magic (Bad!). I've spoken with people (very few actually) who think D&D books or Magic cards are real and that we're involved in some form of devil worship. As I told one woman commenting on the D&D Spell Compendium, "Ma'am, if this book had real spells, I would be making a heck of a lot more money at this."
- Floor Wax. The painting formula for "magic wash" calls for Future Floor Finish. A bottle of this stuff is about $10, but we ocassionally re-package Future in small dropper bottles and re-sell them. It was someone else's suggestion, but it has worked out well for us.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A list of strange requests over the years: