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Trump’s tariffs could ruin the American board game industry

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    Deimos
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    One interesting aspect of this that I've seen some people bring up is related to board game Kickstarters in particular. Some of them are suddenly in a really difficult situation because they had...

    One interesting aspect of this that I've seen some people bring up is related to board game Kickstarters in particular. Some of them are suddenly in a really difficult situation because they had already taken pledges from everyone at a particular price point, and now can't really increase it to compensate for the tariffs. That's a really shitty situation to be in, and I'm not even sure what reasonable options they have.

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    1. mjangle1985
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      Be open with their backers ask for additional funds or refund when people want them. I think most people would understand. It's not the fault of the boardgame maker. This is purely Trumpian.

      Be open with their backers ask for additional funds or refund when people want them. I think most people would understand. It's not the fault of the boardgame maker. This is purely Trumpian.

      7 votes
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    joeldare
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    I'm not a Trump fan but I can see some potential long-term good from tariffs, and the author points it out right away... There is only one board game printer in the US. Probably because it's...

    I'm not a Trump fan but I can see some potential long-term good from tariffs, and the author points it out right away... There is only one board game printer in the US. Probably because it's cheaper to print them in China, where the government subsidizes many goods. By taxing the foreign goods, it creates an incentive to create new companies who are able to print in the US. The author of this piece says he would like to do business with more US printers but it's not possible. The tarrif could fix that, long term, but it's painful now.

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        joeldare
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        Your comment convinced me to look a little deeper. If Wikipedia is a trusted and impartial source then it looks like the majority of economists believe these tariffs will be a net negative for the...

        Your comment convinced me to look a little deeper. If Wikipedia is a trusted and impartial source then it looks like the majority of economists believe these tariffs will be a net negative for the US. Based on a couple other resources, I assume that the lower income earners are hit the hardest and I lean toward protecting that group. As such, these are probably a bad idea in general.

        I still think that domestic production will increase in at least some of these industries. With the paper industry being mostly US, I'd probably bet on board games as a good contender for that to happen. Problem is, as you mentioned, that's not the stated goal.

        The only stated goal is a negotiation tactic. It seems the major trouble spots, in the negotiation, are intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers. The US is out of control with intellectual property protections, especially on long copyrights and software patents, so I'm inclined to throw those away. So, my mind is changed. These tariffs with China are about the wrong things.

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        1. Arshan
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          Disclaimer: I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Economics. There are two things that EVERY legitimate Economist agrees on: we shouldn't go back to the gold standard and that tariffs always...

          Disclaimer: I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Economics.

          There are two things that EVERY legitimate Economist agrees on: we shouldn't go back to the gold standard and that tariffs always do more harm than good. Tariffs always increase the cost of goods, both directly, a tariff on a board game increases the cost of the board game, and indirectly, a tariff on paper makes everything that uses paper more expensive. These costs increases are almost always pushed to the end consumer. Even the benefits of local manufacturing, which are important, rarely exceed the costs. Also, local products frequently become sub-par, as they have less competition and only exist at the pleasure of the government.

          7 votes
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          Photon
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          I'd just like to say I'm always so amazed at how pleasant everyone is being, I've only been using this platform for a short period of time and it's still so surprising to see. Good on you all.

          I'd just like to say I'm always so amazed at how pleasant everyone is being, I've only been using this platform for a short period of time and it's still so surprising to see. Good on you all.

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            SunSpotter
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            It's the number of people who reverse their opinions or say something to the effect of "sorry, I was wrong" that never ceases to surprise me here. By contrast, I almost never see anyone do that on...

            It's the number of people who reverse their opinions or say something to the effect of "sorry, I was wrong" that never ceases to surprise me here.

            By contrast, I almost never see anyone do that on reddit, and frequently see people just double down, sending the conversation into a downward spiral.

            Tildes is so welcoming and casual that after finally feeling like I've escaped Reddit, it makes me want to be better.

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            1. LukeZaz
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              That last bit is my favorite part about this site. Despite low activity, I still love it here because browsing here actually makes me feel like I'm learning things, keeping up-to-date with events...

              That last bit is my favorite part about this site. Despite low activity, I still love it here because browsing here actually makes me feel like I'm learning things, keeping up-to-date with events and hopefully becoming a better person.

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