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November 29, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I wasn't expecting to see a Colecovision Flashback discounted at my grocery store so soon

Colecovision Flashback at my grocery store Last year my local grocery store was selling older versions of the Atari Flashback (FB4's I believe). I hoped this would become a trend, since they were very inexpensive. Yesterday, I discovered Flashbacks had made a return to the toy aisle of my local grocer, this holiday season.

To my surprise, the recently released Colecovision Flashback was on the shelf for $29.99! They also had the the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console, but it's been out for a while. I wouldn't have expected it here at such a discount in it's first holiday sales cycle. I was hoping to find it cheap next year, but here it is.

Grocery stores have notoriously low margins and can't afford to bring on products that don't perform. This makes me suspicious about the sales figures on the ColecovisionFB (haven't seen the Intellivision FB at the grocery yet).

I'm wondering if the Coleco product is not as recognizable as the Atari Flashbacks. Atari Flashbacks seem to have sold well enough to have arrived at version #5. Perhaps the Coleco doesn't have the same mass-appeal as the Atari version. If true, the same might be said of the Intellivision FB. It seemed curious that they released both Colecovision and intellivision FBs at the same time. I would have thought they would space them out and introduce one per year.

It will be interesting to see how these new mini-consoles from AtGames perform. Seeing them both arrive on retail shelves simultaneously and then at my grocery store makes me think they are not performing as well as expected. It may be wise to purchase them sooner rather than later.


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