What Printing Am I Getting? (Or: Updating My Paizo Collection)


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I've enjoyed playing Pathfinder for quite some time! Some of my books have begun to wear and tear. For example, my core book is a first printing, but as I was getting ready to purchase a newer copy, I couldn't find any product information (both here at the Paizo site and on Amazon under Jason Buhlman's seller profile) about what printing I would be purchasing.

I'd really like to ensure I would be getting the latest (6th) printing, does anyone know if that would be the case? Do previous printings remain in the inventory? Did I simply miss the product information?

Thanks for any replies!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

If memory serves, you will always (barring a warehousing hiccough) get the current printing from Paizo. The same is not true regarding any other retailer.

Sczarni

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Chemlak wrote:
If memory serves, you will always (barring a warehousing hiccough) get the current printing from Paizo. The same is not true regarding any other retailer.

Yup... one of the title or copywrite pages will let you know the printing if it is higher than the first... its a little hard to find


Pathfinder Card Game, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

If you order a new copy from paizo, you're guaranteed* to get the latest printing (if you end up getting an older one, contact Customer Service and they'll likely be willing to swap it for you).

If you order a used copy from paizo, the printing is not guaranteed. Ordering from other sites such as amazon will likely net you the latest printing (as a reprint doesn't happen until everyone is sold out), but there may be people reselling new/used copies of older printings after a reprint has already been issued on places like amazon.

* not actually a guarantee, but getting an older printing is exceedingly unlikely


That's reassuring to know! I'll play it safe from the paizo store rather than Amazon. Thanks guys!


The Core Rulebook and Bestiary, I both from Amazon Canada, they were both the lasted print. Just don't buy from the other sellers on Amazon, unless you send them a message first and ask if it's the latest or not.


If your from Canada, then there's Chapters Indigo that you can buy from as well. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

skizzerz wrote:
If you order a used copy from paizo...

What skizzerz says is correct, but it applies to "non-mint" copies rather than "used." We don't sell used books, but we do occasionally sell "non-mint" books that have minor cosmetic issues.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
skizzerz wrote:
If you order a used copy from paizo...
What skizzerz says is correct, but it applies to "non-mint" copies rather than "used." We don't sell used books, but we do occasionally sell "non-mint" books that have minor cosmetic issues.

whoops, that is indeed what I meant, I just phrased it poorly :(


Here's a list of Paizos product distributors.

http://paizo.com/paizo/about/distributors

Silver Crusade

Or support your local gaming store and buy from them, checking the copy on the shelf to make sure it's the printing you want before you buy it. I always try to buy from the store that hosts our local PFS group when I buy hard copies, though I do buy a lot of PDFs these days.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Reckless Hound wrote:

Here's a list of Paizos product distributors.

http://paizo.com/paizo/about/distributors

In general, in our industry, publishers sell to distributors, and distributors sell to retailers. The list of distributors you linked to is really only useful to retailers, as most of them sell only in volume to retailers.

You can find a listing of stores who have signed up for our retailer locator here.


Fromper wrote:
Or support your local gaming store and buy from them, checking the copy on the shelf to make sure it's the printing you want before you buy it. I always try to buy from the store that hosts our local PFS group when I buy hard copies, though I do buy a lot of PDFs these days.

Yes that's the first thing I would do, but they normally have nothing that you're looking for, at least not where I live.


Reckless Hound wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Or support your local gaming store and buy from them, checking the copy on the shelf to make sure it's the printing you want before you buy it. I always try to buy from the store that hosts our local PFS group when I buy hard copies, though I do buy a lot of PDFs these days.
Yes that's the first thing I would do, but they normally have nothing that you're looking for, at least not where I live.

Yeah, we had a small store which had a focus on M:TG and comics. I had a hard time finding Paizo products I was looking for, but still went in to buy comics every now and again and check what was in stock. Sadly, they could not remain open and there is no longer a FLGS in my area.

Edit:

Vic Wertz wrote:
Reckless Hound wrote:

Here's a list of Paizos product distributors.

http://paizo.com/paizo/about/distributors

In general, in our industry, publishers sell to distributors, and distributors sell to retailers. The list of distributors you linked to is really only useful to retailers, as most of them sell only in volume to retailers.

You can find a listing of stores who have signed up for our retailer locator here.

That's a neat tool! I have to mention, though, that it showed retailers in my area that are no longer in business... dunno how the list is updated *shrug*.


Like Vic Wertz was saying, you should take a look at the Retail Locator here. http://paizo.com/paizo/about/retailers

You would have to ask Paizo why the Distributor list hasn't been updated.

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