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TheDude

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Discontinued balls?!
« on: December 01, 2010, 12:29:10 AM »
i guess some summer releases in the EBI brands were slow sellers and have been dropped.

Columbia:
Complete Bedlam
Total Bedlam( was discon about 2 months ago)

Ebonite
Vital Sign
Game Plan

Hammer
Hardcore Grind( this doesnt surprise me, at trade shows this summer no one seemed excited about it)

Track 920A

Brunswick has also discontinued a larger number of releases. All being older than 8 months, but ebonite's policy of run hard if it doesnt stick dump makes there products so dangerous to stock.
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cheech

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 12:31:55 PM »
im surprised about the vital sign not selling. ive seen more than a few guys do well with it. house and sport pattens.

my opinion on summer releases is that most of them arent bad balls they just dont sell because no one knows they are released except the higher level players that bowl year round. announce and release them in august instead of june/july
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TheDude

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 01:06:30 PM »
usually the summer releases hit distributors in may or even april for bowl expo. when product sits for an additional 2 or 3 months it just makes it go bad faster.


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coco3085

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010, 09:39:18 AM »
I understand why summer releases don't do so well, but I am disappointed to hear the game plan is going away.  This is the ball I use almost every night.  It can hook the lane or go up the 10 board depending upon how I throw it.  I may have to pick up a couple of more, as this is the best ball I've thrown in a few years.
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ambi1

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010, 11:29:26 AM »
Over here in Manila, to me it seems like there is hardly enough time to breathe before the next ball comes out.  The vital seems to be a good ball, but the mission was a tough act to follow.  Most bowlers bought the Mission, and the wallet may not have recovered yet.

I'm wondering if this could be likely over there.


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Krumpy300

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 07:56:02 PM »
Talked to a person at Ebonite today, Vital Sign is not disco'd, minimum wholesale price has been dropped.
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Effybowler

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 08:12:29 PM »
Where do you get your info about what balls have been discontinued? The columbia website still shows the Complete and Total Bedlam, and they are usually pretty current with their website about what has been discontinued or not.

TheDude

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 06:08:26 AM »
The total i can be sure is discontinued, the complete likely is being moved at lower than original price.
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kidlost2000

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 06:16:37 AM »
They were discontinued 3 to 4 weeks ago.

Not much shelf life at all these days.
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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 06:28:46 AM »
Ebo seems to oversaturate the market and does not give the pro shops enough time to move their product. By the time a shop receives their product, Ebo is announcing a new ball or line. How is a shop supposed to sell a ball that will be replaced in a month? I am not saying Ebo is the only company that is doing this, but they are the biggest player doing it.
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Brickguy221

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2010, 10:41:32 AM »
I hope the Vital Sign isn't or doesn't get discontnued as I am considering buying one along with definitely a Mission shortly after Christmas.
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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2010, 04:51:02 PM »
Thats the problem new balls released over summer and by middle of October we have new releases.  Market is saturated with equipment.

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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2010, 04:57:57 PM »
they should released those balls before the end of May or June so we could buy it and use it for the Usbc national.


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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2010, 06:05:09 PM »
i think they all should come out between may and august and advertise a ton to sell thier balls....economy is still down also lower prices and offer more assentives to buy one or 2 balls....they could give away see-saw towels, small bottle of cleaner...some do like legends and lanemasters and visionary....or make smaller quantity of product,,,if it sells out great next things on they way i believe this sounds like a better business model then flooding the market because it gets very overwhelming to buy a ball...just my 2 cents
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Re: Discontinued balls?!
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2010, 07:10:24 PM »
Manufacturers have budgets they have to hit....and it is generally a flow rate...how many bowling balls the plant disperses.
The whole industry anymore does not allow a ball to breathe...you look at the Virtual Gravity & HyRoad, when was the last time a ball was in the line 3 years.
EBI is probably the worst right now...4 balls in 8 days in Nov, 2 more in Dec and 2 in Jan....not easy to stock or shelve a ball right now and trust that they will be around in 6 months.....
As a whole, there were either 11 or 12 balls in Nov and 3 in Dec with 5 more in Jan....
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