Why does GPI even still sell clay Paulsons? (2 Viewers)


Royal Flush
Aug 8, 2016
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Recently, in comparing the feel of older clays to Paulsons, somebody commented that modern Paulsons are more than 50% plastic. Whether it’s true or not, and how modern chips feel isn’t really relevant to the question, it’s just what got me thinking.
And now I’m going on a tangent before even addressing the question, but we know Bud Jones plastics cost more than Paulsons and I’ve always wondered why. I’ve always assumed it’s just because plastics last longer. That they sell clay Paulsons for cheaper and for less profit because they’re more of a consumable - they have to be replaced more often. If you sell clay to a casino now, you’ll sell them more in 5 years or so when they wear out. But if the plastics last forever, GPI needs to make more profit on them up front.

Those assumptions are all based on my assumption that clay chips are cheaper to produce than compressed clays. And if that’s true, maybe I’ve answered my own question - maybe GPI pushes clay Paulsons to insure future replacement sales. Because otherwise, why not just streamline the business and produce only the plastic chips which are cheaper and easier to produce (presumably) and can be sold for a higher profit.

Do we really believe that American casinos prefer clays? Obviously most of us prefer clays, but we’re a bunch of freaks. I doubt the typical casino player gives a hoot, and I have a hard time believing that casino execs choose clay because they prefer them or because they think the players prefer them.

Or maybe my assumption is wrong, and Paulsons are actually cheaper to produce than plastic Bud Jones?
I'm relatively ignorant on the manufacturing side of chips, but isn't plastic easier to counterfeit/replicate than their H&C/house molds?
I'm relatively ignorant on the manufacturing side of chips, but isn't plastic easier to counterfeit/replicate than their H&C/house molds?
Ignoring the technologies (RFI?) that can be inserted into chips, yeah I’d assume so. But it seems like casinos in most of the rest of the world use plastics or ceramics - don’t tell me they don’t care about security.
Maybe the thought process is materials that wear out/down quicker can assist with more frequent re-orders. :unsure:
That’s my guess too. Do you have any insight as to whether it’s actually cheaper to manufacture a Bud Jones than a Paulson?
Coming from a country that only uses shite plastic chips, clay chips are much more fun, brighter colours, better looking inlays and stack way better than the slippery boring looking chips we have here.

When I first went to casinos here I remember being disappointed at the old worn out battered plastic pieces of crap.

I think that fun bright looking chips are part of the experience and encourage people to play. I think that’s part of it.

In Macao, plastic chips are basically used. Even so, the frequency of chip change in MGM Macau is about 4-5 years. Even if these chips are not bad

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