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Ganz Responds to Retailer Questions Regarding October Pets


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We know many of you have been wondering what is going on with the release of the October Webkinz.  As you may remember, Ganz originally said the Papillon Dog and Billy Goat would be in the batch, but then that changed to the Pink Punch Cheeky Dog and Springbok.  Now we are getting reports from our members that all four pets are available for purchase in stores.
 
Robert, from our partner store, Ameriwade, has been working to get answers.  On Friday, his sales rep told him that the Papillon Dog and Billy Goat were not scheduled for October release.  Since we already have reports here on Webkinz Insider of members adopting the pets, he kept digging.  On Monday, he got a statement from Ganz that said the Papillon Dog and Billy Goat are "exclusive" pets to a particular store, but Ganz wouldn't tell him which store.  Unfortunately, that appears to be the only information Ganz is willing to release at this point.
 
In the past, Ganz has made a handful of pets "exclusive" to Hallmark, Justice, Cracker Barrel, and Palmer Marketing Group.  The large chains get exclusive rights to sell the pets for several months before smaller boutiques are given the option to order them.  As of now, we don't know which store has the "exclusive" for these pets, or when the pets may be available to all stores.
 
UPDATE:  According to reports from our members, the Billy Goat and the Papillon Dog are both being sold at Justice, Carlton Cards, and the Chapters/Indigo/Coles family of book stores.  Also, the Billy Goat is being sold at Hallmark.

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I got my billy goat at Hallmark yesterday. I didn't see a Pappillon dog there though.

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Aww, my hallmark doesn't have then

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Why would Ganz give a chain exclusive rights to sell a certain pet....and then refuse to tell anyone which chain it was? How does that even make sense? Did anyone at Ganz ever take a single marketing class in their lives? It sure doesn't seem like it...

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I've seen the Billy Goat at hallmark but I'm not sure I saw the doggy

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I saw the Papillion Dog and Billy Goat at Justice on October 1st, but no Springbok, though sometimes animals come in later than the 1st.

In my area, only certain Justice stores now carry the new Webkinz... of 5 area stores, only 2 now are still getting new ones, and only 1 is "near" where I am.

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I definitely have seen the papillion dog and the glitzy dragon at Justice stores

And the justice store that had the papillion had a lot of them too

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View Post Originally Posted by Pengo
Why would Ganz give a chain exclusive rights to sell a certain pet....and then refuse to tell anyone which chain it was? How does that even make sense? Did anyone at Ganz ever take a single marketing class in their lives? It sure doesn't seem like it...

I agree, it makes no sense. How can people go buy them if they don't know which store is selling them?

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Ganz has gone WAYYYYYYYYYYY to far this time. I am SICK of them doing stupid stuff like this.

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Thank you for the info FIA!

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Why doesn't Ganz just tell us what is going on ?

How perplexing

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I have to say that I think ganz is lying about the pets being store exclusives. maybe they got shipped out by mistake and rather than admit it, ganz made something up.

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The billy goat is NOT at my hallmark.

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I haven't get check my stores yet to see if they have the billy goat.

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We found all the pets except the pink punch dog and the pig at Justice and we got them for 40% off to boot. Always love that

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I dunno. Maybe Ganz is under the impression that people think games of hide n' seek are fun. Or,.....They want to give special treatment to the "True Believers" that'll go way, way, waaaaaayyyy outta their way to find them.

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i was at justice yesterday and the only ones there were the pink punch cheeky dog, the dragon, the brilliant raccoon, and the signature pig..
not. fair.

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I probably won't be able to get these, especially the goat. My Hallmarks are not getting any new Webkinz anymore but I will look.

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We don't have Justice stores anywhere here.....

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I just saw both of them on Amazon.com.....with high prices and over $5 each for shipping.....that's crazy!!! Guess Ganz doesn't really want us to buy them???? I mean, I order from Ameriwade and pay a flat $5 shipping on my total order, I am NOT paying upwards of $20 for a Webkinz then have to pay ANOTHER $5 or more to have it shipped....guess I need to find another hobby!!!

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Thanks for the update Fia. Guess I'll never find that cute dog over here in the UK as it's hard enough finding very common pets Back when the Silversoft Cat was pet of the month Amazon was the only place I could find it and they wanted £15 ($23) for it! So I ended up buying virtual only from the eStore.

View Post Originally Posted by Darlabell
I just saw both of them on Amazon.com.....with high prices and over $5 each for shipping.....that's crazy!!! Guess Ganz doesn't really want us to buy them???? I mean, I order from Ameriwade and pay a flat $5 shipping on my total order, I am NOT paying upwards of $20 for a Webkinz then have to pay ANOTHER $5 or more to have it shipped....guess I need to find another hobby!!!
You know why don't you? They're not being sold by Amazon themselves but one of the stores that sells via Amazon. Even common pets on AmazonUK (I'm in England) have insane prices like that which is why I end up buying eStore pets
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