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General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!


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Our Webkinz Insider interior decorators will be interested to know about the upcoming retirement of these two themes: the General Store Theme, introduced to the W Shop in June 2009, and the Country & Western Theme dating back to 2007, will both be retired to Deluxe only, on August 28 2013.
 
You can see all the General Store items HERE and the Country and Western items HERE, including some interesting history about the legendary Kinz Corral Spittoon.
 
Save your KinzCash and stock up on the items that appeal to you. You have more than two weeks, until Wednesday August 28 to buy them. You can see all the Room Themes in our WIKI HERE.

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Our Webkinz Insider interior decorators will be interested to know about the upcoming retirement of these two themes: the General Store Theme, introduced to the W Shop in June 2009, and the Country & Western Theme dating back to 2007, will both be retired to Deluxe only, on August 28 2013.

You can see all the General Store items HERE and the Country and Western items HERE, including some interesting history about the legendary Kinz Corral Spittoon.

Save your KinzCash and stock up on the items that appeal to you. You have more than two weeks, until Wednesday August 28 to buy them. You can see all the Room Themes in our WIKI HERE.
It is sad to see them go deluxe only but Thank you for posting.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

I hate to say but I can see signs that deluxe will be "the preferred way" soon but better that then closing the web site down completely

guess I'll have to stop by at the wshop soon -some of these pieces really didn't interest me but I'll have to check them out again

thanks for the info

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

Oh wow they better come out with some new items soon!! They are retiring everything lately.
What's the point of retiring those items to deluxe anyways?

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

Thanks for letting us know!

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by bangkokyankee
I hate to say but I can see signs that deluxe will be "the preferred way" soon but better that then closing the web site down completely

guess I'll have to stop by at the wshop soon -some of these pieces really didn't interest me but I'll have to check them out again

thanks for the info

I agree they will be forcing people to go deluxe. If they rely on me to make money, they won't get it ~ I only adopt a pet once a year. But, I do keep 5 accounts active.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

With them retiring and changing everything to deluxe, I would sure hope they will introduce more stuff for non-deluxe! I don't know how much more money-oriented they could get.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

What are they doing, sending everything to deluxe. I do not think is fair. I really wish I had a idea what there thought process is!

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

I have to admit this is getting pretty tiring. Everything is going to deluxe, WW is turning into Club Penguin...except even without a membership your pet can still wear clothes.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

I hope with all the room themes retiring or going to CSO that they bring in some good room themes. Hopefully they all want be deluxe.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

Two more room themes that was there for EVERYONE, go Deluxe Only.
Color me not surprised! I believe this is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. It is the beginning of the end for people buying a plushie pet and playing in Webkinz World. Personally, I think they are slowly phasing out the plushies and soon you won't find them anywhere. It will be online virtual pet only. And, you will have to be Deluxe Only to be able to buy the items, clothes, and play the games, that you once played for free (after having bought a pet at a store).

I can't speak for everyone, but where I live, finding Webkinz has always been an issue. Occasionally. near where I live, I found Webkinz at Wal-mart and Target. Now, neither store carries them. I found them at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. They no longer carry Webkinz. The Books-a-Million and Cracker Barrel Restaurant still have them, but they are not displayed at the front of the stores, where employees can watch them and make sure people don't just rip-off the code tags. Now, in both stores, they are in the back areas where the children's toys and books are. At both places, I counted over 10 to 15 plush pets that no longer had code tags, but were still being sold. At Books-a-Million, they also sold other Webkinz items, like bookmarks, lip gloss, clothes, mouse pads, and trading cards. They no longer have those either.

The only local place where I live, that had Webkinz for sell, was a local flower/gift shop. They no longer carry them either. So, this leads me to believe that Webkinz is slowly phasing out the plushies, at least for sell in stores. Maybe they will continue to sell them online, I don't know.

I think Ganz is pushing the regular players out and trying to force us to become Deluxe Only, in order to continue to play. I have absolutely NO problems with Ganz having a Deluxe Only part to Webkinz. They pay extra and should get extra goodies and such. What I DO have a problems with is Ganz taking games and Wshop items that were once there for everyone, and making them Deluxe Only. THAT IS NOT RIGHT! NOR IS IT FAIR! But...it's apparent that Ganz doesn't care, so it does no good in complaining about it.

That is why I have decided not to add another pet code to my three accounts when they expire in January 2014. I have really and truly enjoyed playing on Webkinz, but I don't like being treated like my loyalty as a customer doesn't matter. All Ganz cares about it money. They are a huge company that does a lot more than just make Webkinz. Do they REALLY need to ruin this game?

Thank you for letting me rant on my soap box.



Star Child

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

Retiring a Theme by making it Deluxe is an odd thing to do for sure. For starters, there is no info on whether these two themes are just going to turn Deluxe but remain in the W Shop, or whether they will be retired to the Deluxe section of the Curio Shop.

On the positive side, members have been protesting sudden unannounced retirements, and Ganz has listened, giving us 2 and a half weeks to stock up.

Also these themes are 4 years old and 6 years old respectively. If you have not yet collected them, the odds are that you don't really want/need them. Except for that Western Spittoon... everyone wishes they had one of those...

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by Star Child
Two more room themes that was there for EVERYONE, go Deluxe Only.
Color me not surprised! I believe this is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. It is the beginning of the end for people buying a plushie pet and playing in Webkinz World. Personally, I think they are slowly phasing out the plushies and soon you won't find them anywhere. It will be online virtual pet only. And, you will have to be Deluxe Only to be able to buy the items, clothes, and play the games, that you once played for free (after having bought a pet at a store).

I can't speak for everyone, but where I live, finding Webkinz has always been an issue. Occasionally. near where I live, I found Webkinz at Wal-mart and Target. Now, neither store carries them. I found them at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores. They no longer carry Webkinz. The Books-a-Million and Cracker Barrel Restaurant still have them, but they are not displayed at the front of the stores, where employees can watch them and make sure people don't just rip-off the code tags. Now, in both stores, they are in the back areas where the children's toys and books are. At both places, I counted over 10 to 15 plush pets that no longer had code tags, but were still being sold. At Books-a-Million, they also sold other Webkinz items, like bookmarks, lip gloss, clothes, mouse pads, and trading cards. They no longer have those either.

The only local place where I live, that had Webkinz for sell, was a local flower/gift shop. They no longer carry them either. So, this leads me to believe that Webkinz is slowly phasing out the plushies, at least for sell in stores. Maybe they will continue to sell them online, I don't know.

I think Ganz is pushing the regular players out and trying to force us to become Deluxe Only, in order to continue to play. I have absolutely NO problems with Ganz having a Deluxe Only part to Webkinz. They pay extra and should get extra goodies and such. What I DO have a problems with is Ganz taking games and Wshop items that were once there for everyone, and making them Deluxe Only. THAT IS NOT RIGHT! NOR IS IT FAIR! But...it's apparent that Ganz doesn't care, so it does no good in complaining about it.

That is why I have decided not to add another pet code to my three accounts when they expire in January 2014. I have really and truly enjoyed playing on Webkinz, but I don't like being treated like my loyalty as a customer doesn't matter. All Ganz cares about it money. They are a huge company that does a lot more than just make Webkinz. Do they REALLY need to ruin this game?

Thank you for letting me rant on my soap box.



Star Child
Agreed. I also have found it increasingly more difficult to find webkinz, only cracker barrel and Hallmark have them and cracker barrel recently told me that soon they would no longer carry them. Sadly, I think that webkinz will soon be either deluxe or free members, no in between and pets will become a accessory. If it really happens, which it seems to be doing, then a lot of member will quit, including myself. Bad move on their part.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

This one doesn't bother me since they gave us a heads-up instead of one of those *fun* guessing games, and the themes won't be gone for good.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

I bet they are going to gradually take away the Wshop stuff little by little until there is like only one room theme...and it will be lame. That is only one room theme will be Wshop...the rest deluxe...Same with the clothing and everything else...

Why can I see that happening?

View Post Originally Posted by cupcake00497
I have to admit this is getting pretty tiring. Everything is going to deluxe, WW is turning into Club Penguin...except even without a membership your pet can still wear clothes.
Well...they can...for now.

View Post Originally Posted by Ham4life
Agreed. I also have found it increasingly more difficult to find webkinz, only cracker barrel and Hallmark have them and cracker barrel recently told me that soon they would no longer carry them. Sadly, I think that webkinz will soon be either deluxe or free members, no in between and pets will become a accessory. If it really happens, which it seems to be doing, then a lot of member will quit, including myself. Bad move on their part.

Justice used to carry them...but not any more.

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If GANZ continues to make room themes, clothing, and arcade games deluxe, they'll continue to go downhill fast. I think they only care about the little profit that they are making from the deluxe members. So therefore, deluxe is getting more and more benefits. And GANZ doesn't care one bit if it's at the expense of regular members. Cause they're bringing in less profit. I also feel we're being divided into social classes. Webkinz shouldn't be site where the members feel they're not important and/or less important because of who they are. And the removal of customer service isn't helping. Now they'll telling us to be quiet and just deal with it. That's a very poor business practice. In addition, they only care about glitches and issues with the Estore. Because the Estore is making them money. I think GANZ should take the time to visit this site and see what's being said about them. It's not pretty. Maybe that will knock some sense into them and realize what they're doing is very wrong. We members need to put a stop to these negative changes. Cause who else is? It's not going to happen overnight. But if we keep trying, we'll influence their decision in a dramatic, but positive way.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by Ham4life
Agreed. I also have found it increasingly more difficult to find webkinz, only cracker barrel and Hallmark have them and cracker barrel recently told me that soon they would no longer carry them. Sadly, I think that webkinz will soon be either deluxe or free members, no in between and pets will become a accessory. If it really happens, which it seems to be doing, then a lot of member will quit, including myself. Bad move on their part.

I spent all of today looking for anything webkinz. I found nothing. I now have to order webkinz online
because it is extremely difficult to find webkinz. I wish they were easier to find in stores...

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by WebkinzBatRulz
Well...they can...for now..
Well said, but I think they won't take the clothing option away from us.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by Babs
What are they doing, sending everything to deluxe. I do not think is fair. I really wish I had a idea what there thought process is!
Their thought process is based solely on money.

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

View Post Originally Posted by MAKroll
Their thought process is based solely on money.
Yes, and free advertisement.

I won third in the webkinz video contest on youtube a few years back. Back then I didn't realize it but it was just me giving them free advertising. I get my video to 3,000 views then they get potential costumers. I share it with friends to get more views. And all I got was an estore jeep. Cheep advertising.

Ok *cheap ^^^ xD

Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

I read some of your posts about not being able to buy webbies easily now - believe me when I say I have the same problems -where I live there are NONE

luckily I got some when I was in the USA and am now down to my last dozen codes - didn't think I'd get that low but keeping 5 accounts alive for a few years well .....

got off track

I think Ganz had a problem with the dealers a while back and how they got dealers to sell webbies - I was googling webkinz stuff and came across a lawsuit Ganz had settled with dealers (hope the admins don't mind my saying that) so maybe that's why dealers have stopped selling plus I guess the Webkinz balloon has busted

as Webberlily said at least they gave us notice this time no guessing games like before
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