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Old 08-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #11
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Default 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.



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Old 08-10-2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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Default 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...
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #13
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Default 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.



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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.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #14
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Default 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.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Default 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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Old 08-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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Default Re: General Store Theme and Country-Western Theme Retiring to Deluxe August 28!

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.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:41 PM   #17
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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...
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #18
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Well...they can...for now..
Well said, but I think they won't take the clothing option away from us.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #19
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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.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:07 PM   #20
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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.

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