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Old 01-25-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Answered: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

Hello All, I would love to get the upcoming Hippie Hippo webkinz for my daughter but have heard conflicting reports of this release.

I just talked to a gift store on the phone (not one of the major chains) that is pre-selling the Hippie Hippo. They told me they have ordered a couple hundred and they expect to get that many in. She stated her Ganz rep. is pretty high up and they always get what they order.

Could the person at the store by incorrect??
What happened to the 3 per store that I read about??


Anyone know the real truth to this release???
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This is the official word from Ganz. This is what Ganz is telling their retailers.

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According to our retail contacts, each store is getting three.

That's less than they have ever been able to order for any Webkinz.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

they said the minty moose would be like this but i saw like 20 on sale for five dollars
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

Well... I don't really know how reliable the person you talked to is.....
As far as I know, it will be 3 per store. You could try pre-ordering it from the gift shop, but somehow I doubt they'll have "hundreds" as stated.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:40 PM   #4
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View Post Originally Posted by heart891011
they said the minty moose would be like this but i saw like 20 on sale for five dollars
Yep. The best way to create a desire in everyone to buy something, is to say that it's limited. Marketers do this all the time to generate business.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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Huh. I wonder...
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:59 PM   #6
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

Sounds a bit fishy...thanks for letting us all know! I have a feeling the "3 per store" thing won't be true...but I guess we'll find out someday!
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:02 PM   #7
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

There were reports that there would be merely 5 Minty Moose to a store, and yet at my local Justice there were dozens of them, as were there many, many more than 5 at my local Hallmark. I think that how many a store can receive is based on the volume of Ganz products the store sells, I doubt that a national chain like Justice would even agree to a 3 to a store limit product.

Maybe a dozen or two dozen to a store, but not 3. I think this may be a case of a small retailer and its' limited inventory as opposed to what is offered to a national chain. I find that Ganz reps are, like all salespeople, a bit dishonest with their smaller customers. I have been in little Mom and Pop shops that had been clients for 10 years with Ganz and thought they had a stellar sales record with them and yet the shop would receive the new pets literally months after my local Hallmark.

When I once asked for a (at the time) new release, charcoal cat, the shop owner insisted that no one would be getting those in for at least 60 days as they were not even released yet. I then informed him that I had just purchased the last one in stock at my local Hallmark, but I wanted two of them and it would be another week before Hallmark got in a fresh shipment, the man acted like I was a liar. I went to my car and brought back the charcoal cat and he just couldn't believe his rep had lied to him.

I am sure these little retailers sincerely believe that they are told 100% the truth and that there really will be a shortage or limited supply on the items as they claim. I just can't see Ganz convincing Hallmark or Justice to stock merely 3 of an item, as it causes undo hardship and agitation to the retailers, people coming in and bothering them and begging for the limited edition items and etc. It would sincerely not be worth it to a national chain to do such a thing unless it was a self promotion and a store brand item.
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

3 per store?
That's a big fat lie.

They just say that to make you buy it. And to show them a thing or two, i'm not buying it.
Waste of money, waste of time, good going, Ganz.
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I have no idea now.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #10
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Default Re: Hippie Hippo --- Anyone know the real truth??

This is the official word from Ganz. This is what Ganz is telling their retailers.

Click the image to open in full size.

According to our retail contacts, each store is getting three.

That's less than they have ever been able to order for any Webkinz.
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