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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??
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.
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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