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I see that you question has been answered. I just wanted to add that one reason people have been upset about it is because there were a few Webbies that were listed as retired right after they were released. That seemed like a strange idea. Ganz did not even give those pets a chance to see how well they would sell. It could also be that with this economy they wanted to drive sales immediately. I love Webkinz, but I don't like feeling like I have to buy the next one that I see or I may miss out. All of this was also around the time that they opened the e-store. They have to make marketing decisions that they feel are best for the future of their company. I am sure that retiring a critter that was just released has got to drive sales as soon as they hit the shelves.
Great answer! It's also possible, that, in addition to the marketing aspects of this and need for quick cash flow, there may also be manufacturing issues. I read on another thread that someone postulated that some pets are made in a small run from fabric leftover from another pet. Or there may be pressures in the manufacturing arena--they can only make so many pets of so many kinds at once. A deciision may be made to make just one manufacturing cycle of a pet. But I suspect the issue is as Boro suggested, largely market-profit driven. Having retired pets on the order form for a short time only may really spur sales to stores. And then stores to us--there are marketing pluses for Ganz in retiring pets at several levels.
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