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Old 05-26-2011, 04:45 PM   #51
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My personal thought is that they are going to go to limited physical plush animals and start to move toward virtual. If they are going to do that, I hope we will see the price decrease for the virtual animals. I already think it is beyond rediculous of Ganz to offer the virtual pets for the same price as the plush pets. That drives me insane. If I can't get the plushies anymore, I doubt I will add many more pets to my accounts. We have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on this hobby of ours. But a lot of the changes that Ganz is making is keeping us from putting as much into Webkinz.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:52 PM   #52
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What if my stores don't get them
I don't know what I would do if i didn't get the Petal Puppy
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:54 PM   #53
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View Post Originally Posted by Hibiscus
I think I can read the writing on the wall...they're hoping to discontinue any and all physical merchandise and convert to online-only sales. For both plush pets and eStore pets, the same conceptual work and expense goes into making a pet, but for plush pets, they also have to produce the pet and ship it. (Plus lately the trend seems to be having to redesign the virtual pet so it matches the plush better, which only means more work and expense.)

I mean, look at it historically...they got rid of most of the physical merchandise piece by piece. Lil Kinz, trading cards, physical figurines, book marks, lip gloss and body spray, clothing for Webkinz, clothing for people (though you can still special order a shirt through the eStore), and most recently endangered signatures and small signatures. They can see that the economy is terrible, but die-hard Webkinz lovers still manage to acquire their favorite pets and items. So they figure they will get a bigger percentage of the retail price if there is no middleman, and no physical product.

I hate to be so cynical. It's not like me, really! But I think this is the beginning of the end. I'm going to start taking screen shots of all my stuff, so when they eventually pull the plug, they at least can't take away my ownership of my pixels!
I hate to say it, but I kind of have to agree with you. Hopefully it's not "the beginning of the end" but you never know. I really like your middle paragraph because you're right, they have slowly taken things away. People still love Webkinz though! I got a Twilight Dragon today! But everyone: stay optimistic! They haven't confirmed any other bad news, so, like other people have said, let's keep our fingers crossed.
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This stinks. I was planning on getting all of the July Webkinz and now since my Webkinz Retailer is kind of small, I might have a hard time getting these magnificent webkinz.
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i am sure this means everyone who gets them will auction to make up the loss of quantity. i really hate to hear this
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wow..awful news 2 me because itll be heard to get for me


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Old 05-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #57
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that's not soo not fair, the workers of the store should be able to order more than 3! it will be hard once they are sold out.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #58
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Not exactly a wise business move. I have to order all my plushies on line because they aren't sold here. Oh well...like another poster...I need to get my Webkinz house in order, take screenshots and hope for the best while being prepared for the worst.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:20 PM   #59
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Yeah, sounds like more virtual focus to me, too.

Personally, I'd already decided not to $invest$ more and marked my birthday (last month) as the monetary finale. I lasted four months before reaching my gluttony threshold and triggering my de-clutter instincts (fyi: I've kept five plushies, for specific times of year).
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I love Webkinz, but I hope they make enough profit elsewhere (like from the ads I block) b/c they've already gotten more money from me than I'd intended.
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View Post Originally Posted by miss spots
why don't they cut back on the NUMBER of different pets each month and make/distribute without limits only 2 or 3 plushies that would seem to be more popular.
I agree with you, Miss Spots. Instead of limiting how many of each pet, why not put out just one or two pets a month. I collect bears and really want the sunbear and hope I will be able to find it. Guess I will be out July 1st looking for them at a couple of places that might have it.
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