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Old 04-29-2010, 12:38 AM   #431
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I am confused can we renew our family plan before it expires?
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:00 AM   #432
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I am confused can we renew our family plan before it expires?
There is no longer a family plan. You will have to choose one of the other plans, unless they re-instate the family plan. If you buy a new plan before your old one expires, then the new membership starts right away (it doesn't start when the old one expires). If you choose to not have the deluxe membership for even a day, then please be sure to remove all of the clothing from your pets in the deluxe options of the "dress your pet" section so your clothes don't get lost in cyberspace.
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I am confused can we renew our family plan before it expires?

No, unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. When your family membership expires, that's it. It's over.

If you choose, you may renew your deluxe membership using one of Ganz's other options outlined at the eStore.

If you wish to renew all five of your current family deluxe accounts when the time comes, it will cost you $45.00 x 5 = $225.00.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:11 AM   #434
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I fully intend to contact Amanda at Ganz. Thanks for that info eyeluvdogs. I am extremely unhappy about this and if it goes through will not let my children have anything more to do with Webkinz. We don't have to take this. Its fine for them to add other options for people but why drop the family account in the process. There are alot of people who use that option. Even the thought that they would do this makes me wonder if continuing with Webkinz is worth it.
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This is rediculous!!!!
I have 6 accts.
I buy a 1 year to get the grand prize then the family acct for the other 5 I can justify that!
But I am not going to be renewing any now!
And I am not going to buy anything ever again at the estore!!!
And no more POM just 1 pet a year to keep acct active.
Or maybe not, this just sickens me!
They are getting really greedy.
And times are to hard.
I am the only one in my house that even plays anymore.
Remember back in the day when they first had deluxe you got to click here for the hourly activity and they would give a free rare!!! Science experiment station!
Now wow I don't think it's all that!
Extra job and rares in deluxe is the only thing I take advantage of anyway!
It looks like they will be saving me alot of $$$$ and KC!!
I will be going to beach alot more this summer, it's free! LOL
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:27 AM   #436
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I just filled out the contact section in the estore part and plan on calling them tomorrow. We do have a deluxe family membership that I renewed very beginning of month and if I had known they were going to do this I definitely would not have renewed. Right now I am very upset about all this as we all are. When I use up my estore points left I have no intention of buying from there again
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:22 AM   #437
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View Post Originally Posted by 1webkinznut
Wow... I totally agree with the "1 step forward -- 2 steps back" thing with regard to Ganz improvements on WW!! With the family deluxe membership no longer an option I will simply go without the deluxe membership alltogether! I would'nt buy deluxe on 5 individual accounts even if I could afford it!!! I don't know how we're going to work this out... We have 2 accounts that are so large that we don't want to adopt anymore pets in order to renew the accounts annually just to keep a basic membership either. Maybe it's just time to stop doing the WW thing... I've been hoping that my daughter would outgrow it anyway (when she's through with it I am too)! This kind of stuff is just becoming more frustrating by the day... It's supposed to be FUN!!! I feel like I'm the definition of "STUPID" at this point for continuing to blow my money on Ganz products!!! I'M READY TO JUMP OFF THE GANZ GREED TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is how I feel as well. It is all getting OLD. I think I may have to move on as well. However, I just got a new family deluxe package last month. SO now I have them for a year. Maybe things will get better????
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:37 AM   #438
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I THOUGHT yesterday to add something that might make us laugh......... but it got buried in the wee hours, so im reposting it ,maybe it will get buried today too.......... but its really half funny cuz its way too true. .................... i think today im more mad then yesterday because it has sunk in deeper........................ oh well, maybe if we try to poke fun it might sting less.
so here is the repost...........................sorry to bore anyone who already saw it. i hope it will make some of you feel better.

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ganz corporate headquarters announced the retirement of the family delux plan so they could make room for the brand new wonderful two dollar montly plan!

they also want to downplay how much more this will cost someone and how they dont really get the good delux stuff with the plan anyway. they know everyone will be too preoccupied with disappintment at loosing so much in one day to even really notice the details. they are hoping their loyal members will be soooooooooooooo excited to celebrate webkinz day and will be in a forgiving mood.

ganz also announced why they did this today..........they said that they took their lead from arte, who just yesterday retired a rare theme from the curio shop in order to make more room for the new rare items once in awhile interspersed with a bunch of wshop items. ganz announced how they are continually amazed how loyal their customers really are, this is why they feel they can make changes in any way they feel is good for them as a company. they knew their loyal customers would totally understand why they did not annouce this ahead of time, so as to not cause panic at the estore bank and cause a lot of advace runs on the bank to get the good deal. it just would not have been fair to the new 2 dollar a month customers.

there has been a certain member of ww who keeps saying how rude and stingy and unmannerly ganz is as a company, but ganz wishes to show by todays generous offereings that this is just not the case. it is jsut certain people always saying how ganz is so greedy, is how the creative director put it to this reporter.

this reporter could not reach that member for comment because said member was out banging her head somewhere, said the person answering the phone.

ganz wishes to thank all their customers for their fierce loyalty for that enables them to make more and more decisions for themselves in the future without the hassles of needing any accountability.





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(ps------------------- last year when i got delux i told myself what they were going to change about it this year. ................ i knew theyd get us hooked on our gift bags .......... and then yank it out from us or raise the price really high. well i thought i was wrong until now. now i know i was right. i hate beign right about this. .......... now if you all dont think they are just like casino owners, well, ...they get us hooked and going in and out the site all day long and now this.....ive begun a month ago a serious reevaluation n how i play the game becauwe i will not let ganz have this amt of control over my life anymore..... they have never had manners and have been stingy with the prizes and the kc since day one, and its getting worse not better. and i knew a year ago all they want are the high power users who love the thrill of the hunt, they kinda really want way less of us as customers thats wy they care so little about what they do and how it will affect us. i mean did anyone hear a peep about exclusives going, and five at that???????? see, lack of manners all the way around. that is why i say the rah0rah ganz people need to care about what those of us who are disgusted with them feel because in about a year when they get out of most of us what they can, they will put less and less into the site for free and then you high powered users wont have your fix anymore cuz ganz wont care about you either.)
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I really don't get the whole "make room for the new themes" argument. It's their choice to put all those w-shop items in the so-called "curio" shop. There are 288 slots available in a 24 hour period, right? Use a few more for something good! They don’t need to retire any themes. Personally, I actually feel a little bombarded with rares lately with back-to-back themes being released. It seems to me that we’re already getting these two new rare themes much quicker than we ever did the others. And I have the lowest kinzcash balance I’ve had in a long, long time to prove it. I can't even imagine being a new player at this point trying to collect all the themes. In the early days I always hoped I'd have some time inbetween the big ticket items so I could build up my cash. I hated when a rare came up too soon and I couldn't afford it!

Anyway, that's a little off the deluxe topic, but basmat kind of touched on it in her newz flash. I'm still very disappointed in the fact that ganz pulled the family membership and hope they will reconsider sooner rather than later. Either way, I think a lot of us are re-evaluating the amount of time and money we will spend on webkinz in the future.
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View Post Originally Posted by donkeyluv
Although I am not happy with the removal of the family plan (I will not be renewing ours), I am a little tired of people assuming that Ganz is some terrible, money hungry machine, that doesn't give a hoot about children. The truth of the matter is that the entire economy is down, and businesses everywhere are doing their best to keep afloat. I would rather Ganz think of ways to increase revenue to keep the site up, than make everything free and have NO site at all.
Apparently Ganz needs lessons in simple economics. You make more money when lots of people buy something for a lesser price than you do if fewer people buy at a higher price. There is a point of diminishing return, and I believe Ganz has reached it.

Of course, the "confusion" aspect and the fact they say WI members are a smaller, more "well-informed" community just goes to prove that they are counting on George Carlin's saying being true--"The average person is pretty stupid, and half of them are stupider than that." We at WI are not in that lower 50%, and they cannot pull the wool over our eyes. We know how to do basic math.
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