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Webkinz has recently updated their Free Account program for new webkinz users. Previously, any user who opened a new free account could adopt the Webkinz Mutt or Domestic Cat. With this new update any user who opens a brand new Webkinz account will be able to select one of nine eStore pets to adopt. The nine eStore pets include: The Pink Zebra, Ice Fawn, Leonberger, Afghan Hound, Floppy Eared Bunny, Marshmallow Chipmunk, Sun Fox, Wolf, and Cotton Top Tamarin.
Members may be interested to know that previously Pink Zebra has only been availble through an eStore promotion. Furthermore, the Ice Fawn is a seasonal winter pet and only available once a year (providing it is released by the eStore). The Leonberger, Afghan Hound, Floppy Eared Bunny, Marshmallow Chipmunk, Sun Fox, Wolf, and Cotton Top Tamerin are all virtual pets and available to purchase by members exclusively through the eStore (note that some may not be currently available as the pet selection rotates through the year).
New users who create Free Accounts are limited in their participation throughout Webkinz World. These accounts are unable to access Kinzpost, the trading room, the items they can purchase, how many rooms they can create, and more. Members can remove these limitations through the purchase and adoption of any other Webkinz pet, or the purchase of a deluxe membership through the eStore.
I like the idea of new members getting special pets, but to be honest I'm a little disappointed by this. I've been a loyal customer of webkinz for years, and bought their plushies/codes, but now it looks like I'm going to have to pay full price for a pet I really want (for example the ice fawn) when brand new kids will get one absolutely free. And I feel bad for the people who've already bought these special estore pets. I understand ganz wanting to attract new people with fun, free pets, and I'm all for it, but perhaps they could have used some less valuable ones (I don't know for sure, but that zebra must have cost a good deal, and anyone who purchased a code after the promotion was over likely spent top dollar on ebay etc.).
What's the point of collecting something if they might just give it away free tomorrow?
I don't mean to sound callous, I honestly hope I don't offend anyone. I would be delighted to see this draw in new webkinz players, I just think ganz could have done something a bit different, like creating a totally new pet or two just for this purpose, or giving free members some special new items/less restrictions for free accounts, or something.
Thanks so much for the news and hope everyone's having a good night!
I also think Ganz could have used pets that were a little less valuable. I know they give away pets on the road trip, and I think perhaps those pets could have been used. I know people who have spent a lot of many getting some of these rare pets, and now they are free. I think a better idea would have been to take away some of the restrictions of free accounts because there are so many. However, I know a new player would be delighted to get such a cool pet.
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