New Webkinz for July and a Sneak Peek at August!

This month brings us the July Webkinz collection, featuring the Tomato Clownfish, Tawny Pup, Fox and Walrus. They’re as adorable as always and sure to delight fans of the adorable Ganz creations. They just came in, so grab ’em now before they’re gone!

And if you want to be ahead of the game, be sure to check out next month’s foursome of furry friends below! They’re the Silversoft Cat, Iguana, Mocha Pup and Lionfish!

Club Penguin: Now with Toys!

Move over, Webkinz! There’s a new online toy series on the block, though it came by its connectivity in a very different way. UnlikeĀ Webkinz (and more like Neopets), Club Penguin was a game first. Inviting kids to play as penguins and interact in child-safe, monitored environments online while playing, learning and exploring, Club Penguin started small but has really taken off. I was introduced to it because my brother’s a fan, and I have to applaud Disney for making something that’s both appropriate for children and also a lot of fun.

And now, Disney has released a series of plush penguins, plastic figures, cards and more. You can check them out at our online store’s Club Penguin section and pick out your own. They’re all already in-stock, so there’s no need to wait on a pre-order. Here are a couple examples of what we’ve got… Click any of ’em to be taken to the whole collection!

Webkinz: June Releases

Four new adorable Webkinz are coming your way in June! Fans of these little guys (who connect you to an online world!) can look forward to snagging the latest four ASAP. But those who really and truly hate waiting and hoping they can grab their Webkinz in time can already pre-order:
Springer Spaniel
Guinea Pig
Cherry Blossom
Lil’Kinz Oriole

If you’re new to the world of webkinz, you can check out our previous posts for more information on what they’re all about!

Webkinz Jr. has launched!

The Webkinz phenomenon can be attributed in equal parts to the cuteness of the plush pals it offers and the fact that it was the first non-electronic toy to really link itself successfully to an online community, though other companies have tried along the years. And now, the Webkinz World has gotten even bigger!

Though fun for children of all ages, the Webkinz World could be a little complicated for the very young. Which is why Ganz has now launched Webkinz Jr., a simplified version of the website that parents and children can navigate together or that provides a safe, entertaining place online for 3-6 year olds. It’s already live, so if you’re a Webkinz fan, be sure to check it out!

And for those already in love with the Webkinz or looking to get started on a collection, we’ve got a ton of ’em available for purchase and pre-order in the online store. Just yesterday I covered the Easter Webkinz, but here are a few more you can snag! Click the pics to take a look at the whole line.


Happy Easter! With Webkinz and My Little Pony!

We at CMDStore want to wish you and yours a happy Easter and showcase some of the unique Easter-themed items we’ve got in-store. The holiday brings five adorable items just in time for spring and even if the long weekend is coming to an end, these guys are just as cute all year round!

Yesterdaisy in an Easter Bonnet

The Lamb, from the Webkinz Easter Collection
(also available as a tiny Lil Kinz!)

The White Easter Duck, from this year’s Easter Collection!

The precious Cotton Candy Bunny

February and March 2009 Webkinz: Cute, Cuter, Cutest.

When it comes to Webkinz, you might have been asking yourself: “Now, Webkinz are cute. But can they possibly get any cuter?”

The answer is an emphatic yes.

February’s Webkinz, for example, boasts the Blue Whale, Irish Setter, Mountain Goat, Pelican and Spotted Turtle. There’s also a Lil’ Kinz: The Pink Glitter Fish.

The cuteness is almost excessive, as illustrated here:

The mountain goat is almost too much. Look at his eyes! And the hooves! He’s like the personification (goatification?) of ‘adorable’.

Plus, with Valentine’s day coming up, some might prefer the delightfully-named “Love Monkey”, a delightful pink, chimp-y Webkinz seen here:

And if you still demand further proof that they’re not going to stop tempting you with their precious little eyes, nor their fuzziness, we offer this image of the March 2009 Webkinz:

For those not in the know, Webkinz are stuffed beanbag toys that come with a unique code on the tag, allowing you to visit Webkinz.com and use the code to access a complete online world wherein you can play with your pet and a ton of cool accessories. Definitely worth checking out!

And in other news, the New York Comic Con starts this Friday and goes down throughout the weekend. As a dilligent geek, I’ll definitely be attending and will be sure to offer full reports from the convention when I return! It’s sure to be an awesome time and the guest list this year is beyond cool! See you then!

The Dirty Dealings behind Webkinz World

Webkinz World

Confessions of a Webkinz Dealer:

We started selling Webkinz (from Ganz) before their products were popular (just before Christmas of 2006). We started out small and was able to place larger orders as their plush toy became more popular (we ordered over 1,000 Christmas Reindeer). We pre-sold over 700 Reindeers off our website and then sold another few hundred from our two retail stores. Those were pretty good numbers for a specific single item.

There were problems with late and missing shipments but we stuck with them. We promoted their products and recommended them to our customers. We even ordered their non-Webkinz products so we could maintain a certain status level to continue buying their webkinz. They demanded that we sign a contract (which basically protects them from legal actions) to continue carrying their products. Suddenly without any real reason, we didn’t get any shipments after signing the contract. We asked our sales rep and never got an clear answer. Finally we got a call from a sales manager stating that our account was closed because we violated their policy of wholesaling their products. We don’t wholesale (if we did, we could have easily sold several thousands more).

We were a bonafide retail operation that helped promote and build their product. Since we were a highly tech company, our employees had their own online webkinz to show kids/parents how to use the website in our store. We ran webkinz computer workshops in our retail store to help kids play safely online. We usually included webkinz tips on our newsletter that we handed to our walk-in customers. Ganz customer service was quite bad and we stepped in to help our customers whenever we could. We replaced codes and talked them through certain parts of the website. We really stood behind their product and endorsed it.

Once they terminated our account, we continued to buy their products through the backdoor. Ganz was selling skids of new webkinz to a person who claimed to be a non-profit charity. This person then sold these webkinz at a healthy profit to other stores and dealers. This was done under the knowledge of the employees and management at Ganz. It is ironic….they incorrectly (or deliberately) cancelled our direct account because of wholesale violations and then they sell skids to a so-called charity that wholesales it back to us. Oh…we could feel the dagger deep in our back!

We have stopped promoting this product. We still sell a few to satisfy our customers and once this product is dead, we will not shed a tear. Their web traffic has declined by half since peaking last Christmas, normally we are sad when a good product is declining….but not this time.

I think they had an excellent product but they failed to treat their specialty stores fairly. They also did not provide adequate customer service to the end consumer. They made all that money and was not able to address any of their problems (instead they spent their profits on lawyers and bullying).

We have been in business for 16 years and never dealt with any toy company worse than Ganz. People talk, whether they are employees of Ganz or retail stores that experienced first-hand abuse….there is much more dirty details that we will not mention here.

The toy business is not always about fun and good things…..it can get dirty and greedy. Ganz is a good example of it.

More interesting readings on Ganz:

U.S. Retailers sue Ganz: http://www.playthings.com/article/CA6577499.html http://www.heraldnews.com/business/x1346895091/Freetown-business-suing-Webkinz-maker

Webkinz Annoys Parents, Trashes Brand: http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/12/greedy-webkins-infuriates-parents-bombards-kids-with-ads.html

Attorney General’s Suit Against Ganz for Lead Jewelry: http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=7488447