Hi Bear Club Members,
2018 has started out at a very slow pace for the teddy bear industry worldwide particularly in view of the uncertainty in the stability of the global economy due to the political unrest we are experiencing in some parts of the world.
Sales are still a little slow but showing some signs of climbing back to expected levels, suppliers and manufacturers are being quite cautious and conservative in the number of designs they are creating and also in the size of the editions being offered which are selling out quite quickly.
The good news is that they are still focused on creating some excellent designs to mark important events like the Royal Wedding and the Birth of a new Royal Prince.
This style of collectable bear is always popular and with the lower edition numbers available they have an even better investment potential as well as being a delight to collect.
Sadly with our small population in Australia and virtually no bear or soft toy manufacturing in this country we are at the mercy of overseas trading partners for our supplies, the distributors here are reliant on the whims of the collectors markets in the UK and the USA as to what designs are produced and we tack into their production schedules.
We are a family of avid collectors driven by the passion of bear collecting and sharing that passion with our club members and any one else we can entice to listen.
As avid collectors we keep an ear to the ground on any changes and developments in the marketplace and you can be assured that when any thing new and exciting happens we will bring it to your attention as part of our mission to share the love of collecting with as many people as we can.
This month is a little short on news so it will be a brief update but still filled with some nice incentives to inspire you to add to your collection.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
RUMOURS - not always accurate
The rumor mill went into overdrive this month about the fate of popular supplier Settler Bears after many stores including ourselves were unable to contact them.
Many unanswered phone calls and numerous unanswered
E-mails and faxes caused concerns so I started contacting other stockists who also reported the same problem, our beloved Settler Bears seemed to have disappeared.
Perseverance is one of my strong points so I did not give up and kept calling their number everyday resulting in finally getting an answer last Monday.
Fact is often stranger than fiction and the facts behind this strange “disappearance” by Settler Bears is one where modern technology that is supposed to make life easier for us actually falls down and causes problems.
The reason we could not contact them was that the recent implementation of the NBN in their area had somehow messed up their incoming communications, most calls and emails were not getting through with just a trickle from some areas getting to them that they were not aware of the problem just assuming that things had gone quite.
So the good news is that communications are now fully restored and that Settler Bears are indeed still strong and trading normally, in fact I have been discussing a new release in the not too distant future.
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
The following designs are bears and animals not previously available through stores but have been offered exclusively through QVC, TVSN and Charlie Bears Direct, we have been offered a very limited quantity of each design that are due to arrive in store late this week.
You are welcome to pre-order now but you will need to be quick as we only have a few of each design for adoption, you can see them all and the links to order them in the Plush Pre-orders section of our catalogue, here is the direct link to the catalogue BEARS - Charlie Bears Plush - Pre-orders
THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE BEAR!!!
The statement above is a Charlie Bear philosophy and is Charlies’ firm belief behind her designing such a diverse and wonderful selection of bears and animals for you to collect.
So this statement whilst relevant for collecting is not so accurate when it comes to being a stockist with limited storage room for all the hundreds of new bears arriving almost weekly now as Charlie Bears new production scheduling is taking effect.
Lots of the new bears are now arriving on time and we are also seeing a fair amount of the backlog being caught up with.
The plush bears that have arrived recently are
Caroline - Higgle - Karl
Licky Tissue - Raggle - Shane
Lares - Hickory - Kimba
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS
As mohair designs are all fully hand made they take a lot longer to create and waiting time on these bears can require a little more patience
We do not receive our full allocation at once as CB try to be as fair as possible to all stockists so each shipment is divided up among all stores having orders for each design so that we all have at least some for our customers, this means that a design may trickle through over several deliveries spanning several months.
Our system of allocating new arrivals to members on a first ordered first delivered basis is the fairest way we can allocate the new bears however it can be a little frustrating if you are
nearer the end of the list and having to wait a bit longer whilst
others are posting pictures of their new arrivals.
Your patience is appreciated and will be rewarded in big bear
hugs when your newest family member arrives.
The following Mohair designs have recently arrived but many
have already been sent to their new homes, as designs arrive if there are any available for sale after filling all pre-orders we transfer their pictures from the PRE-ORDER category to the
IN-STOCK category of our website.
It is a good idea to have a regular browse through the catalogue as often bears arrive in between newsletters and get moved across as they come in, you will often find some surprises in the catalogue that I miss featuring in the newsletter.
Fenny - Peashoot - Rosebud
Isabelle Masterpeice 2018 (Sold Out)
If you have pre-orders not appearing on this list please do not harass us about when they are coming as we do not know, we will advise you as soon as we get any information.
If you wish to look at any of the now hundreds of amazing designs currently available you can see them all in the following Charlie Bear categories...
We now have 6 Charlie Bear Categories
Click these direct links to our catalogue categories
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Baby Collection
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Bearhouse Range
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Mohair - in stock now
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Plush - in stock now
BEARS - Charlie Bears Mohair - Pre-orders
BEARS - Charlie Bears Plush - Pre-orders
This month we are featuring another 2 of our most popular brands and offering their entire current product ranges that are featured in our online catalogue and in stock now at heavily discounted prices.
All Charlie Bears designs currently IN STOCK are on sale this month, simply use the catalogue links provided above after the Charlie Bears update to go the the relevant catalogue sections add the designs you want to the enquiry cart and use the code CBSALE in the promotional code box to get your discounts
MOHAIR DESIGNS - 10% off
PLUSH DESIGNS - 20% off
BEARHOUSE DESIGNS - 20% off
BABY DESIGNS - 20% off
ALL 20% OFF
Click this link to the Settler Bear catalogue
Please use code Settler20 in the promotional code box to get your discount
Will you be a winner in this month’s
$100 members draw?
We have another 4 x $25 Gift Certificates to win
You have to be in it to win it!!!!
Enter this months draw for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher by answering this simple question,
How many designs are featured in our Charlie Bears Special Delivery?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last months winners
Members Super Draw $25 Gift Certificates winners are
Brenda Coleville - Christchurch NZ
Antony Lane - Glenfield NSW
Jeanne Wheeler - Burpengary QLD
Leah Belleville - Lara VIC
Regards and beary best wishes
FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR NEWER MEMBERS THAT HAVE JOINED
US RECENTLY I WILL CONTINUE TO REPEAT EACH MONTH THE
FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON MEMBERS DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS
TEDDIES ON PARADE EVENTS
- Events are held through out the year as special promotions or important happenings occur, we will always give you advance notice of these special events.
- Teddies on Parade night events start at 7pm sharp and generally run till around 9pm but this depends on how much fun our members are having.
- It is essential to RSVP so that we can organise catering and gifts.
- Our TEDDIES on PARADE nights are young children free events so that you and other members can relax and enjoy the bears and the company.
- Well behaved teenagers are most welcome to attend.
So when we advertise an event why not mark your diary, RSVP and come along and have a relaxing fun night out with a great bunch of people that share your passion for collecting Teddies.
For the benefit of members old and new I would like to clarify the importance of making it known to us when you are ordering that you are in fact a member, if you cant find your number we can look it up on our computer system for you.
As we have now over 32000 customers on our lists it is hard for us to keep track of every ones status so we ask your help in providing your membership number with all inquires and orders, this way we can ensure you get the discounts or specials you are entitled to as a member of our club.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER IS DISPLAYED AT THE TOP OF EVERY NEWSLETTER
just above your name.
- Your membership entitles you to a minimum of 5% off all regularly priced products that are not already reduced.
- All prices in our on-line catalogue are our normal retail prices and members discounts will be deducted from these retail prices.
- Discounts are not available for lay-bys as we incur additional costs in providing lay-by services.
- Members discount also applies to Pre-orders placed with payment in full at the time of placing your orders.
- Discounts do not apply to postage costs.
- Special offers are made to members from time to time at up to 80% off retail, further discounts do not apply to these offers.
- We always strive to offer our members the best possible value on all our teddy bears and other products, as such we are always happy to match or better any genuine advertised competitors prices. As it is impossible for us to monitor all available offers please bring it to our attention and we will see what we can do.
CHANGED E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Many members are changing their e-mail providers or going to broadband which changes their e-mail addresses.
It is imperative that you advise us of any change in your E-mail address if you wish to continue to receive your newsletters.
We would hate to lose contact with you.
I hope you enjoy this months news and all the additions to our on-line catalogue ranges, please check back frequently for new additions that will be uploaded as they arrive.
Regards and bear hugs from all of us,
Dave, Jan, Troy & the Bears.