Hi Bear Club Members,
What an incredibly exciting time to be a teddy collector, the range and variety of designs available today is better than any time I can remember and there are ranges available to suit every one no matter what their budget or space constraints.
So this month I would like to touch a little bit on the subject of “Collectable Bears”.
One of our most popular brands with serious collectors is the amazing range of themed bears created by Herman Coburg of Germany who make an astounding and unusual bears themed around famous people or topical events both current and historical.
This month Queen Elizabeth II is back in the spotlight with a beautiful new Hermann design created to mark her record as our longest reigning monarch.
After a very successful decade of bears themed around Pope Benedict we are pleased to see that Hermann have created a new dynasty starting of with this inauguration bear of Pope Francis, a man who is already stamping his mark on our world.
Annual bears are also a popular collection theme with most collectable companies making an “Annual Edition”, this is generally a special bear that reflects the signature styling of the maker and is produced only for the year of release, numbers are often open for that year but occasionally they will set a finite number in the edition but not individually number them
We have several collectors who only buy the annual bear and some collect these from several companies at once, a complete collection of annual bears with no years missing is quite a sought after and valuable collection that will increase in value over time.
Our most popular Annual Series are from Charlie Bears, Hermann Coburg and Steiff
The Annual “Charlie” Bear editions are limited to 4000 pieces globally but generally sell out quickly so we order up big on these to ensure enough stock to look after all our members however in the 2015 release we were severely cut back on our allocation by Charlie Bears so stock could be made available to overseas markets.
We do again have some 2015 annuals in stock and also a couple of 2014 editions still available.
Many people collect by a particular brand, others by style, color, size, or even by name and each “collection” is unique in it’s own very special way.
We have members in our club that only collect Green bears and Purple bears and even one that will only buy bears over 100cm in size.
LIMITED EDITIONS EXPLAINED
I have been asked many times, in fact hundreds of times over the years about how limited editions work, often collectors don’t grasp the fact that once an edition is set the number cannot be changed and that when an edition sells out no more can be produced.
To do so would make a farce of the “Limited Edition” concept
and totally destroy the value of all bears within that edition not
to mention the makers credibility.
Edition sizes vary greatly from what is known as a 1/1 artist design being the only piece made to some quite large editions of 5000 - 10,000 or more piece releases, some are released all at once with others let out in “batches”
We also get the question as to why a limited edition is still available several years after it’s release whilst some are totally sold out on pre-order before the first bear leaves the factory?
In the first instance lets say an edition of 1,000 pieces is created, a company like Hermann will make the first few hundred to meet the initial release date and then make up the balance as required, they reserve the materials required to complete the edition and make up the bears as needed, once they sell the entire quantity the edition is then closed even if it is several years after release.
This method of release is popular with new collectors coming into the market as it gives them a chance to fill in gaps in their collections without having to resort to the often ludicrous after market auction prices.
Why do editions numbers vary so much in size?
This is often due to many factors, it may be the amount of fur available, the size of edition the maker thinks will suit the market conditions or even a significant number for a special event, for instance when Steiff recently celebrated 135 years of existence they made several very exclusive editions of only 135 pieces, these sold out very quickly as serious collectors know
that the smaller the edition the greater chance of the bear achieving
a higher rate of appreciating value.
The general rule is that most limited edition bears will increase
in value over time and it is the rarity and popularity of a design
that will influence this the most, it is always the collectors who
drive the prices up not the maker and a rare or hard to get bear
is worth what the buyer is prepared to bid or pay for it.
WHY NOT MAKE BIGGER EDITIONS?
This in theory sounds simple enough but bear makers are constantly challenged to create editions that are firstly financially viable, make enough to meet the serious market whilst still limiting the number to create that after release demand that makes limited edition bears a collectable investment, put too many into the market and you will crush demand so the bears will not appreciate in value, too few and it creates another problem with scalpers demanding prices way above what is fair and reasonable.
The difficult part is getting this magic number right, the company that can do this consistently will have a very bright and happy future, but sadly none have a crystal ball that tells them how popular a design is going to be or how well it will sell.
A great example of this is the recent release of the 2015 Charlie Bears Isabelle Collection, 10 great designs made for their 10th anniversary with a small edition of only 500 pieces per design worldwide, not many bears to go around when you consider how many collectors there are around the world.
I believe the number was way too low which was proved correct as ALL 10 designs sold out completely globally in the 1st 3 days, as a large retailer it is quite embarrassing to have to constantly keep explain to customers that we cannot help them with any of the new designs as we are totally sold out of the very limited allocation we were given.
Already the greedy scalpers who secured some of these bears
are offering to resell them on E-Bay for silly inflated prices and
this is well before the first bears are even dispatched from the
factory, in fact we know of several people who make a full time living by speculating on which designs are going to be popular and scooping up what they can get to resell at very inflated prices. This sadly is also a part of what drives the collectable market.
ARE BEARS WORTH COLLECTING?
The answer to this is a most emphatic YES
Apart from the joy in collecting bears there is always the strong possibility of increased investment value over time.
My advise shared thousands of times over the past 40 years is first and foremost buy bears that appeal to you, that way you will get years of enjoyment from your collection and then if they increase in value then I see this as an added bonus if you should ever decide to reluctantly part with any of your prized companions.
The other side to collecting is the pure investment and peculation approach where you buy bears that have significant history or special event appeal even if you don’t particularly like the design your self, you store these away safely waiting and watching the market for the right time to sell them for a tidy profit.
Again there is no crystal ball as to which bears will give the better returns and like all investments there is always the chance that a bear may not increase much in value but like a good shares portfolio the trick here is diversity in the stocks that you invest in.
I hope this brief explanation helps answer a few of your questions about collecting bears, feel free to E-mail me any questions and I will try to give you unbiased answers in a future months newsletter as I am sure if you pose the questions other collectors would also like to share in the answers.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
2015 STEIFF COSY BEAR
Each year Steiff produce this annual bear called Cosy which is dated for the year of release.
This beautifully soft and cuddly bear is very popular as a commemorative bear for almost any special event or happening during 2015, in particular people love this bear to give to a new arrival as a keepsake of their birth.
Being fully machine washable and made from all allergy free materials it is a perfect bear to give to a newborn.
Steiff collectors also love this bear and look forward each year to be able to add the current edition to their hugs.
At only $89.95 he is great value for a Steiff Bear.
We also have a very limited quantity of the Cosy 2013 edition and the equally popular “My First Steiff” teddy.
Click here to order Cosy 2015
Just arrived our first shipment of 2016 Cosy Year Bear
If you are expecting a new member in the family next year or have a special event to mark then this is a perfect bear for you.
Get in early as stocks are already in demand
Click here to order Cosy 2016
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
A CONSTANT STREAM OF ARRIVALS
With almost all the back orders now filled Charlie Bears are really getting organised with several deliveries of both Plush and Mohair bears arriving every few weeks.
Some plush designs we had previously received an initial burst of a small number of our orders with the balance now arriving.
Hopefully this “new” system will alleviate or even better eliminate the really long and frustrating delays we have sadly become used to with Charlie Bears.
Recent plush bears that have arrived or are due this week are
Befuddle - Blog - Byte - Charlie 2015
Charlotte - Coconut Ice - Colin - Clarence
Dakota - Dixie - Fawsley - Forever
Giselle - Goober - Icicle - Ian - Jubbly - Kassius - Kenzie - Lovely - Lyra - Peyton
Red Liquorice - Remember - Silas
Snowball - Story Teller - Ursula
Walkies Dog & Warren Rabbit
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS
We have now received most of the Mohair designs from the 2015 collection with only a few stragglers still to arrive.
After filling members pre-orders we do have very limited quantities of the following designs still available if you are quick
Flumadiddle - Snax - Swatch
Tibbles - Treetop Raccoon
SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
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
10TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
Released - Friday 16th October at 10am
Sold Out - Sunday 18th October at 3pm
This much awaited special release for Charlie Bears 10th Anniversary finally arrived with the information and images of the 10 new bears in this release being made available to use at 10am on release day.
Whilst I understand Charlie Bears fondness for secrecy until the release getting the info at the last moment gives us no time at all to prepare our website and program the 10 new designs into our system ready for pre-ordering.
To all our members who normally pre-order from our newsletters I extend my deepest apologies that I was not able to advise of this range earlier due to the secrecy and timing of the release, the information was made available to us too late for
our September news and way too early for this one, normally
we have plenty of bears to go round but this range has caught the world off guard
We had 5 staff getting this online with the phones and web orders already running hot and had the impossible achieved by 11 am.
At this early stage we were stunned by the frantic inflow of
pre-orders for most of the designs, these really delightful bears have created the biggest response of any Charlie Bear release in the last 10 years.
Poem pictured here was the first to sell out with our entire allocation gone by lunchtime.
Sadly due to a massive worldwide demand Charlie Bears in their wisdom restricted all 10 designs to only 500 pieces, in my opinion nowhere near enough to meet demand, I am very upset about this as our order for these given almost a year ago was severely cut down and we were only allocated a small portion of what we expected to receive.
Charlie Bears explained this as ALL stockists worldwide being cut back by the same percentages, this explanation did not make me any happier as getting approx. 20% of the bears we
ordered left a lot of our valued members unable to order at all.
All designs in this release were totally sold out by late Sunday only 2 days after release, we have set up a “Wait List” in case Charlie Bears get any cancellations but with demand this high and all stockists selling out the chance of cancellations is really slim, but hey, I am always an optimist and if by chance we can get a few more for our members we will jump at the opportunity.
You can still see all 10 Sold Out designs in the pre-order section of our catalogue by clicking this link
Miniature Mohair Christmas Editions
10TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
As part of their 10th anniversary range Charlie Bears have released 8 great new Christmas designs, this is the first time they have done a Christmas range and these little fellows are simply adorable.
Not only are these little fellows really cute at only 12cm tall they can snuggle into the arms and laps of your other bears, a great bonus if you are running short of display space.
They are also fitted with a keyring and make the most exquisite Christmas Tree decorations so all in all a very versatile little collection indeed.
They are in production now and expected to arrive in time to enjoy a very merry Christmas with you.
Charlie Bears have created 1200 pieces of each design so there is plenty to go round, we have good stocks at the moment and
you can follow this link to order them
Here are some slightly larger images but you can see even bigger ones with their names, details and prices by clicking on the link above
CHARLIE BEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY EVENT - RSVP NOW
Come and join us as we celebrate Charlie Bears 10th Birthday on Saturday the 14th November. RSVP NOW!
We are having a special In-Store Party event as stockists world wide celebrate the 10th anniversary of these delightful Charlie "Bears with Personality"
A special "mystery" bear has been created for this event
No details on this bear will be released by Charlie Bears until the event day.
This bear will be available in a special "goodies box": with other birthday treats from Charlie Bears.
You can reserve your place at the event and also pre-order your goodies box now if you are attending the event at the special price of $90 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. or calling us on 0247 390677
Sadly as the number of these “Goodies Boxes” is extremely limited worldwide by Charlie Bears we can only offer them to members attending the party, should any be left over we can then allocate them to other members
Further details will follow as they are released by Charlie Bears
The following special offers and discounted deals are available only for the specified dates for each offer.
All special offers over ride normal members discounts during the promotional period stated.
As products are listed on our website catalogue at normal prices you must enter the relevant promo code in the box in our enquiry cart to get your extra discounts and special members only offers
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Massive Doll Sale
DOLL SALE VALID UNTIL OCTOBER 31st
All our fantastic doll ranges are on sale this month - Porcelain & Vinyl - All Brands on offer
Stocks are low on some designs so get in quick
for the best selection
Every doll in stock
You must quote promo code DOLL SALE
Click here to see our Porcelain & Vinyl Dolls Catalogue
Will you be this month’s $100 Gift Certificate Winner?
You have to be in it to win it!!!!
Enter this months draw for a $100 gift voucher now by answering this simple question,
How much discount are we offering off All our dolls in stock this month?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last months winner
$100 Members Super Draw
Annette Pinkerton of Toomina NSW who correctly answered, How much the Charlie Bears ”Goodies Box” is selling for at next months Birthday Party. $90
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 29000 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.