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WaltD4Me
05-09-2012, 10:07 PM
Okay, I was floored when I heard they are limiting Duffy purchases. Seriously? I can't imagine buying any Duffy anything, but if I did want to buy 6 Duffy outfits, would it be that hard to buy 3 at one store and 3 at another store? Or perhaps bring a friend with me to buy the 6th outfit that Disney is refusing to sell me? Who comes up with this stuff? :rolleyes:

Justin Jett
05-10-2012, 12:16 AM
I get Duffy spam every day. Now they speak of Duffy rations??? LOL

PeterPan09
05-10-2012, 04:36 AM
According to my friends in the merchandise division, in Japan, the Duffy limit is 3 items per person. Because of that, our Japanese guests were coming over and really loading up on that merchandise causing shortages here. There was also speculation that the Star Wars merchandise was going vanish overnight if some kind of limit wasn't placed on it.

Krystallen
05-10-2012, 10:21 PM
Didn't know Duffy is really that popular. Wow.

Justin Jett
05-11-2012, 12:37 PM
Didn't know Duffy is really that popular. Wow.

Duffy is worth a fortune on Ebay. Believe me, I know. ;)

Stacy's a freak
05-11-2012, 01:43 PM
Does anyone else think there is some reverse psychology going on here? I mean, we know this tack works for Apple products. Hype it up, limit the supply and watch the demand skyrocket! Now I am certainly not suggesting that Duffy is on par with Apple :rotfl2:, but I have to admit that Apple marketing is a shrewd plan that other companies can learn from. Maybe Disney is hoping the demand will rise with a more limited supply. You know what happens when someone says that we can't have something ...

WaltD4Me
05-11-2012, 02:06 PM
Does anyone else think there is some reverse psychology going on here? I mean, we know this tack works for Apple products. Hype it up, limit the supply and watch the demand skyrocket! Now I am certainly not suggesting that Duffy is on par with Apple :rotfl2:, but I have to admit that Apple marketing is a shrewd plan that other companies can learn from. Maybe Disney is hoping the demand will rise with a more limited supply. You know what happens when someone says that we can't have something ...

It wouldn't surprise me, but I know Duffy has old days Beanie Baby status in Japan. I've seen some pictures of DL Tokoyo and it looked like everyone was carrying a Duffy. They are very into the outfits and accessories too. I have a friend that bought a Duffy a few years ago before he was Duffy, I guess you'd call him "vintage" and she sold him on ebay for almost $700! I bought my niece a "My First Disney Bear" in 2004 at WDW (again before they were called Duffy) and I have seen that bear sell on ebay for $400. So I think he is very popular and collectible, just not necessarily here in the states.

GAN
05-11-2012, 02:06 PM
There is true marketing genius at work here....

roomthreeseventeen
05-11-2012, 03:38 PM
Reverse psychology for sure.

ChefMickey123
05-12-2012, 03:03 PM
When I hear about Duffy, all I think about is the Duff beer Homer drinks on the Simpsons tv show.
;)

tjevans
05-12-2012, 04:53 PM
Maybe it's like the DeBeers consortium with diamonds. Supposedly, diamonds are not (geologically speaking) rare enough to command the prices they do, but the consortium controls the supply available to the public and by doing so, they create scarcity and cause prices to rise.

This could be called the D-Bear consortium. :lmao: (I crack myself up)

Justin Jett
05-12-2012, 05:53 PM
$9,700 Duffy

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-New-Year-Duffy-Disney-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-TDS-/150810804167?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d063fc7#ht_3071wt_966

$14,000 set of Duffys

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-New-Year-Duffy-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-Set-TDS-/150814343395?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d3c40e3

Merry Mousketeer
05-12-2012, 09:58 PM
We know what Skip wants from Santa.

pxlbarrel
05-12-2012, 10:51 PM
$9,700 Duffy

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-New-Year-Duffy-Disney-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-TDS-/150810804167?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d063fc7#ht_3071wt_966

$14,000 set of Duffys

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-New-Year-Duffy-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-Set-TDS-/150814343395?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d3c40e3

Holy crap on a cracker!!!! I should have paid more attention when I was there a few years ago. Unfortunately, we were staring at the Duffy stuff and wondering who the heck Duffy was!!!:confused:

WaltD4Me
05-12-2012, 11:11 PM
$9,700 Duffy

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2006-New-Year-Duffy-Disney-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-TDS-/150810804167?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d063fc7#ht_3071wt_966

$14,000 set of Duffys

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-New-Year-Duffy-Bear-Limted-Tokyo-Disney-Sea-Set-TDS-/150814343395?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231d3c40e3

Not that it justifies the price, but looking at those Duffy's, they look like they are mohair (but I can't tell for sure) Think Steiff. It would justify the very fancy boxes though. Probably limited editions. Still very expensive, but then again, there aren't any bids on them either.

Justin Jett
05-12-2012, 11:20 PM
We know what Skip wants from Santa.

I think not.

Justin Jett
05-12-2012, 11:25 PM
Tonight on Facebook, I was told that Duffy Vinylmations are coming soon.

http://vinylnation.net/blog/2012/05/duffy-the-disney-bear-vinylmations-to-be-released-in-july/

:scared1::scared1::scared1:

WaltD4Me
05-12-2012, 11:55 PM
Tonight on Facebook, I was told that Duffy Vinylmations are coming soon.

http://vinylnation.net/blog/2012/05/duffy-the-disney-bear-vinylmations-to-be-released-in-july/

:scared1::scared1::scared1:

Duffy Glowsticks can't be far behind. :thumbsup2

And also................ewwwwwwwwwwwww, those are ugly.

Disneybridein2k3
05-15-2012, 06:41 PM
On my wedding day, my husband got me a purple Duffy bear (I think it was called the Disney Bear then). I heard a couple years ago that people were putting together museums in Japan and were buying them off eBay. I have no idea if that is the real reason but the collectors from Japan were buying multiple collections in every color Disney had offered. I didn't have any trouble handing mine over for the $800 it sold for. :goodvibes

Stacy's a freak
05-18-2012, 04:15 PM
On my wedding day, my husband got me a purple Duffy bear (I think it was called the Disney Bear then). I heard a couple years ago that people were putting together museums in Japan and were buying them off eBay. I have no idea if that is the real reason but the collectors from Japan were buying multiple collections in every color Disney had offered. I didn't have any trouble handing mine over for the $800 it sold for. :goodvibes
Wow! Good for you! And I hope your dh wasn't sad that you sold it :lmao:

tstidm1
05-18-2012, 04:23 PM
Japan loves these things while US Disney World and Land can't sell them to save their lives. It does make me wonder whether I should buy one to see what it would sell on Ebay. We all have different tastes even though we love Disney.

Disneybridein2k3
05-19-2012, 09:28 AM
Wow! Good for you! And I hope your dh wasn't sad that you sold it :lmao:

He was thrilled - we had an awesome videographer who caught the moment on video (DH had it delivered to my room on our wedding day). We used the cash toward Podcast Cruise 1. So I have a wonderful video of me getting the purple bear, we both got to go on the cruise, and someone paid a LOT for a purple teddy bear (but I guess they really wanted it). So in the end, clearly it was worth it :goodvibes