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By Rachel Fairhurst 02 May, 2017
Now - I don't want this to be a downbeat post at all, but I thought it was worth explaining why some of our toys are slightly more expensive than they were last year and some of them aren't.  Unfortunately prices will be on the rise soon across the toy industry (if not already) because of the impact of last year's currency movements.

Some of my trusted suppliers have had to put up their prices after about 4 or 5 years of no increases and I don't blame them at all - it had to happen.  Of course, large toy retailers will have "hedged" and bought larger quantities than normal to keep prices as low as possible for as long as possible.  We have tried to do this in our own small way.  Getting orders as big as we could afford in on key lines has helped us stay competitive on several brands but reordering has had to start already.  

By as a way of an example, if you went to the "Ride Ons" category you would see that some of the Wheelybugs are more expensive than others (size excepted).  This is because some of them have been ordered or reordered after the price increase.  We could have raised prices across the board of course, but it doesn't feel right to further squeeze our customers' already tightening purse strings by doing that, so we haven't.  It makes it look messy for a while but so be it.

My advice - if you have a big purchase for the child's birthday coming up, don't put it off.  If you see a price you are happy with, grab it.  Shop around!  And don't forget to take advantage of our 25% off code whilst it lasts - we are not going to be the type of company that continually sends out offers month after month.  I don't know about you but I lose trust in the value of full priced products with certain brands who send me a voucher every couple of weeks.  So this is a genuine offer that won't be repeated for a long time.

The code is "MOVE25" by the way!

Rachel 
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By Rachel Fairhurst 20 Apr, 2017
This was my first ever shop in 2013.  I won't lie, I loved this shop.  It was only 10 x 10 ft, but to me it was like the beginning of something special.  I probably made a mistake in moving to the unit opposite (which was bigger), because it never felt the same and my sales didn't really justify moving somewhere bigger.

Anyway, I closed the shop in Coppull over a year ago because I didn't spend enough time there and I was doing more on this website and on Amazon than in the shop.  So I concentrated on the online stuff and that was all good but I missed interacting with people properly.  Amazon customers in particular don't want a chat, they want their order super-quick and no messin'.  I also know a RIDICULOUS amount about the toys I buy in and it seems a shame to let all this knowledge go to waste on my long suffering family.

So I am taking the plunge - luckily I have the support of my new business partner, Rosie, who I will introduce you to next time.  I couldn't do it without her so I am grateful that we met when I opened the first shop....after all if I hadn't have met her at the Mill I wouldn't be on the cusp of a "proper shop".  Also (hopefully) I have met a true friend for life.  I hope she doesn't get fed up with me...

Thanks for everything Unit F8 - miss you!!
By Rachel Fairhurst 02 May, 2017
Now - I don't want this to be a downbeat post at all, but I thought it was worth explaining why some of our toys are slightly more expensive than they were last year and some of them aren't.  Unfortunately prices will be on the rise soon across the toy industry (if not already) because of the impact of last year's currency movements.

Some of my trusted suppliers have had to put up their prices after about 4 or 5 years of no increases and I don't blame them at all - it had to happen.  Of course, large toy retailers will have "hedged" and bought larger quantities than normal to keep prices as low as possible for as long as possible.  We have tried to do this in our own small way.  Getting orders as big as we could afford in on key lines has helped us stay competitive on several brands but reordering has had to start already.  

By as a way of an example, if you went to the "Ride Ons" category you would see that some of the Wheelybugs are more expensive than others (size excepted).  This is because some of them have been ordered or reordered after the price increase.  We could have raised prices across the board of course, but it doesn't feel right to further squeeze our customers' already tightening purse strings by doing that, so we haven't.  It makes it look messy for a while but so be it.

My advice - if you have a big purchase for the child's birthday coming up, don't put it off.  If you see a price you are happy with, grab it.  Shop around!  And don't forget to take advantage of our 25% off code whilst it lasts - we are not going to be the type of company that continually sends out offers month after month.  I don't know about you but I lose trust in the value of full priced products with certain brands who send me a voucher every couple of weeks.  So this is a genuine offer that won't be repeated for a long time.

The code is "MOVE25" by the way!

Rachel 
x
By Rachel Fairhurst 20 Apr, 2017
This was my first ever shop in 2013.  I won't lie, I loved this shop.  It was only 10 x 10 ft, but to me it was like the beginning of something special.  I probably made a mistake in moving to the unit opposite (which was bigger), because it never felt the same and my sales didn't really justify moving somewhere bigger.

Anyway, I closed the shop in Coppull over a year ago because I didn't spend enough time there and I was doing more on this website and on Amazon than in the shop.  So I concentrated on the online stuff and that was all good but I missed interacting with people properly.  Amazon customers in particular don't want a chat, they want their order super-quick and no messin'.  I also know a RIDICULOUS amount about the toys I buy in and it seems a shame to let all this knowledge go to waste on my long suffering family.

So I am taking the plunge - luckily I have the support of my new business partner, Rosie, who I will introduce you to next time.  I couldn't do it without her so I am grateful that we met when I opened the first shop....after all if I hadn't have met her at the Mill I wouldn't be on the cusp of a "proper shop".  Also (hopefully) I have met a true friend for life.  I hope she doesn't get fed up with me...

Thanks for everything Unit F8 - miss you!!
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