Thursday, November 15, 2007

Made in China

I mentioned before that the supply of Chinese made toys was going to be an issue this holiday season, due to shipping delays in China. Maybe not. The demand, according to a Harris Poll, is going to be way down. This came from an ICV2 article:

The survey of 2,565 U.S. adults conducted between October 9th and 15th found that one third of Americans plan to buy fewer toys this holiday season, 45% plan to buy fewer toys manufactured in China, and 40% plan to buy fewer toys from brands that have been recalled.

The impact was higher in higher income groups, with members of households with incomes over $50,000 a year significantly more likely to reduce toy purchases over-all, purchases of toys made in China, and purchases of toy brands that have been recalled than members of households with incomes below $50,000.

I've had a few customers ask where our toys are made, but only one person flat out refuse to buy anything made in China. At the moment, 100% of our toys are made in China, mostly because we've only brought in a few top brands. Games, on the other hand, don't suffer this stigma, nor are they universally made in China.

Made from the date-rape drug, but actually it will put your kid into a coma

Some toys sold in other Concord stores that we passed on.


  1. While we're on the subject, you might want to check out some of these.

  2. I love the fish de-boning toy. Some of our best selling toys are cutting food kits, especially the sushi box.

  3. The fact that the fish de-boning toy made it on the list is simply the author revealing his city-boy roots. It would probably become a best seller if Wal-Mart were to carry it.