Thursday, July 12, 2018

Chaos ensues when stuffed bears are given away (almost) free of charge

See Build-A-Bear shuts down 'Pay Your Age' deal after huge crowds mob stores. By Kate Taylor of Business Insider. Excerpts:
"On Thursday, Build-A-Bear was set to celebrate "Pay Your Age Day" in the US, Canada, and the UK. Customers had the chance to purchase a stuffed animal and pay only their age for the day. Kids were able to pay just a few dollars for stuffed bears, while adults' fees were capped at $29. The bears usually fall in the $20-$35 range.

However, the event had to be cut short after stores descended into "madness."

"Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our locations due to crowds and safety concerns," Build-A-Bear posted on Facebook at 11 a.m. ET. "We have closed lines in our U.S. and Canada stores. We understand some Guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.""
If a kid who was five years old could by one for $5 that normally costs $35, that is 86% off. Not quite free, but close to it. These bears are scarce. Give them away for (almost) free and you don't have enough to go around.

Update on July 13: Build-A-Bear CEO apologizes after crowds shut down promo event by Susan Heavey of Reuters.

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