Wednesday, February 13, 2008

American excess, part 378

The young child of a friend of ours got a Build-A-Bear. I don't know if you've seen those before - they are from "workshops" where kids can build their own teddy bear. The bears are very expensive.

I could not believe these bear shoes - real Sketchers. They would actually function for some child, if the child had strange club-like teddy bear-sized feet.

And apparently, later, you can go back and buy accessories for your little bear. At additional great expense.


I Was Just Thinking.... said...

I am not a teddy bear, stuffed animal person. I hate them, actually. They are a waste of money and just end up in the give-away bag.

I was disheartened to see my eldest son shop at build-a-bear for his girlfriend for valentine's day. All my 16 years of teddy-bear-hating indoctrination seemed to have not paid off.

Heather Jamison said...


Julie Layne said...

In the realm of teddy bear shopping, the bears themselves are actually not that expensive, at least for the low-end models. It's the clothing and accessories that pack a punch. I think the bears have even gotten cheaper over time, but they probably raised the other prices to compensate!

Typical marketing ploy. Suck the consumer in with a tempting low sticker price, then pile on the options they can't live without.

Shilingi-Moja said...

I guess this is the 2008 equivalent of Cabbage Patch dolls. According to NPR, today (15-Feb) is the anniverary of the first Teddy's Bear.