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June 2003 | Vol. II - No. 6

June 2003 | Vol. II - No. 6 TDmonthly SEARCH




Arts & Crafts Kits are Here to Stay

  Color Me Creative: Arts and Crafts for Kids
   
Focusing Arts and Crafts on Ability, Not Disability
   
Kids’ Art Kits: Beyond the Refrigerator Gallery
   
Unfolding the Paper Model Market
   
Art for All Ages
   
Crayola Celebrates 100 Years



Games and Puzzles Find a New Audience

  Games and Puzzles Make a Comeback
   
b. dazzle Solves the Small Business Puzzle
   
Interactive Learning Games
   
Games that Get the Gut
   
Secrets of a Game Retailer


Tween Pockets are Getting Deeper

  Y Generation the Wunderkind of Brand Marketing
   
Tween Girls’ Products Come into Their Own
   
Tween Style is Making Waves
   


  Wikki Stix to the rescue
  Chores Without Whining?
  My Keepsake Clock Kit
  Scramble On!


 
TOP 10 BEST SELLING TOYS RANKED ON UNITS SOLD
1.  HOT WHEELS BASIC CARS
2.  YU-GI-OH! METAL RAIDERS 1ST EDITION BLISTER
3.  HOT WHEELS 03 BASIC ASST
For the rest of the Top 10, click here

TOP 10 LICENSED TOYS RANKED ON DOLLARS
1.  YU-GI-OH! METAL RAIDER 1ST EDITION BLISTER
2.  YU-GI-OH! STARTER PACK
3.  BEYBLADE STARTER SET
For the rest of the Top 10, click here

TOP 10 LICENSED TOYS RANKED ON UNITS
1.  YU-GI-OH! METAL RAIDER 1ST EDITION BLISTER
2.  YU-GI-OH! PHARAOH UNLIMITED BLISTER
3.  BEYBLADE STARTER SET         
For the rest of the Top 10, click here

Source: The NPD Group / NPD Funworld® / TRSTS® Dora Radwick 516-625-6190

  The Wireless World of Toys
   
Learning to Drive the RC Car Market
   
  Books that Beat the Summertime Blues
   
Tween the Lines: Challenging Reading for Pre-Teens
   


Twenty Dollar Tween Solutions
You know your kids are growing up when your Tween accompanies you to a major toy store and walks out with the $20 you’d just given him still tucked in his pocket...
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Cardchess Reinvents Two Classic Games
Jeff Widderich is not your ordinary board game inventor. Possessing a degree in architecture and a love for art history, Widderich launched Cardchess...
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Something Special About the Game Preserve
"Be nice” and “Play fair” are more than childhood dictums to Kit Newkirk, owner/operator of the flourishing game store chain, Game Preserve...
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Toy and Hobby Industry Adopts New Retail Strategies for a Slow Economy:
A Roundtable with TDmonthly Editors
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The Brass Ring
Baby Bingo, finger-sized football and an immortal race horse… To meet the people hoping to bring these toys to your store, Click here.

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June survey Results

1. Do you stock children’s books in your store?

78%

Yes
22% No
0% We plan to stock books soon.
0% Kids want to read?

2. What percentage of your total sales is from children’s books?

50% 10%
25%
10%--20%
0% 20%--30%
0% More than 30%
25% Don’t ask me to do math

3. From whom do you usually order books?

29%
Mostly Publishers
42% Mostly Distributors
0% Only Publishers
0% Only Distributors
0% Equally from both
29% Whoever offers the best perks.

4. Do the large chain booksellers offer too much competition?

40%


Yes, their prices are lower than what we can offer.
60% We hold our own.
0% Our service offsets the price difference.
0% Remember the story of David and Goliath?

 5. Do you sell children’s books at list price?

58%
Yes
14% No
14% Depends on the title
14% Depends on how much dust they’re gathering.

 


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