Austin, TX, August 18, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Beacon's Glow Collectibles, an online gift and collectibles retail store specializing in dolls, teddy bears, and collectible figurines (http://www.beaconsglow.com/), is saddened to announce that Boyd's Bears is going out of business effective December 31, 2014.
Retailers were not notified of the closing but rather found out through their Boyds Friends of Boyds (FOB) collectors who were emailed the news. Already considered a definite shortcoming by many retailers, Enesco, distributor of Boyds, definitely handled this announcement very poorly.
Enesco took over Boyd's back in 2008 when Boyd's was struggling miserably to stay afloat. Many collectors stopped collecting Boyd's Bears at this point as they said that the quality was not as good and these collectible bears just did not have the appeal that they once did. But yet other collectors thought they were just as well produced as before. Beacon's Glow Collectibles can attest to the fact that there still remained many loyal Boyd's customers.
Enesco has blamed the "rising cost of manufacturing and materials, as well as the intensive labor required" as the reasons to eliminate this brand. In looking at Corporate America, this might be true but the bottom line is most probably the steady decline in sales since 2008.
Boyd's was founded by the flamboyant G.M. Lowenthal in 1984. This company was wildly popular throughout the 80's and 90's. Collectors made it a point to watch him on the shopping channel, QVC, and many bears and figurines won numerous awards during this timeframe. Loyal collectors amassed enormous amounts of Boyd's Bears and figurines during this period as well.
Beacon's Glow Collectibles has carried Boyd's Bears since 2004 and will sorely miss this company. Perhaps the loss of Boyds will prompt collectors to both strengthen and increase brand awareness of Bearington Bears, Boyd's intense competitor for many years? Time will tell...
About Beacon’s Glow -
Beacon's Glow Collectibles offers both their US and International customers many fine lines of collectibles. Predominant bear and plush animal manufacturers include: Charlie Bears; Steiff Bears, Kaycee Bears, Boyd's Bears; Silver Tag Bears; Gund; Bearington and One-of-a-kind (OOAK) Minky Bears. Predominant doll manufacturers include: Heart and Soul Dolls; Madame Alexander Dolls; Hidegard Gunzel Dolls; Heidi Plusczok Dolls; Lorella Falconi Dolls; Helen Kish Dolls and Adora Dolls. They also carry the very popular Jim Shore Figurines, as well as Snowbabies by Department 56, and Department 56 Villages.
Browse their site at (http://www.beaconsglow.com/). Collectors of all types will be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of manufacturer's lines and products offered at Beacon's Glow Collectibles.
They also have an impressive pledge to their customers and firmly stand behind it – “All orders are guaranteed to ship by 6:00 p.m. the following business day, (but 80% of orders ship same day).” This is certainly welcome news for collectors of all types.
Beacon’s Glow Collectibles is committed to offering customers a wide variety of collectible dolls, bears, and figurines at competitive prices, as well as exceptional customer service. This company guarantees their customers total satisfaction.
All major credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). Paypal is also accepted as a method of payment as well as personal checks and money orders. Site security is ensured with Volusion’s SSL Certificate through encryption. The company also respects their customer’s right to privacy, and ensures that it will never be compromised.
Layaway plans are available, and they are willing to work with customers on an individualized basis to find a plan that best suit their needs.