Mothers Day Teddy Bears

March 18th, 2009
Happy Mothers DayMothers Day Bear

Steiff Molly Teddy BearSteiff Molly Teddy Bear holds out her arms to welcome you and offer a big hug £46.95

Charlie Bears Maisie Brown BearCharlie Bears Maisie sits on her patchwork quilt waiting for you to pick her up and give her a big cuddle £35.95

Sunkid Cook BearSunkid Cook Bear is a female masterchef ready to whip up a few dishes £22.95

Bukowski Kimberley BearBukowski Kimberley Bear wears a wine and cream check dress with a cloth apron embroidered with Love £22.95


Bukowski Lady Olga bear in dressLady Olga Bear is dressed in a traditional dress and bonnet in ivory with lace trimming £20.95

Gund White Bear Loves YouGund White Bear Loves You makes a lovely Mothers Day teddy bear to give a special surprise £19.95

Gund Mothers Day MaisleyMothers Day Maisley is a lovely little teddy bear with a special basket of pink flowers for mum £14.95

Gund Mothers Day MylesMothers Day Myles has the sweetest expression to match his effortless charm and is just waiting to send your mother hugs and kisses £14.95

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Mothers Day teddy bears

Affiliate Programs - help or hindrance?

February 19th, 2009

I’ve been pondering this question for a while now. And I can’t quite come down on one side or the other. Are affiliate programs a help or a hindrance?

We operate a small independent ecommerce shop and are always looking for new ways to bring in traffic and prospective customers.

Don’t put your eggs into one basket

Reading through numerous forum postings we have been told what equates to the age old adage don’t put your eggs into one basket - which equates to don’t rely on free search engine traffic alone. If Google, Yahoo, MSN or whoever is next on the scene suddenly takes a dislike to your site then you can go from traffic aplenty to none in a split second.

So spread your marketing by getting into affiliate programs, where voucher sites, discount code sites, banner ad linking, money off sites, and shopping comparison engines all take hold of your content, images and site data and try to promote you, to make you, and them (through commission), money.

Well, that’s the idea anyway - from a merchant’s perspective.

What is the reality

But what is the reality. What is the goal of the affiliate? What is the goal of the affiliate program? Of course, to make themselves money. But which side are these affiliate programs on? Or are they purely impartial?

Does it matter who gets the commission (affiliate) and the sale (merchant) so long as the affiliate program gets their cut. What practices are deemed out of bounds? Will the affiliate program ‘protect’ the rights of the merchant or those of the affiliate?

Now I’ve been working with an affiliate program for a few years and my personal take on this, is that the affiliate program is more on the side of the affiliate than the merchant. They want the merchant to do a great deal of work to earn the priviledge of appearing on a discount code website.

Special Promotions - customers worth having?

Of course, on top of the standard 15% commission (not including overcharge, set-up fees, monthly fees etc) paid to the affiliate they want you to offer a special offer - 40% off or buy one get one free to grab the customer’s attention.

So for a short period you’ll get plenty of customers who want everything at half-price. But are these customers worth having? Will they, at a drop of a hat, go to another special offer on a competitor site, as soon as your special offer finishes?

You’ve not made money on these customers but are hoping to have built a base who you can sell to in future. But they’re not ‘loyal’ to any brand but to cheapness. Unless you go on being so cheap you’ll be out of business, they won’t use you. Basically, are they customers worth having?

Using your content

I have no problem with affiliates using my content to send me prospective customers. But what I’m wondering is, am I really getting the benefit?

They do their SEO tricks and appear higher than - often eliminating - the originating website from the SERPS. So I lose my free search engine rankings and for my troubles I also have to pay 15% to the guy for appearing higher than me, with my content.

Am I stupid?

OK, so I’ve spread my risk, but for what?

I’m losing customers hand over fist who click on the SERP (where I might have been) and then get taken to a comparison engine who tells the customer that someone else is offering the same product at a lower price / on a special offer / just badly placed so that the customer is less likely to click through to me.

What’s your experience?

I’d like to know how other merchants have used affiliate programs; whether they worked well and brought in repeat customers, or whether the merchant decided to end the program deciding it just did not provide the anticipated spread of risk that they thought on starting out.

What I’m wondering is if there are other baskets where I could put my eggs to much more profitable use?

Say I Love You with a Valentines Teddy Bear

February 4th, 2009
Say I Love You
with a Teddy Bear

Jellycat Black and White Cat
Steiff bear says “I love you”

Send this beautiful mohair I Love You Bear from Steiff when no expense can be spared.


Royal Selangor Pewter Money Bank


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Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours!



Winnie The Pooh Money Box
White Valentine Bear sends love

A big teddy bear valentine with soft white plush is a romantic gift that will catch your valentine lover’s eye.


Royal Selangor Pewter Money Bank


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I spotted you and fell in love



Jellycat Teddy Bear
Big Lion will be your Valentine

Send your Valentine a big lion soft toy with a big heart to show you truly, madly, deeply love her!


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Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe



Winnie The Pooh Pewter Money Box
Bearing special gifts for my love

Show someone how special they are to you by giving this soft white teddy bear - a lovely gift for the one you’re thinking of.


Royal Selangor Pewter Money Bank


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Rock ‘n’ roll with Lenny Lion


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We’ve also got a great selection of quality Valentines cards, chocolates and gift packaging to make the perfect Valentines gift at Teddy Bear Friends

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Rock ‘n’ roll with Lenny Lion

February 4th, 2009

Lenny Lion will rock ‘n’ roll into your heart as he sings Bad Case of Loving You!

Lenny Lion MusicalLenny Lion Musical is a fun gift for your valentine lover and is sure to make them laugh out loud on St Valentines Day.

Lenny Lion Musical has a crazy looking white and pink mane and coat and will be a roaring success.

See him singing by clicking the link.

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Your Love Babe

February 4th, 2009

Your Love Babe will make the perfect gift this St Valentine Day.

Can't Get Enough of Your Love BabeYour Love Babe is a plush gorilla soft toy who sings the Barry White hit Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe.

A brilliant valentines gift to give your lover, Loving Garstang is a happy chappy who likes nothing better than making you smile as much as he does!

See him in action by clicking the link below.

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Steiff I Love You Bear

February 2nd, 2009

Steiff bear says “I love you”

Steiff I Love You BearSteiff I Love You Bear will make the perfect gift this St Valentine Day.

Send this beautiful mohair I Love You Bear from Steiff when no expense can be spared.

Made by Steiff in Germany this is a top quality designed and crafted bear with a firm body covered in short mohair.

This teddy bear Valentine carries his heart with him and will send your true love the right message - I love you!

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St Valentines Puppy Love

February 2nd, 2009

St Valentines Puppy Love will make the perfect gift this St Valentine Day.

St Valentines Puppy LoveSt Valentines Puppy Love will make the perfect gift this St Valentine Day.

This charming puppy dog carries a plush red love heart in his mouth ready to give to your valentine love.

St Valentines Puppy Love has the softest white plush and wears a bright red ribbon tied in a bow and has beans in his bottom.

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Singing Valentines Bear

February 2nd, 2009

Singing Valentines Bear will show how much you love someone.

Singing Valentines BearSinging Valentines Bear is a real charmer who holds a valentines card in his paws on which you can write a little love letter to your sweetheart.

This charming bear sings Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours! by Stevie Wonder and is sure to have your valentine lover swooning.

A great St Valentines Day teddy bear for anyone with a sense of fun, press the bear’s paw to see him sing and move to the music.

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White Valentine Bear

February 2nd, 2009

White Valentine Bear sends love - a charming gift to give your valentine sweetheart.

White Valentine BearWhite Valentine Bear from Gund wears a translucent red and white checked ribbon tied in a bow round his neck..

This big valentine bear has large round eyes, a stitched brown nose and beans in his bottom.

With his all-over white medium-length plush, this teddy bear is sure to catch your valentine lover’s eyes and is a romantic gift to send for valentines day.

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December 28th, 2008


Steiff - Blond BearSTEIFF

Jellycat - Black and White CatJELLYCAT

Teddy Hermann - Soft Toy LionTEDDY HERMANN

Charlie Bears - Lucas Giant Panda BearCHARLIE

Royal Selangor - Carousel Horses Music BoxROYAL SELANGOR

Gund - Winter BearGUND

Ecochums - Stay Warm PigECOCHUMS

Steiff Baby - Moon Musical for BabySTEIFF BABY

Baby Gund - Hopscotch Large GiraffeGUND BABY

Roy Kirkham - Teddy Time Childrens Gift SetROY KIRKHAM

Bukowski - Love You Little BearBUKOWSKI

Wilberry Dolls - Daisy DollWILBERRY DOLLS

Histoire d'Ours - Scruffy Teddy BearHISTOIRE D’OURS

Trendle - Snoozer Sleeping Teddy BearTRENDLE

Pepperpot - Pink Baby WordPEPPERPOT

Reutter Porcelain - Teddy Bear Breakfast SetREUTTER PORCELAIN

Augusta Du Bay - Paddington Bear Traditional RedPADDINGTON BEAR

Augusta Du Bay - Peter Rabbit Activity ToyPETER RABBIT

Rainbow Designs - Miffy BunnyRAINBOW DESIGNS

Character Bears - Doctor Teddy BearCHARACTER BEARS

Only the best quality teddy bears and teddy bear gifts at Teddy Bear Friends