I saw no one at DCA with a Duffy today. Other then me. I did get asked by a CM where I got Duffys outfit he had on today. I said it came from Tokyo. He was warring the zip up hood from the swim suite set and blue pants for 2010 winter coat set. The CM said it was really cute. Which I have to say I agree. Its one of my favorites.
So I went to all three stores that sell Duffy items. Only two of the stores had Woody and Buzz and both had the higher price. In fact the only item that had the old prices was the Disney Baseball shirt and Hat. (so I picked it up, because I don't want it later and have to pay the higher price) What I found odd was there is two sets of t-shirt and hat. One is the Baseball one and the other is My first Trip to DCA. The DCA set was up prices to $18.00 where the Baseball set was still at the $15.00. They are the same thing, a hat and shirt. Why DCA is $3.00 more I'll never know.
I noticed that Disney has put a price tag sticker with new price bar code over the old price bar code that was printed on the packaging. So its not like Disney is getting new items with new bar codes already on the packaging. So Im thinking why are they raising the price on items they already had? I can see if they are paying more for the item or gas to get it to the parks. Passing that long to the guest. Disney is big enough they can do that. (little companies would go out of business more likely if they did this all the time) I find this disappointing. I can understand their cost going up and passing it along. But to me it doesn't look like that is the case. It think they want more money just because they want it. Sad to do that to a character they are trying to launch?
Im not really sure what the cost of other items are. I did see an adult t-shirt for $24.99. I think I bought an Epcot on in Aug 2010 for $22.00. So I wonder if other items are on the raise. As I am writing this, I think I remember thinking the cost of a hat had gone up a few months ago. So maybe items are on the raise. I don't think that is a wise move as the economy is still not good and its hard enough for families to afford a day at a Disney Park or even a vacation. What is sad is Disney may not realize that things aren't selling due to the economy and their pricing and they may pull items and no longer offer then even when the economy is doing well. Oh well hopefully they learn.