I agree, Duffy's fur was awful and I was unimpressed with the way they are pimping out (for lack of a better expression) Duffy to the commercial world.
However I had a good experience in my Disney Store today. When I was looking at the Duffy area with a huge grin on my face a young girl (maybe 5) was in a nearby area picking out a stuffed animal for Valentines Day. Her mother said she could pick any character she wanted. After watching me swoon over Duffy, she asked her mom "whose that?" The mom said, "I have no idea." Then turned to me and asked, "Is this Duffy from a new movie?" I went on to tell them the whole story about how Minnie made Duffy for Mickey to take with on a long journey to visit his friends... etc.
The girl walked out with a Duffy instead of a princess or Nemo or Stitch. Later in the afternoon I saw them walking around the mall and Duffy was glued to her chest in a permanent hug.
Maybe the low quality Duffy is degrading the standards and maybe the marketing is inadequate, but at least one girl learned who Duffy is and now has a new treasured friend.