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Matthew W
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Has anyone here bought magic worms from Robbins? I sold out and need other things from there.

I had ordered a batch from somewhere where the instructions said to hold the string in your hand and pull it. Are the Robbins instructions good?
-Matt
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Matthew,

Robbins gets his worms from Thurston Magic.You can call Dave at Thurston and ask him. http://www.thurstonmagic.com/ there number is on their site.

Later,Don
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Thanks Don,

I had tried calling Thurston several times before about the bulk worms and left messages. I've never gotten a call back. Their contact page has been a 404 error since the website opened.
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Just sent you a PM with an email for David.

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I didn't like them, they were in an envelope and you couldn't see the color and the instructions were very basic. I think loftus might be selling a version now.
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That was the old S.S.Adams worm.David changed them for Thurston.
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Are the Thurston worms sold in bulk or carded? The Thurston website says "bulk," and I know the Robbins worms are carded (packed individually on a blister-pack card).

BTW, in my opinion, none of the worms being sold have decent instructions, and I think it's a good idea to make up and provide your own instruction sheet. The number one questions I always get are "Can I really learn how to do this?" and "Does it come with instructions?" When I show 'em the full-size instruction sheet complete with diagrams, that often clinches the sale. Telling some kid at an outdoor street festival that he needs to use a computer to go on a website in order to learn how to work the worm doesn't cut it for me.

In my experience, the 5 cents I spend to hand out an instruction sheet pays for itself many times over. Having good instructions also prevents walkbacks and time wasted teaching kids how to handle the worm, when you could be working another tip instead. SETH
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Hey all.. I tried to post a message.. but I don't think it worked because my attachment was too large.. Wanted to let you guys know that we are going out of business and are offering our Pocket Toyz Inc Herman The Great worm at a discounted price... .65 per piece.. comes in a bubble (blister pack) card like the Squirmles packaging... and string is attached... I only have a limited supply of solid colors left.. about 528 pieces.. and about 5472 pieces of the striped worm (orange and blue)... Think we are the only vendor to offer striped worms.. We would require a minimum order of 48 pieces.. since there are 48 pieces in each case... plus $5.00 for shipping... so a total price of $36.20... We won't be ordering anymore worms from China.. so if you need worms... it might be good to place an order now... before the summer season starts... Just wanted to give everybody the heads up so you can plan accordingly... If you want to see our worm... and packaging.. just go to our website at http://www.pockettoyz.com The cases that the worms come in are popup displays as an fyi... Herman The Great is our version of the magic worm... to refresh everyone's memory... thanks for your support! You guys are the best!!!
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And oh.. I do have the template used for the intructions that I can send to everyone... This doc came directly from China.. so you can edit it accordingly... The instructions that I use in my package is the standard directions that come with the worm.. and no.. they aren't very good.. I was planning on revising the doc myself for future orders.. but unfortunately business didn't take off the way that we had hoped... ;o)
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I'm VERY sorry to hear about this.

Angela did a great job of putting together a quality product with great packaging, and shipping it promptly. I guess the wholesale toy business is even tougher than the retail pitch business. SETH
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I tried to make contact about 2 months ago to place an order. Emails and voicemails. Have not heard back yet.
-Matt
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Hey all... for clarification... there are two Pocket Toys companies.. My company is Pocket Toyz inc.. There is also a Pocketoyz International... So if some of you reached out to the other pocketoyz.. then I wouldn't be surprised that you didn't hear back from them.. Note: China worm manufacturer apparently makes it a habbit of sharing new customer information with some of their existing worm customers... So long story short.. Yep.. my company information was high jacked... I received confirmation of my suspicion thru an internet forensic specialist.. friend of mine... who ran an investigation for me... His company specializes in intellectual property and illegal trade practices on an international basis.. particularly in China.. I know of at least two other companies who have had similar experiences to that of mine... based on the court documentation we found... One of the companies is based in Michigan.. and the other in Australia... So if any of you have thought about placing an order direct with China.. please do feel free to reach out to me.. I can coach you on what to do.. and what not to do in order to protect your intellectual property... This is a tactic used to try and dominate the market... and is fairly common in China...
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The worm is dead, long live the worm.
Matthew W
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Yeah, ok. Right...

that's why I constantly sell out...
-Matt
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But Mr Roya knows all...if you don't believe that just ask him.
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They've been rolled back to $1.50 at Wal-Mart ... which is less than Nowstalgic wholesales them for. I guess it's bad that they are so cheap, but hopefully good that Wal-Mart will stop selling them.

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I have seen the worms racked at Wal-mart, and they are even displayed in my local grocery store (next to the tuna fish!).

But as long as they aren't being demoed, they will likely sit there for a very long time. In fact, I'd even take bets that the tuna fish might eventually eat the worms. SETH
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Hey guys.. I'm down to 5,000 pieces left in inventory... which are striped worms (orange and blue)... I'm selling them at .50 per piece.. I'm getting small orders left and right now.. from mostly from my gift store customers... so if you want a small supply to get thru summer months... gotta let me know as soon as possible.. We require a minimum order of 48 pieces.. since that's what comes in a case... So total cost would be $24 plus $5.00 for shipping with tracking... Yeah worm business has slowed.. but I think it's because the market is saturated.. and there seems to be a lot of competition... And oh.. we only have striped worms left now.. We had 5 times the inventory of striped as we did solids to begin with.. and ended up selling 3-4 striped to every 1 solid worm... Kids who have the solid colors usually want the striped worm too... so there may be a small market for the striped worm since no one else is doing it... ;o)
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So who says the worm is dead...check this out.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-......ift.html


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As I've said before, more kids are being born all the time, and they don't know anything about Magic Worms. On the other hand, I'm not sure I would want to pitch them at a wedding ceremony! Smile

Similarly, the Svengali Deck is over 100 years old, and has been exposed and advertised to death on TV for several generations -- yet there are plenty of people who have never seen it before, and they are happily buying it. SETH
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