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The Bear Factory: A nice concept, but very overpriced.
Member Name: JMrabbit
Advantages: A nice concept, nice for a 'special' bear.
Although I am 18 years of age, I am still a real sucker for all things cuddly, including stuffed toys. So when my boyfriend had these delivered to my door as a surprise, I was over the moon. I have two toy dogs (one called Mitzy, and the other Tewt?) which he had already named before I got them. You get little birth certificates with your toys, which is very cute, or at least it would be if you were a little child. One of the dogs was a miniature, which I believe are not only smaller but cheaper. However, the downside to this is that you cannot by the outfits for them (Or that could be an upside if you aren't wanting to spend a lot!). My 11 year old sister already had some bear factory bear clothes which she had picked up at a car boot sale, so she let me have them (As she didn't have the original bear factory bear anymore). The clothes are very sweet, but after looking at prices on the internet, I would say they are ridiculously overpriced! For a t-shirt you are looking around the £5 mark, and to say there are budget stores in which you can purchase adult t-shirts for that price, it's ridiculous. To say it's also a store aimed at children, there is no way that you could buy anything at 'pocket-money' prices. I still have the two dogs (they are about a year old), and one of them has lost it's fur in patches, however, it has been thrown about quite a lot. I actually discovered that normal baby clothes fit on the bears (sometimes they are a little bit too big so you have to roll them up), and you can pick them up in charity shops and markets much cheaper. Do I like the bear factory? Of course I do. It's a novelty, and it's great if you are looking to buy your son/daughter a special teddy bear for their birthday/christmas. However, from an adults point of view, it is very overpriced, and not the kind of place you could pop in and buy something, without crying whilst handing over your cash. What I will say however, is on the website (Type bear factory into google), is that they do have a 'sale' section, where you can sometimes pick up bits and bobs a lot cheaper. Overall, I would recommend, for a special purchase. Other than that, a little overrated.
Summary: A nice place for presents.