Toys “R” Us Raises Interest in Christmas Club
Toys "R" Us is banking on its new promotional program to prop up
the chain’s sales during the Christmas holiday season. The retailer’s Christmas
Savers Club will allow consumers to put away money in an account for
the holidays, al a the old bank Christmas clubs, and will add a perk —
three percent interest on the dollars in the account. When the holidays arrive
and it’s time to cash the account in, consumer can put the dollars to work
buying products in Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us stores
or on the company’s website.
The maximum amount consumers can earn is $75 based
on $2500 in the account. Members of the Christmas Savers Club can begin withdrawing
funds on October 31.
"We’re a relatively old brand, and we’ve started to use components of
nostalgia within our brand, so we’ve looked at things that people used to do.
Christmas savers’ clubs were one of those things that people used a lot, especially
in times when budgets were tight," said Greg Ahearn, senior vice president
for marketing and e-commerce for Toys "R" Us, to The Record (Hackensack,
"Parents and gift-givers can better plan their holiday spending well
in advance of the season, while we provide them with a convenient, effortless
way to budget," said Mr. Ahearn, in a press release.
"Saving early for the gifts they will likely buy is smart — plus, the
added bonus they receive can cover the cost of additional presents," he
Industry watchers have reacted positively to the program.
"It’s better than a bank account," Sean
McGowan, a toy industry analyst at Needham, told the New York Daily News.
"This is money that people can feel secure that they know that no matter
what happens they’re going to be able to create the Christmas for their kids
that they want to," Chris Byrne, toy consultant and toy trends researcher,
told The Record. "That’s one of the things driving layaway and
note: Toys "R" Us also offers a layaway program.)
What do you think of the Toys "R" Us Christmas
Savers Club? Will we see other retailers, or perhaps even debit/credit card
companies, try something similar?
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