Thursday, July 08, 2010

Another Victim of the Economy - SaiZon Co.

SaiZon Company is the exclusive importer of Stikfas toys to the United States. They also carry koolby, kootikooti, cuboyds, mbear, coolrockets, mindzeye and asoblock toys.

We carried the Stikfas here at the store, and did some mbear too back when we were on Sunset. I think it was a year or so ago where Stikfas were featured in a martial arts magazine that a number of kids who go to the local Do Jo got. The problem is that there hasn't been a new Stikfa design in a while. But they are great for customizing and really cool, fun little toys. We have them, for now. But at the end of July our distributor will be no more. Another victim of the bad economy. They sent us an email to announce their closing, here is a portion of it:

"It is with great sadness that we announce today the impending closure of Saizon at the end of July.

After 6 years of hard work, meeting and getting to know great people and selling what we still regard as one of the best and original toys ever created, it was a tough decision to make, but one that we can’t delay any longer.

Due to recent economic conditions (sales, credit restrictions) and the fact that Stikfas have not produced any new figures in the last 18 months, resulted in ever increasing difficulties keeping Saizon on the growth path required in order to sustain even the leanest of operations."

So, sadly once the Stikfas are sold that will be it. We do have some in-store here at Neptune now, so if you want to get some of these great toys I'd suggest stocking up now.

I feel bad for this business. Distributors have really felt the pinch as their clients, small businesses, reduce orders or go out of business altogether. Just one more bit of proof that this economy isn't done taking it's victims and if you have a small business you like and believe in, now is the time to stay loyal to them and recommend them to a friend. Stores like Neptune can't continue to survive, at least not at the same level, if their customers disappear.

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