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Old 07-01-2006, 12:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Toys of course!

DH and I were wondering what to buy ds for his birthday... there are no nice toystores around here... all plastic stuff with sounds etc... not what we like.. (no offense to those who do)

Anyways, we were looking for something to give him and decided to check out a webstore... and found the perfect gift...

Isn't it great!!! Melissa and Doug toys are so cool and so well made!!

And to top it off... Before the winter holidays I found a playmobil pirate ship with tons of accessories at a local thrift shop (I paid 2$)... Ds loves pirates and he is areally good with little pieces now so I will be giving it to him for his birthday too....

 
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I love these toys, I think I want them more than my kids do

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I like them alot. Expensive, but if a toy breaks they'll send you a new one free of charge!
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I was on a huge Melissa and Doug addiction a while ago, but now that I've accumulated more carved/natural/unpained wood toys, I want to replace the M&D! I find them way too bright and flashy... just a step below those flashy Fisher Price toys that I detest I also question their environmental standards. We're trying to slowly move toward buying toys made from local wood by local artists etc.

But I totally get the obsession
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I love them, too! We got mostly toys by them for dd's birthday. I like how they are more accessible that other brands and are more affordable, at least in my city.
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Not really. I have a few of thier toys because they are more affordable than Selecta and Haba but thier quality is also not as good. I had one toy break the day after I gave it to ds2. I got him the nesting blocks for Christmas and one broke a couple of months ago. I have called 5 times about the replacement they have promised and have still not received it. I will probably still buy a few of thier toys from time to time but I prefer the better brands of wood toys.
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I would love to buy other kinds of wood toys... but All the other wood toys that I see are in the US and the exchange, shipping and duty fees make the prices outrageous...
There is nothing local that I have found... but I would love to make some of my own but need to start getting a few tools!!

I didn't know that they would replace them for free though if they break...thanks!!

 
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Usually, I would say that yes, we love them. We certainly have enough of their stuff. Lately, though, we've had a problem with the paint chipping off. This is happening with several toys too, not just one or two. The worst is the wooden play fruits and veggies. We've only had them for a month. Sure, they've seen a lot of action, but I didn't expect them to look quite as shoddy as they do quite so soon. We buy wooden stuff not only for ethical and health reasons, but because we expect them to last.

The musical instruments and the puzzles get a big though.

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I love Melissa, but I'm not so sure about that Doug guy.

I do have a few of their toys, mostly puzzles and the stamp set. I used to like buying the stamp set for birthday gifts. I know some people have issues with them because their stuff is made in China, but I haven't looked into it and since most anything I would buy would be made in China anyway, I try and go with the M&D.
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I like them alot. Expensive, but if a toy breaks they'll send you a new one free of charge!
do they?? we bought a castle from them and it just fell apart. how do you go about getting a replacement???
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holy crap! ever hear their answering machine???
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We'd always liked M&D stuff, but the last thing we bought hasn't held up. It's a magnetic dress-up set, and the top layers of the clothes pieces started peeling off the day after we bought it. :

Reading this thread, I'm beginning to wonder if their quality isn't going downhill lately. I had the same experience with Land's End. Their stuff used to last and last, but now it doesn't hold up any better (and sometimes less well) than clothes we buy at Target.
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We have alot'a M&D stuff & love it!

BTW - what does the answering machine say?

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holy crap! ever hear their answering machine???
???

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paxye (Melissa) Here are a couple of Canadian stores that sell wood toys:

Playful Pixie: http://www.playfulpixie.com/
Jalu Toys: http://www.jalutoys.com/

Ten thousand Villages sells many wooden items that are fair traded. The store in my town always have a good selection of natural toys, oooh, and I love their instruments.

I'm sure there are others out there. I too want to get some tools and carve my own. I bet that's very therapeutic (I love working with my hands, and that'll certainly keep me away from my internet addiction ).
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Ten thousand Villages sells many wooden items that are fair traded. The store in my town always have a good selection of natural toys, oooh, and I love their instruments.

I'm sure there are others out there. I too want to get some tools and carve my own. I bet that's very therapeutic (I love working with my hands, and that'll certainly keep me away from my internet addiction ).
We are visiting my mom in PA and there is a 10000 villages LESS THAN A MILE FROM HER HOUSE!!!!
I always end up shipping stuff back tha I can't fit on the plane....
DH says that I am secretly starting my own band!

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call their 800 number.
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call their 800 number.
Uhhhh. Yikes. What are they elves or something??? Let's just say they're better at making toys than acting!

For anyone interested: 1-800-284-3948 (am I allowed to post that here?)

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Love them! DS has a couple of the band in a box musical instruments.
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