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February, 2008

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In this issue:
  • China-made Product Prices Likely To Rise After Recalls
  • Highland Graphics Introduces new Artist/Photographer to the Gift Industry
  • New GiftsWholesale.Com Vendor Search Feature
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
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American Picture Company: Great quality framed art at very competitive price points for gift & décor retailers. Primitive, Folk, Americana, Landscapes, etc. Always adding fresh new art images while maintaining top repeat sellers! Available glassed or textured.

Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Ata Boy makes a variety of licensed products such as magnets, nite lites and keychains featuring Elvis, Lucy, Barbie, Betty Boop, DC Comics characters and much more.

Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Frankoma Inc. You can feel the difference when you touch a piece of Frankoma Pottery. Since 1933, Frankoma has the perfect gift. Whatever you’re looking for - heartfelt keepsake, kitchen or home accent, or even a new collectible - you’ll find it here. In fact, Frankoma collectibles are consistently listed among the top ten collectibles on EBay according to Martha Stewart.

Gallery Art Glass is the leading resource for all-weather stained glass - fun and functional garden giftware and home décor. We offer affordably priced, handcrafted home and garden accessories that add beauty and color to any setting. Collections include windchimes, birdfeeders, plant stakes, nightlights, windows, holiday and wine accessories.

Intrada: Since 1979, Intrada has been the pioneer in bringing the best of Italian Ceramics & Pottery to the rest of the world. These exclusive collections comprise of the most exquisite Tabletop & Decorative Accessories, 100% handcrafted in Italy.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

China-made Product Prices Likely To Rise After Recalls

Hasbro Inc, the second-largest U.S. toy company, says it expects a 14-to-15 percent increase in the costs of made-in-China products due to higher labor, commodity and currency costs, according to a story on the Financial Times web site. Additional product safety testing after last year's US toy safety recalls will also be a factor. (source)

Toys may not be the only products affected and, since most products in the Gift, Garden and Home Decor sectors come from China, retailers may see those price increases passed on in the wholesale prices they pay. Last year’s recalls out of China included products as diverse as tainted wheat gluten and toothpaste, in addition to toys. Other factors driving prices of made-in-China goods include a 5-15% levy imposed on exports by the Chinese government last July and a recent revaluation of the Chinese Yuen, which has driven real labor costs higher. (source)

Most products in the Gift, Garden and Home Decor sectors come from China

China's growing economy, the world's fourth largest, may cause inflation itself to become one of its exports, as demand for the country's cheap goods escalates. (source)

U.S. retail sales of toys generated $22.1 billion in 2007 compared to $22.6 billion in 2006, a decline of only 2 percent, despite the toy industry recalls and difficult economic conditions that plagued the industry in 2007. (source)