Build A Bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion Shuts Down

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Build a Bear's "Pay Your Age" promotion today was a incredible success! In fact it was too much of a success. The chain clearly underestimated people's interest in stuffed animals and was descended upon with a Black Friday-esque fever.

The promotion was meant to offer parents a chance to bring their kiddos and get their very own build a bear for only the cost of their age with a cap of $29. However, lines quickly got out of control including at the Spokane Valley Mall where the line stretched more than the entire length of the mall.

The line for #buildabear’s #payyourage promotion at the #SpokaneValley mall was uhhh... long. Employees cut the line off early Thursday morning and were handing out vouchers for customers who didn’t want to wait.

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KHQ was even on site to capture a timelapse of all the families waiting to grab their furry friends.

Timelapse: Build A Bear Line Stretches Length of Mall

The line stretched the length of the Spokane Valley Mall this morning for Build-A-Bear's "Pay Your Age" event this morning. It took our reporter KHQ Grace Chapin about 5 minutes to walk the line. Here's a much quicker look at just how many people wanted in on this deal.

Posted by KHQ Local News on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Unfortunately due to the popularity stores all around the country were grossly underprepared and began having to close down lines and provide parents with $15 off coupons instead.

The company also released the following statement:

ST. LOUIS – July 12, 2018 – Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Pay Your Age Day event generated an overwhelming response, resulting in long lines, extensive waits and disappointed Guests. We feel it is important to share that, based on the information available to us before the day began, we could not have predicted this reaction to our Pay Your Age Day event. We understand that many Guests were turned away as, due to safety concerns created by the crowds, authorities in certain locations closed Build-A-Bear stores and, in other locations, we were forced to limit the line. Unfortunately, given these circumstances, we were unable to serve all of our Guests for the Pay Your Age Day event.

In response, we distributed vouchers to Guests, who were present in lines, to be redeemed for a future purchase. We are now making vouchers available to our Build-A-Bear Bonus Club members in the U.S. and Canada who log into their account by midnight on July 15, 2018. Vouchers related to this event will be honored through August 31, 2018.

It is our sincere desire for all of our Guests to enjoy the best Build-A-Bear experience possible. As such, our goal with the voucher extension is to enable us to better flow traffic to the stores over the next several weeks to avoid long lines and wait times as much as possible. Therefore, we strongly encourage Guests to consider delaying their trip to Build-A-Bear, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience in this matter.

Build-A-Bear Workshop takes seriously the privilege of providing our valued Guests with an opportunity to make a furry friend. It is with that spirit that we created our Pay Your Age Day event and the new, year-long Count Your Candles birthday program, where kids 14 and under can “pay their age” for our new Birthday Treat Bear during their birthday month.

Thank you for your passion and continued support.



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