Avon No Longer Selling Collectibles?
As you will see in the picture below from the Avon corporate website, Avon is out of the collectibles market.
If you want collectible Avon treasures the Avon Collectible Shop specialty website is the place to start your search. Then you can find information about products to buy on secondary sites such as e*Bay.
The decision by Avon to limit their products is an interesting one since there is such a high demand for Avon collectibles.
Recently Avon also drastically reduced its number of referral partners.
If this seems counterintuitive you are not the only one questioning the strategy. Especially when one considers the substantial number of collectibles and future collectibles to be sold during the holiday season.
Avon’s stock has underperformed for years and has seen a recent dramatic slide in value. According to news reports Avon has been the subject of a broadening bribery probe in numerous countries, and in late 2011 the United States Securities & Exchange Commission began an investigation into the bribery issue as well as whether there have been improper company contacts with financial analysts who report on the condition of the company.
What does this mean for you and other collectors?
In the long term it means new collectibles are not entering the market. Due to breakage, hoarding, and a steady increase in people interested in collecting Avon, there will likely be increased demand in the future for a more limited supply of collectibles.
You already know the result: higher prices. Especially for the most desirable, mint condition items.
Now may be an excellent opportunity for you to get wonderful Avon collectible items. Down the road, you may find that wonderful item which was passed on is simply no longer available.