Mmmmm. .. . interesing debate :
a) Price between Lieber's and Strongwater's and GD's
<img src='style_emoticons//cool.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’cool.gif’ /> Price over quality or choosing one you really like.
c) Choice between buying limited editions or ones you like.
Most people's answer would be to buy them all!! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />
However for the investor, the limited editions would be the ones to go for, hence Harrod's ones selling out quickly this year. I don't think it has been such a big issue in the past two years though . . . . (correct me if I'm wrong!)
For the simple lover, the obvious choice would be just to buy the ones you like.
It's hard to know on the site who are 'investor's' and who are collector's and who are both! There are a lot of people on here who buy in multiples, thereby making it more difficult for others to by just one. This raises the price of the limited editions immediately and that's one thing I think Harrods understands. Limited editions will sell out quicker than the others. I reckon from this year's prices, next years Harrods ones will be much more expensive because they sold out so quickly!!
If you remember in the last couple of years since the 2001 bear which was limited in production because it was the first 'exclusive' year to Harrods solids (and now highly sought after), the next two years didn't go as well as they were plenty in supply, so now this year they were limited again and boy did they go!
We'd better be careful they aren't forced beyond our affordability! <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ />
The transport idea (vans and taxis) didn't seem to take off, so they have avoided it this year . . . . but wonder if they will attempt the double-decker next year?