Monday, June 29, 2015

Big announcement! Urgent!

The International Wizard of Oz Club announced today that July 3, 2015, it would be closing its online store (as far as merchandise would be concerned, presumably, you will still be able to register and renew membership online).

Over the years, the Oz Club has released a good many items: reprints of rare works by L. Frank Baum and Ruth Plumly Thompson, reprints of some of the (at the time) harder to find books in the Famous Forty, new Oz books by Thompson, Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren Lynn McGraw, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Dick Martin and Gina Wickwar, and a beautiful set of maps. In addition, it has carried stocks of Oz books from other publishers and valuable resources for Oz research and collectors.

Unfortunately, things have gotten difficult for the Oz Club. It wasn't clear until some recent years ago that the stock of materials held by the Club was quite extensive. For a time, the store was closed until the stock was hired to a third party fulfillment company. Unfortunately, stock was moving too slowly for the company to not charge the Club extra. With this problem, the Club has now made the decision to close the store and investigate other options for selling off the stock.

So, if there was anything you wanted from the Oz Club's store, go ahead and get it! They will be selling some stock at Winkie Con/Oz Con International next month in San Diego, but there's no guarantee that the item you want will be there.

So please, go ahead and help the Club have less stock to move as they move forward with this issue.

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