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I've got a Santas Workshop and snowman I am looking at in the morning. He wants $30 a piece or $50 for both. I don't know anything about the 2 like who made them. I really like and will probably buy the Santas workshop for sure (it seems more unique than the snowman). Any info on the 2 would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to build up my blowmold display, but don't want to overspend on stuff that's not worth it. Of course I want to feel like I got a really good deal. THANKS!

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Well on Ebay looks like the santa's workshop seems to be on average selling for 40.00 and the snowman maybe 35.00 so I would try to get him to lower his price to maybe $40.00? Not sure if it's worth it though, hopefully someone else chimes in! I feel like those molds should go cheaper.

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The Santa's Workshop elf is still being made today but his boots are green now. That one has better contrast in my eyes. The Snowman is a Grand Venture. Walmart had him many years back for $19.99. Grand Venture is no longer around but that snowman is, but being made by a different company. I dont think his price is too bad, could be better tho.

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idk, the more i pay for a blowmold, the less i love it. in the past i would covet a blowmold and buy it for fair market value on ebay. once i got it i felt let down. the ones i love are the ones i found in a back yard for 1-5 dollars. i don't know if this helps

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I saw the Santa's Workshop at the local Garden Ridge for $50 last weekend. I like him, but thought $50 was a little steep. They had a bunch, so maybe I'll be able to pick him up when he hits 75% off :P. Like Pfeffie mentioned, I have saw him online between $35-40.

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My two cents are the following: if you're comfortable with the price, and you like them enough to pay that much, then it's a good deal. At the end of the day, every item has a different value to every person. So, pay a price that YOU are happy with, and that YOU are comfortable with!

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If you really like them and your not planning on selling them then buy them.If your buying them to resell then pass.

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The Santa's workshop Elf looks to be the Empire Version for that reason it's no longer avaliable but General foams sells the remaks for around 45 i believe. I set out this year to find that mold and around August i finally won one one Ebay the General Foam One for around 35 plus shipping. Then last Friday a friend called me and had just found 6 molds that a woman was giving away he picked them up for me and wouldn't you know it the Empire Elf was in the bunch for free. So you never know how this things will work out. so the best deal is to get them if you like them.

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Thanks for all the comments! I picked them both up this morning for $15 so I am happy. They are in pretty good condition but missing the light cords. I also picked up a free elf/mailbox mold for free. Unfortunately it is not salvageable. The base is very brittle and the very top of mailbox is broken but it does have a light cord so it won't be a complete waste. :) Haven't tested the light cord, but it hopefully should work.

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