Along with the style changes, note the TM after the Puffkins' name and that both website addresses are listed on the left side of the inside of the tag.
Tasha has the distinquished honor of being the first Puffkin to have the new lavender tag.
Many of the older dark purple border tags we have seen DO NOT HAVE www.swibco.com on the inside of the tag. They have ©Swibco Lisle, IL.
After communication problems with the tag manufacturer were solved the new tag was created. It is of a sturdier material and the colors are the ones Swibco originally intended.
These new lighter purple or lavender tags are referred to as 3rd generation tags.
**August 20, 1999** - We noticed with the New Years '99 releases that Swibco added a trademark symbol (TM) after the name of each Puffkin (except Lenny). As far as we can tell all tags made after that time have the TM symbol after the Puffkin's name.
If you look on the back of the swing tags you will find a UPC number.
On the very first Puffkins that were released the UPC number is all the same.
This number is 44046 01362.
These tags are considered 'first generation tags'. (See Swing Tag Generations Table)
We can confirm 'first generation tags' on Lily, Shelly, Honey, Benny, Peter, Aussie, Fetch, Lucky, Chomper, Nutty, Paws, Bandit, Gus, Quakster, Lancaster, Tipper, Snowball, Percy, and Murphy
It appears that the earliest shipments of the first and second batches of Puffkins were released with these tags.
Puffkins with 'first generation tags' may prove to be more valuable as time goes on.
(03/06/98) - BUYER BEWARE! It has been brought our attention by a reputable source that a retailer was seen advertising first generation Puffkins, however they did not have the original UPC code on the swingtag. Please use caution when purchasing your Puffkins!
The older (dark purple border) tags where the last 4 digits of the UPC number are unique to a particular Puffkin are referred to as 2nd generation tags.
2. If a Puffkin with a wrong swing tag loses the tag, the novelty value of the Puffkin immmediatly drops.
3. Half the fun of getting Puffkins, especially for children, is having the correct birthday and poem of the Puffkin just purchased, not that of another Puffkin.
4. Most collectors feel that a Puffkin with a wrong swing tag isn't worth any more than that same Puffkin would be without a swing tag.
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