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The latest toy craze is the Hatchimal and they have reached unprecedented sales all over the world. You could call it 2016’s answer to the Furby and Tamagotchi, and parents are trying to get their hands on one in time for Christmas. The problem is that sales have risen so quickly, mainly due to social media, that the company is struggling to keep up with the current demand, much to the delight of its resellers on platforms like eBay where sales have reached up to $500 dollars for one Hatchimal.
The clever creation is from Spin Master, a Canadian company, who introduced us to toys such as the Etch-a-Sketch and Tamagotchi. They recently made an announcement on their website that although they will be releasing a whole new batch of Hatchimals soon, they won’t be available until after Christmas. This is where we come in to help you find one without having to pay 4 or 5 times the original price.
- Join a competition to win one – Voucher Angels and Reebee Inc are promoting their competition via Twitter to win your very own Hatchimal so why not enter? You could also do a simple google search to find even more competitions to increase your chances. How awesome would it be to not only get your hands on one, but also not have to pay the $88 price tag?
- Try to purchase one from overseas – Although Hatchimals are currently sold out all over the U.S and in the U.K, you could try buying one from overseas as oppose to using one of the many private resellers, who have marked up the prices significantly. For example, you could try googling the Japanese version. Prices are much more affordable and make your pressie even more unique and rare. If Japanese isn’t your forte, you could try using a Personal Shopper Japan Service to help you find one to suit your budget.
- Make an order directly at each store – There are shelves being restocked at various stores but it’s hard to know exactly which stores will receive a new shipment. Pre-ordering or adding yourself to the waitlist will definitely increase your chances of getting one earlier at its original price.
Only time will tell exactly how long this latest fad will last. However, it’s obvious that the key reason why these are so popular with kids right now though is the whole element of surprise they have. Unlike the Furby, kids need to wait for the animal to hatch from the egg first before knowing what their new friend looks like.
As there are 5 different types of Hatchimal’s available, they could get a Penguala, Draggle, Owlicorn, Burtle or a Bearakeet. After their new friend hatches, the child then has to teach it how to move, dance, speak and play games, very similar to the Furby but its level of success has been compared to those of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and Tickle Me Elmo.