Post # 1
So my parent-friends are going crazy looking for certain toys (i.e. Imaginext Ocean Boat???). My question is, how do parents know these things exist? I think the craze started with Tickle Me Elmo, or maybe Cabbage Patch Kids way back in the day. But these impossible to find (unless you pay a couple hundred on ebay) toys seem to come out each year.
So how do parents know which toys make the list? How do you know what toys are worth shopping at midnight on Balck Friday for, or stalking the delivery schedules of the Toys R Us freight?
Post # 3
Having been through so many of the crazy “fad” toys, it is more about the parents than the kids. The child getting the Tickle me Elmo has no idea that it is the “must have” toy, and to be honest, they will be just as happy with some other toy as they would the “fad” toy. Trust me, there is NO toy worth all the hastle that you see on tv, the kids really don’t know the difference.
Post # 4
I agree with the PP.
Right now there is a hot toy (the leap pad… like an ipad for kids)… I read about it in a parenting magazine I subscribe to. When I first read about it I was so excited. I messaged Darling Husband and was like “OMG SOOOO COOOL!!! We should get it for mini tranquility”. Not because my daughter even knows it exsists, but because I thought it was cool.
So I think a lot of parents think that their kid will like something so they kind of go crazy trying to find it, but most of the time the kids dont even know it exsists.
The main reason I decided not to get it is because I don’t want my daughter to get into the habit of having everything the second it comes out or because it is “cool”. I am not sure if my approach will work but I guess it is worth a try.
Right now people are trying to sell this dang toy for over double what it sells for in stores. Silly people, dont you know that after xmas the shelfs will be stocked again with it?