Toys R Us is the latest retailer to announce a major new shipment of Hatchimals, this season's hottest toy.
They plan to put them out this Sunday, Dec. 18 starting at 6 a.m. And you can bet lines will be just as long, if not longer, than the lines at stores the past few weekends.
Sunday morning, Dec. 4, Toys R Us stores had between a dozen and 30 Hatchimals in stock at most stores, according to parents who lined up for them hours in advance. At some stores, there were not enough on shelves for everyone who was waiting.
Target has not made any new announcement about more Hatchimals arriving before Christmas.
Wal-Mart has issued a statement saying "Walmart will be restocking Hatchimals at 1,700 select stores across the country. The retailer has received tens of thousands of Hatchimals and each of the select stores will be receiving dozens of Hatchimals per store. Just $48.98 at Walmart."
Wal-Mart says the toys will arrive on various days between Dec. 8 and 19. It does not say what time they go on sale.
You may want to stop or call a store, and make nice with a clerk or manager, to learn more details about if and when your store will have them.
If you don't get one, be prepared to pay over $200 from third-party sellers on Amazon or trying your luck on eBay.
The same applies to the suddenly red-hot Nintendo NES Classic, the new video game console that looks like an old NES system from 1990. Stores are also sold out of those, with prices skyrocketing on eBay,
Why do you need one?
By now every parent of a young child knows this year's Furby-Tickle Me Elmo-Cabbage Patch Doll is ridiculously impossible to find.
But does your child really need one?
Seems every 7-year-old girl in America wants a Hatchimal, which you help hatch out of its shell and then care for it.
Moms everywhere are going crazy trying to find one.
Heather Waugh told me a couple of weeks ago she was stunned by asking prices. "On eBay it was anywhere from $178 to a high of $600," she said.
Some parents say 'No'
But some moms are blogging they've decided Santa will not be bringing one, one saying "My kid's not getting a Hatchimal and she'll survive."
They say most children will understand the short supply, if you explain it.
Other parents, who managed to get one, are posting disappointing reviews.
One British mom's Facebook review has gone viral, after she said "It's not worth the money: It has a few games that are boring, that kids don't want to play again."
She said her daughter was bored and done with her Hatchimal after just three days.
Doesn't that stink?
If that happens to you, after you spend hours trying to locate one, you'll say "doesn't that stink?"
Bottom line: If you really want one, be prepared to visit stores every morning, or spend $200 on eBay.
Or you can give your child a rain check and look again in January, and determine if they even want one by then, so you don't waste your money.
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