If you’re keeping score, eBay tells me that on Black Friday alone there were 350,000 searches for Zhu Zhu Pets, the holiday’s season’s hottest can’t-find must-have toy. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, eBay customers purchased about 30,000 of the robotic hamsters and related items.
Zhu Zhu Pets, which retail for about $10 a hamster, are sold out nearly everywhere, leading parents to stalk Wal-Mart aisles because they heard rumors of a new shipment coming in, and also leading certain entrepreneurial types to ask as much as $7,000 for a mammoth set of Zhu Zhus on eBay.
Even with occasionally extortion-esque prices, eBay is still your best bet for snagging a Zhu Zhu according to this “Savings Experiment” video of a WalletPop blogger shopping for his daughter. The video is cringe-worthy in its corniness, though I did enjoy the Benny Hill-like fast-forward walking around Times Square and the occasional “boing” sound effects one expects from a wacky morning radio duo.