Each holiday season, an especially hot, must-have gift emerges, often triggering behavior by desperate consumers that seems wacky and ugly at the time — and even more so in retrospect. (Example: Some guy made $6,000 selling Zhu Zhu pets on eBay last year.) This year, the behavior surrounding one hot item seems especially extreme — …
Zhu Zhu Pets
One man in southern California jumped with both feet into the game of snatching up the holiday season’s must-have, can’t-find toy, buying something like 500 robotic hamster Zhu Zhu Pets, which he then sold to desperate parents on eBay for handsome profits.
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One theory: Because parents don’t want to buy their kids real hamsters.
I’m not quite sure why I feel the need to track the Zhu Zhu Pet fad, but I do. (Note to self: File “Zhu Zhu” in the category of “Unresolved Issues,” somewhere between “Never Got Air Jordans” and “Wasn’t Allowed to Go to Beastie Boys Concert in 8th Grade.”) With one week before Christmas, here’s how things are looking, Zhu Zhu-wise.
A mom admits to buying Zhu Zhu Pets strictly because of the hype—and then launching a marketing campaign on her kids to convince them that they actually want the darn robotic hamsters.
Parents still on the hunt for Zhu Zhu Pets are growing desperate—and the folks who are willing to part with the robotic pet hamster toys in their possession are growing demanding.
Shoppers have caught Zhu Zhu Fever, an odd malady that’s expected to be short-lived.
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.
Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmos, and Furbys, oh my.
The most searched items on eBay this week are iPods and Zhu Zhu Pets—the latter solidifying its status as the season’s must-have, can’t-find toy. The robot Zhu Zhu hamsters are sold out at toy stores around the country, allowing sellers on eBay to demand a premium from parents who don’t want to hear their kids crying on Christmas morning.