Every year I seem to get somehow caught up in the run up to the Christmas latest ‘must have toy’ craze, but this year has perhaps already topped all previous years… and it’s still 2 months till Christmas! Unfortunately, my daughter’s 6th birthday was in September… perfect timing for the Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters (often pronounced as Zoo Zoo Pets hamsters and Zu Zu Pets hamsters) madness to set in… lucky for me!
Within days of the commercials starting for these cute furry hamsters, my daughter had set her heart on one for her birthday… Mr Squiggles no less. All parents with kids will understand when I say that when children of this age get it into their heads that they must have a certain toy… well it really is usually pointless trying to convince them otherwise. Anyway, the continual bombardment of ads didn’t help the situation, nor did the fact that her best friend had already got a Zhu Zhu pet hamster called Num Nums together with a whole hamster world for it to run around in… great!
Anyway, I needed to get a birthday present for my daughter, so it seemed like which one to get had been decided… that was easy. At 7 dollars a pop and with the addition of a few well chosen hamster accessories, I was convinced I could better her friend’s Zhu Zhu hamster plush setup for much less than 100 bucks.
Popping down to my local Walmart and Toys r Us turned up only sold out replies. Not the best response when your daughter’s birthday is quickly approaching. I must have driven to every possible toy outlet in the local area for the rest of the afternoon, but everywhere was the same story… no stock… sorry.
Back home and I hit the parent’s haven for all things kids related… the internet. They say that the internet is the largest shopping place in the world and sells everything and usually cheaper than the stores… THEY obviously never tried to buy a Mr Squiggles! All my favorite online stores had basically sold out, but there was stock available from people that had bought up the limited Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters and hamster accessories and were selling them at, what I would call, outrageously stupid prices. No way. Not me. Not again. Mr Squiggles and his hamster house will just have to wait.
The next couple of days trying to find out what else my daughter wanted were pointless. Apparently, since Zhu Zhu hamsters came out, all other toys in the world were no longer of any interest. The turning point came when my daughter said to me how she didn’t want anything for her birthday but finished by pointing out that all her friends’ moms had already got them a Zhu Zhu hamster… and Funhouse… whatever that was.
Today was going to be my hamster price hamster success day. I hit the phone early, phoning every Walmart and Toys r Us and then every other toy sounding store in the area. Nothing. I increased my target area and extended from immediately local area to, well anywhere. I found a store that had a Mr Squiggles and a Pipsqueak. The only problem, the store was 43 miles away. My toy insanity had kicked in at this point and I only had three days left till B-day. I drove and drove and drove, eventually found the store and… they had already sold them, they couldn’t keep them aside for me any longer. My response to them doesn’t need to be repeate