The oddly-named Hatchimal is one of the hottest toys of the 2016 shopping season and has become an endangered species in stores but now a new batch is headed for a pair of major chains. Parents, be prepared to act fast!
The Hatchimal is a strange little interactive toy that allows the child to watch a baby bird pop out of its egg and grow from an infant to a bird-like kid. While the Hatchimal has a list price of $59.99, the scarcity of the toy has driven prices online at Amazon up to $190 – $350. Walmart has run out of stock at the low price of $48.88 but their marketplace sellers are offering it for $213.99 to $289.00.
This has made life difficult for the parents of kids who have the Hatchimal at the top of their wish list. They’ve been lining up for hours before opening at stores that have just gotten a new shipment of the coveted toy. Now Toy R Us is expecting a fresh batch for 8 a.m. Sunday, December 4, and Target is rumored to have more stock that same day.
No matter how many Hatchimals hit the shelves, they won’t last long. The outlook is bleak for this shopping season because Spin Master, the maker of the Hatchimal, underestimated the demand for the toy and was caught off guard. The company posted this statement on its website a few weeks ago:
“The consumer response to Hatchimals has been extraordinary, exceeding all expectations. Some of our first shipments have already sold out. While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly. We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017.”
Obviously, that’s no comfort to the parents of kids who have their hearts set on finding their very own Hatchimal under the tree three weeks from now. If you’re planning to camp out in front of a Target or Toys R Us, be sure to bundle up!
If you still have money left to spend after getting through Black Friday and Cyber Week, Best Buy is ready to tempt you with the “Special Edition Tech Sale.” The retailer promises 11 one-of-a-kind items not available elsewhere. The fun starts on December 4 and here are some of the products to check out.
Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable – $2,499.98
For the vinyl collector or aspiring DJ on your shopping list, this exclusive turntable is just what you’re looking for.
Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop – $1,299.99
This laptop is individually numbered with a hand-painted glass top.
The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable – $649.98
Interest in the Fab Four is at an all-time high this year and this is the ideal gift for that Beatlemaniac on your list, the one with the awesome collection of vinyl.
Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors – $379.99 each
Again, something a bit different from the usual variety of Beats headphones available everywhere.
Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set – $99.99
The ultimate gift for the Harry Potter fan on your list.
kate spade new york Activity Tracker – $98
This bubble gum pink wearable is definitely one-of-a-kind and perfect for the fashionable fitness buff.
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black – $1,199.99
Because it’s the perfect toy for grown-up little boys.
GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games – $399.99
For the adventurer on your list who just might get lucky.
TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro – $79.99
So you can have the best-dressed hybrid tab on the block.
South Park Character Figures 3-Pack – $39.99
Don’t we all love “South Park”?
Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat – $69.99
For the fearless keyboard warrior with a wild imagination.
Quantities are limited and most items are available in select Best Buy stores until December 10 or when they’re gone. Best Buy is offering free shipping on most products through December 24.
It’s easy to find mini-tabs on sale for mini-sized prices but great prices on full-size tablets aren’t that plentiful. That’s why Amazon’s deal on their best-selling Fire HD 10 is so impressive. Would you believe a refurbished model for under $200?
If the word “refurbished” puts you off, it shouldn’t because Amazon promises “a Certified Refurbished Fire HD 10 is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” Amazon backs its refurbished products with the same warranty it offers for new items.
This Fire HD 10 tablet has a 10.1” display, Wi-Fi and 16GB. It’s extra speedy with a 1.5 GHz quad core processor, front and rear-facing cameras. That big, bright display will allow you to enjoy the millions of movies, TV shows, apps, games and more available for this Amazon tab including the exclusive Amazon Underground collection of games and apps. Included is free unlimited Cloud storage for Amazon content and photos taken with this device. A micro SD card can be added for up to 256GB of storage and the HD 10 has up to eight hours of battery life.
Plus, coming soon to the HD Fire 10 is the Alexa cloud-based voice service that provides instant access to news, shopping and entertainment. Super thin and weighing less than a pound, this is an ideal tab for travel or just connecting from the local coffee shop. In short, this full-size tab will do just about anything that an iPad can for several hundred dollars less.
These refurbished Fire HD 10 tablets in black with special offers are now selling for $199.99 at Amazon. Quantities are limited and shipping is free. Amazon promises delivery by Christmas and of course you can get two-day delivery with Amazon Prime.
Whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a gift, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a great full-size tab for a rock-bottom price.
Cyber Week is winding down but there are still some smart deals to be had on smartphones. Here are three deals on popular phones that are available right now.
From December 4 through December 8, Best Buy will be offering the ZTE Axon 7 Mini that has a list price of $299 discounted $100 to just $199. That price is for the Axon 7 Mini in Gold while the Platinum Gray model will be $249. This is a great price for an unlocked smartphone that will work with AT&T, T-Mobile and many other GSM/LTE carriers but not Sprint or Verizon.
The ZTE Axon 7 Mini sports a 5.2” 1080p display, fingerprint recognition, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and runs Android Marshmallow that will soon be updated to Android Nougat. Buying an unlocked device has become an increasingly popular option with customers since retailers and carriers have stopped offering free phones with a two-year contract. Why not pay up front now instead of being stuck with 24 months of payments?
Verizon is currently offering deals on several phones but the most tempting is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with payments of just $18 per month. The usual monthly payment on this phone is $33 per month so that’s quite a saving. The list price of the S7 Edge is $792 but with this deal, you’d pay only $360.
That’s a sweet deal on a smartphone with a 5.5” curved Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The Samsung S7 Edge is available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum and Blue Coral. This price is good at Verizon through December 10.
Rival AT&T is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 for $349.99, less than half the original price of this best-selling smartphone. For that you get a phone with 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage that’s expandable to 256GB. This is definitely a good price for Samsung’s current flagship smartphone.
Walmart, Target and Kohl’s all did quite well over this year’s busiest shopping weekend but the big winner was Amazon with a whopping 30.9% of all sales. Lagging far behind were Best Buy with 7.4%, Target with 4.4% and Walmart with 4.1%. Rounding out the top ten were Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Apple, J. Crew and Home Depot.
Slice Intelligence scanned more than a million shopping receipts from Black Friday through Cyber Monday and revealed some interesting facts about how Cyber Weekend 2016 stacks up against the same period last year. Amazon’s slice of the pie actually fell a bit this year from 31.1% to 30.9% while Best Buy took a healthy jump, from 6.1% to 7.4%. Target stayed about the same while Walmart fell from 5.1% in 2015 to 4.1%.
Some retailers are getting a big chunk of their sales from online shoppers. Data from ComScore shows that Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Kohl’s and Target received the most visits from mobile devices and desktop computers on Cyber Monday, proving that people are doing a lot of their holiday shopping from work. It’s no coincidence that all five have smartphone apps that make it easy to place orders from your phone.
Where there are winners, there are also losers and this year the declining chains Sears, Kmart and JC Penney were again left out. It didn’t help that Kmart’s website was a colossal mess that made it practically impossible to find the alleged sale items. These three may be beyond saving, which is especially ironic for Sears, which got its start in the mail order catalog business.
Amazon won again by delivering thousands of deals in a way that kept shoppers coming back looking for more. Giving Amazon Prime customers early access to Lightning Deals is also a smart move. Making online shopping fast and easy is why Amazon is the runaway leader in online sales with $86.78B for the last fiscal year. Second place went to Apple which lagged far behind with $15.40B and in third place Walmart with $13.78B.
Cyber Week isn’t over at Walmart, where you can find added items, new rollbacks and a second chance to save on the deals you may have missed earlier. Here are some of the best-selling and top-rated toys from Walmart, all on sale for Cyber Week.
Minions 6-Volt Little Quad Electric Battery-Powered Ride-On – $39
This best-selling toy has a list price of $79.00 but is discounted $40 now at Walmart. That’s less than half price for a toy for tots 18-36 months that has received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from buyers.
Pulse Performance Products REVSTER Electric Scooter – $69
Save $20 on this 5-star rated electric scooter for kids 8 and up. This scooter has gotten rave reviews from current owners for safety and battery life. Kids love it because it’s fun and parents love it because it’s easy to assemble.
Furby Connect, Teal – $67.99
This furry little guy comes in several colors and has a list price of $98. Suitable for kids 5 to 7, this toy connects to a tablet app that features music and videos to keep them amused for hours.
Barbie Dreamhouse – $149
Save $27 on this popular toy which has a list price of $176. More than 250 users give the Barbie Dreamhouse a 4.6 rating, saying it provides hours of fun for the little girl who loves all things Barbie.
Alta Quadcopter Wi-Fi RC Drone with FPV LIvestream Camera, Remote Control and 3 Batteries –
This item sold out over Black Friday/Cyber Monday but now it’s back in stock and likely to sell out again soon. Save $65.04 off the list price of $149.99 on a toy recommended for 12 years and up that will probably get swiped by dad for spying on the neighbors. After all, it can fly up to 300 feet overhead and beam videos to your iPhone.
Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike – $219
Save $80 on this hot bike that has a list price of $299. This speedy little item comes in three colors including pink and is recommended for ages 13 and over but reviews state that it’s perfect for kids as young as 6. The Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike gets a 4.3 rating from over 150 users. Helmet not included, but Walmart has those, too.