Good news for harried parents as the most endangered species of the 2016 holiday shopping season will be making an appearance at a Target store near you this weekend! For a limited time, the Hatchimals are back, at least as long as this batch lasts.
Starting Sunday morning, Target stores nationwide will have a new shipment of the sought-after interactive toy including the Target exclusive Bearakeet. The good news is that Target will be selling the Hatchimals for just $59.99 each. The bad news is that lines are already forming outside some Target stores as frantic parents continue their quest for the year’s hottest and rarest toy.
The Hatchimal is a speckled egg that hatches into a virtual pet that will grow with care and training. Unlike a real pet, it will not die or run away if you neglect it. There are enough kids clamoring for this experience to drive prices up to over $200 each on Amazon and eBay.
Target’s corporate blog A Bullseye View leaked the news that beginning on Sunday, December 11, each Target store in the U.S. will be receiving dozens of Hatchimals with more coming during the week. Will this be enough to cure the nationwide Hatchimal drought of 2016?
If all else fails, Hatchimal-themed gift cards will be available for purchase in Target toy departments that can be cashed in on one of the toys when more stock is expected after the first of the year. Hopefully, the child will not have moved on to desiring another toy by then.
This is hardly the first time that seemingly every kid in the country decided that he or she wanted the exact same toy for Christmas, causing empty aisles in stores and panic among parents. Decades ago, it was Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch Kids. This year it’s the Hatchimal.
If you’re one of the parents planning to camp out in a Target parking lot for the next few days, dress warm and practice your self-defense moves.
If you have gaming fans on your Christmas list, you know that their toys don’t come cheap. You need to look for the best prices on consoles, games and accessories so here are a few deals to check out right now.
Walmart – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 bundle – $269.96
That’s a $30.96 discount off the list price.
Target and Best Buy – PS4 Pro 1TB – $399.99
Both chains are offering this top-of-the-line console for the same price.
Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle – $289.99
Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle – $339.03
Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle $293.13
Xbox One S 1TB Gears of War 4 Bundle – $317.93
Amazon is one of the top places to shop for all things gaming and the online retailer is currently well-stocked with Xbox one bundles.
GameStop – Xbox One 1TB bundle with Assassins Creed Unity and Watch Dogs – $249.99
This “Blast from the Past System” is regularly priced at $312.99 so this is a good deal.
Amazon – PlayStation VR headset with Processor unit, PlayStation VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, Stereo headphones, AC power cord, AC adaptor and PlayStation VR Demo Disc – $599.99
Sony’s Virtual Reality headset for the PS4 is one of the most coveted gifts of the season, It’s also brand new, meaning you’re not likely to find substantial discounts and even used sets are going for about $400.
Amazon – RC Coon Mobile bundle – $189.99, $151.99 for Amazon Prime members
This South Park RPG collector’s edition includes the game and a radio-controlled toy.
Target – Use the code GAME to save 15% off NBA 2K17 15 or Watch Dogs 2, list priced at $59.99 each.
GameStop – Pre-owned copies of Final Destiny 15 are discounted to $49.49.
Destiny the Collection is now $49.99, $10 off the original price of $59.99.
Plus, Amazon is promising a whole day of deals on gaming items Wednesday, December 7 so this should be a great place to score low prices on gifts.
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!
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.
Even if you slept through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are still some cool deals out there for you. If you’re still watching those holiday specials on an old 19” tube TV, you just aren’t trying very hard because Cyber Week is loaded with tons of discounts on great big TVs, smart or not! For some retailers, Cyber Week still has a few days left and here are some of the better deals still available on all sizes of name brand TVs. Happy holiday TV viewing on your new set!
If you’re looking for a big TV at a small price, Amazon has three great deals to choose from. The LG 55” Ultra HD Smart OLED TV is discounted $2,003 to $1,997, less than half the list price. The Sony 55” HDR Ultra HD TV is just $698 and the Samsung Curved 55” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is $947.99 with the added bonus of a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
This big box store has a big deal on a really big TV – the Samsung 70” Class LED 4K Smart ULTRA HD TV for $1,299.99, a saving of $700. Save $500 on the Samsung 60” Class LED 4K Smart Ultra HD TV for $1,199.99 and $150 on the Samsung 40” Class 4K LED Smart Ultra HD TV now just $299.99.
This huge chain has savings of over $100 on a pair of mid-size TVs from Vizio. The Vizio SmartCast Class E-Series 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is discounted $130 to $398 while the Vizio 55” 1080p LED TV is just $378, a saving of $120.
This trendy chain has three TV deals that can save you over $100, like the Vizio 55” D Series Class UHD Full Array LED Smart TV discounted $200 to $899.99. Save $130 on the Vizio D Series 50” Class Full Array LED Smart TV now selling for $399.99. The Samsung 43” Flat Panel TV list priced at $599.99 is now on sale for $399.99.
The big story of Cyber Monday 2016 has to be TVs. Big ones, smart ones, curved ones – every major retailer has hot deals on TVs so this is definitely the year to get a new set. Target has a huge selection of TVs at great prices so if there’s a big screen set on your shopping list, you should be looking at the deals from this chain.
Target also has some cool deals on laptops, speakers and other electronics so do a little shopping around while you’re at target.com today. Keep in mind that Target is offering 15% off practically everything today!
Samsung 40” Class LED Smart TV – $249.99
Target’s price is $182 off the list price, making this one of best deals yet on this set. A Samsung smart TV for under $300? You can’t beat that!
Vizio 50” Class SmartCast E-Series UHD TV – $439.99
That’s a discount of $180 off a very popular model. A 50” TV for under $500 is a sweet deal.
Samsung 55” Curved Smart UHD 4K 120 Motion Rate – $697.99
$502 off the list price is a really big discount! Again, a popular name brand set at a great price.
LG 60” Flat Panel TV – $699.99
Another name brand TV and a really big one at a $200 discount.
Samsung 65” Curved TV – $1,097.99
If you want to go really big and save $402, this is great deal. A 65” Samsung curved TV for just over a grand is one of the better TV deals of this Cyber Monday.
PlayStation 4 500GB Uncharted 4 Slim Bundle – $249.99
Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle – $249.99
This seems to be the lowest Cyber Monday price for these two gaming consoles and you’re not likely to see them for more than a few dollars less, at least not until after the holidays.
HP Quadcore laptop computer – $179.99
HP Chromebook 11.6” laptop – $179.99
Both of these HP laptops are discounted by $20 and are quality name brand computers for under $200. If you’re looking for a low-cost laptop from a name you trust, these are worth a look.