Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Elmo All Over Again

Think back a few years to when Tickle Me Elmo was new and everybody wanted it for Christmas. It was before I had kids, so I wasn't a part of the rush at all, but I heard about it plenty. It was chaos! It's a pop-culture reference now! I imagine that toy makers have been trying for that kind of a release ever since then.

And I think maybe I came across it. But the trouble is, that I didn't know it was Tickle Me Elmo all over again until after I had passed the toy up several times.

Probably any mother who has walked through the toy aisle at Target with a son in the last few months knows what I'm talking about. There's this huge dinosaur on display that walks and roars and rears up on his hind legs. I think he's like 3 feet tall. And he costs more than $100. The dino I'm after is that big guys "little brother". Spike Jr. I've passed Spike Jr in the toy aisle multiple times, each time thinking "I am definitely getting that for Asher for Christmas."

So yesterday I started my Christmas shopping on Amazon. There was Spike Jr for $19.99. Great! Even cheaper than in the stores! So I put it in my "cart" and kept shopping. I went back after naptime to actually buy the stuff in my cart - and Spike Jr had jumped in price to $39.99!!! That's friggin' double! Well, fine, I thought. I'll get it somewhere else. Wal-Mart had it listed as $18.99 online. But they were out. Target had it listed for $21.99, but they were out. Grrrrr!

So today I went to Target and Wal-Mart in person to see if they have it. Nope.

So I came home in shame and hung my head while I ordered stupid Spike Jr. from Amazon for $39.99. Because obviously it's in low supply after such a great sale. *sigh*

He better friggin' LOVE that dinosaur. He better play with it until he's like 25. It better be the best Christmas present he ever gets!


ladyshanae said...

You have to be really careful with Amazon. If you are logged in at all times, Amazon will up the price after a certain amount of time. For example, when I look up Spike Jr. - it's only $18.00. Not only that, but Amazon is hooked up with Target, so Target lied - they aren't out of stock.

Long story short - search for your stuff BEFORE you login. Load up your cart. THEN login.

And, unless I have the wrong Spike Jr., here is proof of the price stupidity on Amazon:

Nancy Sabina said...

Grrrr. After calling Amazon in outrage, and them doing nothing about it. I just ordered another Spike Jr at $18 and will just return the first one when it comes. Stupid Amazon. They claim it's because I bought my first Spike from a different vendor. Whatever... I just know I feel jipped!

Paice Family said...

Hahaha! I love reading your blog. You crack me up. It's funny because I know exactly what dinosaur you are talking about. Chris and I are LOL! Good luck with the rest of your Christmas shopping! My girls are getting plasma cars and I can hardly wait for Christmas morning.